Equine trick-or-treat – give me something good to eat…

“Trick or treat – smell my feet – give me something good to eat” – my little five-year-old grandson goes around saying this and thinks he’s very funny. I think it’s rude, and I told him if he’s polite he may get far more treats!

At Halloween the topic of treats comes up of course, but it comes up often with horse work. I don’t want horses sniffing my pockets all the time, getting pushy, over treats. It makes them demanding and disrespectful.

Food helped Zuzka realize that the ball was not a scary monster. Once she watched the boys playing with the ball, and getting treats, she wanted to try it herself. Here she presides over the ball, as if to say, “see I’m not afraid of it now!”

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Report on the Carolyn Resnick Waterhole Rituals Clinic, Spirit Horse Ranch, Oklahoma City

It’s been many years since I hauled a horse over 500 miles to an event, and generally it was to an endurance ride. This time, Patches (my non-endurance horse) and I just returned from the Carolyn Resnick Waterhole Rituals Clinic held at Spirit Horse Ranch near Oklahoma City. Hosted by certified Carolyn Resnick trainer, Ruella Yates, the two-day Waterhole Rituals clinic was an amazing event for all who attended. The clinic was followed by two days of lessons. The horses and people made great strides under Carolyn’s tutelage. What I love about this method is that there is always something more to learn. Even though I know the rituals, I learn them deeper each time I see Carolyn work or read her blog.

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