Just come out of our place if you look behind, we’ve just come out now. So what we’ve got is a mare in season and 2 3yo stallions (colts) on the outside. What the purpose of this is, is these stallions have got to go out in all company; they’re going to be shown maybe go out on drives and they want to be kept as entire. Got to have them so they just go along and not take any notice of her. See the mare showing a bit now, swishing her old tail about, and we want her to be like that because this sort of thing is the sort of thing that happens when you get out in company and a stallion smells a mare or she’s a bit seasony and you’ve got trouble. You can see her showing now, look the mare. So you can see she’s a mare and he’s a stallion as you can see. This one’s also a stallion so there we are – 2 stallions either side of a mare. They’re good boys to stand there. He’s dropped himself out this nearside horse, see him craning his neck, telling her how wonderful he is. But he’s standing quiet. The reason we’re doing this is when you want to take them out in company you want them to behave themselves. I don’t want you phoning me up and saying “Oh I took them out Baz but they played up” They won’t play up if you can drive them and I don’t mean that with any disrespect. If you’re a coachman and you can drive them, you’ll drive these out with that roof-seated break and if you’ve got a mare there that’s a bit warm you know with someone else who’s gone out, they should stand no trouble at all. and if you look down there on her you can see where she’s spraying and shooting there herself out on the road. The point being, these are full-up 3yos, and a mare showing in heat like you see when we were stood up, people say it can’t be done, well it can be done if they’re trained right. These have just been with us a little while just hit these brakes now and tell them “Whoa” and I want the stallions to stand with the mare swishing her tail where she’s showing a bit. Walk. And they’re all going away at the walk, walk on. Jig-jog Barely faster than a walk, okay now trot and then trot on. So you’ve got your 3 paces there, and all done off of rubber bits. If you can control two 3yo colts with a mare up the middle that’s showing in season then the rubber bit must do the job mustn’t it? Its obvious. I’m controlling them, I’m not pulling their heads off with great lumps of iron in their mouths so to me that proves the point. Nothing wrong with a rubber bit if the horse is broke properly and the person on the reins can drive. And these are just going along here sweet as a nut and if I wanted to speed them up or slow them down… All going along cantering, 3 abreast. Bring them back to a halt, all on rubber, 2 stallions and a mare standing quiet. They’re all 3yo, she’s just coming into season she’s already showing, you can see her dropping on the road there, spraying. So she’s there, all standing quiet. Are the stallions taking a blind bit of notice of her? No – because they’re broke properly, educated. If these horses were afraid of me, you wouldn’t stop them. Stop them in rubber bits? You’d be a long time stopping them if you had a lump of iron in their mouths. I have to say they’ve been to another yard I don’t know where and I don’t want to know, its not my business but they had them there 9 weeks and only got them in single and didn’t take them off the
premises – that’s what I was told you know I can only tell you the
story I’ve been told from the man that owns them. And the other trainer didn’t want to put them together in harness – he said they want castrating, cutting, well, what do they want that for? They’re perfect – look at them standing there quiet as lambs. With a piece of rubber in their mouth, with a mare in season between them. You know whichever way you want to dress it up, that’s fact, they’re standing there, its in black and white. Its in black and white they’re just standing there doing the job, piece of rubber. But its how you break them. They’ve got to listen to me and do what I ask them to do, because you might want this horse to come up, come back, come tighter to the pole, come off the pole for whatever reason. Well you’ve got to be able to talk to them through your voice, which we like to do through the voice mainly because if you try and do it off two reins, what you’ve got to do is look at your finger along here, right? Please do this. Get a Liverpool, put it on there. Put the curb chain under here and then just put it gently – it’ll make you cry with pain. Well that’s all they’ve got on their little bars in their mouths. And surely we don’t want to control them with pain do we? So its far better off to have them broke properly so they do as they’re told. These are 3yo horses whichever way you do it. I’m just going to do this now – stand still. So that’s the whip, straight over their heads. The point is I want them to stand still under awkward circumstances, difficult circumstances, do as they’re told – that’s what we’re looking for. Right walk boys come on. Just go with 2 fingers holding them, not got to hang onto them. You say “Oh well its Barry Hook he can drive anything and all this silly load of crap they talk about, well there’s Melanie driving them, keeping them all going sweet, and she’s no weight at all and there she is driving them perfectly fine, one-handed.