Whenever Matey and I master a game or manoeuvre, I then look to see if we can complete it with less aids or signals. When I first taught him to lay down with me on him, I used a halter and leg aid. But now we’ve progressed to the point where all I need to do is sit up and think it. It’s an amazing feeling when I don’t need to worry about my hands and I can just let my body move freely with his. I find it to be very relaxing and therapeutic....as opposed to the rest of the time when we’re running around doing crazy stuff 🤣🐎 #thoroughbred#relaxation#unicorn
If you have Matey’s ball then you better be prepared to run...lol 🐎🏃♂️He loves to get a bit rowdy, but the challenge is bringing the energy back down. Whilst it’s nice to see him full of bravado, it’s important that he’s still connected to me so I can tell him when it’s time to relax and take a breather 🐴 #thoroughbred#libertyhorse#baller#funandgames#flyingchanges
Many of you have asked me how I got Favore. Well, I can only say I was extremely lucky.
I was trying some horses to see which one I liked best while Favore and some other horses were standing at the side. I wasn't really interested in them. Some of them were spooky, others showed no interest in anything at all. Favore was one of them.
A young energetic mare that I was testing suddenly bucked me off. I fell and slipped underneath her. When she moved on, she accidently jumped on my foot and broke my toe.
The horse was taken away and I was sitting by myself on the grass. Out of know where I felt a soft nose touching my arm. It was Favore. She had come up to me to comfort me.
First I was surprised. I couldn't come anywhere near her before. But now she was standing next to me. I felt there was more about this horse than anyone knew. Yes, she was still afraid of every contact and touch. But there was something behind that behaviour. I forgot about my pain and decided to try her out. That was the beginning of our story.
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I always learn about the horses bodylanguage but up until now I never thought about learning about the human bodylanguage as well.
It is so interesting though! Humans as well communicate to 80% with their body.
Knowing the basic signs can be so helpful when it comes to any kind of interaction. The body tells what a person might is afraid to say.
Just like in the horses language a really important thing to look at is if the horse/ human is comfortable or uncomfortable.
The limbic brain still reacts as if we where living in the Stone Age trying to survive every day. Fight, Flee, Freeze are the three options horses and humans have when feeling threatened or uncomfortable. While horses are still very clear in theire reaction humans react accordingly to the extent of danger.
We might fight by saying mean things when feeling threatened, we flee by turning certain bodyparts away from the source of discomfort, we close our eyes for a few seconds when we want to dissappear for a while.
Signs of comfort on the other hand are friendly words, a body facing you, having eye contact AND being able to break the eye contact from time to time. Just to name a few. Human body language is a language on its one. By making the effort to learn about it we increase our awareness, we start to have a better understanding for one another and we will have better relationships. #mindfulhorsemanship#parellihorse#bodylanguage#naturalhorsemanship#parellinaturalhorsemanship#horse#trust#nonverbal#horsetrust#horsetraining#trotter#trotterlove#horselove#horselife#horsefun#körpersprache#pferd#pferdeliebe#traber#vertrauen#achtsamkeit
56118 March, 2019
Farm life when not working... chilling with the pets which included a cat nicknamed mini-lion (saw this lil guy eat a whole bird, including feathers! 😳) and a sexy beast named chicken killer 🐕 So named because... well you can work it out 🐓☠️ 🤣 Horsing around, exploring the nearest town and testing our cholesterol by experimenting with Dulce de Leche.... which just so happens to be one of Argentina’s tastiest treasures! 😋 Thanks to @las_brusquitas for the stay 🇦🇷🙌🏼 #farmlife#pets#galore#horsefun#explorers#foodie#dulcedeleche#daysoff#farmfam 👩🏽🌾👨🏼🌾 🚜 #southamerica#travel
It’s not impressive or a great example of training; but I love that Matey truly understands when I ask him to pick me up, and is totally willing to do so. Sure I give him a treat for his troubles, but that’s just a reward I choose to give, it’s not the only reason he does it. He loves doing things where he can make choices that lead to positive outcomes, even if it’s just me saying ‘good boy’. The technical term for this is positive reinforcement. But whilst it’s good to understand the different learning theories, I try not to get too clinical; because then you lose the organic flow of the relationship. Horses respond to connection and authentic relationships. We don’t have to be like someone else or subscribe to a certain theory or method; we have to equip ourselves with knowledge and then apply it with our own individual style. Btw: it may look like I dropped onto his back, but I actually slid down the whither...which doesn’t hurt him at all :)👨🌾🐴 #justmyhumbleopinion#thoroughbred#libertyhorse#flow .
3,5265918 March, 2019
This is Elvis, one of our school horses. Elvis will do anything for a snack, including stand for a little temporary hair color and a hat. ☘️ Happy Saint Patrick's Day! #horse#schoolhorsesrock