Well it’s happened again, another Friday has come. We have a horse coming in from Tucson Az. this Saturday so looking forward to that. It is coming from the same place we got Zeb the Black. He is a young horse 4 years old and has had some ground work. They want me to start the horse under saddle so it will be fun and exciting.
Zeb, for those of you that are following him, is doing, well, ok. I have found out that he is a very scared horse. It will take some extreme measures to get him over this. I think it will require laying him down. Why lay him down? Good question.
Horses lay down for basically two reasons: One is to rest. The other is to die. If a horse lays down on his own, he thinks he is going to rest. If he is laid down with out his permission, he thinks he is going to die. This can be, and most of the time is, a very traumatic event for a horse. Once the horse is laid down, and thinks he is going to die, it give me the chance to touch the horse all over his body. The chance to let him know, during all this turmoil, that no one is going to hurt him, that he has nothing to be afraid of. Remember, a horse sometimes, has to be afraid to know he doesn’t have to be afraid. You have to let him experience this fear, in a control way, or as controlled and you can make it, so he can get passed it and know that no one is going to hurt him.
I have done this from time to time but only with horses that were very afraid. I don’t teach this at clinics Why? Because often time’s people do not spend enough time learning this skill, which takes time, and they think it is a trick to learn. It’s not. If a person is not careful they, and or the horse, can get hurt.
I have said this before: Extreme horses take extreme measures. This extreme measure can create great results. I’m hoping this for Zeb.
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