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.
In 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.
Occasionally 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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Habitat for Horses is always on the lookout for a few great people at our ranches. The work is unique, the animals are special and we want folks who both know and understand the special connection our animals need.