Today I posted this question on my Facebook page and the answers were pretty diverse and also surprising. When I thought about this question myself I thought back to when I got Kyra.
Kyra was 11 months old and was separated from her mom and her whole family herd three weeks earlier. Kyra was born in a nature reserve. As you know horses live in family groups and losing your family and moving to a totally
different environment is a pretty traumatic experience. Studies say that moving is in the top 3 most stressful events for people. I guess for horses it is even worse because they don’t have a say in it. So when I got Kyra she was stressed, wounded and totally feral.
She was in a stall but each time you would open the door, she tried to jump over the wall in the opposite corner of her stall. When I agreed to take Kyra as my horse I thought it would take me a year to tame her. I had no previous experience taming wild horses.
So I started training her with positive reinforcement. Within three weeks I could approach her, halter her, touch her all over, clean her wound and spray it with a disinfectant, clean her hooves, tie her and lead her over the premises.
My biggest accomplishment
The behaviour I am most proud of teaching her is for her to approach me and stand still while being touched. It all starts there. A horse that runs away and tries to escape you is not ready to learn anything else from you. So that is one of the behaviours I taught her that I am most proud of.
What is your story?
Tel me: What behaviour have you taught your horse that fills you with pride? Please share your story in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear your story.
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