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"Inside every wild horse is a gentle horse. And inside every gentle or domesticated horse is a wild horse. Never, ever, forget this. You can't change millions of years of nature's programming. You can't force a horse to like you, you have to convince him that you are his friend, his leader, and a part of his herd, even though you look like a predator."  Pat Parelli

  Horse Psychology
"To understand the psychology of the horse you need to understand his perspective on survival. Almost every reaction is based on this need to survive. ..there are only four things that are important to horses: 1. safety, 2. comfort, 3. play, and 4. food. 

Once a horse knows he is safe, he will put effort into staying comfortable. If he feels both safe and comfortable, then he will play. Horses are extremely playful, social animals. " Pat Parelli

Leo's Lady Trouble!

She joined our family on October 15th, 2005.  he has established her place in our hearts.  

Check out Lady's new forever friend, Rose.  Scroll down to see her. Click here.

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Isn't she gorgeous!  We thought so too when we saw her.

She is just 2 1/2 years!  Don't think I'd last 8 seconds yet.

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Poetry inlady_in_motion-liter.jpg (107990 bytes) motion!


  Lady_roundpen_brite-net.jpg (208158 bytes)To die for! 
2newhome1.jpg (137335 bytes)Going to her new home today   lady_smpaddock_sm-net.jpg (115557 bytes)Curiousity


lady_roundpen3_sm-net.jpg (163968 bytes)Registered Quarter Horse, can't you tell.   2newhome2.jpg (77131 bytes)It was hard for her family to say goodbye


lady_roundpen4_sm-net.jpg (177874 bytes)   Baby-Lady-net.jpg (137647 bytes)Lady as a baby - how cute is she!
100_0024-KW1-sm.jpg (252234 bytes)Carrots! Her favorite treat. This is in her new home at Kingswood Stables.     KW-kissses.jpg (51279 bytes)A kiss for a carrot!


lesson1.jpg (701446 bytes)Lady in training, Parelli style!   lesson3.jpg (664526 bytes)Lady and Jenny Vaught
lesson2.jpg (804058 bytes)Lady is very attentive   lesson4.jpg (573308 bytes)Now I get the instructions.
Lady's newest digs!  
barn1.jpg (488927 bytes)New Barn!  Misty morning! cherry1.jpg (343545 bytes)Lady has a visitor to keep her company! Miss Cherry.
cherry2.jpg (685420 bytes)Hello.  cherry3.jpg (608110 bytes)Stable-mates!
Aaaah, that's it, right there!
cherry4.jpg (619175 bytes)We can share! cherry5.jpg (421377 bytes)Nice pond, nice neighhhhbors, nice place!
cherry6.jpg (521676 bytes)Thanks for visiting, I'm glad you like the accomodations! barn2.jpg (747660 bytes)The humans are great too!
cherry7.jpg (434093 bytes)You sleep, I'll keep watch. ladyawake.jpg (745707 bytes)Rested and Refreshed!
rose1.jpg (449751 bytes)Lady's forever friend, Donna Rose arrives! rose2.jpg (753001 bytes)She's been through tough times, but no more!
rose3.jpg (894513 bytes)Nice place you have here Lady. Feels homey! rose4.jpg (875612 bytes)So much green grass! Where do I begin?
rose5.jpg (902151 bytes)Smile, you're on candid camera! Sorry, too busy eating. rose6.jpg (753419 bytes)You are right! Grass is more important!
rose7.jpg (659420 bytes)I could get used to this, Lady. rose8.jpg (691563 bytes)Yum, umm, um. What's that? What did you say?  Yummy!
rose9.jpg (586084 bytes)Not enough hours in the day! Just keep chewing! rose10.jpg (643416 bytes)Time to go in already?  Yep, keep moving.
rose11.jpg (490160 bytes)Is this horse heaven? rose12.jpg (614027 bytes)You got it, right thru this gate. Head for the barn. Dinner is almost ready!
rose13.jpg (692603 bytes)I just want to check out the grass over here first. rose14.jpg (617130 bytes)Not me.  I'm going in.
rose15.jpg (530228 bytes)Hey, where is dinner? Yum, there is hay out here. I'll munch while you wait! rose16.jpg (688564 bytes)Dinner isn't ready yet.  No sense wasting time waiting. Let's eat more grass!
rose17.jpg (688385 bytes)All this grass is making me thirsty!  Water tub is at the barn. rose18.jpg (759141 bytes)I see it, thanks.
rose19.jpg (643906 bytes)Aaaah, refreshing! rose20.jpg (690123 bytes)Ok, so where did you say dinner would be served?
rose21.jpg (922031 bytes)Ok, we are getting tired of waiting for dinner! Let's get some more grass, more grass, yea! rose22.jpg (899058 bytes)Humans@! Sometimes they are so slow!
rose23.jpg (905511 bytes)Can I get some help here? I can't reach the itch! This is what we call pampering! Get used to it Rose!rose24.jpg (606136 bytes)
rose25.jpg (582801 bytes)Oh, yeah, right there, no, a little to the right, that's it! Aaaah! I could get used to this.  Every day? rose26.jpg (547134 bytes)What did you say?
rose27.jpg (523969 bytes)What is that you're doing? rose28.jpg (495625 bytes)Oh this is something new coming from a human.
rose29.jpg (536449 bytes)It's not so bad, actually.  Actually, it's kinda nice. I think I like this! rose30.jpg (533745 bytes)Did you see that?  Did you get that on film? Tell me you got it!
rose31.jpg (623486 bytes)One more time. Your last chance to capture the moment!  Got it? rose32.jpg (1029016 bytes)Let's go back to the schmoozing!
Rose3-13-11-009-sm.jpg (824685 bytes)Just a week later! Losing the winter fuzz and putting on some weight!

"A word about punishment: Horses do not respond to punishment. They don't understand anything that happens later than the instant they acted, and will become fearful of emotionally based actions from a predator.  Reinforcement is the key...Punishment is an aggressive act, a predatorial act, and often involves anger. Reinforcement is without emotion, is delivered as if the horse did it to himself (like running into your elbow when he tries to bite you!), and it is instant.  It happens as a consequence of the horse's action rather than at our discretion. Punishment is delivered too late. Unless the reinforcement is instant, the horse will find it hard to associate it with his actions. As long as the human punishes a horse, shows anger or aggression, the horse will always perceive him as a predator, not to be trusted. It will affect the relationship." Pat Parelli

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  Prey and Predator
"Horses don't think like people. That's why so many people have problems with horses. To get along with horses, be safer, and achieve personal excellence, we need to learn to think like a horse. Put yourself in the horse's shoes. You are a prey animal. Your whole life is spent trying to avoid ending up as somebody's lunch. Your eyes are set on the side of your head so you have almost 360 degree vision...You can see potential predators approaching from just about any direction, and you're always on the alert for them. You also have acute hearing and any rustle or unusual noise could signal the approach of a predator (things like rustling plastic can sound just like this!) For a prey animal like you, one second's hesitation could mean the difference between life and death.

You, the horse, are the supreme athlete. With your primary means of survival being escape, the first thought is always going to be to run. You make sure you are never in a confined or narrow space where one or more of your escape routes might be blocked. Your speed is all you've got, but if you are cornered you have one other option: fight for your life.

You have lightening quick reflexes, can strike, wheel and kick in almost a single move. You are not usually aggressive, will choose flight rather than fight, but if you have no option you will do whatever it takes to defend yourself. 

Predators (humans) are easy to identify. Predators have eyes at the front of their head, and walk boldly and directly straight up to things they want. They smell like what they eat (meat). They focus hard on you when, they're trying to catch and kill you but most of them can't run very fast. It's only when they catch you by surprise or gang up on you that you haven't a chance." Pat Parelli.

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