Well Trained…

I love horses.  I always have.  I love animals in general, but horses have a special place in my heart.  My entire life, I’ve managed to somehow keep them in my orbit – I’ve never owned a horse, always dreamed of it, and currently, am honored to have 9 horses (and one sheep) keeping me company in my pastures.

Well-trained horses make me cry.  I’m a basket case during the Olympics, and it’s probably a very good thing that I don’t have cable, so I can’t watch the many equestrian broadcasts that are featured on some of the specialty channels.

Knowing that, you can imagine how I reacted when I watched this video.  The horse, combined with the song and the dedication at the beginning, and I had to watch it multiple times just to be able to see it all the way through.

I swear to you, you’ll enjoy it.

The description that appears below the video says that she’s mute, but I don’t think that’s true…you can see her, before the ride, talking with others in the entry chute.  I think what folks meant by “mute” is that she isn’t talking to Wizard – and I didn’t see her lips moving much, although she may have rewarded him verbally.  If you watch her legs, you can see her giving him cues – moving a leg forward or back, shifting her weight left, right, forward or back.  She seems to use her hands mostly for reward, with the gentle stroking on the neck.

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3 Responses to Well Trained…

  1. Jenny says:

    Wow that’s what you call a trained horse! That’s awesome that she can ride without a bridle. Yes she’s doing all the cues with just her legs. I used to ride in all the game stuff… barrel racing, poles, etc. I do miss doing that! That’s a cool video.

  2. Ellen says:

    Thanks for sharing, Laura, I enjoyed watching it a lot! It is amazing how you can see that the horse is so dedicated to his trainer.

  3. Joy says:

    I forgot to watch this until now. WOW!!! Of course it had to be Tim McGraw singing. That made it that much better for me but that’s one smart horse and one talented rider. Thanks Laura.

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