- Part 1: The Discovery of My Dog »
- Part 2: Wolfee Growing Up With Sheep »
- Part 3: Adopting Wolfee and How She Got Her Name »
- Part 4: Exploring a New World »
- Part 5: Part of the Team Forever »
The series is meant to create awareness for the ST principle “Think First, Act Later”.
It’s about a plan for how-to-train-a-young-animal-with-a-challenging-background.
And through the series of videos and accompanying articles, you can witness the entire process in practice.
Of course, we can watch the Wolfee videos for some feel-good moments, but the 5-part series simply isn’t about that.
Just like The Karate Kid movie isn’t about Karate, but about using Karate as a vehicle to learn more important things – the Wolfee videos aren’t about Wolfee.
If you’ve seen the movie The Karate Kid, you know that when the young kid finally convinces the older master to teach him, he is set on a task of menial chores – wax the car, paint the fence, fauld laundry, and so on.
It’s not until the young boy rebels at his activities that the master shows him that what he’d really been doing was learning basic karate skills through the repetitive movements of his basic tasks.
Now, in educating Straightness Training, at almost every level, in every Grade, there’s a layer of “wax the car” where I encourage students to read, watch, or do one thing by means of something else that probably seems unrelated.
So raising and training a young dog probably seem unrelated to raising and training a horse.
But ST doesn’t start and end the moment we enter and leave the riding arena.
It’s a way of life, just as Karate is a way of life:
Though the “dojo” training (which is a sort of training in their “riding” arena) is essential in one’s Karate, it is by no means the only place where Karate is practised.
Masters must strive to make the practice of Karate part of their everyday lives – from the way they walk, talk, interact, to what they eat.
Also, the commitment towards responsibilities are all part of one’s Karate and are given as much importance as anything else.
And that’s what the Wolfee videos are about.
As with Karate, Straightness Training is not something you only do in the riding arena.
It’s not something that only happens while training and riding a horse.
It also happens the other 23 hours of the day, when we interact with our dog, bird, cat, kid, husband, family, friends, and so on.
In the other 23 hours, we are challenged – and how we deal with those challenges will reflect our horsemanship, for example:
- If our dog pulls on the leash, we should not expect that our horse yields easily to our reins.
- If our dog doesn’t like our pressure on the collar, we should not be startled that our horse doesn’t accept our pressure on the cavesson noseband.
- If our cat doesn’t want to enter a crate, we should not be surprised we have trailer load issues with our horse.
- If we don’t sweep the floor in a rhythmical way, we might have difficulties in finding the proper tempo and rhythm with our horse.
- If we threaten our child to take things away, but never do, our kid won’t take us seriously, and then we can also expect that our dog will keep doing what he’s always doing if we don’t follow through.
- If we say to our kid “Oh, don’t do that, sweety, honey, please, will you stop doing that, dear, stop, no, stop it…” we are probably also nagging our horse into good manners.
- If we are parenting by intimidation, it will surely lose its power once our kids grow up, and our mature horse might not respect us either.
- If we give in to our toddlers, our horse has probably begging issues too.
- If we don’t give our husband heartfelt compliments, no technical well-executed reinforcement will really touch our horse’s soul.
So if we try to create balance for our horse in the riding arena, but do not integrate the same principles and philosophies in other parts of our lives, our horse won’t change much as we’re just doing some sort of isolated and “empty” activities with our horse.
So the Wolfee series isn’t about Wolfee, instead, it’s about the following:
Part 1: Discovery Of My Dog
The FIRST part is about:
- Not judging at first sight.
- The ability to respond to make a long-lasting positive difference.
- Making a difference for a single “starfish”.
Part 2: Wolfee Raised By Sheep
The SECOND part is about:
- How we can use the inborn curiosity of young animals.
- The benefits of their ability to synchronize.
- How to prevent vices in mature animals.
- How to avoid horses that are hard to ride and hard to reach.
Part 3: Adopting Wolfee
The THIRD part shares another “edge story” that probably seems unrelated to “horses”.
But the good listener will see that there are no “coincidences” and nothing “just” happens.
Part 4: Exploring A New World
The FOURTH part is about Wolfee’s socialization process.
Now you cannot imagine how many students enter our programs with horses that are frightened of “the new”:
People, places, objects, and activities.
Or horses who have developed conditioned fear:
- horses who don’t like men,
- the cavesson noseband,
- a specific corner in the riding arena,
- applause of the public during a clinic,
- crowded places in general,
- the trailer,
- and so on.
Of course, we can come up with a long list of reasons why things aren’t going well…
But in the end, it’s always us.
That’s what the fourth part is about, and it provides a bunch of concepts to avoid all those issues.
Part 5: Part Of The Team Forever
The FIFTH part is about crate training and team building.
Now, when we skip those “basic tasks” when it comes to horses, we might end up with:
- horses with separation anxiety,
- horses who are afraid of dogs,
- horses who are spooky in the same corner of the riding arena every day,
- horses who don’t want to load on a trailer,
- horses who leave the moment we work at liberty,
- and so on.
So this part is about some important basics we can integrate into our horsemanship,
Thanks For Watching!
And I’m glad to receive so many messages by email, on the public website, and on social media from people who are resonating on those important things.
People who are aware of the Bigger Picture 🦅and really “get it” 💛, who clearly see the added value 🎁, and appreciate Wolfee’s wisdom 💎.
So thanks for reading this 5-part series all the way to the end, and many, many thanks for all your inspiring messages!