Adventures of a Wildie Colt

In the spring of 2014, one bay "wildie colt" lucked out, unloading onto the old farmhouse's front pastures here. He was one of 14 horses captured during a very high-profile media campaign highlighting the Alberta government's "capture" policy to control the wild horse population.

From the near-starving horse captured after a brutally hard winter, It's-All-Good (stable name Mops, thanks to a ferociously thick ‘mop' of mane and forelock) has filled out tremendously. Naturally cat-footed, his self-carriage is really firing into action after months of foundation and free work training. Now we're onto long-lining work, after which our mutual introduction to driving will begin, aiming at driving trials late in 2015, with a long-term ambition of combined driving. Yes, adrenalin and I are such dangerously old friends!

Follow along as we trot into very new territory, and learn what Mops thinks of the deal with that super-aware mindset of his! Horse-think and body language and what unlocks mind-to-body is something I really want to continue fine tuning even more, learning more of and sharing these months ahead. Follow us on RSS feed and blogs links to be part of the Mops-Training Team right up to our very first halt and salute on that intimidating centre line. ~ Pam Asheton

Long-Lines and Young Horses

A teenager was around on the weekend. You know – those young people that can still touch their toes on leaping out of bed first thing in the morning, kind of deal? Ah, what a concept! I was doing pretty…

Nature…Going, Going…

Charles Dickens nailed the situation I’m in right now with his opening lines from ‘A Tale of Two Cities.’ Dickens, interestingly, wrote his classics in installments, published weekly in Victorian England’s penny press – the whole books only were published…

Insights into the Wildies

There’s been constant correspondence chatter on social media for months now from those who took on ‘wildie’ ownership after bidding at Innisfail [auction] following the March 2015 government sanctioned capture/cull/sale. Some were stallions, mares, youngsters, mares-in-foal (one mare dropped a…

Back in Action

September’s started with a definite flourish after a disastrous August. By four o’clock after giving a long lining demonstration August 1st exactly, there was a hint of a scratchy throat, an hour later a raging temperature and one very nasty…

Talking Tactics

My, how the Internet can be useful these days! I do media advisory activism work sometimes behind the scenes – land conservation, headwaters, groundwater, clearcutting forestry – and yes, stacking up information about horse welfare issues, and Alberta wildies. The…

Awareness in a Big Way

The wrens started it all, during a photo shoot capturing their quick-as-a-flash movements in and around the old farmhouse here. This year unusually there are two pairs – unusual as they’re supremely territorial, even although in this case one tiny…

Horsemanship

Recently I watched an informal workshop to the local ‘Geezers’ (an unofficial riding club that mentors, educates, and shares knowledge over nice lunches and nibbles, wine, coffee and cookies too). Ethelle Patrick was talking to this informal gathering about her…

The Idea of Riding Clubs Sings!

Back seven years or so I was just wrapping up five years of writing a weekly newspaper equestrian column. I wrote about shelters in Chinook wind country, trick riding and ranch kids, saddle-fitters, bit makers, outfitters and probably darned near…

Speaking Their Language

Mops hasn’t had much handling the last month (life and working with other horses!), so as an experiment, photographer Shannon Daly came along a few afternoons back to document if all those hundreds of groundwork hours in 2014 were going…

Apache Goes to Driving School

Last Monday, unlike today, which is cold and dank and overcast and snowing – was a daisy of day – sunlit, dry driving conditions and two sweaters warm as the Apache and I slid southwards a mere hundred kms to…

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