A New Environment Today’s session started with introducing a new environment. Last time Valiente was in the indoor arena, he felt so trapped and terrified that it took Sarah an hour and a half to catch him. Today, despite being in a place that he “knew” was scary (and we were wearing Halloween costumes!) he… [Read More]
Back to Basics – Haltering
Back to Basics… Haltering Edition Today we are working on haltering, but if you would like to catch up on Valiente’s story, take a look at our first two posts here and here! Today we went back to a super basic but critically important skill – haltering. As you will see in the video below,… [Read More]
Can You Pick Up Your Feet?
In this visit with Valiente, Sarah works to get him a bit more comfortable with day-to-day interactions, including picking up his feet. If you would like to catch up on Valiente’s training journey, check out our first blog post with his history here. Can You Pick Up Your Feet? As all our equestrian readers know,… [Read More]
First Meeting with Valiente!
Meet Valiente Giovanni Frappuccino! This horse is so special, he needs three names 🙂 When we visited Colorado Horse Rescue to look for our next sponsor horse after Odin’s adoption (check out that little tear-jerker here…) we may have been a bit influenced by trainer Sarah’s obvious love for this big guy. Valiente’s Story Valiente… [Read More]
Odin’s Adoption Day!
Odin’s Adoption Day! Odin’s adoption journey has certainly been a memorable one for us, and on June 30, he stepped into his next chapter. We are so happy for Odin and his adopter and wish them many happy trails in the years to come! Want to see Odin’s journey from the beginning? Start here. In… [Read More]
Part Two: The Mounting Block
Part Two: The Mounting Block If you haven’t been following along, catch up on Odin’s story on the Colorado Horse Rescue website (here) and our previous blog posts. After a little heart-to-heart (as shown in the last video “Part One: Attitude Adjustment”) with Sarah, Odin decided he was ready to go to school at the… [Read More]
Part 1: Attitude Adjustment
The (minor) Attitude Adjustment First, the good news! Odin has definitely found his confidence. Today, that translated to him doing a bit of testing during the first part of the training session, which quickly turned into a gentle attitude adjustment. Horses can be quickly labeled as “bad” because they don’t immediately rush to do what… [Read More]
Flag Desensitization Introduction! If you haven’t been following along, catch up on Odin’s story on the Colorado Horse Rescue website (here) and on our blog posts from March 27 (here) and April 1 (here). Today, we got to watch some flag desensitization. Many of you may have seen this before, and may not have been… [Read More]
Patience is a Virtue
Our session today was all about patience! If you haven’t been following along, catch up on Odin’s story on the Colorado Horse Rescue website (here) and on our latest blog post from March 5 (here). Today’s mantra is… Odin has been making great progress since our last visit, and the day before this video was… [Read More]
Check-in with Odin
If you haven’t been following along, catch up on Odin’s story on the Colorado Horse Rescue website (here) and on our latest blog post from March 5 (here). Today we just have a quick check-in with Odin! Recall that when Sarah and CHR saved Odin from auction, he was a terrified unhandled stallion. On intake… [Read More]