‘Dream’ situation in division two of the Novice Stakes over six furlongs of ‘good to firm (in places)’ Haydock this afternoon; in fact with top-grade jockey Jamie Spencer on our side it’s what ‘...
You are here
The education of Elsa
I learned how to say hello to a horse last week.
This is what you should do: place the back of your hand under the horse’s nostrils and let him or her sniff your hand. That way the horse gets your scent, certifies you are a friendly beast, and won’t be startled by you sneaking up from behind or grabbing at other body parts before the formal introductions.
I got the free lesson at a children’s camp, called Healing With Horses, operated by Veronika and Lennon La Fortune, in Buccoo, Tobago, with the help of volunteers, some from Europe and North America.
More on this life-altering experience another time. I am still recovering from all that fun and selflessness compressed into a few hours.
Watching children, with physical and mental challenges, become assertive and confident on the back of a retired thoroughbred was the best new lesson in the continuing education of me.
Here’s what else I learned last week in life tutorials which were considerably less sweet than the Buccoo recess:
User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment writer and are not representative of Guardian Media Limited or its staff.
Guardian Media Limited accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Guardian Media Limited reserves the right to remove, to edit or to censor any comments.
Any content which is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will be removed.