Early this morning I watched Dr. Deb’s ‘True Collection’ video from the GHM seminar. At the end of the video she shows a picture of Oliver standing with front feet on a drum, while she talks about the back and how raising the base of his neck is illustrated.
I don’t have a drum, but I do have a step on the back porch of my barn. When I went to feed my little cart pony this morning, in addition to all our usual ritual, I decided I’d see if he’d place just the front feet on that step. He did, no problem.
Then he did an amazing thing. He got this surprized “Heyyyy!!!" expression on his face, and did the most luxurious neck stretch. Then he gave me this look that told me I got full and complete credit for that awesome feeling!
It was the most incredible moment--seriously, I am going to purchase one of those half-barrels they have at Lowe’s when I go out for stall shavings today.
OOh, you won't want to do that, Wondering: those half-barrels certainly are not safe. They will collapse or crush when the horse stands on them, and that will destroy all the trust and excellence you and the pony got out of the first experience. You must never double-cross a horse by asking him to do something that is going to hurt or frighten him or get him trapped.
Instead, please use the Google Advanced Search function to pull up the threads in this Forum that have photos showing SAFE platforms and drums. -- Dr. Deb
yeah, I tried this with one of those seemingly sturdy plastic mounting blocks and my horse stomped down on it and cracked it! Luckily she didn't go thru it and wasn't at all hurt. I'm going to look up how to make a safe one!