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Practice Just Hanging Out

Practice

Now, we feel that you have acquired enough Awareness and Knowledge to actually begin the Transformation. 

It’s time to go out and practice what you’ve learned from the videos.  Either inside or outside depending on what type of horse you have (which you learned on Day 2). 

If you want to listen to one of the podcasts  while doing so, this is a good time to do it!   We suggest the following: 

The importance of a Passing Grade podcast, episode 59

A reminder of how to use this course: click on Mark Complete below and tomorrow you will move on to Day 5. 

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I picked this up this for my younger horse who I’m just restarting to give her a better experience of humans than she’s had before, & finding so much new too for my older “black belt” horse who I went through the original WS plan with years ago & thought I knew pretty well. Thank you Warwick, for all the journey over the last 8 years & still to come

I love the fact that every time I listen to these videos or podcasts I pick up something new. I have just lost my old boy that I had for 22 years and have a delightful young horse to work with at the moment. I am learning and appreciating so much and it’s so much fun to be on this journey together. I just listened to the importance of a passing grade and it really spoke to me about some of the corners that we inadvertently cut. I’m going to be more aware with my new boy.

This is an interesting podcast. I have done matching steps and just hanging out with him. I had started walking my horse on a lead daily for at least an hour to create a better connection. I would go into his stall and he would come to me and want to go with me. It seemed to be going great, for a while; but then he just started stopping and didn’t want to walk any more. I got him to do small circles so he would want to walk away from that spot and continue on. That seemed to fix the problem for a few days; but then it started again. He is now reluctant to leave the stable with me now. I feel like I am constantly failing to listen to my horse or do the right things to help him.

Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) January 9, 2024 at 11:00 am

“I had started walking my horse on a lead daily for at least an hour to create a better connection. ”
This part is about travelling together, with emphaisis on the “together’. If she stops and stands, you are still together. The video you are replying on is “practice just hanging out”, If he stops, just hang out. If he goes, go with him

When do you feel comfortable starting your horse under saddle? I have my 19 month old that I bought when he was 8 days old. He is growing every which way. I know they are still growing a lot at 2, however everyone at my barn starts them when they turn 2. I wanted to wait until he is 3. Still doing tons of stuff until then- he already knows more than most his age. Everyone seems like they are expecting me to start him at 2. Just curious as to your thoughts. I’m sure you’re going to say go with my instinct, lol.

Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) January 10, 2024 at 11:31 am

Istarted Chance when he was 4

Good stuff. The first question about being sour when grooming was quite applicable to my mare. I had a recent incident just before I started this course. I had a good ride on my mare the day before and I went to saddle her the next day, the ears disappeared as I was tightening the girth. I don’t girth up quickly so I stopped. I knew something was up although didn’t quite know what it was. I was concerned it might be s I addle fit. Said something to my friends who were there and we discussed what could be the issue. I tried to girth up three more times and got the same reaction. At that point I figured things were NOT going to go well if I got on, so I pulled the saddle.

One of the friends was amazed and couldn’t understand why I just didn’t get on. Told her, because I know what my mare can do, I didn’t feel like dying and wanted to see my next birthday. I just had a gut feeling it was not going to be a good ride. After the saddle was off I ran my fingers down each side of her back and when I got back to the spot her ovaries are located, the ears disappeared again. This was on the left and there was no reaction on the right. She has painful heat cycles and since I had horrible cramps when I was younger, I totally could relate.

Interestingly after that day (she lives in a pasture with three other horses) she has started coming to down to greet me. She will sometimes canter down to see me. Prior to this she would not leave her friends.

It really does work to pay attention to them. Excited to continue on this journey.

Shara Teo avatar sharateo@gmail.com May 1, 2024 at 7:49 am

I practiced just hanging out in a new paddock together and my horse grazed for about 10 minutes, before getting zoomies and trotted/cantered around the yard and got quite sweaty. Is that normal behaviour?

Also how do you know when you are ready to move on from the hanging out step?

Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) May 1, 2024 at 10:10 am

Usually you will hang out where they live, you said it was a new paddock?
It may not jhave had anything to do with you being there, he may have done it in the new paddock anyway.
You’d like to hang out until your presence doesnt bother them any more, they may even come up and start to hang out with you.

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