Australian Brumby Challenge ©
After taking it easy with Bright in week one I now felt he was ready to amp things up. On Tuesday I haltered him after initially putting the rope over his head, he took this very well and stood still. Throughout the week I have continued to practice approaching Bright, rubbing his face and walking off, as he was still nervous of me initially approaching him. We have worked on leading and then disengaging his hindquarters anytime he becomes unstuck.
He then had a couple of well-earned days off.
On Sunday I introduced the plastic bag, again this was a non-event and within a minute I was able to rub it all over him and wave it around. Next was the rope, I practiced rubbing and throwing this all over his body.
We are now gaining a clearer line of communication. He will calmly move off around me when I ask him and will stand still when my body language is relaxed. He is quite soft in the halter and always tips his nose into me.Over the last two weeks bright has had quite a bit of exposure to tractors, cars quad bikes and dogs, all of which he isn’t very fussed about. I find him to not be an overly reactive horse, but more of a thinker.
VBA Bright is a nine year old black gelding who was caught with his bachelor mob from the Bogong High Plains regions of the Alpine National Park in Victoria in winter, 2014. Bright was gelded and turned out into a large paddock at our Brumby Junction sanctuary to get used to life on a farm. Brights trainer in the Australian Brumby Challenge is Amy Eighteen.
What a great little horse Bright is. This week I have taken a slow approach with bright, working on gaining his trust and confidence in me without pushing him too much. He has proven to be a willing learner that catches on quickly. It took him very little time to learn to face up to me and disengage his hindquarters when I would move around the round yard.
Friday I roped him in an unconventional manner, I started by introducing the rope to him in the same way I introduced the stick (approach and retreat) until he was comfortable with it being rubbed over his face and he began chewing on it. He again learnt very quickly to give to pressure of the rope and would lead around the round yard. He is now moving into me for pats on his face and neck.
I have not yet haltered him but I don’t feel he is too far from being ready. He keeps showing me a playful side that I am excited to see develop as his confidence grows.
Amy’s passion for horses started at a very young age, with her commencing work in the animal welfare and education sector aged only 17. For the past 6 years, Amy has been operating her business as a certified equine dentist and barefoot hoof care professional.
The platform on which Amy bases her training is to first gain trust then build confidence before she can ask for respect. She believes in becoming the comfort zone for her horse, never getting greedy and ALWAYS rewarding a try, even if she doesn’t get exactly what she was asking for. Amy finds these methods create a relaxed horse that becomes a willing partner and defuses the anxieties that can be associated with training.Amy has a passion for environment and sustainability. She feels Brumbies are a part of our history and she wants to see them managed in a humane and sustainable way, with programs such as the Australian Brumby Challenge to create awareness on a greater scale. Amy is looking forward to being part of a program that assists in promoting Brumbies as the versatile, kind and gentle horse they are. With her broad exposure to the Equine industry, Amy can greatly contribute to the promotion of the Brumby and the issues they face.