Welcome to Fern Valley
Here in central Alberta prime farm country,my husband Martin and I work together raising beef cattle and Appaloosa horses. Fern valley appaloosas have long been known for their quality of temperament conformation and color.I have recently rediscovered a love of writing and have published 2 collections of poetry. "Telling Tails" and Tails Trails and Campfire stories" . I look forward to a future spreading my wings as an author and as a horse woman .
Friday, 25 January 2013
Run for it?
Two in a row thinking posts! maybe you better run!
I have been known in conversation so say I don't run. I wont even run from a fight !
That said , under the right circumstances , I can and do run, pretty darn fast too . But it is a rare occurrence.(too old too arthritic, too lazy)
Especially with horses, if you run to them or after them ,it ends badly ,if you run from them?
it ends badly.
First thing to remember , you will never no matter how good you are or how hard you train you will never be able to run faster than a horse. That's just the plain hard truth .
With horses in general, they run we walk. Or we stand still . When we want hem to come to us , we should not chase them , a hard to catch horse is a lot harder once he has you running after him. rather keep him moving till he wants to stop, then move him some more , and then stand and release pressure . Does it always work? yes and no sometimes it seems to take more than we have to give ,but does running after them work???
And then there is colts running at or after you , as counter intuitive as it may seem DO NOT RUN ,if you run, you are doing two very dangerous things, 1) you are turning your back on something that can hurt you 2) you are responding the way a submissive herd mate or playmate would , and they will give chase. which leads me back to the " I don't care how good you are or how fit YOU CANNOT OUTRUN A HORSE"
What brings this train of thought? Harley, who thought it might be fun to give chase to Martin this morning. Martin stopped and put up a hand and Harley veered away and stopped, but if he had run from him...
You ever raised an only colt?? They can be wonderful , and a lot of fun. But they don't learn herd dynamics without a herd. You become the herd and being a herd mate if you run they chase.Stay ahead of this , be the herd boss and stand your ground . Teaching an only is not the end of the world but it takes a bit of doing , and some extra management.But i can be done and done well with patience time and consistency .
Harley is doing well, living outside full time now with his little shed and a larger paddock . Also has daily turnout to rip and tear in a larger area, close to the girls , who are at least over the fence giving him some stern lessons in manners. It looks like Andee will make a good babysitter and as things progress he may have her in with him for company in time. Meanwhile he is doing OK, and actually standing nicely to be haltered and returned to his pen at night.
So are there reasons to run when dealing with horses? yup but not many . emergencies happen , run for the phone to call the vet , or to the gate you forgot to close. Or as I said a long time ago, to the house if you are in a hurry . "If you are in a hurry , hurry home YOU ARE DONE"
That is all for now , hope to get out and take a few pics soon . And for those who are not on Facebook, I have an update on Maggie!
meanwhile, stay warm and safe my friends