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Monthly Archives: August 2016

No Pain Means… Relaxation, Ease and Confidence

I am reminded again and again that when a horse is in pain or even a bit uncomfortable, it effects their behavior. I’ve had several reminders of this in the last few weeks and months with several of my horses. … Continue reading

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Support, Never Force

This is a fun video that we took a few weeks ago after a big rain storm in our area. The “stream” in the video was almost through running, we missed the more exciting rush of water for this video! … Continue reading

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Gypsy the Feral Mare, pt. 5 Creating a Dialogue

It’s so important that we create a very clear communication with horses, especially horses that have not been socialized to humans. This communication needs to help the horse understand that if “I do this…. that happens.” Or, “If the human … Continue reading

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Gypsy, the Feral Mare, pt. 4, Worth Her While

I was pleased to discover that Gypsy had a very strong “What’s in for me?” drive. It is now just a matter of finding pleasures that will motivate her to try things for us. This is a very encouraging quality … Continue reading

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Gypsy, the Feral Mare, pt. 3, The “Tell”

The flies were out in abundance, so it was not readily apparent at the time that Gypsy’s head tosses were a displaced stress behavior. I began to ponder it as we were working with her, but later when I viewed … Continue reading

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Gypsy, the Feral Mare, pt. 2, Foot in the Door

I use the other horses in Gypsy’s small herd to ease my introduction with this feral mare. If they are not too worried about me, perhaps she shouldn’t be either. They are youngsters and don’t carry a lot of clout … Continue reading

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Gypsy, the Feral Mare, pt. 1 First Impressions

Gypsy is a feral mare from a local herd that use to live in the mountains nearby. I actually know this herd and helped to relocate some of the horses several years ago. I have also helped to gentle a … Continue reading

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Filling In… is a Good Thing

When your horse anticipates what you are about to suggest, he is trying to fill in. He is engaged, he is thinking, he wants to feel confident about what he’s doing, and he wants to please. Anticipatory behaviors are actually … Continue reading

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A Down Side to Being a Play Mate

I call Bonaparte the “vampire mini.” The video above shows why… his mouth is his play-tool, and fortunately for him, and unfortunately for me, the herd tolerates it. They respond to his teeth as if they were just a pesky … Continue reading

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Back to (Liberty) Basics

I’ve posted a great deal on a new direction that I’ve been exploring with my Liberty horses and that is the concept of encouraging them to offer up ideas, to move freely of their own accord, and to know that … Continue reading

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