I will happily make appointments with anyone who is happy for Tracey to do the physical aspects of the work with me supervising. From there I can also supervise your work with your horse.
One of my enquiries about a horse problem came from Nikki yesterday, who owns Miniature Shetland filly, Lolly. She and Lolly have eighty acres that they can roam when they mood takes them, and until recently they have enjoyed their walks. Unfortunately on one occasion, Lolly, who is normally very confident, got in a bit of a flap about some chickens that she met, and then just a few days later, was chased by loose dogs and got loose herself. Understandably she isn't so sure she wants to go exploring any more and plants herself instead. Nikki and I discussed some techniques that she could use and combine in order to help Lolly to overcome her fears. In a nutshell these were:
- Go out with a calm companion
- Replicate the 'bean bag race' but without racing, walking to a point and then returning part-way and then going a bit further or a bit nearer, and then returning to the beginning and so on
- Extending her world again by taking short circular routes like the petals of a flower
- Following and engaging with some controlled chickens/dogs making sure that Nikki is in control of the pony and the stimulus
- Rewarding with clickered treats using a three click system (rather than one click one treat)
|We have the technology to control chickens|