Saturday, August 6, 2022

The Buddy Sweet Saga Continues

For two weeks, we had triple digit weather and family in town, so there wasn't a lot of time to work with Tumbleweed. I did what I could. (Good job, me!) But it wasn't enough to make progress on the his "Buddy Sweet" issues.

More time with the herd + Tumbleweed + Foxy = Buddy Sweet Danger

He had regressed.

Before one trail ride, our first in 10 days, I didn't feel comfortable doing the work it would take to get him to be less buddy sweet. It was too hot. I decided, instead, to keep Foxy nearby, work on basic things, and then do a short ride.

Let me just say, that was a bad idea.

If you don't have their feet, and their mind, especially on a young horse, you have a hot mess. Do not proceed! Tweed did fine as far as going down the trail, but he wasn't thinking about his feet placement because he was too locked into Foxy. He was trippy and did awful down a very steep hill I'd forgotten would be along the path I chose. 

We survived, but I knew I needed a moderate temp day to work on the basics.

When it comes to training videos, putting them into practice in the real world, rather than apples to apples, it's more like apples to applesauce or apples to apple pie.

The exact same scenario rarely presents itself.

But the concepts are the same. When Foxy is away from Tumbleweed, he can rest. When Foxy is near Tumbleweed, he has to work.

When we first started our work, my husband took Foxy away from Tumbleweed too far.  He couldn't see her, and he lost his mind. I was on the ground then, just getting a feel for where he was mentally. I found out fast. 

We regrouped.

I looked at it in a new way. Tumbleweed is not ready for the Grand Prix of separation. It has to be done in smaller increments. I had my husband go a little ways out, return, a little further out, return--rinse and repeat.

By the time we were done, Tumbleweed was tuned in and I felt like I had his feet and mind. We rode the obstacles, and then went for another short ride, (much better than the last), and called it a day.

I have my work cut out for me with this whole "buddy sweet" issue. Sometimes, I get discouraged about it, too. But I believe in a few things, 1. He will mature, 2. We will dedicate ourselves to the fundamentals and they will pay off, 3. Me. I will find a way to get there come hell or high water or a few Tweed tantrums.

When I conquer this whole buddy sweet issue, I will know we have our true partnership.


  1. Breaks always feel like starting over, at least for me. All the work/lessons previously done are imbedded. They resurface with less reminders, with each re-start. At least that's the hope lol!

    1. That’s a positive way to look at it. I like the way you think!

  2. My experience is that progress is rarely a steady incline. I think you’re doing well, don’t doubt yourself. Tweed has a strong will, which is a good thing but can also be problematic.

    1. Yes, Tweed is a little headstrong right now, and it is something I like and wouldn’t want to “break.” I also appreciate his loyalty and protection of Foxy. Definitely not an incline. 😀 Well put.

  3. It's always a little piece at a time and you're doing well with that. Progress seems to come slowly at times but once its there it will remain there and get easier as he matures.

    1. Little piece by little piece. Very true. It’s a fun process.


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