That’s right! Storm is five years old as of …July 21.

It’s been a great three years. I still can’t believe he’s mine. I baked him a horse-friendly cake, showered him with kisses, and got his registration papers officially transferred to my name. Oh joys.

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Here’s what Storm is up to these days:

  • Very seriously dieting that Fjord pudge off his belly (but he loves his grazing muzzle …???)
  • Carrying me and my saddle around at a walk and trot
  • Lifting his hooves very daintily for me
  • Getting doused with pails of cold water
  • Doing liberty and on-line work in a picadero at a walk, trot, and now canter!
  • Backing up more easily
  • Leading forward more easily
  • Standing at the gate waiting for me when I get home from work

Need I say more? Is there anything Storm isn’t doing? Well in fact ….

  • He can’t make up his mind which is his more difficult side to lunge on, so he switches it periodically
  • He can’t trot over cavalettis for the life of him (makes losing weight terribly hard)
  • Can’t trot for more than half a mile without acting like he’s dying
  • He can’t go anywhere new without taking a solid roll and sniffing the ground profusely
  • Can’t stay away from humans
  • Can’t take that silly-happy look off his face

Okay. So he’s the perfect horse except for his slow personality (which isn’t that bad because it means I’ll never have to worry about being galloped away at random).

Happy birthday, Stormy! I love you so much!

P.S. (This is the part where I move to a completely random subject.)

I’ve recently felt the need to read or watch something educational. Starting to train Storm under saddle has made it clear how much I’ve been relying on my intuition and previous knowledge, and now it’s kind of run out. So I was picking through our books, wondering if KFH had something in store, but quickly throwing out that idea because I feel Storm needs a more humble approach (sorry Klaus. I’m German too, so I can say that.)

I pulled out GaWaNi Pony Boy’s illustrated book ‘Horse Follow Closely’. It reminded me of why I recommend that book to everyone. A) It’s SIMPLE B) You can read it in two days, and don’t need a degree in philosophy to understand it C) It’s a SOLID, INTUITIVE, PEACEFUL method that you can apply to any training program.

I was sitting around in Halifax two years ago, wishing to know more about Indigenous horse training techniques. Google was providing me with no answers, and I was searching every keyword and site under the sun besides a few really bad words I can think of. A trip to the central library took me straight to the only horse training book on their shelf: GaWaNi’s book. It wasn’t just luck. The book takes you through the history of horses in Indigenous tribes, from traditional war paint to legends and fireside stories told by elders. And then, once you thought there could be nothing more to know, you actually start the training program he offers.

LONG story short, this rabbit trail is just here to (nudge nudge) suggest you read the book … and tell me what you think!

 

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