The girl had another show last weekend and it was like many others before – pretty standard and mundane. No one fell off and was hurt – thank you God. Those are always scary moments and I never seem to be able to capture them because I end up chewing on my knuckles until I’m assured that the girl is fine.
The most interesting thing that happened was after the show. The horses were washed, put into the trailers and I was just about to get into the car when I looked over and saw this.
Someone didn’t want to get into his trailer – C’mon Maverick, it’s pasture bed time.
I watched for a few minutes and as I do every time, I ran to get my camera.
Olivia-girl was doing her best and one tactic was to bribe Maverick.
Gently . . . C’mon Maverick . . . follow me . . .
Take the treat . . . and quit horsing around . . .
Almost . . . .
. . . but at the last minute, Maverick says neighhhhh to the treat and pulls away.
Here’s another tactic . . .
I don’t want to be a neighhhhh-sayer, but I was skeptical of this tactic, and even after all these years, I still have no idea the difference between a bridle and a bit.
It didn’t work – apparently Maverick doesn’t like a rope tied around his bum. It was a nightmare . . .
It was then that a hero horse whisperer with a pink horse on his t-shirt showed up. He took command of this situation and of Maverick. It was really amazing to watch. I’ve often times thought about what would happen if an animal as big as a horse decided to do something contrary to what the girls wanted and I witnessed it first hand. Then again, with proper handling these horses become complacent and docile. It’s amazing.
You could say he came to bale the girls out.
The Horse Whisperer took a short piece of rope with a knot at the end and began to gently tape Maverick’s hind legs with it over and over and over again. The situation was beginning to look stable.
He walked Maverick in circles one way, tapping his back end, and then reversed direction. He did this for about 10 minutes, getting Maverick used to the feel of the rope – I guess, I’m not really sure why he was doing it but it appeared to calm Maverick down and make him compliant. He was under the control of the Horse Whisperer. You could say the Horse Whisperer is now the mane man.
The Horse Whisperer moved Maverick closer and closer to the trailer and each time Maverick decided he didn’t want to get in – the Horse Whisperer would back him up and try again – over and over. Oh well, you whinny some and you lose some.
Olivia-girl reassures Maverick and if I was closer, I would probably hear a lot of horse cajoling. I think she was trying to stirrup some emotion in him.
And then, after about 20 minutes, amazingly . . .
Can it be?
He goes into the trailer! That’s the way to harness success!
But then – what? She’s taking him out? After all of that?
In order for the horse to enter the trailer on his own he must be taught to not be afraid to do so. After all, the Horse Whisperer will not always be around when Maverick has to go to a show.
I must say a word or two about how brave is our Olivia-girl. She was being thrown about by Maverick and hung in there.
Finally, after four tries . . .
Amazing . . . Maverick walks to the trailer. We all knew that Maverick couldn’t resist furlough . . .
. . . and gets in of his own volition. Now that – is how you change a horse’s mind.
I love watching the girl ride but I also love watching her and the other girls work. There’s so much that’s being taught at that horse farm that is helping them develop character and fortitude.
I would apologize for all the lame horse puns but I was just horsing around . . . (slapping my knee)
Happy Wednesday everyone -