Sunday, May 13, 2012

why wild horses?

Im feeling better, i know at least three more wild horses are now going to find homes with freinds of mine. Good result. Now im just trying to organise bigger stockyards for when these wild things arrive, so ican take on more horses, but overall im feeling a lot more positive, it doesnt look so much doom and gloom for the wild horses anymore. Its been two years though since last muster, and the origianl reason i wanted wild horses is still the same, even though ive learned and refined my techniques a lot in the last twenty four months. Horses are horses, that why i love them, they are not people, dogs or cats. However working like i do with lots of problem horses it can be frustrating to see all the man made problems, behavior wise, that we create in these animals. People forget this very basic fact horses are horses, prey animals, and they think, act, and react like horses, not people. Any domestic horse has habits its learned from us, it is complelty un preventable, some are good and some have devastating conequneces. it is always easier to train a horse from scratch, than try and retrain bad behaviour out of them. Because as soon as a horse gets under stress, or has new owners, it is hard to prevent that bad behaviour returning. The wild horses are blank canvases,underneath all that mystique surrounding them they come to me, behaving no more and no less than an equine. they dont have these artificial habits, learned from us. It is a chance to continue to learn more about horses natural behaviours, to train them how i like them to be, and give them a chancce to start their careers as riding horses with no background problems, giving them the best chance of leading a happy life. I guess the second thing is that training horses is not magic or rocket science. It takes timing, and understanding of how a horse thinks, not much more than that. working with wild horses, is an amazing experiance, rewarding and inspiring but there is no whispering or magic involved, its really very simple. if there is any trickery to it, its that it is not as complicated as people think, you just break every things down into small steps, and teach the horses one tiny step at a time. basically what im trying to get at, and the reason ive put my hand up to adopt horses from muster agian, is that these horses are the best example of natural horse behaviour, they are simple and rewarding to train, and every time they will teach you something more about the animals we deal with every day. And at the end of it, well really i just love working with all animals, and the chance to work with wildest animals as im going to get in this country, and to have a go at training them,is to big a draw card to let it slip through my fingers... if i had access to monkeys or elephants and definetly camels, it would be fair to say id give that a go as well, any animal really, except cats, who i would never trust, even my beloved working cat is untrustworthy, but thats a whole differant story...