A random morning feeding experience. The whole dang thing! So unless you’re a newcomer to horses, or extremely bored, beware. It might seem like watching paint dry. But quite a few folks who can’t travel down and experience it first hand have begged for something like this. I hope it meets their expectations. In the simplest of terms it is just feeding time with our herd. But in its most complex terms this video embodies and contains everything we’ve learned in the short few years we’ve been in this wonderful world of horses. It’s a terrific demonstration of what trust can produce.
The members of the herd were called in individually, and every one of them reveal the relationship we have. We use the morning and evening feeding times to ensure interaction with each of them, and we throw in a bit of training here and there. The video was shot a year ago, almost to the day, and Noelle, our first mustang straight out of the wild, and Zeke have both come so very far during that year. On this particular day Noelle had a small thorny twig stuck in her mane. I was removing it when she tried to slip away but the thorns hung on tight and freaked her out. This is the way her reactive side has been since she came to us. That one little twig almost ruined the morning, for her and for me. But I took it slowly, and waited her out, waited for that adrenaline to drop, and finally we got back to where we started. We’ve been doing No Agenda Time with her in the evenings for over a year now and today she would have ignored the incident altogether. Yay. Progress. Also, what we feed has changed completely in the past year. We blogged about that recently. The primary change is that we no longer feed Triple Crown Safe Starch. Our foundation now is Triple Crown Premium Chopped Grass Forage. We discovered that Safe Starch contained Soy, and Mark DePaolo, our holistic vet friend in Texas, told us he would never feed soy to any horse. If you’re interested in why, it’s all in the blog post (http://thesoulofahorse.com/blog/what-our-horses-eat-what-they-dont-eat-and-why/).
I hope those of you who so wanted something like this are able to stay awake and get something out of it J. Let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy. – Joe