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EQUUS - - Conversati­ons -

Here I am gen­tly hold­ing the hal­ter— mak­ing sure my fin­gers can’t get caught—to main­tain a feel of him and a mild con­trol of his head. This way I can sense his level of angst. Stay­ing out of range of the swing of his head or the strike of a front hoof, I of­fer him a quiet, gen­tle rub and begin the process of show­ing him I mean no harm. This is about find­ing a place to work from on which I can build. If at first this is all I can do, that’s OK be­cause I can add more with each ses­sion.

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