by Kathy Knight
(Rigaud, Quebec, Canada)
Johann & friends
I share my life with 8 equines, 4 cats, 3 dogs, chickens and a wonderful partner who just purchased his first horse after 10 years of shovelling poop.
Most of my horses are rescues. 50 years ago (when I was 10) I was told that "horses don't think". I knew that was wrong. I also knew that hitting and hurting them was wrong. I learned to do my own hoof trims at age 14 to save my horse from abusive farriers. That was just the beginning of my holistic approach. I now feed low sugar hay, vitamins, minerals and herbs (no grain!), I use massage, chiropractic and red light therapy when necessary. My horses live 24/7 outside during the summer with lots of turn out with their buddies. In the winter they "graze" on hay spread around their pasture during the day and only come in at night.
My horsemanship begins on the ground with lots of liberty and tricks. I ride with a comfortable treeless saddle or bareback with a halter or string around their neck. We have mutual respect. When I go out to play, they line up wanting me to choose them. Sometimes I choose one or two, but most of the time I choose them all.
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