Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Story and Images Submitted by Liz
The pony that taught me how to be without intention: Biscuit
A 3 year old small pony came to us from the ISPCA in October 2010. To say that she was distrusting of people is an understatement. She was petrified!! If she was ‘trapped’ in an enclosed area, i.e. horse box or stable, she would press her nose to the ground and just shake, as if she was willing the ground to swallow her up!!!
Recently I brought her home to the yard to see if we could build some bridges and get close to this frightened little girl.This was going to be easy, get a head collar on her and make friends, no problem, I have done this many times before!! Never taken more than a day or two. Make friends, no way, you are going to eat me!! Ropes – Aaahhhhhh! Head collar, it makes a jingly noise and will eat me!!! She was never going to accept me as a leader or friend. I was just a big, eyes in front, predator!! I wanted her to know that I was just going to be with her if she let me. So what if she never wore a head collar!!
During daily short sessions we would stand and inhale and exhale deep breaths. This kept any thoughts of progress from my mind. In the beginning I would occasionally ‘think’ about trying the head collar she would visibly freeze and shake!! Three weeks of standing and breathing together she now comes to me and almost puts her nose in head collar and we walk together!
Biscuit has taught me how to be without intention!! She decided when the time was right not me.