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Horses having fun with water http://www.cortijoloslobos.com/

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​Bitless and barefoot horse riding holidays for all abilities in the stunning mountains of southern Spain.


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Picasso's story

Posted by junewolfe , 28 June 2013 - - - - - - · 149 views
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Picasso is our beautiful chestnut gelding, born at the farm in 2005. He is the son of Leo and Capri and shares a bit of both of their natures, which makes him a calm, easy , loveable horse.
He is lean, like his Mum and Dad , and just the right height to be a useful size for clients. We have just started riding him again after a 7 month gap over the winter, and he is amazingly well behaved, nothing seems to scare him and he is a joy to ride.
When he was a small foal he was very frightened of head collars, and would get so scared if you tried to put one on him that he would rear up and once even fell over backwards. I did not want to force him to accept one when he was clearly so distressed so I looked for an alternative method of getting him to accept it and came across clicker training. I had never tried it before, but from what I read it seemed like a possible solution, so armed with a new book and clicker I set to work. I was totally amazed with the result – I started by getting him to touch a plastic bottle and clicking and rewarding every time he got it right, then within 10 minutes I had him willingly touching a head collar scrunched up in my hand. From there it was easy, painless steps to clicking while holding against his face, and then, within 20 minutes at the most he was allowing me to put the head collar on – totally stress free, it felt like a miracle cure! From that day he was never frightened of the head collar again and needless to say I have put the clicker to good use for numerous other small problems that any of the horses have had. Picasso kept the long legged coltish look until he was about 6, in fact he can still look quite gangly and coltish now. We felt that he needed a bit longer to mature physically than our filly foals, Twiggy and Fern, and we did not introduce him to a saddle and rider until the summer he turned 5. He accepted a rider with no problem at all, but as we were in no rush we left him until the following summer to start riding him properly and he took to it as if he had been born to be ridden, happily taking the lead on hacks and just stopping and sniffing at anything that worried him.
He is great friends with ‘Uncle’ Hercy and also his half brother Spirit and of course still loves his Mum Capri.Picasso is our beautiful chestnut gelding, born at the farm in 2005. He is the son of Leo and Capri and shares a bit of both of their natures, which makes him a calm, easy , loveable horse.
He is lean, like his Mum and Dad , and just the right height to be a useful size for clients. We have just started riding him again after a 7 month gap over the winter, and he is amazingly well behaved, nothing seems to scare him and he is a joy to ride.
When he was a small foal he was very frightened of head collars, and would get so scared if you tried to put one on him that he would rear up and once even fell over backwards. I did not want to force him to accept one when he was clearly so distressed so I looked for an alternative method of getting him to accept it and came across clicker training. I had never tried it before, but from what I read it seemed like a possible solution, so armed with a new book and clicker I set to work. I was totally amazed with the result – I started by getting him to touch a plastic bottle and clicking and rewarding every time he got it right, then within 10 minutes I had him willingly touching a head collar scrunched up in my hand. From there it was easy, painless steps to clicking while holding against his face, and then, within 20 minutes at the most he was allowing me to put the head collar on – totally stress free, it felt like a miracle cure! From that day he was never frightened of the head collar again and needless to say I have put the clicker to good use for numerous other small problems that any of the horses have had. Picasso kept the long legged coltish look until he was about 6, in fact he can still look quite gangly and coltish now. We felt that he needed a bit longer to mature physically than our filly foals, Twiggy and Fern, and we did not introduce him to a saddle and rider until the summer he turned 5. He accepted a rider with no problem at all, but as we were in no rush we left him until the following summer to start riding him properly and he took to it as if he had been born to be ridden, happily taking the lead on hacks and just stopping and sniffing at anything that worried him.
He is great friends with ‘Uncle’ Hercy and also his half brother Spirit and of course still loves his Mum Capri.

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Horse riding holidays at Cortijo Los Lobos, Malaga, Spain http://cortijoloslobos.com/

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Buy one full board riding break, get the 2nd half price! Bitless and barefoot riding holidays on beautiful , well behaved horses, all abilities and ages catered for.http://cortijoloslobos.com/
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You may remember from reading her mum Bonny’s story that when Twiggy was born, due to Bonnny’s illness in late pregnancy, she was very thin , hence the name. Bonny, being a young mum with her first foal, was not amused to begin with and every time poor Twiggy tried to suckle she kicked out at her. This was quickly solved by holding one of Bonny’s front legs up and Twiggy soon grew into a lovely chunky bay foal, with a heart shaped white patch in the middle of her forehead. Twiggy had slightly crooked legs when she was born but the vet assured us that it would not cause her any problems and it hasn’t, though it is interesting that her front feet have taken on a strange almost duck bill platypus shape, to compensate for her legs. We were advised to try shaping them to a more normal shape but that if they persisted in growing back to this shape then it was obviously how they needed to be and it has worked – she is perfectly balanced and has never had any leg or foot problems – I do wonder if this would had been the case if she had been shod and had her feet filed to fit a shoe!
Twiggy is a loveable little character, though pushy at times but a favourite with our guests, especially teenage girls who love her for her sense of fun and kind nature. She seemed to be born to be ridden, from just a few months old she would come up to us if we were carrying a saddle or bridle near her and nuzzle it as if to say ‘can I try it on?’ just like a little girl playing dressing up. Of course we let her try and she loved it! She would stand at the gate when we took the horses out to ride, looking after us almost longingly and by the time she was three it was obvious that she was ready to start being ridden. Just like her Mum Bonny, she took to being ridden like a duck to water and was soon confident enough to be used for clients. The only problem we have ever had with her is fitting a saddle – she is so round and flat backed, a bit like an over grown Shetland pony, and a normal saddle would make its way forward , ending up on her neck! We now use a treeless saddle on her and this has cured the problem.
Though Twiggy has always had the other youngsters to play with, even at the age of 8 she is still very close to her Mum – the pair make a comical sight, both big and round, standing together like a terrible twosome, Twiggy is proof of the nature versus nurture debate – she has the same pushy attitude as her mother, even though her upbringing has been completely different , when the food is being put out, watch out, you might just get run over by a pair of hairy elephants!

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Bitless and barefoot riding holidays -Buy one riding holiday, get one half price!

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Bitless and barefoot riding holidays -Buy one riding holiday, get one half price! Big discounts on our holidays, full board riding or self catering cottages, for any available dates in 2013 or 2014 , including buy one get one half price on full board bitless and barefoot riding breaks - please ask for details (applies to any holiday booked before the end of July ) Don't miss out, we have already taken some bookings for Easter and Summer 2014, if you need a particular date, book now!
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