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El Blanco

Socializing

December 2009

El Blanco is getting more and more acquainted  to the other horses. He is good friends with Prince Elmelund and Romanesque. The white Maestro and Winsome keep him at a distance.

I notice that El Blanco is getting more social and less fearful of other horses. Especially if there are other horses in the riding arena when I'm training El Blanco. At first he felt threatened as the horses passed him. This was reflected in ears back and threaten. But now he's more familiar and more comfortable with it.

Thanks to Romanesque and PE! Watch the video:

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Marble ball in the bottle

November 2009

El Blanco is really a "marble ball in the bottle'' horse.

A marble ball fits into a bottle and you can easily put it in a bottle if you keep it just above the bottleneck. 100% guarantee that the ball then goes into the bottle. I you would like to throw the marble ball when you are 5 feet away  then there is 99% chance that you will miss. Unless you gradually expand your distance day by day, then you have more chance of success.

We should train our horses so that the marble ball always goes into the bottle.

And El Blanco is REALLY a horse where the marble ball is NEVER allowed to go next to the bottle, because he will be like a chicken without head.  That means I have to set up the training for 100% successs. He has to stay in his comfortzone and gradually and very carefully I can then stretch this comfortzone.

It's all about providing safety and comfort to rise his condidence in me, the tools, the exerise and himself.

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From ex-stallion to gelding

September 2009

El Blanco needed 5 months to evolve from ex-stallion to a gelding. He is still a very energetic and sanguineous gelding, but I like that.

I can train him while other horses are in the riding arena, in the beginning that was not possible.

The motto with El Blanco is 'festina lente' (hurry slowly), to keep balance in his mind and to keep him relaxed.