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    11-01-2012, 10:55 AM
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Weanling
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I saw an amazing thing yesterday. I have been taking my 30 yr old son who is autistic and has a mental age of about 10, up to the farm where I board my two Clydesdales to get him used to horses. He is getting more confident as my two boys are so laid back and as Adrian doesn't speak, doesn't do eye contact and can't read expressions on people's faces, the horses are wonderful with him. Well we went to catch the horses in the field to bring them home for supper. Anyway, the younger horse, Saxon (aged 18months) started nuzzling my son and then trotted off a few yards before coming back and doing the same thing again. My son, who doesn't speak very much, seemed to get a message and followed. Saxon broke into a trot and Adrian, my son started to run. Saxon waited until Adrian caught up and then side by side, horse and young man ran together across the field. The look of joy on my son's face was worth more than any lottery win. Saxon, like my other Clydesdale will never, ever be for sale. Those boys have given me some of the most wonderful moments and they are priceless.
Here is Saxon just before he left his breeders in Ireland to come to me.
     
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    11-02-2012, 04:47 AM
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Trained
That's lovely! It's great isn't it, that animals are so in tune with 'what lies beneath' with people that they seem to communicate so well with people that are more 'real' with them, than with more 'normal' people who often come with a lot more baggage, plans, opinions... despite *appearing* to communicate well!

Just don't forget that as much these 2 may enjoy eachother's company, Saxon is a horse, so might want to indulge in 'horseplay' with your son with his hooves too, so keep safety in mind.
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    11-02-2012, 05:12 AM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by loosie    
That's lovely! It's great isn't it, that animals are so in tune with 'what lies beneath' with people that they seem to communicate so well with people that are more 'real' with them, than with more 'normal' people who often come with a lot more baggage, plans, opinions... despite *appearing* to communicate well!

Just don't forget that as much these 2 may enjoy eachother's company, Saxon is a horse, so might want to indulge in 'horseplay' with your son with his hooves too, so keep safety in mind.
Don't worry! I know all about 'horseplay' and safety is absolutely top priority. There was a real difference in body language on this occasion (from the horse) and he was being genuinely gentle. However, I have seen him and Patrick play with their buddies and it does get a bit rough at times. I stand well back when the Clydes really indulge - usually about half a mile and a fence between us...LOL
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    11-02-2012, 05:37 AM
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Yearling
That's just sweet! <3 Animals are just the best therapy!
     

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