Saturday, July 6, 2013

Sent With a Kiss


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My husband, Don, is a real estate broker, and one of the perks of being married to someone in his profession, is that we often go together to photograph his listings, and I get to see some beautiful places.

It was a cool morning when we went to shoot an acreage he has listed for sale, eleven some acres near the lake, mostly wooded, with a good-sized field in the front.




























We met the owners there, a retired couple who like to do a lot of trail riding with their three beautiful Missouri Fox Trotters.  We followed the owner lady to the field where the horses were grazing in the shade.  She made a kissing sound and pointed, and the horses started running away, their legs barely touching the ground.  And then they flew, or so it seemed, their manes and tails giving form to the wind.  They went in a wide sweep around the long field, and when they returned, another kiss sent them around again.



Fox trotters run near Theodosia, Missouri






















When they returned the second time, I almost missed what the owner said; it was spoken in such a soft voice.  It was only when I saw the horses react to her that I understood she had been talking to them.  "Ok," the owner had told them, "now you can settle down and graze". And that's exactly what they did.

When I asked about the training, the owner mentioned that they follow the training principles of Clinton Anderson from Australia, which, from where we were standing, appeared to be highly effective.  She said that the horses listen to her and watch her body language.  When she kissed and pointed, it was the "sending exercise", which told the horses to go away, and then turn back toward her. Such a signal might be used to send the horses through a gate, or to a trailer. When she told them to graze, her dropped arm and relaxed posture reinforced her words. 

I haven't been around horses much, but it was quite amazing to see these powerful animals controlled by the body language and quiet voice of a woman who is a fraction of their size.  




























I might be remiss if I didn't mention that if you'd like to see more about this property, you can check out the details on my husband's website by clicking here, and scrolling down to the forth property.



The first photo was taken by Don.

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20 comments:

Deanna said...

A Horse Whisperer in real life!! Beautiful horses, hope the property sells quickly.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

That's just too cool. What an awesome experience.

S. Etole said...

What beautiful animals.

Sandra said...

What a lovely story about this lady and her deep connection with those beautiful horses.

Horst in Edmonton said...

Fantastic Horses, what's going to happen to them when they sell the property.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, they are beautiful horses! They seem to be well trained too. What a neat sight to watch!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

A great perk! Beautiful animals.

Connie Smiley said...

Horst, they have a larger place with bigger fields that they live on, and where the horses normally live.

Misty DawnS said...

Beautiful photos of some gorgeous horses! Sounds like that training is highly effective.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful photos of the horses!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Just beautiful. I love horses.. Regards..

Brian King said...

Gorgeous animals! It's obvious they love their horses. I'm a student of Clinton Anderson myself.

Kerri said...

Truly beautiful animals!

Terri said...

What beautiful horses- what a treat to see them galloping around.

Pat said...

Great captures of these lovely animals in motion!

Susanne S said...

That's such a fascinating story..isn't it interesting how snimals learn to follow instructions by humans. Horses scare me but they are very beautiful animals.

Pam =) said...

Those horses are so gorgeous and amazing to see in action with their mane flying in breeze.
Hopefully Don will get a buyer soon.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

The horses running, their beautiful manes flowing, just gorgeous in the light that is so perfect for you visit to this lovely looking property. I hope Don sells this fine land. the woman, must be like the horse whisperer to have the horses hear and listen so intently at her soft spoken voice~

Leanne Jernigan said...

You have a beautiful blog! I enjoyed your reading about your experience with the horses and can imagine that someday I would like to live on a property like that. For now I live on the Finley River in Ozark, MO. I moved here about a year ago and I too have a blog about my life in the Ozarks. If you get the chance to check it out it is http://noplacelikehomeinoz.blogspot.com/ I joined your followers list so I can keep up with your blog. :D ~ Leanne

Jennifer Richardson said...

looks like a beautiful dream.
thanks for letting us peek,
Jennifer