Equine Discrimination and Special Training Skills


June 13, 2013 – Jerry Finch

Today our esteemed web mistress made a mistake which she claims was the first in her life. In a moment of excitement, she accidentally sent a post to everyone, including FaceBook and Twitter, which said absolutely nothing. She apologizes, as I do. Occasionally computers take on a life of their own and the little flashing arrow isn’t where it’s suppose to be. The “Oops” moment passed quickly.

flk-cc-john-corolla-wild-horse-beach-foal-155977198_54813dd383_zIn the meantime, in the world of equine there is a report of discrimination which I feel is very important, and I’m not saying this jokingly. Wild horses needs the same protection no matter where there live, be it North Carolina or Nevada. This article by Fran Jorga (who, by the way, is an excellent reporter) tells the story of North Carolina’s wild horse herd that are not only receiving complete protection, but are being integrated with another herd for better reproduction, all with the blessing of the United States Congress.

The Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act (H.R. 126) passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week and moves on now to the U.S. Senate. No gridlock, no screaming, just a thoughtful, intelligent vote for a herd of horses that has support from both political parties.

Read about it here: The Geography of Luck: Federal Protection Act for North Carolina Wild Horses Clears US House of Representatives as Western Herds Seek a New Plan

51b5ebd5a94c2.preview-300Occasionally we run across a trainer that seems to connect so quickly with horses that we need to do a double take to see what just happened. Here’s a story about J.J. Anderson, a horse trainer that impresses everyone who watches him.

Writes the reporter, “One thing seems clear. Just about anybody who has trusted a horse to Anderson says he’s the best. That’s a high bar for a 23-year-old, but Anderson has the skills and a presence that seem to set him apart. And horses, to be sure, are second nature to him.”

Read about J.J. here: Horse sense: Trainer has a way with animals

It’s certainly inspiring to see trainers that make that special connection, because so many “trainers” have no idea what “connection” means. Far too many of the horses at our ranch have gone through the horrors of macho tough training methods, including being beaten with boards, chains, kicked and endless abuse. Bringing them around to the point where they want to even deal with a human again takes more than skill and time. It takes understanding and love.

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • sherriey

    you do know why, don’t you?????

    there are no ranchers (cow) paying off the politicians to eradicate the wild horses in N.Carolina.
    the answer is simple. all wild horses are not equal. sucks….but true!

    June 12, 2013
  • Leilani Clark

    I hadn’t thought about it in that way sherriey. Of course, cattle aren’t traditionally raised on the beach. I wonder how it could change if someone wanted to build a hotel……

    June 12, 2013
    • sherriey

      honestly….thinking how an ‘easterner’ thinks…i’d bet they would leave them there b/c they would be a great tourist attraction and would bring in the bucks….remember…its all about money!

      June 13, 2013
  • Annonymous

    What a refreshing change…to read about a young man who can “connect” with a horse in order to train it rather than yanking on it, hitting it or any other heavy handed tactic(s) some people use. All animals deserve the respect this young man offers the horses he trains. Each person to claim they “own a horse, a dog, what ever the animal may be should take note of the success this young man has achieved through kindness…never through anger and abuse.

    June 12, 2013
  • Mary Anne Gardner

    Good to hear about the young man, he is wise!

    June 13, 2013
  • MorganG

    It’s OK a lot of times my posts have words but say absolutely nothing 🙁

    June 16, 2013