Saturday, October 10, 2009

Walk This Way


I've had a friend, Tracy Karbus of The Fifth aElement (www.TheFifthaElement.com) staying with me for a couple of weeks. Tracy arranges very special tours to Egypt and she also does equine-assisted learning workshops, wonderful opportunities for play and learning with horses. We had a group of high school girls from one of the American schools in Cairo and the task was to convince a horse to moved to a specific place in a large paddock without the use of language, touching, or bribing with food. Kids today are pretty inventive!

3 comments:

brattcat said...

I'd love to see and hear more about this exercise in horse/human communication.

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

Tracy went home with about 300 photos and is expecting emails of at least 100 more from the clinics here. I'm sure she'll be posting to her site. The concept is really interesting. The human clients are given problem-solving situations with some nicely trained horses who can be trusted to behave well and have to learn how to communicate effectively without vocalisation to accomplish tasks. It's amazing what they can accomplish. And the carry-over for the humans is astonishing. They learn marvelous things about themselves. The exercises are also a lot of fun.

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

Oh, gee. Horses usually communicate without vocalisation. It's the humans who aren't allowed to talk.