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[RC] Teaching to drink - Diane Trefethen

k s swigart wrote:
...In the long run, I suspect that the latter is a better stragegy for
developing a successful endurance horse as the former trains your horse
to be finicky while latter teaches the horse to take what is on offer
when it is on offer because it may be a long time before you ever get a
better one...

Bay-Abi was a working horse.

I believe it was in the Bay-Abi issue of Arabian Horse World, August, 1984, that Sheila Varian tells a story of the first time she took Bay-Abi up into the hills (after stray cattle if I remember correctly). There was this really nice stream just before you started climbing and then NO water after that. Well, Bay-Abi farted around, wouldn't drink, yada, yada, so Sheila just took him up into the hills. About 8 hours later, after rounding up strays in a hot sun with nothing to drink, they came back down and at that stream, Bay-Abi tanked up. Sheila said he never forgot that lesson and that he would always drink whatever water they found out on trail.


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[RC] Horse Quencher, k s swigart