|" Donnie "|
As everyone knows Donnie has had a hard time trusting people since we got him about 10 years ago. We’ve gone through much research and heartache finding the right combination on how to give him the confidence he needs. Over the years he has come to trust us, along with the farrier, vets, dentists, etc. Also, once his PSSM was diagnosed and his diet changed he’s become much more comfortable with himself.
We’re trying to give Donnie jobs that he can handle easily and in turn feel good about himself. He excels at clicker training and he’s doing very well with longeing with and without a saddle. We’re hoping that if he continues to advance in his training one of us will be able to ride him in the Spring. By one of us, I don’t mean me, I mean my ‘crash test dummy’ daughter.
He’s one very smart horse and he’s also very sweet. He’s the first one to greet you in the morning with a cheerful nicker and he gives Donnie-hugs every night. It took a long time, but he trusts us now and looks to us as his dependable caretakers and maybe even his family. Who knows?
I wish that more people would take the time with their horses and give them what they need. Abused or sick horses deserve the care we can offer. We’re supposed to be the smarter species although sometimes I’m doubtful about that. The thing I do know for sure is that we gave Donnie the care and took the time with him to gain a little confidence in himself with each passing year and in return he has given us his heart. There’s no better feeling than having been able to play a part in helping him be happy and healthy.
Until next time
Give a horse what he needs and he will give you his heart.