There is nothing more wonderful than to experience a deep connection with horses.
Horses know how to be with you in the moment like no other. I remember a mare in my life, when I was about 25, that was special. I bought her with a friend. We did not have enough money to buy a horse separately nor could we pay for board for one horse, but together we had $300 and we both could afford half of the board for a horse.
We got the San Francisco newspaper and found a two year old half Arabian half saddle breed filly for sale. There was no picture.
When we went to see her it was a foggy night. We had already driven about 40 miles to see her and we still had to drive out on a dirt road for many more miles and over several cattle guards. We were told that when the road ends we were to get out of the car and honk our horn and wait for 15 minutes. The owner told us that a herd of horses would run up to us and that the first horse would be her.
Harriet and I were concerned that the horses would not come and that the first horse may not be her and how would we know if it was her or not. The owner of the herd had reassured us that it would be her, no doubt, and described her markings. The fog was so thick I could not see but a few feet. Fifteen minutes seemed like hours, but they finally came. All the other horses stayed at a safe distance from us except her.
When she approached us she was gentle and wanted nothing than to be close and loving, she was like a rag doll. We fell in love with her energy. We were told that she had no training, not even halter broken. I remember that I used a flashlight and went all over her body checking out every inch of her to see if it was her, but we still had no idea what she looked like and we did not care. That night we named her Sunshine for she lit up our hearts in the black of the night. She became our Sunshine.
We stayed with her for several hours and the herd wondered away. The fog stayed thick. We went to the owner and brought her that night. We rented a truck and trailer the next day and then brought her to her new home. We took our time with her and spent a couple of hours with her before bringing her to her new home. I brought some alfalfa and we had a picnic with her before we did anything else. We took it slowly and put the halter on and off her while feeding her carrots. I was gentle with her and gave her information in how to respond to a pull by giving to me. I walked her to different piles of alfalfa and when she had finished with a pile and felt a pull on the halter she knew I wanted to take her to another food source and she learned quickly how to be lead with a halter. She also seemed to enjoy it.
We moved her to the Golden Gate Stables. There is more to her story and I will share it with you in my next blog. The next story I will share with you is how we got her in the trailer. She taught me so much about horses from her grace and from the love we shared. The lesson she taught me here was about trust and how to influence a horse to follow my lead without braking that trust and the value of Sharing Territory.
I would like it if you would share a story with me about the moment you fell in love with your horse. Seldom do we get a change to share our most meaningful experiences with one another. Usually the stories we share are the problems we have not the joys.
There is still time to purchase a copy of the recording from the one hour webnar with MaryGaye Lebouf and myself. You will here people on this call asking me questions on horse behavior and training and MaryGaye will show you how to develop a deeper connection with your horse, developing manners, by going on an Easter egg hunt with your horse at Liberty, without tack. You can contact Teddie at email@example.com to purchase this recording and get a copy of the video links and written material for $14.95.
Have a great weekend! Be on the lookout for new horse and human sightings and may the horse be with you.