Saturday, June 28, 2008
Pony Club Ground Work: Soft and Softer!
This morning our barn had a U.S. Pony Club meeting and we worked on some ground-work things. I'm such an advocate of polite ground manners for horses, as a pleasancy thing and as an investment in their future (because who wants to buy or deal with a rude pushy horse in this horse market?). Eight lovely horse and PC member partners worked hard on getting soft and obedient in a clear communication context.
So often we see really awful horse handling --dragging a horse around by its face, hollering and cursing, or the horse dragging the handler around the show grounds in a sweat-fright. I loooove working on softer and more trusting/trustworthy ways. That was our job today:
We had a good time and from the youngest among us to the oldest, had some real progress toward soft, trust-based leadership:
Of course all the galoots in the pasture who were not being included had to come and observe:
And a good time was had by all. I hope!!