Horsemanship

Michael Peace

Many years ago now I was called to trim a mare with major farrier issues. I was told 'a fellah' will hold it for you and deal with any behaviour problems. That 'fellah' turned out to be Michael Peace www.ThinkEquus.com. Michael said to me "any problems just step off to one side and I will deal with the horse." He was as good as his word and we completed the trim quietly and safely and although I had no idea what on earth he was doing he sparked a passionate interest in me to find out more. Since that encounter I have tried to watch as many people as I can who I consider to be better around horses than I am and there have been many.

Ken Faulkner

Ken (Pictured Left) has been such a massive influence for me.  So often it's simply about finding someone who can teach you. Everything I have seen Ken do I have felt comfortable with and, normally, I've learnt from it. Although I smile as I remember watching his early clinics, when I would have to walk away and quietly process information while missing great chunks! Thank you Ken for all your shared wisdom www.AustralianNaturalHorsemanship.com Now when I work with horses my entire approach has changed from the newly qualified farrier I once was. Dealing with horses feet is a physically and mentally tough career choice but taking time out to try and learn to see things a little more from the horses perspective has been beneficial beyond words and a massive thank you to all who have, and continue to, contribute to my knowledge base :-) So I am definitely NOT and I do not claim to be a horse trainer. However that said, I am privileged that some owners with horses who have farrier issues seek me out for help. This is one such mare.... She would either jump through / over the farrier & kick while attempting to be shod. She was scared & defensive with occasional dominance thrown in for good measure. Including some dietary changes we gave her time to work through her catalogue of issues sometimes she was pressed hard, other times she needed space & time to investigate. ALWAYS! I allow a horse the time it needs to smell me or my tools before I begin working on its feet. For this mare to approach her as a farrier wearing chaps & ready to go would have been way too much. For me this kind of work is very hard to describe in terms of job satisfaction When I actually manage to help not only the horse in that moment but better still enable it to move on & cope thereafter well I think its more the feeling of the bond with that animal that “does it” Like so many of these cases I have grown to love this mare! Please however, DON’T make the mistake of thinking I’m “flakey” I see horse politics as a full on contact sport & will engage them with full on contact if they take the conversation in that direction. My attitude is very much that I’m not a bully, I will do whatever I possibly can to make things as comfortable as they can be & I will not loose my temper But I am.....the leader!
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Horsemanship

Michael Peace

Many years ago now I was called to trim a mare with major farrier issues. I was told 'a fellah' will hold it for you and deal with any behaviour problems. That 'fellah' turned out to be Michael Peace www.ThinkEquus.com. Michael said to me "any problems just step off to one side and I will deal with the horse." He was as good as his word and we completed the trim quietly and safely and although I had no idea what on earth he was doing he sparked a passionate interest in me to find out more. Since that encounter I have tried to watch as many people as I can who I consider to be better around horses than I am and there have been many.

Ken Faulkner

Ken (Pictured Above) has been such a massive influence for me.  So often it's simply about finding someone who can teach you. Everything I have seen Ken do I have felt comfortable with and, normally, I've learnt from it. Although I smile as I remember watching his early clinics, when I would have to walk away and quietly process information while missing great chunks! Thank you Ken for all your shared wisdom www.AustralianNaturalHorsemanship.com Now when I work with horses my entire approach has changed from the newly qualified farrier I once was. Dealing with horses feet is a physically and mentally tough career choice but taking time out to try and learn to see things a little more from the horses perspective has been beneficial beyond words and a massive thank you to all who have, and continue to, contribute to my knowledge base :-) So I am definitely NOT and I do not claim to be a horse trainer. However that said, I am privileged that some owners with horses who have farrier issues seek me out for help. This is one such mare.... She would either jump through / over the farrier & kick while attempting to be shod. She was scared & defensive with occasional dominance thrown in for good measure. Including some dietary changes we gave her time to work through her catalogue of issues sometimes she was pressed hard, other times she needed space & time to investigate. ALWAYS! I allow a horse the time it needs to smell me or my tools before I begin working on its feet. For this mare to approach her as a farrier wearing chaps & ready to go would have been way too much. For me this kind of work is very hard to describe in terms of job satisfaction When I actually manage to help not only the horse in that moment but better still enable it to move on & cope thereafter well I think its more the feeling of the bond with that animal that “does it” Like so many of these cases I have grown to love this mare! Please however, DON’T make the mistake of thinking I’m “flakey” I see horse politics as a full on contact sport & will engage them with full on contact if they take the conversation in that direction. My attitude is very much that I’m not a bully, I will do whatever I possibly can to make things as comfortable as they can be & I will not loose my temper But I am.....the leader!
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