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Maverick

 Maverick came to me 2 years ago as a 6yo. I'd come across him when giving horsemanship lessons to a friends daughter and her friends, and commented that he was a nice looking pony. Maverick had a number of "people problems". He was walking all over his owners, biting and bucking. They felt totally intimidated by him, and found it impossible to move him from their personal space.

He had a bad reputation in the pony club community, regarded as a lazy and a bit of a slob, the way he slopped around.

My friend rang me when he was about to be sent down the road. I said I would take him, as I thought I could sort him out and rehome him. Maverick arrived just before winter so I decided to turn him out in the herd for a while, to sort out some of the attitude problems. I am fortunate to have a lovely group of horses, nice well rounded animals of all ages and because they have lived together for many years they are a very settled herd.

 Well they hammered poor Maverick. His habit of getting in ones space and not moving did not go down well at all. He was bitten so many times that his coat looked like a patch work quilt!! It was several months before he was let in the group properly. Gee he got good at moving his feet when asked though! :D lol

It has always fascinated me watching how new horses assimilate into the herd. I have found that nice compliant horses fit in almost immediately, but the worse the horses problems are, the harder time they get from the herd. Horses know they are not normal and just won't accept them. We need to take responsibility for that, as we are the ones who put those problems into the horses.

A year out with the herd and I bought Mav back in to start working with him. It was awesome, I had a new Maverick...one who was respectful of space and had a fun, curious and very happy disposition. I was able to just carry on the good work the herd had done. In fact I now consider him as the eternal optimist, he always looks happy to be here :)

Mav needed a lot of help with his posture, he had no idea how to move with any balance, just sort of stumbled around. He couldn't bend, he was as straight as a bit of timber and initially I thought he had a physical problem! After a couple of weeks on the ground just yielding and doing ground work he started to improve. I began taking him to my monthly lessons with Julie Malcolm and he went through a sky rocketing transformation with her help...it is quite amazing!! I've never had a horse progress so quickly.... I decided to keep him as he's such an exciting little horse.

I guess what Maverick shows us, is that he was always a talented horse, his owners just didn't have the knowledge to understand what he needed. This isn't in any way a criticism of them, they are lovely people and did their very best for him. There are so many opportunities out there for us to increase our knowledge, it's essential that we do, thousands of Mavericks out there need our help :)

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Louisa Andrew
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