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    Casper – Trust for Body Work

    Casper lived with 14 other horses before they were all rounded up by a rescue. All were adopted out, but Casper was still at the rescue after 16 months. Pictures show that he had a halter on – not sure for how many years, but that didn’t help him become halter broke. The rescue facility that Casper stayed at – his caregiver spent time and knew just how to halter him, he trusted her. When he came here to be with us Dec 6, 2019, that trust didn’t automatically come along. In fact he wasn’t interested in connecting or bonding with horses or myself. His response was deep fear. My…

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    Casper – Arena Work!

    I was finally able to halter and move Casper to the Arena on 3-23-2020. We’ve made great progress. Yesterday I was able to offer a series of acupressure points, via the tip of my wand, and Casper is letting go of tension – many ‘lick and chews’… While still terrified, he is making exceptional progress. It will take time to get his emotions sorted out. Trust takes time…

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    Casper – Trust

    Progress with Casper- walking straight forward on a lead rope. Don’t all horses do this? No…In answer to a question… This is about PTSD, severe – no trust when interacting if he is haltered, very little ‘try’, or curiosity, he becomes frozen in ‘brace’ – his brain telling a body part to move, gets disconnected, he CAN’T move… Thanks to clicker training and waiting for him think and respond, this is the first time he took more than 2 steps forward – in a straight line, when asked via lead rope. His response at the end – going internal, is him coming off adrenalin. Our continued connection – without me…

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    Casper Day 34… Trust. Confidence. Connection.

    Casper Day 34… Trust. Confidence. Connection.Casper is very responsive and a clear communicator. I am demonstrating how to support and guide him. His over sensing (self preservation) is a lot like my dog Auzzie. Yes, it is about working with the physical -asking for step forward, step back… but the bigger picture of awareness for Casper is spiritual, emotional, – Can I leave, do I want to leave? How can I pay attention to details when I need to watch everything else going on? He is curious, and the treats and chewing allow his body and mind to keep releasing nervous energy (TMJ motion – the most proprioceptive nerves in the body…

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    Casper Day 7

    Day 6, I moved Starry in with Casper. Starry is my 20 year old gelding, he lost his mate in 2017. He lives with 2 mares and a gelding, but he gets pushed around and feels disconnected. He is an amazing guy, but lately he has lost his sparkle. I’m hoping he and Casper end up as best buddies. With a new horse in his round pen, Casper is thrilled… We had gained a good connection, yet after 6 days, he remained untouchable, in his mind and senses. The first goal in our partnership is to stand close to him and have him feel comfortable with this. We’ve achieved this.…

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    Casper Day 2 & 3

    Casper Day 2 Building trust one step at a time. He came right up to me first thing and bumped his nose to my hand in a clear Mutual Greeting! Lots of Mirroring – I filled what he did, where he went and in turn he followed me too. He met my dogs – all is well with that. Did I mention this guy is amazing? Casper Day 3This time Casper met my cat and revisited the dogs. We started off with just uncovering his hay. I went out several hours later and gave him his morning meal, with cut pieces of carrots and I brought a jolly ball. We…

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    Coffee with Casper – Day 1 after adoption.

    Beginning of connection 12-7-19I am now owned by 5 amazing horses. I love and care for them, day after day, year after year. Last week I fell in love with #5 – Casper – by the look in his eye. Horses abandoned to live on their own, on land… Then they needed to be removed from that land – a private case, not BLM removing horses from Public lands. A rescue organization stepped up – took them all to their facility. The horses were brought back to health and given amazing care. Thousands of hours of care, love and patience. These rescue organization women and their team are astounding humans…