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  1. Laura
    January 23, 2013 @ 11:31 AM

    Kim…
    You hit the nail right on the head. I would have to agree, slapping the horse is not a pat. Do you think scratching or ‘rubbing’ the horse would offer more of a soothing, rewarding application.

    I like where you say you broke things down into manageable steps. Manageable steps for you and for your horse. Very important to take your time and not miss any steps. This is where so many people get in a rush and then when the chips are down, things get un-stuck and the horse starts to bold again. Sometimes it just takes time and patience to understand and break down the barriers.

    Let us know how this horse progresses.
    I had a friend who had a horse which was terribly head shy and she did similar things until the horse became trusting of her (and hungry enough) to allow her to touch her head and ears.
    ~Laura

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  2. Denys Kelley
    January 2, 2013 @ 9:55 AM

    I believe that touching, patting is connecting with the horse. They are amazing animals. And just like with people – trust needs to be build.

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    • Kim Wende
      January 2, 2013 @ 4:29 PM

      Yes they are amazing animal and it is so important to gain their trust. Thanks for your comment.

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  3. Nanette Levin
    January 2, 2013 @ 8:16 AM

    it sounds like you spent some rewarding time with this stallion. So glad to see you were able to connect with him. I find each horse is different in terms of where they like to be touched – and how. Thanks for underscoring the importance of taking small steps to gain a horse’s trust.

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    • Kim Wende
      January 2, 2013 @ 4:28 PM

      I’m with you Nanette as I too find each horse different just like with people. I am all about the horse and that is why I take the time they need. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Hale Yes
    January 2, 2013 @ 12:31 AM

    Love it Kim. I’m not a horse person any more, but yours is a very compelling story. Oh Hale Yes!

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    • Kim Wende
      January 2, 2013 @ 4:26 PM

      Thanks Hale I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment.

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  5. ShannonP
    January 2, 2013 @ 12:18 AM

    Interesting, I haven’t heard before that we aren’t supposed to pat a horse. I have been horseback riding several times and pat the horse I was riding without any comments from the owners. Of course, I pat them the way I would pat my baby on the head, the dog, or my grandma’s hand.

    I will definitely be saving your info for the future when we are ready to enter the world of horse ownership!

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    • Kim Wende
      January 2, 2013 @ 4:26 PM

      I can’t help myself as I pat all of my horses just comes naturally to me, but there are people out there that will tell you not to pat the horse. When you get a horse I look forward to hearing more about him or her.

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  6. Debra Jason
    January 2, 2013 @ 12:04 AM

    Kim, that’s a beautiful story. What you said about “… you have to break things down into simple steps and take the time the horse needs in order to build their trust” is true with people too. Thanks & happy new year.
    ~Debra

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    • Kim Wende
      January 2, 2013 @ 4:23 PM

      Your right about building the trust with people too as it is very important. Thanks for your comment.

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