What happens when the mind and the feet of a horse Vote “No” to the handlers request? Watch this free video to see Part 1 of a 4 part series.
Vivi is a two year old. She crowds into people and seeks freedom from restraint. The isn’t sure what is expected and is uneasy around people at this stage.
Vivi is learning how to combine stillness and remain thoughtful on her end of the rope. She offers a disunited gallop depart to freedom, but is willing to reconsider without a fight.
Notice, too, that the opportunity to learn more about resistance and fighting is not available to horses in a feel-based approach to the placement and timing of the hooves.
Leslie discusses the importance of separating posture from speed and direction in young or green horses when establishing a foundation.
This way, horses can integrate the human expectation of obedience and need for reliable responses to understandable, feel-based handling without sacrificing the instinctual experience of themselves as prey animals.
Prey animals like cows, deer, sheep, goats and horses are inclined to run for safety when they sense danger or lack sureness, just as Vivi clearly shows in the first and second videos.
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