I remember one of the most profound learning experiences Beans and I ever had together. She would always run away to be haltered. Catching her was a project and sometimes even took hours until one of us would give up (90% of the time, it was me). One day, I finally had enough. .
I had her in a paddock, separated from the other horses and we went to work. Any time she took a step towards me, or had her ears facing me, I'd reward her and take my pressure off, but any time she came close and ran away (ha-ha you can't get me), I'd make her run even more. I'd put the pressure on for a few minutes and release until she was back to being focused on me. We did this for almost an hour until she suddenly stopped in her tracks and looked right at me. .
We had a staring contest for about 15 minutes. We were both tired and both stubborn, and in my head, I kept saying "I'm not moving. She needs to come to me." Then, something magical happened. She began licking and chewing. In the entire time that I owned her, that never happened until that moment. .
Licking and chewing is a sign of submission and respect and on the inside, I was screaming with excitement. I walked towards her and put the halter on, and from that day on, she never ran away to be haltered. A small win for some, but this was huge for us!
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It's hard for me to believe, that in just a few days, it will be three months that my horse, Beans passed away. She was 28 years old and had a very long, tough life, and my only goal with her was to make sure she was happy and healthy. .
Having gone to school for equine business management, and learning to ride hunter/jumper since I was 15 (I was late to the crazy horse girl train), I observed early on, that the most important things about working with horses was our equitation, how expensive or new our riding gear was, and how many blue ribbons we could bring home. .
I failed at all of those things, and I'm okay with that. .
Beans and I didn't get to do a whole lot of riding or intense training. We spent time working on ground manners (because she had none), and not running away to be haltered. We accomplished both. .
She was one of my greatest and hardest lessons, and I'm so grateful that we had each other for awhile. .
Horses are such incredible creatures, and I love getting the opportunity to still work with with them! .
One of my all time favorite equine images I've ever been able to capture. ❤️ Right now, I'm offering a free session giveaway in honor of my horse who recently passed away. Being able to capture the bond between horse and rider is how I began my photography career, and it's something I've seen my clients truly cherish. Even though my horse is gone, I love being able to look back on our journey together. It helps with the healing.
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