Tag: working with abused horses

Lily’s Story – Part 7

It’s been quite a span of time since Lily 6 was posted.   We had regrouped from Lily’s explosion and continued with her training. Her explosion was one of total fear and loss of mental control.  Because of this we returned to ground work.  I…

Lily’s Story Part 6 – Making Mistakes and Moving on

Lily, Lily, Lily!! That’s what I heard myself say as I watched in horror as Lily exploded into the air… with Amy astride! Oh my goodness, there is so much to learn from this horse. In the last update (Part 5), I felt confident…

Lily’s Story Part 5 – Learning “Feel”

Horses will keep you humble! In the last post Lily was finally accepting Amy’s leadership. Their bond was strengthened and trust became deeper. We were steadily moving forward in a positive direction, however, not without challenges. Lily has a background of abuse. I believe…

Lily’s Story Part 4 – Following the Leader

Lily’s in-hand work progressed quite nicely. Initially, she was difficult to catch and halter, but that was quickly fixed. She learned to follow Amy and Brian’s body language. She would move forward freely, back up, step laterally, and would stand at a halt, coming…

Lily’s Story Part 3 – New Beginnings

Lily was now safe with her chosen people. Many of the neighbors had farms with horses, and yet she had passed them all by to get to the Morrises. One has to marvel that she knew where to go and how to communicate her…