Debbie Tornblom

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  • Debbie Tornblom
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    All I see is a green vertical line, but if I click on it your picture and remarks about gut sounds appear.
    Good idea to observe normal sounds to recognize a difference if the horse is unwell. Thank you for this advice.

    in reply to: Debbie & Rocky, Saskatchewan Canada #204110

    Debbie Tornblom
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    Today, Rocky followed me in from the pasture, leaving the herd behind. I could tell he was anxious to go on our usual outing. I thought about options and decided to take Rocky out to graze with just his halter and no lead rope. All went well. He was free to wander, but I could see he was keeping his eye on me. I put no pressure on him but asked him to come to me a couple of times. The first time he didn’t come right away, but after a minute he did. The second time he did come right over. (I thanked him and gave him a treat) He enjoyed the green grass and stayed away from the garden. We were both relaxed and it felt very companionable.
    After a half hour or so, the other horses eventually meandered up from the pasture to the other side of the fence by the lawn where we were. Rocky decided all on his own to leave off grazing and go to the gate to ask to rejoin his mates. I didn’t have to touch his halter except to put it on and take it off! It was a happy visit.

    in reply to: Problems #204103

    Debbie Tornblom
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    Where I live, most horses have no shelter, summer or winter, other than board wind screens. They are on pasture in summer, and fed big round bales in the field in winter. Rocky is most comfortable in wide open spaces, in his group.

    He, of course, would have no concept that a human had chosen him, or what might be expected of him because of that.

    It was a couple of years before he would come away from his group in the field (which could be as many as two dozen horses). I remember how frustrating that was, and how I thought I would just have to be content giving him as good a life as possible under the circumstances. I think when I accepted that, things began to change. I accepted that I could not have my own dream place, and would have to ‘grow where I was planted’. That I could be happy and grateful to have Rocky to watch over and care for, even from afar.

    I always went to see him daily if possible, regardless. In bad weather I go, even just to check to make sure he is not injured or sick. Ideas began to form in my mind based on the education about the equine that I was being referred to in Chuck’s reading list. I continued to try to figure out ways to indicate to Rocky that he was special to me.

    I know Chuck or advanced students will have the best advice for working amongst several horses. In videos, Chuck seems to do that with ease.

    I can just encourage you to trust that you will eventually be amazed to realize that you are experiencing activities and a relationship with Willow that you had not thought possible.

    in reply to: Debbie & Rocky, Saskatchewan Canada #204091

    Debbie Tornblom
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    I look forward to seeing a video of you and your horse. I know how challenging it can be to find the right time and place. There are six other horses with Rocky and other people on the farm might be on tractor, lawn mower, quad. Sometimes Rocky might be sleeping, or dozing in the shade with a buddy swishing flies from each other. I really have benefitted from learning to have no agenda. And I find it fun to think up a new plan, or just do nothing and hang out with him watching the grass grow.

    I didn’t notice the ladybug until I watched this video I took while Rocky was sleeping. Pardon my knee on the right.

    in reply to: Debbie & Rocky, Saskatchewan Canada #204084

    Debbie Tornblom
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    Thanks, Chuck, I’m glad you could finally see it. I cannot remove the duplicate posts. Perhaps the web editor could please do that.

    The reason I drape the rope is so that I can easily guide him away from going into the farmer’s big garden you can see in the video. He is pretty interested in the garden when he gets close to it.

    Up until last week, I held the rope while he grazed on the lawn but I wanted to give him more freedom to pick his own way around and not feel like I was restricting him and explore new territory on his own terms. He has spooked a couple of times, but the rope has not come loose onto the ground.

    I agree that you are absolutely right about the possibility that it may come off and he could hurt himself stepping on it. He does often come to me when I ask, but I hate to risk him wrecking anything in the garden, and I can’t count on him listening if he has his eye set on a nice bush to browse.

    My rationale has been that it is easier and safer for me to reach the rope, and a calmer move than rushing to his head to grab the halter.

    He really likes to go out to graze now that the pasture is getting picked over, but perhaps I will have to rethink the situation. I think I would rather have him safe than at risk in the halter and rope. (Even if he spooks while I hold the rope, he can pull it out of my hand – same problem).

    It is grazing him near the garden that poses the problem, and the fact that I feel it necessitates me using a ‘gadget’, right? I think I will consider this, and think of another thing he might enjoy without the risk of doing him harm.

    It has helped to think about this and look at my written explanation to you.

    in reply to: Debbie & Rocky, Saskatchewan Canada #204081

    Debbie Tornblom
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    in reply to: Debbie & Rocky, Saskatchewan Canada #204077

    Debbie Tornblom
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    Is this the place to post a video for Chuck to see, or should I post elsewhere? Chuck gave feedback on my first video, but not the second. Not sure if he realizes it is here. Is that what the preconditioning section is for? How do I know what Chuck might suggest for our lessons. Where would we communicate?

    in reply to: Debbie & Rocky, Saskatchewan Canada #204076

    Debbie Tornblom
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    I use the Flip camera because I already have had it for years. My iPhone takes very good photos and video, but doesn’t have an attachment for the tripod. I think you can get a tripod adapter for the phone. I would have gone that route but I have the Flip so- no waiting, lol.

    in reply to: Debbie & Rocky, Saskatchewan Canada #204074

    Debbie Tornblom
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    Thanks! I hope to be an encouragement for other Family members to post videos. I learn from seeing myself and my movements, too.
    I use a Flip video camera, edit on PC with a program called Cyberlink Power Director 12, save as a WMV file to YouTube. It was time consuming to figure out the video process, but I can do some simple editing now and manage to upload to YouTube.

    in reply to: Debbie & Rocky, Saskatchewan Canada #204072

    Debbie Tornblom
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    Hi, Here is our time together today. I wanted to show that this is more typical of Rocky’s calm disposition. It was hot and the flies were out in force. This is the time of year when I take him out with his halter because the grass in the pasture is not as appealing as the lawn and yard. We venture a little farther each day. He tends to be very wary and I would like if he felt confident like Tilly does with Ian 🙂 Hoping more FT exercises will make that possible.

    in reply to: Debbie & Rocky, Saskatchewan Canada #204069

    Debbie Tornblom
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    Ha, okay, I have set it to “public” The instructions said to make it private and I don’t know any way that you could view it other than by making it public?

    Hope this will work now 🙂

    in reply to: Debbie & Rocky, Saskatchewan Canada #204065

    Debbie Tornblom
    Participant

    Here is a video for Chuck to see and I don’t mind anyone else seeing it as well. It is an unedited honest look at 15 minutes of interaction with Rocky to show a bit of our relationship. As we went back out to the field a flock of Canada geese flew low overhead. I wonder if Rocky heard them assembling to take off from a nearby pond. They can be quite noisy. After a while the horses don’t pay attention to geese (we are in a flyway) but the first flocks of summer’s end may be a bit of a surprise to them.
    After taking this video, I went out and joined Rocky and his mates. Rocky was all calm being next to his buddy and actually sleeping, as it was late morning nap time. I sat on the ground among the group and enjoyed the breeze. After 10 minutes or so three of the seven horses laid down. I stayed with them for another half hour or so, then left them still dozing.
    https://youtu.be/7Jm_yJFZ77s

    in reply to: Debbie & Rocky, Saskatchewan Canada #204054

    Debbie Tornblom
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    Rocky is a 9-1/2 year old quarter horse. We have been together here in Saskatchewan Canada for 8 years. Since learning much from Chuck’s recommended reading, watching the ‘Cloud’ videos and the preconditioning exercise, we have learned to trust each other more and more. Rocky agrees to do a number of things I ask him to, and he prefers the hug to any other activity. It quite charms me, and I guess he knows that.
    Friendship Training has led me to the treasure that lies in a field of horses, which includes Rocky and also other members of the group he shares it with.
    I have learned to be more patient in all parts of my life because of the Friendship Training influence. I am very content with my relationship with Rocky but am interested in learning more about giving him the best life I can.

    I look forward to continuing to learn in this new web format.
    (I copied and pasted this post from the General forum to this Family forum)

    in reply to: Pre Conditioning – Intro #203991

    Debbie Tornblom
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    I also have a tech question about whether it is possible for a person to be allowed to edit their own comment? Oh… Look…there’s an edit button now!

    in reply to: Pre Conditioning – Intro #203987

    Debbie Tornblom
    Participant

    I will dive in here. FT editor, please delete if I am misunderstanding how the website is organized.
    I posted in what looks to be the General forum. It was a post directed to Chuck regarding my current interactions with Rocky and a request for instructions for a new beginning at the preconditioning level. Is this where Chuck and I will interact along with others in this level?

    in reply to: Please Read This – Introduce Yourself #203985

    Debbie Tornblom
    Participant

    Hi Chuck, Thank you for your greeting. I am looking forward to continuing with FT with Rocky. It has been a while and, like Trisha, I have become quite content in my interactions with Rocky. I rarely challenge him or myself beyond our short exercises of ‘come, walk, whoa, back, and of course, hug. He does all of these and knows what I am asking very well. Most of the time he agrees to my requests because he will receive oats as a thank you at the end. He very much has his own mind, though, and sometimes says, no thanks, I don’t see any reason to, even for oats. I may ask once more but he is free to say no. I spend an hour a day with the horses, almost every day.
    I look forward to your advice on how to begin again and that Rocky and I can continue to improve our friendship.
    If I take a video, what is the best way to present it? Would a YouTube link be okay?
    What would you like to see?
    Looking forward to your direction…

    in reply to: Please Read This – Introduce Yourself #203869

    Debbie Tornblom
    Participant

    http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s98/debbiet_2007/image.jpg2_1.jpg

    I am Debbie and Rocky is a 9-1/2 year old quarter horse. We have been together here in Saskatchewan Canada for 8 years. Since learning much from Chuck’s recommended reading, watching the ‘Cloud’ videos and the preconditioning exercise, we have learned to trust each other more and more. Rocky agrees to do a number of things I ask him to, and he prefers the hug to any other activity. It quite charms me, and I guess he knows that.
    Friendship Training has led me to the treasure that lies in a field of horses, which includes Rocky and also other members of the group he shares it with.
    I have learned to be more patient in all parts of my life because of the Friendship Training influence. I am very content with my relationship with Rocky but am interested in learning more about giving him the best life I can.

    I look forward to continuing to learn in this new web format.

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