Going beyond second chances

It is amazing how a nice experience can change your perspective about things, persons or, in this case, animals. As I shared in my last blog entrance about second chances with horses, it is wonderful how feelings can change in such a positive way. I was not scared anymore about getting close to these medieval beautiful creatures that are commonly portraited in fantasy books. The amazing turning point is that not only the fear was gone, but it had turned into excitement and happiness of seeing again the lovely Elena; in fact, I actually had missed her and when I saw her, it was like meeting again an old friend with whom bonds are tight enough.

IMG_2051Within a peaceful landscape and a green surroundings, Elena was ready to have fun. She was full of joy, despite it had been a sunny day, that frequently leads to fatigue and laziness. This was not the case and it worked just perfectly to be astonished by her intelligence, that increased with a sweet motivation. Three buckets and some treats where enough to enjoy this time with her.

As usual, she smelled my hand to feel familiar again. Then, I pampered her with some tickles in her neck and brushed the black mane. When she loses her haw and stares at you like if she was smiling, is an affirmative way of saying how much she likes it, and absolutely, a “please don’t stop” expression. But Elena knew that there was something else; something that not only called her attention, but her stomach desires: treats that could only obtain by being polite, obedient and making an occasional wit, just like a house pet.

After the game started she knew what to do, where to go and how to behave. First she stepped back as a sign of respect. Then, she waited the instruction to go towards the first yellow bucket, touch it with her nose, and come back to see if she had earned the tasty price inside the black can. This was the moment when no pressure was allowed; a patient and meek behavior would be the credit to take the treats’ payback, and indeed, she earned them one time after another. The jackpot for Elena came after several games when she was able to receive not only a few, but a whole portion of comfits that was left in the bottom of the bin. She was there, eating happily, while I was sitting calmed and joyful of the moment.

That was Elena, a serene, docile and charming creature that not only gained some candies, but the affection of someone who used to be scared of horses, but now is pretty close to become a huge fan of them.

Here is Maria’s first blog reconnecting with horses.

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Maria is a student with Stina in St. Vincent and you can learn more about Stina’s work with horses here

It is a privilege to be able to teach the language of horses and how to connect with them. Here is another of Stina’s students connecting with Elena and Magic on the Richmond Beach. Enjoy!

 


You can stay with Stina at www.richmondvalehiking.com and learn more about horses.

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