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Thank you Sharon for the words of encouragement. Sounds like you really had a dangerous experience but have over come it. That gives me hope. I dearly love my horse and had a good session this evening with him. I bought this horse because of his expressive nature and sensitivity but with that brings his ability to sense my inner feelings too. I will continue on, because the thought of not doing that is worse than the thought of keeping on this path with him. I do sincerely appreciate all your encouragement.
Ruth, I think you have to be careful with calling your horse's behaviour 'testing' because that is a negative issue which will determine the way you look at him and therefore interact with him. Every Peruvian I have met, including my own, is or was most of all insecure. Not one was rebellious or trying to dethrone me, even though it might have looked that way from a human perspective. The so called 'bad behaviour' came from a lack of confidence, not knowing where to fit in, where to feel safe, who would take care of everything. Knowing his place between the boundaries brings inner piece to your horse. If he doesn't feel like you can be in charge of the things he needs, he won't feel safe with you in that position and might try to switch them. This testing is his way of dealing with life and surviving. Never take it personal, because it is not. Just, in the nicest way you can, continue to show him these boundaries (you want his respect but you don't want to lose the trust you're building up either), convince him that you are perfectly capable of keeping him safe & happy & well while being in charge, and you will get through it, I promise you that.
Sophie- You and Mago always inspire me to tears. The relationship you have with him is beautiful to behold. Thank you for sharing your incredible journey of growth with all of us!
Kindness and patience is all it takes. Just beautiful.
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