At present most of the world is in lockdown while we get this virus under control. So many lives have been lost – as well as other’s lives being disrupted. It’s a tough time for all. However, I am in the fortunate position of living on land and having my horses here. My lifestyle hasn’t changed too much.
I came up with the idea of posting a video each day while we are in lockdown. They will just show everyday life here in the horse shed as I look after my four boys! I’m sure some will be more interesting than others! I will go through hoof trimming and worming with Magnum – and also putting a rug on him for the first time. Here is the rug video
If you have been following my blog, you will know Magnum’s story – from the horse that could not be touched to a clicker star! You will also understand why the process of introducing new things – and even familiar things – is so slow and steady!
I also feature the other three horses. I try to give them all a turn each morning! Here is Ducati having a turn!
We are coming out of a wet summer – Saadi has Queenland Itch – or Sweet Itch so requires daily attention – and unfortunately this year Magnum has had a skin condition all over his body – as well as the regular pastern dermatitis. Danny has cut his leg, which I am bandaging – and recently Ducati trapped himself in a group of wattle trees in the paddock and had to be rescued!
This video shows Danny getting his leg bandaged!
So there is never a dull moment! And through all these moments, it’s the clicker training that shines. It makes each step so much easier – and the only time it fails is when the trainer (me) messes up! But fortunately horses are very forgiving!
The more I do this, the more I learn – I gain more and more understanding – I constantly try and put myself in their hooves! I want to treat them in a way that I’d like to be treated.
I always think of the words Karen Pryor said to me when I met her at Clicker Expo in 2014. She asked what animal I trained as she signed a copy of her book for me. I told her I train horses. “That’s wonderful to hear” she said…. “Because horses are the most misunderstood creatures and there needs to be more and more positive reinforcement trainers for them…”
I also know I made a promise to them. If you go back to this post you can read about it Part 23 – Equitana…… an awakening….
I will keep working on that promise. I will keep being kind. And I will keep on spreading the word.
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And please stay safe during this time!
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