It’s been all go recently, and these past weeks have left me feeling incredibly grateful for the support I’ve received from all my clients (old and new!) keeping me busy since getting back to work post lockdown.
Trigger stacking is something we’ve all experienced, whether in ourselves or our animals. It’s something I am very aware of (and try to avoid!) when working with horses as it can often result in explosive unwanted behaviour.
I first heard of and used diatomaceous earth (DE) when I was working on a ranch in California. I was intrigued to learn that this white powder, which we were adding to the horses feed, had numerous health benefits, including being a natural wormer. The lady who owned the ranch claimed she hadn’t had any issues with worms for years and owned a large number of horses, all of which received a small cup of DE a day.
Volunteer work is one of the best ways to further your equestrian skills, and is an excellent form of continual professional development. I’ve been lucky enough to spend a fair amount of my time travelling last year, and this has provided me with opportunity to expand my knowledge of horse care, training, and riding in different countries.
Amanda Martin is, among many things, an Equine Clicker Training Specialist and in particular, trains problem horses with Fear Free Positive training (read more on this here: animalbehaviourconsultantscotland.co.uk), and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to share her knowledge with me on the subject.