We have a game plan and goals. However, with this guy there can't be any sort of a timeline. I'm always careful not to let my timeline adversely affect the horse but I do usually say "by June we need to do abc." Things need to happen on pippins time. He's a very kind horse and would put up with stuff even if it scared him. It's important not to take advantage of his kindness. Horses like this need frequent short interactions. Nothing ground breaking. Nothing the big showy "horse whisperers" would do. Just baby steps for as long as it takes.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Pippin has come a long way since pony up came to the rescue. When they brought him home he couldn't tolerate human touch. No one could get close enough to put a halter on. He didn't know what a treat was so bribing wasn't an option. But they never gave up. Slowly and steadily progress was made. They hired trainers when needed. He is a different horse today. He can be haltered and ridden. However, he has a long way to go. He can't be haltered by anyone. He needs to know and trust his handlers. To have the best chance at a good happy life he needs to be able to trust more people.