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Annette Mickelson
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Its not all Sweetness and Light
I don't want you to think that this liberty work/relationship focused interaction with horses is all tootie-fruity fluffy marshmallow stuff.  Tex is getting a heck of a lot of treats right now -- because he is tentative and still learning to trust. Take, on...

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A Different Kind of Liberty Work
What makes Robin Gate's liberty work different is intent.  It's liberty relationship and liberty play. Its relationship. Let me try to explain. I'm an American rider, living in the Western United States so that frames my experience.  And there are exception...

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Weighting the Scale
How do you get a horse like Tex, who is so distrustful of the human race, to put his protective coping behaviors behind him and joyfully join you in relationship?  Why would he want to leave the safe corner of his pasture, the company of his friends, or his...

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Liberty Training with Robin Gates
I learned so much over the past four days, its hard to know where to start. We worked with Tex, of course.  He made huge progress and we were able to create some fissures in the layers of emotional scar tissue he has layered over his true self.  He uses ind...

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Good News for Jackson
Yesterday, we drove Jackson down to Clements for his visit with Dr. Linda.  The magical wonder vet; sport horse specialist and competitive eventer.  Her husband is a stadium jumper -- you know the ones who jump those wicked high jumps.  The exam room and of...

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There It Is
This morning Brett and I rode together again.  But, this time he rode Pistol while I rode Lucy.  It was a whole different ballgame.  Both horses were happy and relaxed -- and focused. Lucy and I had the best ride we've had in years.  Seriously, the best rid...

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Not What We Expected
Friday I managed to leave work a tad earlier than usual.  As I drove home, I thought about riding Lucy with happy anticipation.  She has been so forward and happy to work since her stifle injections, and, when we work, she is starting to look strong and mus...

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Worried
...about Jackson. Remember, we have a new farrier who came out and did a bit of work on Jackson three weeks ago.  He didn't get too aggressive because Jackson was clearly uncomfortable.  So, he scheduled a return visit a few weeks later to finish up the tri...

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The Chicks are Here
After the bobcat decimated our flock, I ordered chicks online from the company we have been using for many years.  Breed selection is limited before April so I ordered chicks who would be available after that date.  A couple of the breeds I wanted were sold...

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She's Back
Lucy, that is.  The stifle injections were exactly what she needed. We have had a couple of "different" Pessoa sessions since we got back to work, following her latest injections. For the first session, I brought a shiny new lunge whip with me up to the dre...
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