Good morning! i did a quick video to share some highlights of the amazing & insightful talk given by Rupert Isaacson & his Horse Boy Foundation team on the first day of the Equine International Summit. They are doing beautiful things to serve autistic children & their caregivers all over the world.
They are also improving the physique of the donated horses that they work with, using a simple approach that has a very surprising origin. Donated horses are often older, retired horses or horses that have mobility issues (horse people would say that they're "not sound"). Rupert discovered a simple yet very effective technique to revamp the physique of these horses, and he discovered that it also improves their mental well-being (In his words, the horse goes from "F**k no! i'm not working with you!" to "Well, maybe I'll work with you" to "I'm enjoying working with you!"). He learned this technique with Portuguese horse trainers who train...
I'm about to head out to Jim-A-Dee Ranch for the start of the first day of the Equine International Summit where I'll be leading a creative workshop on Sunday. Super excited! made a quick video for you - it illustrates perfectly just how much of a beginner "vlogger" I am - forgot to put the phone camera in landscape and also didn't notice the buzz of the house air conditioner in the background!! oh well - I just wanted to share with you what a lovely day it is out here and how upbeat I am about discovering a new venue, seeing some old friends and discovering new people who are all passionate about horses and healing! :)
The photo is my cousin Christine Terry, the amazing, talented and VERY hard-working Volunteer Director of the Victory Therapy Center, greeting one of their oldest therapy horses who going to retire from the center this week, to head out to his homeland pastures of Oregon.