Issue #1

Bad manners at meal time
Can you imagine yourself sitting with your children in a restaurant, and every time the kitchen door opens and the waiter brings out food, they take their silverware and start banging on their plates. And, that this behavior happens every time you sit down for a meal.

You would be upset and embarrassed. It is just bad manners for a child, teenage, or another adult to behave in this manner.

But that's exactly what your horse is doing when he paws the ground and makes a ruckus at feeding time. It's simply bad manners and it should not be tolerated.

So what should you do to break the habit and teach your horse some good manners?

The following information is taken from the book:
"What Your Horse Wants You To Know"
By Gincy Self Buckin

Feeding Problems: Making Noise While Waiting
"Gerry is in the feed room preparing the grain for her two horses. When she brings the pails into the stable, both horses immediately start to paw. Joey stands at his door and paws to that he bangs on the door, while Sukey prefers to stand in front of her manger and dig a hole, apparently with the intention of reaching China. The behavior stops as soon as they have their grain, but it is destructive as well as very annoying... "

What your horse wants you to know
  • "Pay attention to me! Me first, me first! The horses are perfectly well aware that they are annoying Gerry when they paw, but they want attention any way they can get it. This is especially true when food is involved!

  • This is sooo exciting. I haven't had so much fun all day. Horses who spend a lot of time in stalls or small paddocks get rather bored. Feeding is one of the highlights of the day, so it is greeted with much anticipation."
Read her advice on what to do about it:

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Happy Birthday! Or Taking Stock of All I Have
By Kate Harper

"I've learned that we cannot forget or throw away our past, But we must not allow our past to control us either. We must learn and grow from our past failures, disappointments, pains and experiences. Reset our goals and priorities... and move forward." by Ty Howard

I don't know about you, but my own birthday leads me to look back, not only over the previous year, but even further back to assess what differences there are, if any, between now and then. This can be a fairly subduing experience, but on this First Birthday of Do Something! (my newsletter, and also of my mother - Happy Birthday, Mum!) with the sun shining brightly outside, I am looking back with different eyes. Often we get distracted by the things that didn't go to plan, by the dramas that may have occurred, or even by those periods of deadly dull-dom! We zone in on the negative and can sometimes overlook those things that have led us to where we are now which were more positive, even if they were actions taken as a result of something unexpected, and possibly unwelcome, happening. I have said this before, and it is a well-known phrase - "Stuff happens!" What is important is how we chose to deal with that stuff and what we learn from the experience!

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