Thursday involved getting up SUPER early to drive to Cheshire Riding School to do my ESFAC (Equine Specific First Aid Course) refresher. Was a really good course conducted by Jon. We went over head injuries, fractures, angina, heart attacks, stroke, shock, concussion, choke and cardiac arrest to name a few ailments! All discussed in relation to the equine injury and how they could happen or be incurred in a horse related situation.
Found out some very interesting facts about body protectors, under-wired bras, mobile phones carried in jodhpur pockets or chest pockets and how to recognise pelvic fractures and if the person is screaming, GREAT! It means their ABC's are working!
Did the full CPR procedure including assessing for danger, checking responses and assessing injured person before calling 999 and administering CPR.
Next job is 300 word essay on 3 different first aid situations before I get my referesher qualification.
Loading Horse Demo
Garry Bosworth of Equine Empathy held a talk on loading horses with the help of video footage of horses he has worked. A very common problem among horse owners, is that of a horse that will not load willingly onto a horsebox. At the talk we learnt some simple techniques to help overcome this problem. It was brilliant and Garry is ace. I'd quite like to shadow him and learn some more about Intelligent Horsemanship. I got OP a Dually headcollar as well. Having seen the benefits of one, in only a couple of days, I've felt an improvement in my handling and how I try harder to communicate better with OP. It's all about good communication and clear instructions. No force, just firmness. No pain, just willingness. Horses don't take the piss - how would they know how? We do though, by not trying to understand correctly how our horses behave and move and talk to us. Bit deep for a Monday night you might say, but true! I challenge you to communicate better with your horse without using force but not being a wet lettuce either!
Police Horse Visit
Yesterday afternoon was spent at the Walkington Police Horse Stables having a lovely tour and demo of two very different police horses in training. Julie Compton and Emma Snowden were great. We loved the horses - all REALLY BIG but stunning. I was more interested in their training, their tack and the new 59 plate IVECO lorries! The bridlework is made by Patrick WIlkinson in Beverley - very nice! The Police Horses were beautiful. Even the other half fancies one now after seeing these handsome chaps. Now the lorries ... WOW! I wish!
All in all - a lovely weekend.