Continuation of rug training
After two hours of wearing a rug, the same weight as a bed sheet, she allowed, given patience and 50/50 understanding of body language, a heavier weighted rug, a similar weight to a light weight downie, on. This time no surcingle but TWO, yes that’s right two belly straps which had to be collected from the underside of her and crossed over each other, then attached to two slip buckles on her near side (her left side) – how tremendous is this. . . . It absolutely proves that TRUST and TIME can resolve many an issue and puts in to the distance previous negative experiences.
What we forgot to add, that whilst working with new items we have absolutely no head collar or neck collar on her, so there is no form of control to trigger any historic fears of humans being negative with her. This is all done totally naturally without force but more importantly by using 50/50 communication and reassurance in a way that she accepts . . . halter free and natural equine training . . . totally wins every time.
We really are so proud of her and because of the way she starts to blink after such an achievement she knows she has done incredibly well . . . bless her.
Photo to follow in daylight . . .
and here is the first daylight photo of this amazing mare with a rug on . . .