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Old 06-16-2010, 11:30 AM   #4
Daisy Luu
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Dojo: Aikido of Silicon Valley
Location: San Jose, CA
Join Date: Oct 2009
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Re: Aikido and the Path to Better Horsemanship

Thanks for the insight on horse-training, Linda. My first time riding a horse just last year, I was instructed by our trail guide to kick the horse in the flanks to get him to go. When I tentatively tried it, my horse didn't move, so the guide said to do it harder. "I feel bad," I responded, "I don't want to make it seem like animal abuse." Amused, the guide told me, "Honey, at the rate you're doing it, he doesn't feel a thing." How interesting to know that they want/need clearer direction from us. Can't wait to ride again in a couple weeks.
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