The Fall Season is upon us and as usual Mother Nature did not disappoint. Although the picture to your right was taken after peak foliage, the fall colors are still quite vibrant.
The season also brings back our Head Start friends and we are all so very happy to have them back, even the horses.
We are very happy to introduce new additions to the farm, two Nubian goats, Flint and Arrow. They are very friendly and enjoy being around the humans and horses.
During a short break from Head Start we hosted a long time friend of ours and Icelandic Horse Trainer, Steinar Sigurbjornsson. Steinar developed a way of working with horses to restore their natural, intrinsic motivation for proud, fluid, agile movement. The technique is called Intrinzen. Learn more here (definetly check out some of the videos!). In this photo Steinar is teaching Vinur how to do “crunches”, an exercise to help strengthen his back muscles. Vinur’s posture had become poor and was causing an excessive downward curvature in his spine referred to as swayback. This condition created an imbalance in Vinur’s walk and he began to trip often. After a little instruction Vinur will soon be doing crunches on his own in the pasture. Later he will learn two walks, the “badass walk” and the “panther walk”, all directed to horse play and horse autonomy. It’s exciting work, or shall I say play, for human and horse!
We’ll end the year with our Annual Holiday Open House. Please join us on December 10th from 3pm to 8pm. Come warm up with a steaming cup of hot cider next to our roaring fireplace, listen to live music from local Frederick musicians, and enjoy holiday treats prepared by staff and friends, a visit from Santa (4p-6p), holiday cheer, and a spectacular tree! See our Events page for more information.
Happy Holidays from all your friends here at ThorpeWood!