Young Horse Education - Tara and the Tarp [Slideshow]
Tara joined my herd when she was just 7 months old. She is a very curious and brave little girl, learning lots and very easily by observing my other two horses Mazirah and Mayana. Today she will learn that big blue noisy tarps don’t eat horses. That in fact, they are lots of fun to play with.
Foals learn very easily and naturally by observing and later imitating their older role models. If you want to know more about it, read this article.
Mazirah and Mayana like to play with the tarp a lot, so they are perfect to show Tara. The more different objects a foal gets to see and explore, the more confident it will be later on.
Click through the pictures to see how quickly Tara got confident with the Tarp
Tara´s teachers are Mazirah and Mayana, both real pro’s with the tarp. Mayana is showing right away how it is done, while Tara is sceptical at first.
Nose, neck, maybe the feet. Right now Tara’s confidence is just enough for touching the tarp with the nose.
Mayana is playing more and more wild with the tarp. Tara is a little bit impressed.
I drag the tarp away from Tara and ask Mazirah to follow. This helps Tara to gain some confidence and become more curious.
“Look Tara, you don’t need to be afraid!” Now Tara starts to carefully imitate Mayana.
“You can even bite into it and pull it up”. Tara is now already so courageous that her feet are almost touching the tarp.
Well done Tara! That’s how you do it!
“Hey Tara, let it go. It’s my turn now!” , Mayana seems to say.
Exactly seven minutes later Tara steps with her front feet on the tarp and it was her idea.
“Look Mazirah, what I can do, this tarp is not scary, it is fun!”
With an experienced horse as teacher and role model your foal or young horse learns new skills more easily. It is also a lot of fun and natural!
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