Respect thy fellow… Horse?
One time intern and enthusiastic Animal Orphanage supporter Franziska Schoeller from Berlin, Germany, sent us this good advice on how to earn the respect (and obedience) of our equine friends.
Turns out that she has named her new horse after one of Mount Kenya’s peaks: Lenana.
“My new horse is so huge, when mounting her I always feel reminded of my climb up to point Lenana, on beautiful Mount Kenya.”
Franziska feels old fashioned “breaking” of a horse is unwise if not cruel, she believes in earning the respect and confidence of your horse.
“By sending her away and letting her come close, gently but always at your demand the horse will come to accept you as the chief (of the herd).
“The horse will then do everything for you with joy, because horses like their leader to make decisions for them, as long as they feel secure. Once the horse is allowed to act like himself, it is the human who has to try to understand the horse and not the opposite. Since we humans are known to be (on average…) more intelligent than horses, this seems much the better way.”
Thank you Franziska, good advice for all you amazons and horsemen out there! (If this does not work for you, there’s always the old carrot…!)
Our very special thank you this month goes to:
Franziska and Florian Schoeller and the congregation of the Nienstaedter Church in Hamburg, Germany for donating the collection from their wedding service to help the Kenyan bongo.
Jeanne Stewart who has supported the work of the Conservancy year after year.
Stefanie Powers and the William Holden Wildlife Foundation for continued moral and financial support.
Petoskey “Friends of Africa”:
Lynne Symons for her continued support and generous donation,
Ken and Ginger Winter for their encouragement and kind donation.
Chuck Cavanaugh, our talented webmaster who has worked tirelessly and successfully at improving our fundraising methods.
Last, not least all our loyal members that have shown their support by renewing their membership: Your continued encouragement and support makes it all worth while!
These two Zebroids enjoy ‘retirement’ at the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy. They love their human friends and keepers.