My blog is usually a crafty type of blog but those who know me well know that my other love is horses....
This video makes me cry....both tears of sadness for the misunderstanding and then happiness for the people who 'get it'
This lady Stacey Westfall REALLY gets it! Such a delight to watch....
This is Georgia Bruce Australia's Equestrian Paralympian. She also gets it! She won bronze in Dressage in the last Olympics. Georgia is a local to my area and I did a clinic with her on how to Clicker Train Your Horse. I have used this method before with dogs but it was a real eye opener to learn how to work better WITH our horses.
I have recently rescued this little fellow and he had been mistreated somewhere along the way so he is very scared and nervous around people. We don't know his history but the vet thinks he is about 2yrs old, still a full male and we think he is a Welsh Pony cross. We could all be totally wrong!!
I have had him four weeks now and been doing the positive reward Clicker Training. At first he was totally untouchable and very frightened. I bonded with him straight away and rewarded him everytime he came towards me and persevered until I could put a halter on him and attatch a lead rope. He is now at liberty in the paddock with all the rest of the gang and he comes up to me willingly for a pat and a scratch (no food involved).
Yesterday he was sleeping in the front of the stables and another horse charged out of the stables to get away from a tetchy mate, the horse ran right past him obviously running away from something ( or someone) and the little fellow just kept on sleeping. Didn't bat an eyelid! It gave me an enourmous amout of pleasure to see that as it means he is relaxed and happy at our house.
They say Happiness is owning a horse (or 5 as in my case) :-)