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post #31 of 32 Old 02-27-2013, 07:54 PM
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Horsesareforever, my one horse arrived terrified of everything. 30 days spent grooming him didn't do a thing to help him relax. He was difficult to catch and difficult to halter. Once haltered he was compliant but absolutely no trust and ready to jump out of his skin in a heartbeat. He had some Parelli clinic experience and it took a stack of pics to see what was really going on with this horse. What I was blind to in the pasture I saw vividly in the pics. He was zoning out, mentally retreating and scaring the crap out of himself when here turned to reality. A horse such as this was totally foreign to me. With nowhere to turn I began searching the internet for clues as to his behaviour, which lead me to the waterhole rituals. Why not give it a try. I did and progress was slow as some days we'd have to review what we'd done as he wasn't ready to progress. More than anything he was teaching me to live in the moment, not think of yesterday nor have any plans for the time with him. Just let it happen. Caroly often speaks of having a new horse in your pasture and she was bang on. It happened one evening. I'd been scratching bug bitten areas and for the first time he began to enjoy it, just a very little. As my arms were getting tired I moved to rub his nostrils. His head began bobbing which caused me to back up a few steps, simultaneously he started working his jaw and blinking. When that stopped he shook like a dog and I witnessed the negative energy leaving his body. It looked like heat waves rising off the hood of a car. When he stopped shaking he was relaxed. Joy overtook me and I ran forward and threw my arms around his neck and he was ok with that. I now had a new horse. After this he went a full month without zoning out, did it the once and that was the end of it.
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post #32 of 32 Old 02-27-2013, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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Its good to see you too Ricci. :) Hoping to stay around and try and re-build from friendships here.. if I haven't burned to many bridges :P

Saddlebag I'm super happy to hear that these methods worked for you! Thats a nice story you shared with us. Some things work better then others for people.

Im open minded with different methods. I love to learn about different techniques. Im pretty content with how my horses interact with me.. no, they dont come running to me but they acknowledge me when I walk up to their paddock.. they meet me at the gate.. and most importantly they are happy to do their so called 'job' In return they get loved on, treats and lots of kisses .. they seem happy with that.
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