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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Is This What They Mean by "Loads Well"?

Is this what it means in the horses-for-sale listings when an ad says that a horse "loads well"? These two photos are from an amazing series taken in Poland this spring when the floods were so bad there. An amphibious military craft became a makeshift horse van. This draft horse is certainly being a good sport about climbing into the vessel. How many horses would even try? It obviously took a few attempts to get him on board. I guess the water was too deep to lower the ramp. This photo reminds me of all the natural horsemanship lessons of getting your horse to walk willingly onto a trailer. It's doubtful whether the fellow in the boat is a genius horse whisperer or this horse has been through a NH seminar but they eventually got him into the boat. The fellow in blue is doing a great job of staying out of the way. Photos from fOTOGLIF

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1 comment:

Kerrin Koetsier said...

Isn't it funny how we can make a task out of something that is supposed to be so natural?! What it really comes down to is prior and proper preparation, and being ready for events when they do occur. You probably find that the handling the horse received throughout his life, gave him what he needed to trust the guys to load him onto the boat.

Kerrin Koetsier
Parelli Central