Friday, August 27, 2010

And Now for a Little Kindness

I’ve stopped reading and watching the news this week. The dire stories about the economy are making me too depressed and angry. Normally, I look forward to autumn as a time of new beginnings and hope, but this year, I think a lot of people just want to crawl under the covers and pull the blankets over their heads until things get better out there.

Last night, after dinner, I took a few minutes to watch a video showing Robin Gates, one of Carolyn Resnick’s exceptional students, working with “Pony”, an off the track horse who had some severe problems. It lifted my heart and filled me with hope that even the most dark and damaged situations can be mended with kindness and patient communication.

I hope you’ll take a look at it. It makes me want to go out and hug my horses and thank them for being in my life. To learn more about Robin and her amazing work, check out


Anonymous said...

I love the care and careful attention given to everything the horse is doing to express itself and how it is feeling - a thing of beauty.

Thank you for sharing.

The horses are beautiful, and the world turns and the beautiful fall weather is coming, regardless of the world or the economy - take heart!

Connie said... does not appear to be the correct web address? I get a funky "this domain for sale" page when I go to it. I cut and pasted from your blog article.


Wolfie said...

Wonderful. Watching this video does reaffirm that hope, time, faith and kindness can work wonders - whatever the situation may be. Thanks for sharing.

p.s. I will be hugging my horse tonight!

Lori Skoog said...

Thank you so much for making me aware of this video. Pony is beautiful and can now trust again thanks to the very sensitive way they have been working with him. There is a lot to be learned.

It does make me appreciate my horses even more.

Victoria Cummings said...

Sorry - I've corrected it and it will link to the right site!

detroit dog said...

Greyt video!

Certainly, animals that have been used for sport and performance have unique "problems" that take trust and patience to resolve. Lucky are the few.

Grey Horse Matters said...

It's a shame how some people treat horses and make them distrustful of humans. It's also wonderful to see how a horse can regain his trust of humans by being treated with sensitivity, caring and kindness. They are such forgiving creatures and we should be thankful for that every day. Thank you for sharing a wonderful video of a horse who will now have a better life.

billie said...

Thanks for the affirmation - this is how we shift things, isn't it? One act, one person, one horse at a time.

JennyB said...

It could so easily be me in that video! I took in 2 off the racetrack horses that have also had some problems and it's exactly like she said, I've been told everything from beat them to run em ragged in the round pen. Because I refuse to work with them this way I really haven't done any training with them. I'll have to look into this training method right away! Maybe it's exactly what I've been looking for too!!

You should warn people that the video is a tear jerker! I saw myself in the very first part of it. You're trying to do something so simple like lead them out to a pen, give em a lil pat, and they just flip out. It hurts, it's frustrating, and your heart hurts FOR them because you can see that they're NOT being mean they're just scared to death of something! It's awful being in that position with a horse that you just love and want to have a good bond with them in return.

~~ JennyB, Horsefeathers

Merri said...

shoot I quit watching the news about 8 years ago, it was just too depressing. I'd rather sit and watch the horses!
- The Equestrian Vagabond

John and Regina Zdravich said...

Amazing! It is really something how she was able to stay so calm in the beginning when the horse was acting so unpredictably. It would be hard to maintain an exterior calm with what has to be an interior awareness that anything can happen....The power of patience and love!