To finish off 2016, we’re all looking back at the year and choosing our favourite CT blog to watch again!
I’ve chosen Hannah’s Zonkey Training video as my Blog of the Year. Firstly for sentimental reasons. I loved Zambi and Zee, the zebra x donkeys who came to us for training. It was a great pleasure to watch them arrive as two very scared zonkeys and then gain confidence and trust as each day went on.
I could talk about all the training reasons I love it too. It encapsulates our philosophies in one video. Firstly, the set up provided the 3 F’s: Friend, Freedom and Forage. Either zonkey could leave the building at any moment and could go and feed on free hay instead of the treats.
Secondly, our focus on emotions. Hannah trained with awareness on how each zonkey was feeling in the moment. Her focus was on relaxation and fun. It’s relatively easy to get behaviours from animals when you use rewards, but getting those behaviours with an animal who really is happy and relaxed is a whole different matter when they start as scared as these two did.
CT Member? You can see the full story of Hannah’s training with Zambi and Zee in the Connected Members area. Plus, members get access to our forum and live Q&A sessions so head over there if you need some guidance and support working with a frightened, wild or un-handleable equine.
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