I love this feature photo! The concentration!! Michaela is acting as interpreter while Alex demonstrates. For me, this symbolises what the course was about – people coming together, despite the language barrier – to learn a universal language that horses – and other animals – can understand!
In this post I am focusing on Giulia’s horse Lady, who I have mentioned previously – and the changes we saw in Lady over the three days. Alex used The Runway Lesson to help Lady find her balance. I will direct you to Alexandra Kurlands Clicker Center Blog – the post on The Runway Lesson in her JoyFull Horses ebook.
Make sure you read to the end! There is a lot of information there – but it is a very valuable lesson. With Lady – even though she was learning to step on a mat – that wasn’t the end goal. The goal was really to give her an awareness of her body – to help her find her balance. It was a series of ‘backwards and forwards’ one or two steps and food delivery. I will post photos over the three days.
The photos above were taken on the Wednesday. Alex introduced Lady to the mat via the Runway Lesson.
On the Thursday – in the second photo -Lady was standing on the mat.
I can see changes – can you? Look at the very last photo!
I love watching the detail of this work – and I do love taking photos!
Now here is another horse which was at the clinic – the beautiful Cleopatra! She is an Italian Heavy Draft.
Stefania has done a wonderful job with this horse – once again – as is the story with so many horses – she has had a difficult past.
There were also two other horses – Miriam had her young horse Galileo – a Maremmano colt. He was so quiet and calm – a credit to her training and the breeding. She was there with Katarina who bred Galileo. Katarina had brought her horse Entei to keep Galileo company. Here are some photos. In the photo on the right Rebekka is spending time with Entei while Michaela helps out.
Michaela rode both her horses – Asfaloth and Graya – I enjoyed watching this. I will include a link to Michaela’s website, where she tells the story of Asfaloth and how she developed him into a superstar!
Here is another link where Michaela talks about classical dressage and clicker training.
I will leave you with some more photos.
COMING UP – CLICKER TRAINING – NOT JUST A TOOL – A MINDSET!