Sometimes you need to look back to remember where you came from.

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Comment by Ruth A. De Gennaro on March 20, 2014 at 11:44pm

Thank you Sharon for the words of encouragement. Sounds like you really had a  dangerous experience but have over come it. That gives me hope. I dearly love my horse and had a good session this evening with him. I bought this horse because of his expressive nature and sensitivity but with that brings his ability to sense my inner feelings too. I will continue on, because the thought of not doing that is worse than the thought of keeping on this path with him. I do sincerely appreciate all your encouragement.  

Comment by Ruth A. De Gennaro on March 20, 2014 at 10:59am
Thank you for the encouragement Sophie and Sharon. I do handle him everyday twice a day . Sometimes short lessons , somtimes longer ones. He has come a long way in many respects. I started having problems after witnessing a bottle raised spoiled horse attack it's new owner. I have had my confidence shaken. When I came home that day to my horse I only did what I needed to care for him, leading him in to his barn, feeding etc. Things just kept on deteriorating with my ability to just lead him. His trying to rush ahead , spooking and rushing . I still can saddle him and ride him in my arena. He has recently been learning new tasks under saddle dispite our .problems leading. I am refreshing ground work in the round pen also and that goes good. But leading down the driveway or further down the dead end road we live on presents problems. He rasied his head and then wants to rush by me. I have been grabbing the halter and giving a light signal to back a step and if no response I in crease the pressure until he complies with the request. Then I pet and reward him occasionally with a treat.
Comment by Sophie Rossen on March 20, 2014 at 10:39am

Ruth, I think you have to be careful with calling your horse's behaviour 'testing' because that is a negative issue which will determine the way you look at him and therefore interact with him. Every Peruvian I have met, including my own, is or was most of all insecure. Not one was rebellious or trying to dethrone me, even though it might have looked that way from a human perspective. The so called 'bad behaviour' came from a lack of confidence, not knowing where to fit in, where to feel safe, who would take care of everything. Knowing his place between the boundaries brings inner piece to your horse. If he doesn't feel like you can be in charge of the things he needs, he won't feel safe with you in that position and might try to switch them. This testing is his way of dealing with life and surviving. Never take it personal, because it is not. Just, in the nicest way you can, continue to show him these boundaries (you want his respect but you don't want to lose the trust you're building up either), convince him that you are perfectly capable of keeping him safe & happy & well while being in charge, and you will get through it, I promise you that.

Comment by Ruth A. De Gennaro on March 20, 2014 at 8:43am
This is bearful. You really only show the good though. I am currently having my horse test me alot. Did your horse go through periods of testing you? I have had my horse for 1& 1/2 years and now he is testing me a lot . A 6 year old, is it part of his maturation? Will we get through it?
Comment by Laura Mesia on February 3, 2014 at 12:36am

Sophie- You and Mago always inspire me to tears. The relationship you have with him is beautiful to behold. Thank you for sharing your incredible journey of growth with all of us! 

Comment by Kathleen S. Morrison on February 2, 2014 at 4:05pm

Kindness and patience is all it takes.  Just beautiful.

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