Lauder Lass excelled herself again today, but so did her blacksmith who’s parting words were ‘ it’s so easy to become lackadaisical when your a blacksmith and to just accept that each horse can be handled in ‘basically’ the same way. In fact we almost take our own methods for granted without thinking about the horse’s preferred way of being handled.
Every Blacksmith should have a horse like Lauder Lass in their lives, if nothing else but to give them that gentle reminder that actually stepping out of the ‘norm’ box often gives a much better result. Where no loud language or gruff physical actions are necessary, but where calmness, silence and pure ‘horse language’ is used. I would highly recommend all Blacksmiths or training blacksmiths work with such a beauty at least twice a year, just to give themselves that gentle nudge in the right direction or to give themselves that ‘O my goodness I have been on automatic pilot mode! She gives you almost an inner sense of sheer achievement as well as a sense of sheer delight that ‘her way’ works so well on other horses. She has taught me so much, but so have the ways that she has been handled for without that this wonderful horse would not be the way she is today.
I so enjoy tending to her, she has almost been my life time challenge . . . but a totally worthwhile one.
To see her the way she is now is just tremendous and the trust she has with her handlers is even more awesome.
Lauder Lass is my ‘lifetime’