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Changing up the herd; New dynamics needed for teaching

The other day I decided to change things up in the herd in order to keep the youngster now 7 months in line and still learning herd dynamics and body language.  His good buddy , Mr, Bill,  I think is getting worn down by him. He gives him some discipline but not as it was and the little guy is now infringing on his personal space a bit too much for my liking.

I hesitated my change as it meant bringing in  a mare, not mom , of course , but Grandma! My alpha.

I  remember hearing for young geldings it is best to keep them with good solid geldings to keep them in place.  So far it has done so . Troubadour has a pal in Popeye but not a buddy. He has a buddy in Bill. Pop looks at Tru and he backs off. A tail swish and he flies! That’s what I’m looking for. The respect level he had for Bill is waining. Bill always alowed him in but he had to ask permission. That  is not so much any more.

My first thought was to move Pop to shed with Sarah, and bring Granny down. Granny is a toughy. Total alpha mare. She has a soft side which I saw with  Tru earlier but Im hoping she will see he needs to be put in his place more now. When I began to see the disregard Tru was having for Bill and infringing in his personal space, with no retort, I knew I needed to change things up.

So pony away for a break to shed with the Sarah, and Granny to the rescue. Pop likes having D , ( Granny) around as she is alpha in the herd. He has no issues with following her lead.

So far the change is great for all. Pony is in heaven and in peace! Sarah is content. Pop has his real leader, though pony too is alpha but not over D!  D is patient with Tru but  is not letting him infringe at all.  He is learning the subtle cues  she gives. Between she and Popeye he is learning a lot and will make my job a bit easier as he progresses.

My response to literature… Well, my opinion anyway.

 

My take on the NH post in the Vermont Horse Community group by Ross Jacobs/ Good Horsemanship

There is no such thing as Natural Horsemanship as a training concept. It is a brand name used for the marketing and repackaging of traditional style horsemanship. Its like Hoover has come to mean a vacuum cleaner, but it’s actually just a brand of vacuum cleaner.

 

Tom Moates wrote an excellent chapter about this in his book “A Horses Thought – A Journey into Honest Horsemanship.” You can read what Tom has to say about Natural Horsemanship by going to his web site.

 

NH started out as a term Pat Parelli adopted for his school of horsemanship that he was marketing. He used the term Natural Horsemanship as a catchy branding. Since then however, it has become synonymous with what many people consider is a type of horsemanship. It has taken on a wider meaning that extends beyond Pat Parelli’s specific systematized training. The term has become much more general in its meaning. So general in fact that most people can’t really define what NH is anymore.

 

repackaging of traditional style horsemanship”.

 

I have to respectfully disagree here. In my opinion, there is nothing Traditional about being in the Natural world. Granted there are times when for extreme cases, the last ditch effort to have a horse come around is to go to the extremes and maybe lay a horse down. I have seen the best do this and if it were not done, and the ground rules set firm, the horse, very dominant and spoiled, treated like a pet and it went bad, would be off to the meat market. The only hope would be before it hurt some one badly or itself.  That horse today is still a poster child for when  you have to go there. He is a perfect horse! Even in this extreme need to find a solution a more feeling natural approach is better than what is depicted in the Photo. 

 

NH started out as a term Pat Parelli adopted for his school of horsemanship that he was marketing. He used the term Natural Horsemanship as a catchy branding. Since then however, it has become synonymous with what many people consider is a type of horsemanship. It has taken on a wider meaning that extends beyond Pat Parelli’s specific systematized training. The term has become much more general in its meaning. So general in fact that most people can’t really define what NH is anymore.”

 

As a Parelli supporter and being very proud and thankful of it, “Natural Horsemanship” has become a very big business no doubt. Mr. Parelli is a master and has more natural ability in his little finger than I could hope for. Knowing Mr. Parelli’s more Traditional rough around the edges background in the rodeo world, he had an innate ability when opportunity knocked to see and be, a softer way. There is no way a person involved in the Parelli program who really studies it, can not take the road less traveled.   In my opinion, this is the way of Natural Horsemanship.

 

Maybe Mr Parelli, is the poster child for NH, but Hoover, is a great brand too! I say, well done and move on. No grudges, no chips on shoulders, just great appreciation for the doors that opened for all the others who followed, including me. 

 

As there is no horse alike and no human either, NH has to be, and become individualized. For me, I try to emulate my mentors, visualize moves and sayings and techniques. Ultimately though, its me, in my time, my environment, with my horse(s), so I have to make it mine, ( work for me and who I am). I practice what I preach and express this to all my students.

 

For Sable View it’s Hybrid Horsemanship, for others Good Horsemanship, or Honest Horsemanship, No Dust Horsemanship, TTouch, Clicker. these are all forms of more natural horse foundation or re-foundation work.  Regardless of the name, it needs to be  harmless , helpful, and inspiring, with results that make a positive difference in the horse world. No matter how big or small . I always say the reason there are so many clinicians out there is to suit the many different types of humans who seek help reconnecting with their horses. More times than not its the human who needs to reconnect with themselves and the horse is simple the ultimate teacher… patiently waiting for the right answer! I know this is true for me.

 

I will continue to segment the article and give my take on it in future posts.  It is a meaty article, and I appreciate how it causes me to  reflect, assess and appreciate who I am,  what I do, and how I do it.

 

 

Making new connections on a big day

11/26/12 was a big day for young Troubadour. His gelding took place mid day and this is the story of what an amazing experience it turned out to be.

I will admit I was apprehensive of the event. I had never been on hand for a castration, had  ideas of what was to happen, the process etc, but was aware of  a few not good results and this added to my  angst.  I know thousands are done but I knew what I knew and that’s what stuck.

I have to give a big shout out to my vet , Keely Henderson of Lincoln VT. She has always been great and  was very supportive to everyone concerned yesterday. Even when  Tru was a bugger to get sedatives in. LOL!

Facts:

Tru  6 months 12/11/12, Not weaned yet.

This is the absolute best thing I could have done. Clearly not the norm. The look on Keely’s face when she saw him suckle on Sarah prior to  haltering. Tough! Love you Keely but this emotional tie and support made all the difference. Ill Thank Marcy Baer for  suggesting it . I was going to  wean him a bit ago as he was really drawing on Sarah. Instead I folowed my gut, and in turn Marcy’s  words of experience ,  and asked Sarah to tough it out and beefed up her feed etc etc . I will make the break  in a month or so, as it is happening anyway naturally. But when he seems  more of an individual, Ill know its  time to let Sarah have time with her own Mom and rest up. Tru will be with Popeye and Bill. Both good “Boys” to be with. He will learn his place! Horses are the best teachers!

I have seen him grow in independence and confidence over the last  couple weeks especially. Tru looks to mom now for moral support. Some times he forgets the others in the herd have  personal bubbles! Good lessons to learn. Herd dynamics 101!! He is learning to ask permission! Now that’s a novel idea eh?

Weeks Prior to the event I had researched my YL Essential Oils to aid in the process emotionally and physically.

I had Cistus on hand for emergency bleeding. Just in case.  Other than that I had YL Myrrh to apply in the area prior to. I applied  once earlier in the AM and again just prior to vet arrival. Its purpose  in this case was as an analgesic. I also applied some YL Valor  at  poll and whithers to shoulders , rump and  heels. Grounding and  inner calm. Also on hand was YL Sacred Angel which has found a good place in my barn . YL  Sacred Angel is best described like this.  Imagine a Tsunami coming in and a surf board. You need to stay above the turmoil so you get on the surf board and ride the wave.

When  the sedative was given  we walked him to a better spot to lay him down. Towels under his head and one over his eyes the process began. I stayed by his head and stroked his neck. For me, seeing him fade to the ground was pulling to say the least. He softly fell into my hands and I followed him to the ground.

While the process began I reached for the YL Sacred Angel and applied some to my hands, held it to his muzzle and he took in a purposeful breath. After things were all done, I took the Sacred Angel and  applied drops to the towel by his nose for him to breath in.

Tru laid there for an hr  after , trying to get up once but realised he was not ready and  laid back down.  Vet left after half hr as he was so calm and sensible.

I sat with him till he began to nicker to  his mom once and answered once to Granny up at barn who was looking for  mid day hay.  I could see his eyes getting more alert and next thing  he made the effort to get up all the way. After doing so  we stood together for a good 15-20 min, then he took a step or two and rested again .  After an hr of being up we had made 2 circuits of the arena. I was following him, where ever he wanted to go. He set the pace.  We had quiet talks and  I assured him  he was doing a great job. When he got wobbly I supported him with my  body. He was very willing to accept the help. All this time Mom( Sarah) stood quietly in the temp stall, she enjoyed a flake of hay.   It was so cold, Thankfully  my one hand  was patting him constantly on his neck as we strolled, and the other tuck in my coat holding the light lead line. Burr!

This time together was a real treat, at his expense :(

I would see him “Look” at me for reassurance. It was a deep look, beyond his yrs or months  as it were. I knew I was being looked at in a new way. Sure I had taught  or assisted him in learning things, but this was a “Thanks for  being here” look. Very Different.

After an hr of  learning to walk again, it was time to let mom out with him  in arena and let them hang out together.  First thing he did was nurse. No surprise! I had to convince Sarah she needed to let him at it , no issues this time. I left them for 1/2 hr  to go warm up.

Upon my return Tru was settled quietly  in an area of arena with Sarah not too far away.

I left them again for a bit longer. On my return, now 2.5 hrs post surgery, I haltered up and  slowly we made our way to barn. A long night ahead, stall rest. Tru and Sarah hunkered down together.  The bleeding was slowing, but still coming.

I  went to feed an hr or so later and poor Tru was stiff in neck from injections and tension so  he didn’t feel much like eating. Can’t blame him. Later on I came back to do night check and brought YL PanAway oil with me . I applied a few drops to my palm and rubbed it on the injection site and opposite side as well.  I noted bleeding had stopped and I was happy to go to bed.

Next AM 11/27 I was anxious to see how he was. Warned he wouldn’t want to move,  swelling etc etc. What did I see , a little nose poking out of stall bars, looking for breakfast! He ate right up, I opened stall door to paddock and  he strolled out like nothing. Sarah went right out to walk around and he was right there.  I was impressed.  I thought to  get a cookie and  dropped 5 drops of  YL Thieves oil on it and gave it to him.  Gobbled it right up. Before turn out in big field with others I picked his feet and applied more Thieves oil there to  boost the Anti factor!

Off he went to  bother Mr. Bill and  look for trouble. He was being a real pisser.

There was no need for me to instigate movement . He was  good to go on his own. using the PanAway  relived the pain and stiffness and  becasue of the oils  mindedness, they go where they are needed. Clearly  they worked  on him systemically!

He was tired at dinner today  but still fine. I applied some more PanAway and gave a Thieves cookies before dinner.

When ever I went out to check him today, he would toddle right over.  He would before too but now he comes with a different look. A different feel. We shared his big day and built new connections.

I learned a lot about Tru in this time. He impressed me so much with his very thinking manor. LBI I’m guessing! He knew enough to not panic, or go Right brain , and just chill till he could stand. He had support from his Mom right near by in temp panelled stall, me, and the oils. When he needed his mom , she was there, and was for the whole night to offer warmth and comfort. I have no doubt all these parts made this really good outcome  what it was. Perfect!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Huricane Sandy and animal prep with YLEO’s

Thankfully, this go ’round up in VT anyway, we were spared Sandy’s wrath. There was a lot of chatter pre-storm on FB groups up here re  preparing animals emotionally for the storm. As I was not  in state for Irene pre storm, Im guessing maybe  this happened then too, but it was new to me. I was  in DC, stranded for  a week, trying to get home after taking our eldest to 1st yr college. Like that wasn’t stressful enough!

Anyway  I will discuss what I did pre and post storm with Sandy. Keeping track of hoof health along the way.

From Prior blogs on oils you probably know my “First Responder” is : The RDT( Rain Drop Therapy). Well in this instance  it was no different. I gathered all my RDT oils and  massage oils required and headed to barn to  do a couple of horses, ended up doing all 5. (Everyone slept really really well that night! LOL). I guess I needed them too. Thats a lot of oils to filter! I felt great! :)

3:30 PM 2 days pre Sandy.

The process I followed was  protocol but with a purpose of getting the oils on, not to spend a spa time as if I was doing only one. My intension was to only do a couple and then the others the next day.  Plan changed when I was on a roll and felt really  good about going  and finishing all as the next day it was to rain and water amplifies the oils.

This time the Colt got his first RDT.  Not to the full extent as a full size horse but  he got it all in small doses. Too funny, he loved all the oils! Never turned his nose up to one.  He has benefitted pprior to as Sarah has had RDT pre and post foaling. I did not  drop oils on him I dropped in hand and patted on his back. I knew he could feel his energy shifitng and he handled it really, really well. His Mom Sarah was done simultaniously. She was  expressive with  a few yawns towards the end, and her typical dancy feet.

The shetland , Mr Bill, was in heaven, loved his, and Granny Diana, settled instantly with Valor applied , the rest is icing, per usual.

Popeye was last and were it not to rain the next day I would have let him go but I really felt energized so off we went.

OH NO! I was out of Valor! Dang!!!  called to house… none on shelves! Poop!    Think fast…..”ok , get me the new oil Sacred Angel!”  promptly one of the kids ran it down to me. Why SA? I have no idea!

Honestly, it just popped to mind. My little voice ,  never lets me down. Wow, what an instant shift. He smelled it ( first time), and didnt turn away.  Proceeded with it where ever I put  Valor( A Blend of oils). Totally settled him and he was very chill for the whole treatment. Still a bit dancy in feet towards the end  but  not as much as usual. His head was  instantly lower from the start. Might be my oils of choice for him to start with.  After he was done he went out to roll.  Not typical for him to let that much go. Powerful results!

My goodness the barn smelled wonderful the AM after.  Sandy came and went, Thankfully no damage . Wind was quite loud. The horses were all tucked in barn, safe and sound. Noone looked worse for wear the  AM after. My Purpose was to boost them for the stressors of the impending winds and what ever else might have come along as a result. * Note: I was applyiing all the oils…I got my fill of supprot too! maybe more crucial  than for them :)

Since then we have been in a bit of a “Dank” spell weather wise. I have been tending to one newly barefoot horse all around,  and another  just fronts, to help them toughen ( see  Mud Season Madness). The others are just trims.

Finally the weather and ground has dried a bit, though we have more moisture coming soon.  Hooves are for sure toughened, and with use of “Purification” a YL essential oil blend, and  switching back and forth to” Thieves” also a blend, Im driving out the end of the softness in the dank corners .  Even the colt gets his treatment daily.  Everyone’s hooves are picked and brushed out well 2x a day ,  oils applied 1x day as needed. I  will be  keep the protocol up untill we get ground freeze or snow!  No MUD! Once the  shift in weather comes the protocol will ease to picking with no oils unless I see something that looks odd or soft.

Prevention is a lot less expensive and time consuming. With use of the oils and not a toxic solution, the horses are also gaining  the extra health benefits through absorbtion, smell etc.  YLEO’s are the total package Physical, emotional, and mental health in every drop!

Any questions re  the RDT or other protocol please contact me.

Stay tuned….

 

 

 

 

 

An awesome re awakening: A Ph.D and my Horsemanship Journey, what??

Less than a week ago I had a great conversation with Brian Reid of HKTWH with its intent to work out some details re schedule an event spring 2013 at Sable View. Early- mid spring — fyi :)

The call was so not about the scheduling and I’m so happy. Oh sure we discussed some  details but it was the inspiration  absorbed and  the direction the call took me in that is truely awesome.

We discussed  visions and experiences, and how things  line up for a reason. Im all over that. We discussed  past  workshops Brian had held durring th yr, and the outcomes that Brenda inabled. The thinking was very “Forward” . I like Forward!  The negative stuff can’t stick if you’re on a roll. Your horse can’t buck as bad and twist if he is moving forward. Hold him back and bottle him up and , you better be ready to deal with the energy.

As a funny off shoot story here, I had a horse long ago, Oliver ( Ollie). An Irish Sport Horse. We fox hunted, evented into Prelim. He was cool. Anyway a couple of his “things” were , He would spanish walk  naturally, not taught.  So cool. Not a typical Fox hunting thing to do!  It was so easy to  ask him to do. Going down the dirt rds, while roading hounds , all fancy..HAHAHAHA !  I would have him do it long. Most of the time it was requested as every one loved to see it!  He would also on a flat our run across a field do “Airs above the ground” and leep out of his bell boots. Litterally they would go flying almost every time. Not rip but fly!  He was so exhuberant! Just loved life! Funny to other to watch. It was not a scary thing , powerful?  You bet, awesome  in fact, but not scary. Why?? Because once I knew it was his thing, it became  ”Normal”, ( great normal right!) and most importantly it happened with forward motion.  It happend all in stride and it was done and we went on. What a horse! What a teacher!

Now back to my conversation with  BR: Durring our conversation a couple names I hadn’t thought about in a while were brought up. TED (www.TED.com) and another  Brene Brown( www.BreneBrown.com). Its funny how things go full cycle, in this case re-appearing when the student is ready. The word “Vulnerable” played a big part in our talk. We discussed its meaning in some diferent ways . Not suprising I related it to my horsemanship journey as Brian discussed how  his experience with Ms. Browns work was still unfolding new  pages to get through. It all fit.

After our call I was fully charged and went straight to my computer to search out both teaching topics. What came from that is I noted a great opportunity to share with my daughter who is a Jr in HS . The Massechesetts Conference for Woman in Boston MA. www.maconferenceforwomen.org.  Dr. Brene Brown  is one of the key Note speakers, as well as Deepak Chopra and others, WOW!  Long story short  we and a few of her school mates and teachers are going .

The word Vulnerable is probably thought of in one main light by most of society, Including me till now.  Its a strength, not a weakness.  It allows us to do what  I have been prompted to do on a few occations at clinics. Get rid of the baggage and accept you as “Enough” . This is not normal for us humans, its a tall order for a lot of us.  I have had a manta developed  for a few yrs now after a ground breaking Parelli clinic with Jerry Williams, (one of many I might add), and I still  fight the negaitve tendancies. Hmm…guess Im not perfect!  My montra is “I AM GOOD ENOUGH”  made up of very  poignant words and phrases for which the mantra is an Acronym.

If we want to be real with our horses and have our horse be real with us, we need to be real with ourselves. They can see throught us like nothing else and when we even begin to get real they respond instantly. No invisibility cloaks to hide behind. Just be you in all your “Imperfect glory”,  and YOU are enough!

Stay tuned….

 

 

Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO) in regards to Depression

Tough but very prevelant subject, Depression. Im not sure there is anyone who has not been touched by it in some way or another.

On a personal note,  I will say there are genetic predispositons I self monitor and have for most of my life. One is depression. I work really hard at being a better me in as many ways as I can, and along the way know that as with most people  we need help.  No I have never  been medicated for anything, litterally anything!  and dont intend to be ! I dont do meds to alter  or mask things, my body rejects them profusely.

I do however enjoy the effect of natural mental and physical healing  like , Reiki ( self  applied or treated), Massage, accupuncture ,and the use of Essential Oils.

Whether it be aromatic or applied it is a wonder to  feel the difference after the use of the oils.

I have some I like to use to uplift but im not here to discuss me, Im here to discuss  what might interupt or soften an episode of depression using YLEO.

First of all Depression can be directly related to diet! Sorry everyone… its very true.  I have had rescent blood work done and upon discussion know that I needed to  have a few additives nutritionally to gain over all balance. Not that I wasn’t eating well but  not getting what I really  really needed to deal with my stressors. Amazing results.  I upped my Oil intake and use,  and added nutritional suppliments.  Follow up blood work shows great results but even more so I feel the difference. I look to my oils and  nutrition every day. Not just good for mental health but bone, and  immune defence.

**One trigger for depression can be calcium deficiency others, as comon as carbonated drinks, specifically cola drinks high in Phosphorus.

Sugested  oils to use:

Lemon, Frankincense, Lavender, Joy, Valor, Hope.

I have discussed all but Joy and Hope in prior  blog posts so you are welcome to read about them there. I will however discuss a bit about Joy, which I use as a purfume, yes honestly! and Hope.

**Joy:  when inhaled tends to bring back thoughts of being held,, loved,  loving times. Joy helps open the adrenal glands that can be shut down due to grief, or if we have shut down to the feelings of love.

Joy is a blend of oils consisting of: Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Rosewood,Lemon, Mandarin, Jasmine( another fav of mine), Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose!

 

**Now for Hope:   This to is a blend of oils that support the body emotionally and physically. It fosters feelings of progress,  forward motion, “Hope”, reconnecting with inner strength.

The oils  in this blend are: Melissa, Myrrh, Juniper, and Spruce

I hope this  has been of some help and offered  some alternatives for  any who suffer directly or indirectly. It is always a good practice to seek advise and consultation from a health care professional trained in this area. Discussion  is key to recovery in many things.

www.youngliving.org/sableview

** Reference Guide for Essential Oils/ 12th Edition/Higley

 DISCLAIMER: Comments on this page are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure. The comments have not been evaluated by the FDA.

 

 

 

A ride with out Granny!

This week I took Tru out on the trails again . Rode Pop, lead Sarah and he toddled along.  We were about 1/3 the way through our ride and I looked back and NO Tru! Sarah ws looking back too.  Ok so I Know he will wander off trial but not that far. Hmm? I stopped and called to him , I, we, heard him far off. Then very quickly he ran up to us and we moved off.  Wasnt sure what had happened but it was all good so we  went on. Then again he did the same thing and  I caught him out of the corner of my eye just stop and go the other way . Calling out  and running back. I was baffled. We Pop , Sarah and I, stood , listened , called, and in less than a minute he was back at full speed. I let him suckle off of Sarah while we gathered out thoughts. Nothing was different about the ride we were on.. what could it be.

Then the third time and he was gone back even farther and calling out.  I called to give him a point of reference to come back to and it dawned on me he was missing his Granny who always up till this ride bringing up the rear. He was looking for her. He is very attentive  to all who is where in the herd members while turned out, Most especially Granny.

He was really  tuckered this time, came flyin back to us. We  held hard for a minute or so to gather our brain and began our ride again. I was hoping this was the last ventrue, It was. I think he finally realised she was not there and he best stick with us. We as a team , Pop , Sarah and I, saw him through his  Moments. Points for us!

What did I learn ? well among other things…  Tru is RBE when change happens.” The sky is falling!!!” He REALLY  Likes patterns to fall into to keep him settled. Facinating to see him develop. I see LBE as well but that is the kid in him . Mouthy, curious and funny!

Lets face it he is a mixed bag. He loves to dominate at play! Gets all huffy when tired, like a kid having a stomping fit!

Great Kid number 5! Or 6 if we include hubby!

LOL

Stay tuned for more Tru adventures!

 

 

 

A picture speaks a thousand words! And teaching moments!

a split second in time but shows a lot.

Jennifer Kirkman with her wonderful partner Orion.  Jennifer has done a great job with her boy. He  had a few  fear issue , so we chose to play at GMHA casually to explore  what he was about. Water was one thing she said needed work, and  he walked through it , trotted through it, and as you can see in the picture, jumped into it. His willingness was wonderful. What I did note durring the course of our play was  his sensativity and introvertedness. Though big and  ploddy he is very aware of her energy and it doenst take much to get hi to respond. A huge respsosibility  going foreward to not blow him out of the water. Sorry no pun intended. LOL

He gets it just needs more time to process. Dont rush him and  he will be wonderful .

Jen mentioned he is good with things like water when she leads him but going on his own , if she is riding is a different story.

Great teaching point!!!

I see this a lot the confidence is on the ground but not when human is mounted. One way to  develop this from the ground to the saddle  is to begin to have them meet things first and  put yourself in followers position rather than the leaders. This is  including leaving the barn area. Another topic all together!

Lets break the horse into sections  A nose and forward, B neck/ shoulders, C mid section ( saddle area), D hind end, and E everything tail backwards.

What we want to do is begin to guide our horse from section A, normal area, to E.  It is not needed by all to do this especially  from the  rear sections but  if you so desire it to be, then  it is a progression. Nothing wrong with confidence  in all sections.  Driving horses  do this  as thier job. Some horses, non driving , need it to be addressed others  are very tollerant and its never an issue. All depend on  personality and  how they have or have not  been developed.

For Orion and his water:

For Jen to be able to x water aboard him she will need to begin to ask him to step up his part of the bargain and grow in his confidence  step by step.  The water  at GMHA was a  great intro. We crossed   large  streams and stood to play and drink. He ended up taking the lead and  looking for  Jen to come along. This is super.  In the end we  came to the water obstacle seen in photo.

In the picture we can see a split second in time.  Some mixed messages it looks like but being there I can say it was a split second in time. Still a teaching moment taken, Thank you Jen!  To allow  Orion to  do his thing  the  guiding hand( with line) must say and denote the freedom to go.  We see a bit of  a holding  tension in photo. “The door is open this is your route forward” is  a way to think of it.  I beleive the  taughtness was a bit of  negotiating  direction on Jen’s part but still  it is his jump and we need to allow him to make the manuver on his own.  We can move our feet if need be, or let slack out in rope.  we must be flexible when  teaching. Every horse is differnet and  needs  different support styles. Micromanaging will only  get in the way of progress in anything especially  his confidence. Orion, made a wonderful jump down into the water. He  sized it up  all on his own, and when he found his sweet spot  he went. The secret is to give him, them , the time they need  to  think it through and  do it on  thier time.  Rest the encouraging arm and allow with the guiding  one.

Big day for Orion and Jen.  Well Done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acknowledged by “Proof in the pudding”

Gotta love it when things just come together. Today  I was driving down the rd to go pick up one of my kids and saw a car stopped in middle of the rd actually backing up to view something. It was my Nieghbor, and I knew wat she was looking at , Little Tru .  He was alone, not really but single in and area of the field  by a  stack jump . He was clearly looking at how to manuver over  it,  trying to figure its purpose: pawing, sniffing etc. Gotta love his curiosity.

Later in the day after feed time, I was readying for clinic this weekend at the farm and  had my daughter in barn with me. She  bagan to play with Bubba in stall and went to pick up his hoofs.  I have introduced this already and  it is quite good but he is smart! No news huh?

Marg was being all soft and  touchy feely.  He likes a solid feel. Not hard but not  fishy either. He was free in stall so  when he felt her insecurity he knew he could play his game. Its not a bad game but still a game:  foot pulled away, lean etc.

I said , “hold on Marg, this isn’t what I wanted to get into but…”.

I got his little halter and  get down line and  played scatches first then  showed marg howto approach for foot.   solid feel.  like you know hat your doing. LOL!  once she  got her confidence gogn  she had it up and down 5-6 times with no issues. and rested it back down.  This was with all 4′s. Hinds are getting really good.   We brush  a solid feel down his legs first  a few good  trombones so to speak, and then a solid feel round his fetlock and up he comes.

In time we will try  our snappy leg routine …. LOL.

Anyway , while we had him in a thinking mind. I had a thought to get him wormed. I was due to worm him in the next 10 days or so at 8 weeks.  I felt it was a good time to  do this . Tru is quite big and advanced, I felt sure he could handle it.  New protocol is at 2 months not 1 .

Great to see my prep with tube was all for the good.  I got it , held it by his mouth, he licked it into his mouth, I gave him his dose. Done!  How awesome to have things just go so smoothly!  Very proud of everyone involved.  Pats on the back to me too.

Life is good!