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Would Your Horse Know What to Do?

 

Help me! Help me!

The man called out as he came lurching down the path, a rifle clutched against his chest.

Yikes!

 

I was hand walking my leopard Appaloosa, Spotzy, with a friend when we noticed the armed man coming towards us.

Quickly realizing that the man’s “rifle” was a realistic-looking pellet gun, we ran to help him.

The man had been bitten on his right hand by a large rattlesnake.

 

With the snake’s venom racing through his body, the man, who I’ll call John, told us that his lips had already turned numb.

And now he felt the numbness spreading. John was really scared.

And he started to freak out.

 

I knew that the quieter John was, the better his chances of recovering from the rattlesnake bite.

Since I seemed more adept at calming down the panicked man, my non-horsey friend ran back to the ranch to call 911.

(Yes, this happened years ago - before we all carried phones with us!)

 

Don’t forget, I had my horse...

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A Surprising Use for Your Lead Rope

 

***Important note about the video: Please be gentle! Your pressure should be VERY LIGHT and the movements should be subtle "suggestions." Never use force. Keep your hands and shoulders soft and relaxed.***   

 

Don’t you love when something good comes out of something bad?   

 A number of years ago, my client Suzanne had a bay Morgan gelding with a suspensory injury.  

Despite several months of veterinary care, farrier attention and TLC, the 12-year-old gelding was still off.

 

What ended up helping the horse was surprising.     

 

Here’s what happened.

Suzanne asked me to give her horse, whose name is Bravo, a hands-on session.

I knew that helping the Morgan move more easily through his rib cage could alleviate stress on his front legs.

Less strain on his fore legs meant that he’d have a better chance of recovering from his suspensory injury.  

 

But we had a small problem. Bravo wouldn’t...

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Improving a Horse’s Ability to Hold Up His Legs for Hoof Trimming

Damn it! Just give me your leg!” Hearing these harsh words, I snapped my head around. Just as I suspected, a farrier was holding onto the hind hoof of a horse who was trying to break free of the man’s grasp.

The farrier, Joe*, had been patient with the big chestnut Warmblood. But Joe’s patience – and his back – were wearing thin. He had completed the trimming job, but he told the gelding’s owner that the horse needed stretching exercises to improve his ability to extend his legs. Joe picked up the chestnut’s leg again, and began to stretch it behind the horse. This time the gelding pulled it away from Joe violently.

Someone’s going to get hurt”, I thought. Both the horse and Joe were in danger of sustaining an injury. I caught the owner’s eye. My face must have conveyed my dismay, because she suddenly asked Joe to stop.

The woman thanked Joe, putting a check into his large, calloused hand. As he got into...

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