Yesterday I was told about an incredibly dangerous off the track thoroughbred who was on his third trial for a new home – you know, where they’re for sale and you take them home to see if they’ll suit you. He’s been sent back twice already – well three times if you include why he’s for sale in the first place. He’s been known to pin people against the wall in his stable, he’s picked them up and thrown them across the room, he rolled someone under his feet and stood on them deliberately, he bites and kicks and threatens people routinely. But, quote “He’s perfectly OK when she rides him and he’s a good jumper, so she can put up with all of that other stuff and thinks she’ll keep him.”
She can put up with it? WTF????
How loudly does a horse have to scream to be heard, for someone to listen and take action to help this horse? Does he have to actually kill someone? What’s the bet, that he’ll run out of people willing or agile enough to avoid the teeth and feet and off to the knackers he’ll go for dog meat – completely undeserved because it’s the wanker humans that deserve the consequences not him.
I know, I know … I get it… I slipped out of loving everyone unconditionally for a minute and I was being harsh, because none of us know what we don’t know and none of us learn until something happens to drive us to look for a different way – I spent years obliviously putting up with screaming horses – but the words reflect my frustration at the kind of thing that I still see and hear of FAR TOO OFTEN.
The horse world has changed folks!
The world is now full of horse men and women promoting all kinds of ways of treating horses kindly, of listening to them in all kinds of ways that would solve this horse’s desperate plight.
Every “problem” solved just creates a deeper bond with your horse. To have a good relationship that enables us to problem solve easily, we need to listen to our horses and then we need to take action on what we hear. (That’s something you’ll often hear me say.)
There’s a reason that we get so much success here with horses that are considered difficult and dangerous and why they’re welcome in my clinics and on my programs – it’s because we LISTEN TO THEM and even more importantly WE TAKE ACTION ON WHAT WE HEAR / FEEL. And yes there are limitations. Not everyone is going to have the skill or knowledge or athleticism for that matter, to solve every dangerous horse. For example, Sue on staff here took on two horses that were beyond my skill and athleticism at my stage of life and by crikey she and the horse’s have done a fabulous job together. But I have waaayyyy lost count of the amount of normal every day people who have solved big problems that professional horse “trainers” couldn’t solve. And they used our simple recipe of using Feel for their horse in everything that they do.
Feel brings you the ability to solve every “training” problem, Feel helps you to understand WHY they’re behaving the way they’re behaving, Feel enables you to listen to them in the way that best suits YOUR natural talents, Feel helps you find ease and even joy in things that used to be so difficult and considered “problems”.
The Key to the Kingdom of Horses is our foundation lesson on Feel, if you haven’t seen it yet, then you can grab it here…
Today’s photo credit is to Equine Behaviourist UK