As you all know Lauder Lass has coped with a stable rug, and outside rugs for roughly the last year and a half, but only thanks to very slowly introducing a very light weight pillow case to start with, then gradually increasing it to a folded over bed sheet then progressing to a sheet with some home made velcro straps instead of scary metal fasteners . However, because of her sensitivity round her neck where there is still an indention of about 4 ” wide created by some form of collar which she must have had to have coped with before we got her and before ‘Hobnob’ had her (for those of you who have read her book you will know who Hobnob was/is) we have intentionally left a neck piece out of the equation because of her fear of being hurt.
As she experiences all the different things that go on here, she keeps progressing (albeit little steps, but to be honest her little steps are mammoth steps to her) to having more confidence.
Well, with the wear and tare of last winter most rugs need to be re-proofed,, and rips repaired. But Lauder Lass has been very lucky in that she quite often gets a few treats dropped off for her or left over our gates. Last year a rug magically found its’ way to hanging over our gate, and this year we were offered some more that belonged to a lovely couple and their tremendous and much loved horses. To be honest we feel extremely humbled that we were offered these rugs as both the humans and the horses held and still hold a special place in our hearts, and always will. So a huge thank you to M, P and of course to Carol for their very kind gesture.
So, back to today, Lauder Lass, who before, had she seen rugs being straddled on the floor would have shrivelled up in a corner or tried to jump the doors to get out, yet today, to our complete surprise she was curious, more curious than we ever thought she would be. Perhaps she sensed the love that the previous owners had for their horses. She is after all a very sensitive and caring horse.
The first photographs are of the way she reacted when we had them on the floor, the second batch of photographs are when we very gently tried the, new to her, rugs on.
Now note there is not a head collar on her, and every movement she made was her own choosing. When we looked at the photographs taken and flicked them through, it was almost like a mini video, but without making a video with each photo ourselves then it may be difficult to see, but if you scroll down them fairly fast you can almost see every movement she makes.
Lauder Lass you totally surprised us today, well done Girl. You know it’s at a time like this that we are so, so pleased that you were given a chance to have your voice and choice to live, breathe and to have your wish met ‘ I so want to trust but am too scared to do so, please give me a chance” Well Lauder Lass, you have truly gone way beyond our expectations. You have brought many to tears, and still do, you move our blacksmiths heart every time he tends to you. You truly are and have been an inspiration to many and indeed you will continue to show all who come across you that no two horses are ever the same nor want to be treated in the same way as the other. You have taught many people how humans so take animal contact for granted . .
May your confidence continue to grow for ever.
She was just so curious, she had even been over to the new rugs on the bench at the back of her stable to smell them, or perhaps it was to approve of them – which we are delighted to say that she did!
And after, eventually managing to remove the hind leg straps we had the ‘let’s try it on’ session.
To finish off we had some relax time . . she is so, so gentle. Bless her
If you are struggling with any animal, whether it be a horse, elephant, dog, human or cat, please give them a chance or contact us for guidance.
One of the main lessons here is to always remember that each and everyone of us has our very own language and without knowing or understanding and pursuing this thought then many living creatures will remain in fear.
On behalf of many who are so, so misunderstood. Thank you