Dan Guerrera the BareHoof Strategy Schools

Several months ago,  I met this trimer and I must say that he is more than that, he is a real Horseman.

He focuses on their hooves of course, but also and especially he want their well being. He is the head of the BareHoof Strategy Schools that already open in
Norway, Finland and England. He will be in the interim ”Winchikala” stables: riding school Darioly in Martigny, Valis, Switzerland the 12th and 13th of September 2014
in order to trim your horses or just watch them for free and give you he’s professional advise.

 

A unique opportunity to know if you are on the right track with the feet of your horses.

 

Info and registration: info@winchikala.com
Esh Pewa

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www.Ride for Shift

Ride for Shift is the Platform for all the people who say YES to LOVE AND LIGHT. It is the place, where inspiring people, stories and initiatives meet. It is the space, where you open your heart, and show the world your beauty. It is the platform, which uplifts you DAILY and sets the tone for all your undertakings.

http://www.rideforshift.com/gparents/virginie-bernard/

Esh Pewa

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Exercice n°1 Winchikala

1st exercise:

 

I have here a small exercise for you, you obviously aren’t require to respond but I assure you that it takes you that catches of consciences.

The goal is not to make you feel like a nasty torturer, but to make us see our daily life from a new angle.

Take a blocking note, answer by writing point by point as if you explain it to a young child who does not understand why you love this animal in this way.

If you dry, pick up later but try to respond to all.

I returned to my childhood to formulate you! As the truth comes out of our children’s mouths?
Quiz 1:

 

1 ° Why do you like horses? And less… pigs?

1 ° bis why eat you pigs?

2 ° Why do you own a horse?

3 ° why ride you on their back?

4 ° why draw it their head with this rope?

4 ° bis and by this same rope, attach his head to a wall?

5 ° why you put him this iron into his mouth?

6 ° why you talk about him as it was a human?

7 ° why you hold this whip (or this stick) in the hand?

8 ° why is it locked in this little box?

9 ° why he can’t play and live with all the others?

10 ° why it has nails in his feet?

11 ° why you don’t let him do what he really wants?

 

Esh Pewa

 

Virginia Bernhard

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Virginie Bernhard in Nairobi , Kenya 2013

Virginie Bernhard will be giving private lessons and clinics in Subukia (Nakuru) equestrian center this november 2013!

http://kenya-authentique.blogspot.ch/p/ateliers.html

The programm will be: What does your horses try to tells you!
Virginie will translate what horses say on 4 different levels: emotional, physical, relational, and the “Water” memories.
She will also help each and individual person with theirs problems or questions about their horses.
Virginie is a international horse trainer and already gives clinic in USA, Australia, New Zealand, France, Belgium…

« Handling your horse with more freedom and confidence »

Join us for a unique opportunity to observe the liberty training methods of Virginie Bernhard, visiting Kenya as part of an international tour.
Virginie specializes in working with horses labeled as “difficult”, traumatized and wild. She also works with confident horses and owners to explore a deeper relationship.

“Horses are always right”
“Ask for much, be content with little, and reward often” “The real horse’s home is freedom, we tend to forget’’

 

Programme:
-Fast and respectful resolving of technical or relational “issues” with the horse on the ground and under saddle. -Learn how to listen to horses through observation, feeling and touch.
-Work on self-confidence, confidence in the horse and emotional self-control.
-Centered horse-riding lessons, balance work and instinct development.
-Questions-answers on personal matters concerning your horse.
12 000 ksh per day (workshop only), 2 or 3 days as

you wish, starting from 14th December.

Information and registration:

muringafarm@yahoo.com (Astrid)
0735 46 99 25
Accomodation at Subukia Bandas:
5800 ksh/p/day on full board in a double room. 3-hour drive from Nairobi on the B5 between

Nakuru and Nyahururu.

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INTRODUCTORY CLINIC WITH VIRGINIE BERNHARD IN KENYA

INTRODUCTORY CLINIC WITH VIRGINIE BERNHARD

Horse trainer and equine behaviorist From Switzerland

14-15-16 December 2013

MURINGA FARM, SUBUKIA (NAKURU)

« Handling your horse with more freedom and confidence »

Join us for a unique opportunity to observe the liberty training methods of Virginie Bernhard, visiting Kenya as part of an international tour.
Virginie specializes in working with horses labeled as “difficult”, traumatized and wild. She also works with confident horses and owners to explore a deeper relationship.

“Horses are always right”
“Ask for much, be content with little, and reward often” “The real horse’s home is freedom, we tend to forget’’

Programme:
-Fast and respectful resolving of technical or relational “issues” with the horse on the ground and under saddle. -Learn how to listen to horses through observation, feeling and touch.
-Work on self-confidence, confidence in the horse and emotional self-control.
-Centered horse-riding lessons, balance work and instinct development.
-Questions-answers on personal matters concerning your horse.
12 000 ksh per day (workshop only), 2 or 3 days as you wish, starting from 14th December.

 

 

 

Information and registration:

muringafarm@yahoo.com (Astrid)
0735 46 99 25
Accomodation at Subukia Bandas:
5800 ksh/p/day on full board in a double room. 3-hour drive from Nairobi on the B5 between

Nakuru and Nyahururu.

 

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Tarpan’s Mission 2013 in France (part I)

WILD TARPAN MISSION 2013 with Virginie Bernhard
31st May 2013


The mission has started! We are in Burgundy
since 15th May! It rains…

After we got to know the site called site des Proux in Mézilles, France (89) and its natural
reserve of 17 hectares, we discover the 3 beautiful Tarpan stallions, totally wild and born in the reserve 9 years ago.

Their mothers and father were captured approximately 5 or 6 years ago in order to be sent to other natural sites.

Only Hackam, Patouche, and Hatok are left and we provisionally renamed them Pim, Pam, and Poum… because they hit each
other often…

They live a peaceful life of naps, fights and untimely grazings. They are unaware that their presence on
the site doesn’t suit the biologists and scientists managing it anymore. Their presence damages the fragile reserve
fauna.
(See first subject on the Tarpans)

Anyway, here we are, ready to observe, then to capture them in the smoother
and most respectful way possible.

A first group of the Wild Tarpan Team is on site and it is the start of 2 days of
observations while being the less intrusive possible, but they surprise us with their calmness and big curiosity. We
learn that a good number of fishermen and scientists regularly walk on the site… Good for us. A ballet of fights, naps
and games take place under our eyes and camera lenses. Feet in the water but smile on the face, a thought for those who
are stuck behind computers at the office…

These 2 wonderful days behind, we organize a capture plan related to the
grounds and the horses’ behavior.

We decide to create a fence with marking ribbon (not resistant but it has the
advantage of not being harmful for horses) in one of the clearings that they particularly appreciate and which is
located close to the road. We leave an opening in the area of their favorite paths, but ready to be closed. We will
survey it. The team who will find the horses in the clearing will have to go fast but calmly close the last marking
ribbons and ring my mobile’s alarm…

Inside this zone, we have also set up an 18 meters round pen with heavy corral
fences generously lent by Mr Benoit Breton, lumberjack and professional of animal traction in forests in Switzerland,
without whom this capture wouldn’t have been possible.

The horses stay impassive to the sudden shrinkage of their
territory. So we have the day to work the approaches in nice conditions on 1 hectare and a half of humid but familiar
ground. Beautiful moments for everyone.

In the evening, we have to decide to close them in the metal round-pen or
leave them free one last night.

Despite the risk of seeing them escape during the night (the marking ribbon is not an
impassable obstacle…), we decide to leave them in the 1 hectare and a half pen. And accept to go and get them the next
day.

Early the next morning, I wake up with a start, I have a weird feeling, I dress up in 1 minute and go on the site
to see what goes on. My feeling was right, they are still inside but are simply in the process of getting out under my
eyes!

They pass the marking ribbon as if it was nothing but stop when they spot me and hesitate. I was ready to see
them inside or outside but not to see them actually leave under my eyes! I decide to get inside noisily and to risk
everything. As if by magic, they turn around and go back to the middle of the field. I try to reconstruct the makeshift
fence where they broke it. When I turn back they are trying to get out at the other side… So I let go and call my Team
for help thinking that it will be too late. But a group of early-birds arrive quickly (even though it felt like an
eternity to me) and 20 minutes later our Tarpans are calmly led in the round-pen once and for all.

Once inside they
start grazing and are quite relaxed, as if they know…

We used one day to get them familiar to our close presence, then
a second day to get them closer to the road and desensitize them somewhat to the fences’ noises and to a smaller
environment in order to prepare them to the livestock truck which will drive them to Gaudry’s riding school at the end
of the day.

We have built a smaller round pen, then another one, and made them go progressively from one to the other
and this all the way to the road, as the truck couldn’t enter the sodden site.

At the moment of loading, we still had
to apply some pressure for them to find enough courage to get in this noisy and unwelcoming space.

They stayed calm
and quickly found their balance in the truck driven by our friend Jean Batiste, a farmer from Les Proux to whom we owe
a lot of help and the loan of 12 more fences to allow even more comfort for the horses.

Once at the riding school
without any trouble, we release them in the round-pen rebuilt on an outside arena next to the riding school rented to
Emmanuel Clerc for the purpose.

The horses are more nervous and fight a little but not more than what we observed in
the reserve. We build 2 stables; one for Pim (the hitter) and a bigger one for Pam and Poum. And we let them free in
the round pen during breaks and nights. They have as much hay as they want, water from the river and we pick tree
branches several times a day for them (thanks Coline).
We take the forest away from them, the forest will come to them.

The real socialization work starts, on the programme: emotional control, attention, new hierarchy notion.

Our team
can enjoy beautiful cessions and start to practice their own emotional control, their calmness and their constancy. The
key world in this is “subtlety”.

Words don’t have their place here.

Esh pewa

Virginie Bernhard

more infos here :

 https://www.facebook.com/WildTarpanTeam?fref=ts   

http://www.lyonne.fr/yonne/actualite/pays/puisaye/2013/06/22/trois-chevaux-pris-en-charge-par-une-specialiste-1597836.html

http://errancescavalieres.blogspot.fr/2013/06/mission-tarpans-le-premier-chapitre.html

http://errancescavalieres.blogspot.fr/2013/06/laventure-tarpans-suite-et-fin.html

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French Wild Horse’s Mission 2013

TARPAN MISSION IN FRANCE


16th April 2013
“Following a change in the management direction, the Conservatoire d’espaces
naturels de Bourgogne (Burgundy’s Natural territories conservatory) wishes to take out Hackam, Patouche and Hatok,
three Konik polski stallions that graze on the site “les Proux” on the commune of Mézilles (89) in Puisaye. These
stallions were born on this 15 hectares of land and have never left it. Since more than 8 years, they live in semi-
wilderness. Therefore, the conservatory has started a partnership with Virginie Bernhard, horse trainer and equine
behaviourist, in order to be able to approach the horses and train them with the aim of offering them a possible future
under new horizons.”
Maxime Jouve

chargé de missions,

Cellule scientifique CEN-Bourgogne

Tarpan project – part 2

If your dream is to approach, help, or even communicate with a wild horse, this page is for
you…
Description:
3 beautiful wild Tarpan stallions are waiting for us!!! Indeed, the Conservatoire d’Espaces Naturals
de Bourgogne has contacted me to eventually host these 3 wonderful horses. Without the necessary financial means, I had
to refuse. They were however very motivated to give me this fragile mission, as they didn’t know to whom to turn them
to and how these horses would be treated elsewhere. Their concern for the well-being of these 3 horses touched me and
above all… motivated me to help them!
I would love to keep them just for me, but let’s be lucid, and then…
I had an idea!
Knowing that you ALL dream of working with wild horses.
I propose to create a “Wild Tarpan (horses) Team” for Spring and Summer 2013!


Explanation: for a certain amount of money, you could register to the “WTT” which would give
you the possibility to participate to the socialization and training of these wild horses in Bourgogne (France) with my help.

The “package” would include a certain number of private or group courses and the extremely rare (if not unique)
adventure to work with real wild horses in the middle of Europe!
The “packages” are adaptable to each!!
The adventure begins with a team for the capture in their reserve in France, then the transportation to a local riding center.
Then there is the fragile phase of first contacts with humans, in this case, us.
The phase of desensitization to our human world, and the trust building phase.
And then, the training as per the needs of their future home.
Knowing that these horses are destined to find a new pasture home by the beginning of Summer.
Possibility for the most motivated to participate to all phases and or to become the owner of one of them or of the 3.
I will be taking care of the logistic and of your apprenticeship.
Your registrations will allow this beautiful adventure, they will finance: the stables rental, transportations, food, administrative costs, miscellaneous veterinarian costs & material, and my teaching.
And there will also be the option of helping the “team” financially without necessarily an active participation. Thank you in
advance for the donors.


The aims:
Learn and experiment with wild horses
Help these 3 horses with an uncertain future
Improve your training work with other horses different from yours
The opportunity to get together and meet elsewhere than behind computer’s screens
Live a unique adventure.
Esh Pewa
For further information: my email info@winchikala.com

and  https://www.facebook.com/WildTarpanTeam

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Australia 2013

More storys and pictures soon! …

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Winchikala’s Pictures contest! 2013!

Hello every body, 

The idea:

A picture contest with you and your horse!

The goal:

Trying to meet each horse lover around the world! And to put a face on the Winchikala’s people and horses!

The use:

I will take the right to use your pictures on my website and maybe in some of my movies, as a professional use, don’t panic, it will be only on a positive way!!!

The topic:

“Your horse return to the wild!”

please send a good quality pictures!

The rule:

No rules!

Where to send it?:

Ideally to the facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lecture-Comportementale-du-Cheval/157768290956355

or by e-mail : info@winchikala.com

the time:

From now until the 1st of may 2013!

It’s a symbolic contest! The winner will be choose for my website! Because you are already all winners!!!!!!!

And if possible the winner, win a long private lesson with me. (I travel all over the world so don’t be afraid.)

Esh Pewa !

 

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  1. Popova

    Its beautiful. It’s very emiaoontl but it speaks feelings. Which i think its very pure and the effects made it more mixed but it’s all together beautiful. But may i ask? what was she thinking?

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Virginie Bernhard will be back in Australia in January 2013 to give Clinics and conferences to help support this associations :

Epona’s Pasture   http://www.eponaspastures.com

Edgar’s Mission  http://www.edgarsmission.org.au

I hope you will get touch by them too and will help them as I try to do.

 

Esh Pewa…

What kind of work can we do with Virginie?

- freedom training

- clicker training

- balance riding, soft and precision riding. (all types)

- solving problems: riding, education, trailer, trail ride, emotional’s problems…

- training and starting young horses

- capture and start a wild horse

and much more…

for more infos about Virginie :

http://www.winchikala.com/en/virginie-bernhard

 

for inscriptions :

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eponas-Pastures/138826479474597?fref=ts

 

 

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There is no “natural horse riding”…

Natural horse riding…

Of course! What can be more natural for our equine friends
than having a human (badly) seated on their dorsal spines!
I often hear people speak about my work (or theirs) in these terms.

I must admit that it irritates me… I have been fighting this kind of speech forever. There is nothing natural to
work a horse from the ground as well as from his back, should one use a bit or not, it doesn’t matter at all. Just like natural trimming exists only in the wild!

The words natural and ethological are excessively used in our equine world, why?

Well because it helps sell, it seduces our small consciences which lower their guard. In order to have a good conscience, precisely. Ladies and Gentlemen, if you want to have a natural “hobby, art, leisure activity” with horses, then try observing free horses while making yourself tiny and silent.

There isn’t much natural in our domestic horses anymore, even their features have been modified all the time by mankind according to his wishes.
We go hacking, do competition, free circus, haute ecole, grooming, breeding, therapy, but I can assure you that nothing in all this has anything natural from our horses point of view. Even if we have the impression to do it gently…

We are bad or good’s riders … that’s all folks!

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Virginie’s Back in Oz country in January 2013!

Virginie Bernhard will be back in Australia in January 2013 to give Clinics and conferences to help support this associations :

Epona’s Pasture   http://www.eponaspastures.com

Edgar’s Mission  http://www.edgarsmission.org.au

I hope you will get touch by them too and will help them as I try to do.

 

Esh Pewa…

What kind of work can we do with Virginie?

- freedom training

- clicker training

- balance riding, soft and precision riding. (all types)

- solving problems: riding, education, trailer, trail ride, emotional’s problems…

- training and starting young horses

- capture and start a wild horse

and much more…

for more infos about Virginie :

http://www.winchikala.com/en/virginie-bernhard

 

for inscriptions :

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eponas-Pastures/138826479474597?fref=ts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Popova

    Its beautiful. It’s very emiaoontl but it speaks feelings. Which i think its very pure and the effects made it more mixed but it’s all together beautiful. But may i ask? what was she thinking?

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Virginie and the Przewalski horses!

Here I finally ready to give you some explanations on my work with the Przewalski horses.

The Jura Park (in Vallorbe, Switzerland) asked my help for a rare and complex
problem.
They own 4 Przewalski mares who live peacefully in large fie

lds, however they don’t move much and, on top of this, the ground is very humid.
Their hooves don’t get worn out correctly. And this has been the case for 3 years now.

One year ago, they had to perform blood tests on two other mares, therefore as per normal shot them with a hypodermic gun to put them to sleep (with the help of veterinarians) in order to be able to treat them. One of them didn’t get on her feet anymore: despite her good health and age, she died of a heart attack.
It happens more often than you would believe with this breed of horses, they are very wild and have a weak heart.Because of this, the opportunity is given to me to try to do something, so that we can finally treat them without risking losing one or more.My speciality being the horses’ “emotional management”, I have decided to spend my Summer with them and socialise them without desensitising them .To make things more difficult, I have decided to try to do it without tying them in any way, i.e. without ropes, halters, and only with the existing fences of their field. So as to respect their wild nature and to avoid injuring or stressing them.

I therefore can only count on my knowledge, my patience and time.It took them: (3 mares out of the 4):
1 week to no longer panic
2 weeks to tolerate me
3 weeks to approach me
4 weeks to eat what I brought
5 weeks for me to stand up
6 weeks for touch them everywhere
7 weeks to give me their front legs
8 weeks to nap with me
9 weeks to let me do an in intravenous injection…And all of this freely.Next Tuesday is a big day, we will try to trim one’s hooves for real. Please wish me that I don’t put too much pressure on myself.

Tuesday was interesting, the mares let me give them an injection and the confidence was here!
Unfortunately, the product was not asleep them completely, so we couldn ‘t really trim them but we
where able to make a better diagnostic of what cares they do need.
Now, the scientist are taking care of the case, and I feel like I ‘ve done my job and hope so much
that the following steps are going to help them…

 

Confiance, Pikatchou, Hope, Snipper, I love you…
Esh Pewa

Find out more on the Przewalski mares on the Facebook page “Lecture comportementale du cheval”.

Virginie Bernhard’s website: www.winchikala.com
To learn more about holistic trimming: www.ecoledeparage.ch
A warm thank you to Sophie Chevailler for her beautiful
pictures! Don’t forget to visit her Facebook page.Page FB

And thanks to Sonia for her support Soins holistiques

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Epilogue

Epilogue,                             (sorry for the bad translation,if someone wants to help …)
I have walked the planet from East to West and North to South to look for difficult, traumatized, and wild horses in the first goal to be in great difficulty.
I like the challenges. Why?
May be because they force us to stop and think before acting…
Or even because they push our limits and we are looking for this border since our childhood?
And after this limit, that is it? Or what are we trying  to prove?
May be the fact that you really need to (be) prove anything? A certain tranquility or dare I even speak of a certain personal serenity?
I’m at a turning point in my life, one of those or one really realizes why it made certain choices, why this job, why horses… riding or horses?
I first made this job because I was looking for to flee my fellow humans. This to work some time then, the reality I was rattrappee. There were always humans behind each horse. Then I tried to teach humans to ride  horses, rather futile task in my eyes. I always think if me I could, anyone could, so I decided to teach them to make them even their horses, and then, finally, I have accepted a certain reality. Everyone does not have this desire to understand and or to question himself…
Once the mourning of increased awareness, I finally took a real pleasure to teach humans and I began much less pressure from their results. I taught that has a handful of motivated that seeks like me to question and really understand their animals.
The fruit of my long search finally takes all its meaning, because I finished my therapy. I am a human…
In recent years to spend my time to better listen to humans, I have finally opened the doors of the communiquation with the horses!
I finally understands better. And what they have to say is not very funny. But it is a reality and I must accept it.
But what can I do with this reality?
I am a horse trainer… I am riding teacher … I was Manager of a riding centre for 10 years… I have trained more than 400 horses and as many humans in all this Equestrian  World…
All this for what? To me is that I’ve never really helped a horse in my life!
I just made the job easier for owners and riders…
Of course that I have diagnosed many pain who have been cared for, I also restored confidence and calmed some souls but I also trained  hundreds of horses to be riden on their backs and released trust animals so they can start competition and trail ride again…
I was a fish saler… You’re hungry? I sold you a fish… it’s easy, fast, you get immediately what you want, in Exchange I get money, gratitude and a client satisfied because without too much effort he had what he wanted.
I tends to become a fishing teacher … of course, it’s much less rewarding at the time because most people do not really want to learn to fish… and especially, they are hungry right now, they do not like to get wet or even less wait. In Exchange  I would receive less smiles and less than entousiastme…
This is not  important.
Whether you like it or not, you are all horse’s trainers, good or bad, your horses depend entirely on each of your fact and gestures, your decisions, your intentions and your reactions.
It should have no more horse’s trainers , but only human’s trainers!.
Virginia Bernhard

“When a horse refuses an exercise, this means that you didn’t teach him right.” If a horse refuse to do somethings this means that you never teached him. “A.N.

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Mr. Jean-Claude Barrey, ethologist

Sorry for the bad translation, it have been done by an automatic translator… (better than nothing)
Here is a discount in the clear of Mr. Jean-Claude Barrey, ethologist on the chasm which separates the study of these wonderful animals are horses and dressage based on packages and negative reinforcement is saying called riding behavioral to conquer more and more demanding customers, who want to reach out to words like respect, gentle, nature… without too much call into question.

 

Tip: note that the author is we feel its ras fed (and I understand) and that he assaulted a time or little wisperer invader. But like him, I think that it is time to restore things a little. Although his conclusion feels a little fear of the cow boy and it does not seem favourable to a riding without bit (this is sad) he defends a Honourable fervently ethologist status. But knowing it dressage judge, I wouldn’t belive all that he say…

 

Unit of research in ethology
September 6, 2003

 

For the safeguarding of the riders and horses.
For the safeguarding of French horsemanship.
Let us be clear…

 

Ethologists of our research station, saturated by the media hype around a pseudo-éthologie and worried about by the accession of the French Federation of horse-riding and many riders to this indoctrination, are mobilizing to return things to the point. Our first mission is to research and disseminate it, not enter controversies covering commercial interests, some, but that the French Federation of equestrian formalizes these practices, too it is too much, and we can no longer allow to say and do anything without reacting.
First of all, the speech and the practices of the whisperers, new masters and other active are in no case of ethology.
Ethology is the Comparative Biology of animal behaviour. It is a science which seeks in-depth knowledge in animal biology, genetics, neurophysiology. More could not make the ethology on a single species: it will include about the behaviour of a horse or other animal if there is not already a knowledge in fundamental ethology and evolution behaviour related to the evolution of life. One cannot understand the birds if it is known how fish and reptiles; to understand the mammals, know how reptiles and the birds…
I doubt very much that the spontaneous generation of new equine ethology masters have this kind of knowledge! This is about in the same report that between the work and the osteopath doctor!
In addition, the term “behavioral riding” means nothing: ethology is a science of observation, intervention on the animal.
If still their pseudo-éthologie was serious… but they spread the more extravagant errors with an extraordinary self-confidence!
Here are a few examples (alas) not comprehensive:

 

All emphasize the predator/prey of the human/horse report model.

 

Fortunately, the life of a horse, even in nature, is not to be permanent prey and “antipredator programs” leak or defence do not have the opportunity to work very often. What is the predator, we see these manipulators almost permanently in primate Hunter attitudes, pursuing the horse waving a stick at the end of which is established a piece of black plastic sheeting, trample, and other faces that we know in Primatology in confrontations between males. The stick itself is a piece of metal tube lacquered white, wearing rubber at each end stopper, which was developed by Parelli fashion under the name of “Cao stick”, carrot sticks, because it is used sometimes to caress the horse. In short, they have reinvented the whip of dressage…
Finally, note that “predatory” is not a status, but a vital activity, predation, mandatory for carnivores, and optional for omnivores as human (hunter-gatherer). It may very well behave in a “picker” and fit into the social life of the horse must be of course know, and not interpreting, which is not the General case.

 

All lend to the horse a social organization of human type, and speak of “Chief”, of “dominant leading”, of “leader or Mare which leads the herd”, and other fantasies of books for children…

 

They ignore that the social structure of the horses is a small harem in network structure (i.e. where everyone monitors everyone) of a dozen individuals, including foals, where each retains its autonomy and independence, and not a pyramid structure with the Chief (where everyone is monitoring an individual: the Chief). There is no leader in horses (note that a leader is one who organizes activity)

In addition to the aggressiveness of predation there are also defensive aggression, aggressiveness of social competition and aggressiveness of diversion of anxiety or irritability. They have very different functions and do have in common to mobilize (hypothalamus/pituitary/Adreno-cortical) H.H.A. axis that is often called “l ‘ axis of evil,” because this mobilization too violent, too long or too often repeated is the source of many diseases.


They ignore that the “bid” obtained by the method of the type “join-up” is in fact a pathological alienation known as the Klüver-Bucy syndrome:


This disease is caused by leakage warnings and repeated blockades of the join-up and related practices. These inhibitions of coherent action of the horse cause very strong activation of the H.H.A. axis resulting in “shooter” the animal by its own endorphins and cause damage to the lateral amygdala nuclei of the limbic brain (the brain of the emotions) by the release of free radicals from exaggerated oxidative mechanisms. Thus treated animals “have a special bid.” “Those who were wild and feared human to are tame and showed no fear or aggression”.


They ignore that the level of development of the brain of the horse, virtually devoid of cells at the level of the associative neocortex, does not “understand” in the human sense of the word.


The horse does not reach the level of the “decentralization” which allows to see and putting yourself another human. It remains to be a self-centered level and sensori_moteur: he perceives sensations and it responds the programmes here, his temperament, his experience and emotions. “Understanding” does not exist in the brain of a horse: he feels and reacts and then based on the result of his action that activates the reward (M.F.B.) circuit either the punishment (P.V.S.) circuit is learning. Decision of the action centres remain, in horses, the emotional brain floor since it does not have the logical floor available to human.


They do not know that any rapid flushing necessarily involves inhibition conditioned, which mobilizes the PVS system and axis HHA discussed for “submission”.


Horse “shot” to the endorphins let course monter… and the method appears to be fresh because there is no apparent violence. All practices aimed at rapidly stopping the horse fall under this category and some frankly switch on child abuse.


Really soft methods are “habituation” is a physiological desensitization sensory progressive and non-motor locking mechanism. It has the drawback of being slow (at least 15 days to three weeks) because it is based on a large number of stimuli with low intensity repetitions initially and then gradually increasing.


They ignore that an adult horse no longer play performed “games” this games are for the humans only…


The function of the game, only the young, is lapping the programmes of actions that will be useful later in the adult. In the “open” programs of the game close and behaviours so similar to game are more than functions of evacuation of tensions.


They ignore that the aggressions and repeated blockades they suffer permanently in their horse must cause more where long term from the various legacy.


We filmed a Mare of colic during manipulations performed as “demonstration” by a player known and appreciated by the public. Here are a few possible sequelae related to the stress of the inhibition of the action, in various scientific publications:


-decrease of blood flow in the brain involved in motivation and decision areas.


-Produced corticosterone causes cell death in the hippocampus, part of the brain involved in memory and learning.


-Produced endorphins addiction hinders the proliferation of granular cells of the same hippocampus.


-Disorders of attention, anticipation and decision making.


-Sleep disorders.


-Resignation syndrome, Kluver-Bucy syndrome.


-Gastric ulceration, common in casual footwear.


-Intestinal blankness resulting of colic.


-Various tics (aérophagique ICTs, ICTs to bear, hyperkinesia).


-Significant decrease in immune defenses (hyper sensitivity to mundane diseases, parasitism, etc.)
They ignore that the vision is not the meaning of reference of the horse, but that it is still in olfaction that horse refers as a last resort.
The lateral position of the eyes gives a panoramic vision extended, but not of binocular vision giving the vision of relief. It has no fovea on which the human eye centre images using the oculo-Motors muscles. Its sensitive ganglionaires cells are concentrated on a narrow naso-temporal line, and the sense of relief is caused by the displacement of the image along this line, the eye remaining relatively fixed. To collect relief, therefore the object is in motion from the horse or that itself moves relative to the object. This is particularly important for the perception of the terrain of an obstacle and we see that in a foot break closes, he jumps with a very large margin of safety, either it passes squarely through. Other characters, as the non-spherical shape of the cornea and a number of Visual areas in the brain smaller than we, the specialized in very fine detection of the slightest movement. But, moreover, it will always try to verify what he saw from felt, olfaction remaining sense of reference. The hearing, she, by the position of the ears, indicates to what the horse is his attention, and the ears to the back, but not plated, indicate that he wears his attention to his bodily sensations, for example where we use an action aid.
They know what to do to turn around a horse on the trail, head to the outside, in him through the passage, constitutes a serious aggression (a hunting dog is thus change direction the animal it) causing leak and stress.
Recent recordings to the new in our station on the change of main suction inward and dam and turned back by the outside world, have shown that the first method, for a given horse, maintained the heart rate around 130 beats and resulted in even a drop of several points during the movement. On the contrary, the second method results in a brutal frequency peak that rises about 200 pulses. This is the same for the practices of the join-up kind which results, nor a peak, but a broad sustainable level to this very high frequency.
CONCLUSION
We stop here this enumeration, because one could write an entire book with what they know and teach however with aplomb, without any qualification or with auto-créés degrees to the dependent on those who have spent the time to obtain a B.E.
Behavioral analysis of the writings, speeches and practices in the field of each of them that was undertaken by our research station that:
-All are effective horse manipulators (and not only horses!), a little of the merits of their speech or their practice concern once they get results fast and preferably spectacular, what Georges Charpak calls “the Barnum effect”.
-They use methods that have nothing new because they are used for decades in the training of circus horses that were studied as early as the 1960s. They are based on packages of type S and conditioned inhibitions that have result in “all” the horse, which is useful for the show but leads to an impasse with respect to classical riding.
-Their writings and their speeches, particularly adroit, are very pleasant and correspond very well to the speech that, disappointed the pedagogy, are pleased to hear. The words respect, trust, agreement of the horse, etc. return constantly while should speak of alienation.
- Because, unfortunately, their practice is never the speech accompanying it. This practice is all the more dangerous that the violence that it uses is not externally visible violence. It looks rather to what is known in humans as the “brainwashing”. We have seen and saved a horse to make a colic and another stop sweating, the pending rod, which sign high endorphin levels in the blood.
Classics of flushing with work to loin followed the long reins, before all work mounted work, executed by taking time (on average a month), and the work fitted correctly practised according to the principles of the French school are certainly milder.
It is certain that pedagogy and practice in the Ecole Française would require a dust collection using the recent knowledge of science ethology, neurophysiology, isopraxie, miroirs… neurons, in biomechanics, etc if we want as the objective, in our country, not to East

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New Clinics 2012 in Switzerland with Virginie Bernhard

Here are the new dates for the next clinics in Switzerland…

Dates de stages privés et personnalisé, du vendredi au dimanche :
- 27, 28, 29 avril   à La Sarraz
- 11, 12, 13 mai à la Sarraz
- 1, 2, 3 juin  à La Sarraz
Les stages privés se programmes à partir de 1 à 3 couples hommes-cheval max. Tarifs 3 jours: 540.-  (6 heures de cours par jours, total 18h de cours)
Contenu et but des stages privés:
- Remettre de bonnes bases solides de dressages au sol
- Rafraichir ses connaissances générales
- La logique équine
- L’éthologie
- L’initiation au dressage en liberté selon Virginie Bernhard
- Votre programme personnel
- et beaucoup plus…
Dates de stages collectifs :
- 26, 27 mai dans les Franches montagnes
- du mercredi4 au dimanche 8 juillet à La Sarraz
- du mercredi 15 au dimanche 19 aout  à La Sarraz
Les stages collectifs se programme à partir de 5 couple homme-cheval et jusqu’à 8 maximum. Tarifs 5 jours : 890.-frs (30heures de cours + pension chevaux)
Contenu et but des stages  collectifs:
- Remettre de bonnes bases solides de dressages au sol
- Se remettre en question en douceur grâce à son cheval
- Rafraichir ses connaissances générales
- Apprendre à soulager son cheval avec des gestes simples
- Apprendre sans stress et en observant les autres
- La patience
- La logique équine
- L’équilibre
- L’éthologie
- Les soins
- L’initiation au dressage en liberté selon Virginie Bernhard
- et beaucoup plus…

One Response to “New Clinics 2012 in Switzerland with Virginie Bernhard”

  1. Popova

    Its beautiful. It’s very emiaoontl but it speaks feelings. Which i think its very pure and the effects made it more mixed but it’s all together beautiful. But may i ask? what was she thinking?

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Winchikala’s Pictures Contest !

 

 

And the winner is!!!!!!!     Adrienne Monnard 

winner of the picture contest 2012 Winchikala

ALL THE PICTURES HERE!!!!

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.411563738910141.96421.157768290956355&type=1

 

Hello every body, 

The idea:

A picture contest with you and your horse!

The goal:

Trying to meet each horse lover around the world! And to put a face on the Winchikala’s people and horses!

The use:

I will take the right to use your pictures on my website and maybe in some of my movies, as a professional use, don’t panic, it will be only on a positive way!!!

The topic:

A portrait of you and your horse or just a horse and just add : your name, name of the horse, country, and just one word of your choice…

please send a good quality pictures!

The rule:

No bits in the horse’s mouth! Thanks

Where to send it?:

Ideally to the facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lecture-Comportementale-du-Cheval/157768290956355

or by e-mail : info@winchikala.com

the time:

From now until the 1st of may 2012!

It’s a symbolic contest! The winner will be choose for my website! Because you are already all winners!!!!!!!

Esh Pewa !

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Organize the next workshop on your premise!

Next workshop with Virginia Bernhard in your stables in 2012!

So I just remind you that only you, can organize the next workshop on your premise!!!

Following the succes of the summer’s workshop 2011,  we have decided to organize some new editions in 2012.

If you wish to organize such a workshop, simply contact me by e-mail and I will send you the necessary information and conditions.

By organizing the workshop, you will attend the course for free with a second person of your choice and I will spend one additional day working with you, whether you have one or several horses.

I also come for workshops outside  Switzerland. All additional details will sent to you on simple request by e-mail.

Esh Pewa…

Virginie

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Dates of new Clinics in Australia.

Here are the next dates for Virginie Bernhard clinic’s near Melbourne in Australia, October 2011.

- Clarendon Clinic (near Ballarat) Victoria state, the 22nd of october.

- Clarendon  Clinic the 31th of october.

More info and inscriptions at : Linda Mira-Bateman :  lindamirabateman@bigpond.com

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Virginie is back in New Zealand in september

Virginie will be back in kiwi’s country from the 14th until the 29th of september 2011.

She will give two clinics there:

- Christchurch’s Clinic : the 18th of september, more info : Kate Olsen : rafikithree@hotmail.com

- Auckland’s Clinic :the 25th of september, more info : LC  Horse Farm : steve@lchorsefarm.com

- Next clinic in Switzerland will be the 11th of september at the Haras de Lully, more info : Nicole Rey : bucephal1@gmail.com 

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Pictures of the 31th of July’s clinic in Switzerland

 

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Pictures of the last Clinic in june 2012

Here are the pictures of the last clinic in Switzerland, there is no comment because Sophie, our official photograph, manage to capture all the emotions of this beautiful day.

Thank to the horses for opening our eyes again!

 

Rendez vous au prochain Stage!

 

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Episode N°5 Rescue horses, first clinic and leaving Australia.


First I have to apologize for the long delay to put this last part of my Australian adventures on line.

To begin with, Iet me tell you about an old gentleman who, since years, was doing his best to shelter ill-treated horses at his estate. A couple of days ago, Linda was informed by phone that Mr George Smith died and that some of the horses, those which were in pretty poor conditions, became sort of orphans. Once again, Linda volunteered and here we are, early in the morning, waiting for a truck that shall bring three ponies and two mares…

They are calmly unloaded. The mares and one pony appear to be in rather decent conditions, but subject to closer examination by the vet. The two ponies are in pitiful condition. They are emaciated and very tired. One has dramatically distorted feet, apparently due to forced immobility. The hoofs look like Turkish slippers and each movement appears to inflict great sufferings. Linda is crying…

After a first visit by the veterinary, the dentist and the blacksmith, the balance sheet doesn’t look very positive. One of the mares lost all her molars and the front teeth are totally distorted. She will be on a diet with grinded cereals for quite a while…

The diagnosis for one of the pony is more dramatic and, after a few days and many hours of cares, the vet and Linda decided to put an end to her sufferings. Goodbye Courageous little pony.

I must absolutely show this extraordinary picture. About an hour after the pony was buried in a remote spot of the property, all the horses having access to this area gathered around the burial place and stayed there for at least 10 minutes. Linda could hardly believe it, it was very emotional…

Among my many encounters, I have to mention Colleen O’Brien. She is devoting a lot of time and energy for the cause of the Brumbies, the wild Australian horses and is battling to save some of them from their dramatic fate in the butcher’s hands. After they got used to the contact with men, she finds new homes for them; pretty though as they are still untamed ! I look forward to my next trip to Australia and spend some time with her to further help her develop the Brumbies reputation.

I also gave several private lessons in the area and happened to meet Noemi and “Salty”. Noemi was taking regular lessons with Salty, a former racing horse, and all was going rather smoothly until one day when Salty started to jump and hop around. Nothing dramatic and the girl got out of the saddle to calm the horse, but her teacher was really panicking. The trainers told her to get rid of that crazy and dangerous horse.

She heard about my presence in the area and asked for my opinion. I took Sally for a working session, and, although she was first a bit lively, after one hour she was very calm again and willing to do whatever I was asking her.

Noemi then took over and everything went well too while her father was watching with amazement. I look forward to meet all of them during my next trip to see how they did progress.

Do you remember Gill. We started working together with “Rosie”. Meanwhile, she rescued another race horse from the butcher’s knife. Despite that she is rather tiny person and her new companion pretty tall, they are developing a fine relationship.

What about “Chicco” now ? The thread of confidence is still very thin but working is now easier thanks to Charly’s round pen. Chicco is still kicking when I try to lift his hind legs but is willing to give the front ones. He also accepts the pressure of the halter or from a girth on his back. I cannot remember a similar case. He has such an incredible number of traumas and I do my best to “clean” or “heal” them. But time is running short as I am leaving very soon.

However, they can now catch him and give him some basic grooming. Inge, Chicco’s owner, is still facing a long road to build and develop their relationship; quite a challenge for this highly active lady. She too will have to learn to be patient !

I decided to organize what I call a “clinic”, or a workshop, to raise some funds to help Linda paying her many veterinary and blacksmith bills… Despite having only a one-week notice, we brought together a nice group of people, including several professionals… and even sunshine, after two rainy weeks !

 

The purpose of such a clinic is to forget, for a day, all what we usually do with our horses, to get rid of various tools and exercises, and to listen to them ! What will happen if you ride your horse without any kind of constraint, neither to hold nor rope it. It is highly interesting to find out what they are trying to tell us. It is the essence of dressage in freedom.

The dressage of a horse is basically an egoistic act; to become aware of it is already a step toward a greater mutual respect and understanding.

Certainly one has to put a number of pressures on them when working and riding, but I don’t try to persuade myself that they absolutely adooooore this and I will do my best to make these moments interesting and agreeable for them !

Now, I work currently on my films about Saint, Chicco and Troy’s training in freedom. While waiting, I turn over there low in October to continue to form Inger, Gill, Charly, Colleen,  Linda and many more!

As a departure gift, they gave me Troy ! He’s now my little Australian horse. I wonder if that was not a bit self-interested ? Now they are certain that I will return for him… As a matter of fact, I shall return in October to verify the progress made by Inger, Gill, Charly, Colleen, Noemi and Linda and also for three workshops already booked for that period (and two more in New-Zealand!).

And that’s all for today… Thank you for your attention, thanks to the horses for trusting me and thanks to Linda and her husband for being my hosts during these weeks… and thanks to the life for being so generous with me.

Esh Pewa…

 

 

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Clinic at Spring Creek, Colorado, USA in june 2011.

Virginie will give a clinic during several days on the premises of Spring Creek Horses Rescue in Colorado (US) at the end of June 2011.

http://www.springcreekhr.org

She will stay there for two weeks to assist and train the Spring Creek’s team at rehabilitating and training their rescued horses and return with beautiful pictures and stories to share with you. Stay tuned !

Spring Creek Horses Rescue kid’s!

 

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Episode N°4, Working with “Troy” and getting closer to “Chicco”

First, I have to admit that I am having some difficulties taking pictures… It is more complicated than shooting a video and I don’t always have someone near me to give me a hand… hence, pictures are getting the short end. Just wait for the films !

Now that I know Troy better, my initial idea to train him to act in movies has strengthened. Lacking an appropriate infrastructure, I began to work with him during the three first days in the surrounding open fields. Not always easy given his high-spirited temper. Once he got somewhat used to my presence and to my “pet stick” (or “magic stick” as they call it here) and learnt that he should follow and trust me, we returned to a fenced area to work with “toys”.

He accepts to step over some of the first makeshift obstacles.

Troy is very curious, a quality when one has to work in freedom; he is more intrigued by the tarpaulin on the ground than by my presence on his back.

After two sessions, he puts his hoof on and off the box, reacting on my voice commands. Troy is smart and learns quickly. I will soon be running out of ideas…

He already comes and goes on command, does follow me across or below a tarpaulin, over a flat or balancing plank, lift his left leg, lower the head when given a tap on the rump, steps back, stays put, learns to get ‘parked’, catches my “pet stick” trying to hit me, and of course disobeys too… All in just 10 days !

I did not have much time to work with “Rosie” but spent a day with Gillian who will take care of her. Rosie is still very weak and fearful and needs more time in the pastures to recover in company of “Sally”, another rescued mare.

During the first session you have to get the horse used to the halter. If already used to it, the next exercise is to teach him to walk with you, staying concentrated on you. It is almost impossible to teach a horse something if he doesn’t focus on you.

To achieve this, make a simple little noise or say a specific word before getting away from him. If he doesn’t react, the rope will get tense. But don’t give a pull to the rope !

It is only the fact that the horse did not follow you that stretches the rope and causes a pressure on his neck.

That will give him a choice. Make some compromise!

Repeat the action as often as possible, using the same little noise or word whenever you see he is ignoring you or getting his attention toward something else.

Wait a couple of seconds before stretching the rope to train his own thinking.

Eventually the horse will not wait for the pressure to develop and follow you on his own; his attention and respect toward your voice code has now just started !

Always keep an eye on him. Watch how you move about. Communicate and always leave him a choice. These are the basics for developing a sound relationship.

Second step : Immobility. Pat your horse while turning around him. Don’t simply stay on his side or facing him.

Once he has learned to stay put, it is time to teach him to give his feet in a correct way. Rosie refuses to give her hind legs because of the very bad condition of the left one (see episode N° 3). After relaxing her and working with the front legs, I used a cotton rope to let her realize that kicking out did not release the pressure on the pastern. It took less than 5 minutes to calm and relax her and make her understand what was going on…

For “Chicco” it’s a different story. He is about 12 years old and must have been through a number of traumatic experiences; nobody knows for sure and I am eager to let him tell me more…

It took me four days just to establish a first physical contact with him ! In addition, my working area, a meadow measuring about 200 by 100 meters, did not make things easier; but I was firmly decided not to use fences, food or a lasso.

I really wanted to establish a relation based on trust rather than simply catching him.

I will take all the necessary time. Remember : throw away your watch and simply appreciate every moment you are going to spend with your horse…

After three days, I can get as close as about one meter. I seldom saw such mistrust. In his brain, this must be a limit to avoid pain.

I decide to build a kind of makeshift round pen to prevent him running away should I be able to touch him and consequently loose the little bit of confidence so hardly acquired. After he got inside for the first time, he simply run through the fence as soon as I did enter the pen ! Start all over again…

The following day, he accepts my company in the pen but refuses to shorten that last meter… I am playing with the pressure that he dislikes so much, trying to turn it into my favor. As soon as he looks toward me (a first sign of attention) I step back immediately.

Eventually he starts to look at me more frequently, realizing that by doing so he can stop me. I play the game and gradually win his confidence.

Then I explain him that he has to face me…

… this took me another couple of hours. With the same method but reversing the game, I teach him to come closer and closer to me.

It is kind of magic ! He is paralyzed by fear but achieves to control it on his own; trust is the most solid of all ropes !

Later, I invite Inga – she did rescue Chicco – to establish the same contact, rope free.

Then I call Charly, to watch Chicco’s reaction with a man, but everything goes well. May I specify that this kind of work has nothing to do with ‘joint up’.

A major step is achieved, but I confess it wasn’t easy. Chicco is fiercely decided to develop my levels of calm and patience.

Linda, Kate, Inga, Gillian and Charly have some good reasons for smiling…

Maybe, Mt Kooroocheang – the nearby spiritual site and meeting point for aborigines – did send me some if its energy during all these days.

The next day, I can pat him, although I can feel that it still costs him quite an effort. The day after, I can pull a rope around his neck, then a halter. But I must be extremely careful with pressure. I have to be totally concentrated, otherwise our relationship quickly erodes. I really wonder what kind of traumatic experiences he went through. Sometimes he almost stops breathing !

I can now lead him with the halter and he follows without difficulty. I decide to clean some more of his traumas and work with him in a more confined space. This is likely to stress him somewhat again but it’s an unavoidable step toward his recovery.

To everyone’s relief, Chicco has achieved a degree of confidence sufficient to let me load him into the van in just 5 minutes. We are now heading for his new home and Charly – Inga’s neighbor – offers his round pen for the next part of my work. But from now on, I must drive 40 minutes to reach my new – nice looking – working place !

The local early morning drill-sergeant shall wake you up as soon as the next part of my news will be ready… So long !

 

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Episode N°2, Goodbye to “Saint” and leaving New Zealand

My last days with “Saint”, the little wild Kiwi horse. Unfortunately, I lost a few working days. I had planned to spend some days visiting the area but ended up caught in Christchurch’s cathedral precisely during the earthquake that ravaged the city. A rather traumatic experience, that have change my plans with Saint’s training…

Back at Hanmer Springs I had only two days left to work with Saint, reviewing with him all the freshly acquired knowledge and further strengthen his relation with Celia, so they both would be able to develop an harmonious collaboration.

Celia can now take all four hoofs and clean them, put on his halter, pat him and lead him to the pen, brush him entirely, take his tongue… From now on, their relation can only grow.

He is now following me on his own across our little gymkhana trail. Think back only three weeks ago ! Saint can now live together with humans.

Thanks to the “magic stick” it seems so easy… But try to wave a riding-whip under the nose of your horse; he will hardly come toward you or step over obstacles!

Trust is at the base of a healthy relation with a your horse. How to develop it? Forget for a while all what you think you knew about him. Start from scratch with very basic exercises. Observe yourself! What gesture do you use? How do you move about? Listen to your voice. What are you saying? Does he understand? Are your instructions clear and simple? Are you consistent?

You will be surprised to see how both of you can benefit from such experiences.

A curious neighbor.

Cecilia had to leave, but eventually we found some time with Kate for a set of ridding sessions without saddle, using a bridle “à la mode Cheyenne”! Saint can now turn left and right, stop, lower his head and go back on step. That’s quite enough for three lessons.

Don’t forget : Once the horse understands the exercise, you must stop and not repeat it over and over. He most certainly got the message… and give him a small reward.

Scout, Kate’s horse has a serious problem with the hindquarter. The last owner decide to put him into the trailer by pushing him inside with a tractor…so he break his hips…We gave him a couple of massage sessions and working on the ground. According to the last news, he is now giving his back legs calmly (previously he was kicking) and is willing to enter the trailer! But don’t tell him he looks like a giraffe, he is very thin-skinned!

Leon is likely to be a future rider for Saint. (We have plenty of time) ;-)

 

Five minutes before my departure, Saint, makes his show, just for the pleasure to show what he did learn!

 

Just keep the posture for a last shot…

… and off, on the road again!

Kaikoura with myriads of dolphins and lots of sperm-whales.

Bye! … and don’t’ forget… horses are always right!

See you later new zealand..

 

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Episode N°1 Arrival in New Zealand and meeting “Saint” the wild horse.

New Zealand, near Christchurch. I am in the St-James Station, territory of the wild horses… Yes ! You can even find them ‘down-under’ in the wide-open territories of the South Island.

I am going to tell you the story of “Saint”, a local wild horse that endured a lot of mistreatment after being caught with a few others during spring 2010. Eventually, a sympathetic rancher family purchased Saint, but despite their extended experience with horses, Saint refuses any kind of physical contact. Although he enters the stables with other horses, one cannot get closer to him than a few yards.

Jean – the manager of the Stables named Hanmer Horses– was desperate, as she did not want to resort to crude dressage methods. To make a long story short, after a couple of e-mail exchanges, I found myself sitting in a plane, heading for the other end of the world…

It’s springtime and the rangers are driving a group of wild horses from the St-James Range to be branded and gelded. Saint is leading.

Three years old Saint, waiting in a corral for an uncertain future, with some companions, shortly before the auction begins.

Saint is now at Hanmer’s Horses, a place where horses live almost free, roaming with the herd in the surrounding hills. But, after one year, despite all attempts, he still refuses any kind of contact with humans.

Day two of my relationship with him; only a few inches left…

… but they certainly are very precious to him.

For me it is also an interesting challenge because I cannot apply any pressure (or so little) and I have to work free hands and without a proper and solid round pen.

I want to get him interested, to follow me, to let me get closer to him so he can look at me too. I want him to get all his attention on me. Saint is curious, but incredibly distrustful.

3rd day : Curiosity prevails over fear and, as long as I don’t touch him, he follows me most of the time.

I am now working with a stick to prepare him for a first contact that might be easier than by hand. This session and the one with the halter are the only ones I made in a narrow space, but after three days in the pen, it went over with very little panic.

And here we are! It took me some more days of patience to make him accept a contact on various parts of his body. I still wonder what happened to him to be so afraid by humans and by their physical contact. No problem with the legs, but the most critical part remains his head, the center of his trauma…

His first halter; two hours of patience and lots of massages. (the blood have nothing to do with my work..)

We are at the end of the first week and he seems to take pleasure in learning. However, he still doesn’t like the contact with his head. We work at a quiet rhythm. Time is not of essence. If you are going to work with horses, throw away your watch!

The following day, I decide to jump on his back. He has a reaction of surprise but remains calm and let me do my gymnastics! I can feel how tense he is, but having no previous experience with a rider, he has no problem with this. No experience, no related trauma, it’s as simple as that.

Proof of how relaxed he is… Licking is a sign of relaxation for horses and they often do it when they understand what we wont them to do.

I keep moving on his back and he seems to appreciate this kind of massage. For me, these are very gratifying moments.

Thank you, little horse for trusting me.

I must now introduce Cecilia, Saint’s future rider, and then teach her how to develop their relationship. See how he goes over various obstacle on is own. One can hardly believe he was wild and untamed two week ago!

Cecilia is facing a lot of work but she is calm and sweet tempered. Saint tries to understand her body language and apparently is willing to play further on.

“Stitch”, a friend of Saint, is saying goodbye to all of you. See you shortly for more news from down under… and don’t forget : “Horses are always right” !  Esh Pewa.

 

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Clinic in Switzerland: introduction about horse’s logging in the forest, the 29th of may 2011

Benoit Breton uses horse-powered forestry and ecosystem science “to address human needs for forest products while creating a nurturing coexistence between the forest and the human community.”

Virginie Bernhard‘s place in this clinic is to teach :

* To build a strong human-horse relationship, based on trust and mutual respect.

* To have confidence in, and control of a horse in any situation.

* Most importantly to a have calm, confident horse that listens to you for guidance.

* To work with the natural drives and instincts of the horse-speak to him in his own language.

* Absolutely no cruelty or harsh “old school” training techniques. I don’t believe you have to “break a horse’s spirit” in the training process

More informations and inscriptions : cheval-environnement.ch

One Response to “Clinic in Switzerland: introduction about horse’s logging in the forest, the 29th of may 2011”

  1. Popova

    Its beautiful. It’s very emiaoontl but it speaks feelings. Which i think its very pure and the effects made it more mixed but it’s all together beautiful. But may i ask? what was she thinking?

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Workshop with Virginie Bernhard in Switzerland the 12th of June 2011

” What if, instead of imposing new training methods, we let the horses talk and listen to them, at least for one day ?

This first stage clinic is necessary to understand my philosophy  of work with the horses.

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Episode N°3 Arrival in Australia and meeting my new friends

After an extended and interesting stay, I left New Zealand still slightly shocked by this dreadful day in Christchurch, to reach my new destination in Australia at Linda Mira-Bateman’s place, outside Blampied, a small city in Victoria county, North-East from Melbourne.

Linda lives in a large and beautiful estate and decided to convert it into a haven for ill-treated animals – mainly horses saved from the local slaughterhouse – and asked me for some help.

Linda and her family are vegetarians by conviction. She also produces her own bio olive oil. I have an entire house just for myself with a fridge full of vegetables and milk from Tasmania ! I enjoy a superb view over the park, with plenty of kangaroos coming out of the adjacent woods to whish me a nice evening… I think I’m dreaming!

The dark side of this little Eden is the number of horses to be taken care of (but that’s in fact a good thing) and the total lack of appropriate structures to start working… I will have to be pretty much inventive !

Let me first introduce you to the horses which need my help in priority: Chicco, Rosie, Troy and Pixie.

The first pictures have been taken at the slaughterhouse and the second, 10 days later here.On this view, Chicco is left (and Rosie on the right). They are “fed” with old straw only, awaiting their fate.

Here we have Chicco again, shortly before I start my relational work with him. For some 10 years he was left abandoned, then was sold 4 times within a 6 months period with all the resulting stress, and finally used in rodeo shows. After a few months of “service” with the local cowboys, his voyage ended at the slaughterhouse…

Inga, a friend of Linda, eventually went to the slaughterhouse and bought him back as well as Troy, Rosie and a few others. She now expects me to restore their confidence in human beings. Quite a challenge, given their past track history.

This is Rosie, a filly 2 years of age, coming from a breeding farm for racehorses near Melbourne, which is dragging a sulfuric reputation. She had to stay for two weeks at the slaughterhouse due to some machinery breakdown and Inga happened to be there just at the right moment… Rosie suffers from bad treatments and lack of food, skin problems and a wounded leg, but doesn’t limp.

Inga is introducing you to Troy, shortly after arriving at the estate. Troy is a real survivor as he was already in the shooting cage with the butcher aiming at him with his gun. Surprised by the calm behavior of the horse, he thought that he might get a better profit by selling instead of killing it. Saved by its gentle character…

The following picture is quite unbearable. I apologize, but it will give you an idea of what the place looks like. In Australia, they don’t eat horsemeat, so it is used to produce… pet food ! As a result, the sanitary or moral standards in this domain are, let’s say, very loose.

Now a nice picture …

A view of the surrounding landscape and of some donkeys benefiting from Linda’s hospitality.

Our friend’s meadows. Here we have a few other “guests” enjoying a pleasant retirement.

Troy as of today. Still very much cuddly. I am going to work with him as freely as possible.

Pixie, now a 9-year-old pony, was left alone and unattended for years in a park. Her hoofs had grown to reach almost 10 inches ! Pixie is panicking when someone tries to get hold of her feet and it took me a couple of working sessions simply to build up her confidence enough toward me to let me handle her hoofs. The second step was to show the method to the blacksmith…

Current stage of the hoofs. Far from good, but quite some improvement… Just try to add mentally some 7-8 inches !

A friend who proposed to help me shoot some films. Alas, I had to turn the offer down, because he blurred all the views !

A view on Sally’s feet, another horse arriving a couple of weeks ago… the blacksmith will take good care of her.

Combined with my work with the horses and sending my pictures, I am pretty much busy. I have no Internet access, which makes things even a bit more complicated, but I would be ill advised to complain when considering the beauty of this place.

Another busy neighbors !… They are all over the place!!!!

So much for all these presentations ! I look forward to sending more news soon about my work here.

With Troy, we are going to emphasize freedom and play; maybe, he will make a career in the movie industry.

Chicco is THE real problem here (very angry and refusing any kind of contact). The first step will be to establish a proper physical contact with him and try to put on a halter gently, I will work the relationship with him in total freedom, no fences, non ropes, then we will see…

Rosie is presently too weak to work. I will accustom her to be caught, so we can give her some basic health care (hoofs, dentition) and to follow someone by the halter.

Pixie is already on a good path but will need more massages and caressing (petting).

That’s all for the moment ! Thank you for your interest regarding my work. I will get back to you soon.

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