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Re: [RC] help with trail shy gelding - Sky Ranch

Words so truly spoken; if the horse trusts you, he will go.  It may take a
little while, so be patient at first, until your horse learns to trust you.
There was an old, old few words of advice, that I am certain most have
heard, learned, and know that it's true:  "Throw your heart over the fence,
and your horse will follow."

That "throwing your heart" applies to streams, trails, mountains, or
wherever you want to go.  If you are scared (and I have been -- many times)
and tense up, your horse can feel it.  The trainer, Parelli, had a wonderful
description -- he said to smile with your butt.  <Ahem>  In other words,
don't pucker, but relax.  It really does work.  Horses are very sensitive
animals, as we all know.  They can feel whether you're puckering or smiling.
.... :-)

Carla Richardson


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Re: [RC] help with trail shy gelding, pat holsebeke