The Magic stallion stick
I have been grooming him on my own since January and I have been using the puppet stick for a month. No accident. Antoine is mild tempered so when he gets nervy there is a cause: hormones, something that scares him, eg a gate opened in the wrong direction, something not at its usual place, that he knows, a car or a lorry, or a human mistake vs evil intention, unfit equipment, people trying to show off without even watching him or turning up in an aggressive mood: he feels it and takes action. Professionals are a necessary help but then when needed and not anybody. He has been abused by so called professionals who made him shy and let him waddling in his pooh. At that time I could groom him loose in his stable, which I will never be able to do again. The next one had three negligence related accidents in a month. A third one just helped me teach him to accept having his feet done and let people work on it for several minutes. I can now pick his 2 forefeet in a go, while before I had only one, and he seems increasingly willing to give his hind feet. I do not know the man, from a human point of vue I have no clue who he is but he said he could and did the job. Professional means a lot of things. I need their help but not everywhere and all the time. I will try and post a magic stick thread every next months to tell whether we do improve and it works, and how we did, or to say fail and who helped, and how.