Last weekend, we took advantage of the continuing good weather, popped Misty and Newbie into the horsebox and headed to Fermoyle Beach. While there wasn’t glorious sun, it was warm and calm and we virtually had the beach to ourselves.
Fermoyle Beach, Co Kerry, Ireland.
Now I know you’re looking at the photo and thinking, there’s an awful lot of footprints for an almost deserted beach, but it is also the main thoroughfare for the local cattle to transfer from one field to another!
At one point there is a promontory dividing Fermoyle beach from the inlet to Cloghane and the rocks come all the way up to a low cliff. You can see it here shown at high tide on a google maps image.
Fermoyle and Cloghane
Newbie and I headed off in front and picked out a very circuitous route that avoided most of the rocks and boulders. Ger and Misty followed on (Ger tends to be more of a passenger than a rider but he and Misty get along very well!).
Fermoyle Beach, Co Kerry….last of the rocky bit!
We continued down the beach (the tide was waaay out) for a bit before turning for home.
Now Misty and Ger were in the lead and here’s my puzzle. Ger had dropped the reins completely and was letting Misty find the way. She followed our original hoof prints in reverse and took the exact circuitous route, almost hoofprint for hoofprint, back to Fermoyle beach…..How did she do that?. Was it visual? Did she smell the hoofprints? Or was it from memory? Whichever it was, we were both pretty amazed.
Can your horse stand quietly beside you while you do other things? It’s great to have a horse that is patient and will wait happily beside you while you say, open a gate, answer the phone, chat to a neighbour, but many horses are not patient by nature and so you need to train this as a behaviour.
Here Aoife is sitting in the arena and Rua is learning to stand quietly beside her. When he’s relaxed, happy and keeping his distance from her, she clicks and treats to tell him that’s the behaviour she wants. As Rua learns patience, the time between clicks becomes ever longer.
Alexandra Kurland is giving a three day clinic near Tralee, Co Kerry Ireland…why not take advantage of Ryanair flights to Kerry airport (30 min away) to come and have a wonderful break in Kerry while learning new skills.
Learn how to communicate clearly with your horse, solve common problems, improve performance and build a great partnership!
3 Day Clicker Training Clinic with Alexandra Kurland at, The Irish Clicker Centre, Tralee, Co Kerry, Ireland. May 31st to 2nd June 2013
This 3 day clinic starts with introductions on the evening of Thurs 30th May, followed by 3 full clinic days from 31st May to 2nd June
There are limited horse places available on the clinic. Book early to avoid disappointment. Auditor/Without horse places are available. Everyone who attends is a full participant and will have hands-on learning throughout the day.
Alexandra Kurland is the foremost equine clicker trainer in the world and is the author of a range of books and DVDs.
Enquiries and Bookings: phone Mary on (353)87-1370162 email: firstname.lastname@example.org