Fraser has stuck as a call name for Pétillant. The name Fraser is connected to my French and Scottish family roots. It is a proud name befitting of a horse of his stature. The transition to releasing him onto a quarter section of land with a pair of geldings and a herd of cattle has been smooth. He is behaving as a horse should!
It is easy to slip into the mind set that our horses are not going to make wise decisions in their environments. The desire to protect him and insulate him from experiences is strong, but this mindset is an anthropomorphic judgment stemming from fear, and would be a conflict in respecting him for being a horse.
Fraser has the best of both worlds, he approaches humans when he sees them, and can be free to explore on his own. I am fortunate that I have this option for him. I have had no problem catching him or grooming him, that is, once I find him in his forested range. Needless to say, I am off to a good start on my exercise program for 2019!
Our training journey begins with Pétillant (born: June, 21 2018) on December 26, 2018. His living arrangement is ideal for a young horse. He has claimed an enriched environment of a large forest with hills, exposure to wild animals, varied terrain, two boys to play with, sixteen well bred and dignified Murray Grey cows, and one Murray Grey bull aptly named Mr Croft. He will also be loved and respected for being a horse, training free of anthropomorphic judgments (easier said than practised). The essence of my training goals are to truly respect him for being a horse throughout training.
He has had a super foundation from the breeder, he leads, has had his hooves trimmed, and has generally been handled well for his first 6 months of life. Before being released into his new vast world, I will teach him some simple games with a target, groom him, put halter on, take halter off…bonding time. Training sessions will be short, simple and clear yet fun for us both.
For the next two years he will grow, and gain confidence feel his body and move around as much as he can. While having weekly training sessions to teach him about life with humans. He will be trained with the principles of Equitation Science with heavy emphasis in the R+ operant conditioning quadrant. When he is 3 and ready for some light riding he will be trained in the methodology of Légèreté, great care will be taken to consider his developing and growing body. He will be given the time that he needs to mature physically and mentally. He is a horse first, it is a simple fact that will be honoured and respected throughout his time with me.
First trim with his expert farrier Annick Dallaire. Annick is a major part of the team, she explains what she is doing and why. She trims horses for their own health and balance, she is astute at picking up physical imbalances in the horses by looking at their feet. She encourages me to trim my own horses and she is a fabulous teacher. The team effort is a collaboration of professionals working towards a common goal, the health and wellbeing of the horse first and foremost.
Odds are if you have come across this post, you have already questioned some of the coaching and training methods that you may have been exposed to. You are not alone…
The Inner Balance is dedicated to presenting kind, efficient and fair methodologies in training horses and people. Equestrianism is a communication between horse and human. The development of this communication, brings joy in working with our horses that interacts and connects with us.
Research into logical and science based training practices, has deepened this connection with my horses. It is about teaching a clear and consistent language to the horse. Building this communication bridge is profound, through this understanding of the horse real communication can occur. A broad knowledge base from credible sources is a requirement!
The training process requires discipline, and is free of ideas surrounding dominance and submission. Turn to the guidance of logic and the scientific approach, by considering equine behaviour, learning theory (human and equine), neurobiology and biomechanics.
The philosophical principle of Occam’s Razor can be applied to equestrianism. When presented with two problems, the simplest solution tends to be the right one. Selecting the simplest solution comes with the least amount of assumptions. Understanding of concepts are demonstrated with clear concise and simple explanations of training principles. Open the door to harmonious interactions with your horse!
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