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Jazz Part 2 (video)

Beautiful Jazz came to me 4 years ago. Jazz had huge internal anxiety. She worried about everything, which fired up her self preservation instinct making her reactive, very defensive especially around her personal space, and was full of tension and braces in her body.

I think all her handling and starting had been your average everyday approach, and was fine for most horses. Jazz however is so highly sensitive that that everyday approach would have seemed like people were screaming at her. She hadn't been able to cope so layer upon layer of worry was filling her up, making her very unstable inside, mentally and emotionally.

I realised early on my work was cut out with her, and shelved my plans and settled instead for just seeing where we ended up. She had so many layers to unravel, there was definitely no point to trying to put a time frame on it.

Jazz was tricky to catch. She would see me coming with the halter and leave the group and head away over the paddock. It wasn't a fault in her, I just think she found the pressure uncomfortable and perhaps associated a human with a halter = pressure = feeling uncomfortable and she had to leave to a more comfortable space.

I didn't chase her, but would walk to the end of the paddock, try to catch her eye, and invite her in to me. Eventually she would turn and face me, but would never step forward...that was just too much for her. Every time I caught her from then until now, I did it exactly the same way, always invite her to come to me first. As time wore on she didnt walk off so much and generally no more than a dozen strides. Still she was never able to step toward me.

This morning I went out to catch her to go for a ride, and she was at the bottom of the paddock. I stood at the top, and she looked up at me...so I invited her in to me as usual and was just about to start walking down when she turned and walked towards me. I thought "OMG OMG is this a fluke OMG OMG OMG!!!!" So I kept drawing her and she kept walking....When she got to me,she quietly stopped and I scratched her neck and stood there for a bit...still thinking "OMG OMG!!!"

I couldn't resist, I had to test to see if this was a fluke. So I went to the bottom of the paddock, caught her eye and drew her...and down she came. Amazing!!!!!

After 4 years of the same consistent, stable routine, she must finally have felt safe enough to let a big chunk of her worry go. Her face was as peaceful and soft as I've ever seen it.

An incredible moment I will never forget. To have a part in a horse turning loose their emotions like this when you know what a struggle it was for them, is actually what the journey with horses is all about for me...moments like this. I knew I was doing the right thing, I just didn't know when or if this would ever happen. Wow....a real spine tingler of a day. Alan filmed my third attempt this arvo, I am to the right of the screen initially.

So soooo happy right now...I feel that 2018 is going to be massive....lots of amazing stuff happening!!

#ManestreamHorsemanship #Patnership #Connection #Jazz #Confidence #Patience

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Louisa Andrew
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