Category Archives for "Animal Wisdom"

Burning Question – “Do you still want to be ridden or officially retire?”

As our horses age it can bring up a lot of emotion when we grapple with how to best care for them. Good on you Jo for asking a hard question – one that could mean changes in the way you spend your time together. When relationship comes before riding then these changes are easier to adjust to.

Finn said that he was tired and would appreciate short stints of riding then some leading then back to another bit of riding. He was grateful to be asked and showed a picture of him and Jo in native bush taking life at a leisurely pace. Finn knows Jo will listen and that he is very loved.

Burning Question – “How can I help you learn? Why the biting?”

Horses never disappoint with their clear (some might say blunt…) advice that is always encouraging. Some how they can effortlessly give constructive advice without judgement – a skill my kids would say I need to polish up on!

First up was Bud – his owner was sick of being a chew toy and she wanted to know what he was trying to tell her with his biting. As he calmly and gently came into the session he replied with “She is rushing me, I take time to settle into things. Show me, explain to me and then gently do it”.

Emm, I know I’m guilty of this one…like a Rushers Anonymous meeting – “I’m Suze and it’s been 0 minutes since I last rushed”. He showed a little soreness, but it was feeling flustered that made him bite. Each horse has their natural rhythm and when we do things out of sync with that rhythm it can really throw a sensitive horse.

Next up was Dennis – his owner wanted to know about his training preferences – “Think about the human you enjoy interacting with the most, and who best helps you to learn/understand. How do they act around you?” Well Dennis was delighted to answer – he didn’t name names but he was very clear on what energy he enjoyed the most. His first two words were clarity & smile.

He showed a situation where he felt him and his human were really in the connection game together. The trainer was poised to let him know exactly when he did what he was asked and reinforce this with a big pat and celebrate how clever he was. He called this ‘Poised to Praise’ and said ‘it feels good when you are delighted’. He said he shows more of himself when the energy coming towards him has a ‘look at you gorgeous boy’ feel to it.