Freedom - Mustang Mastery

Freedom - Mustang Mastery

July 02, 2019

This blog will go in reverse order from the beginning, through Freedom's progress:  Current information on top.  Scroll to the bottom to start from the beginning.

 

Don teaching a workshop: Shows how to approach and pat Freedom the mustang. Everyone has a turn and gets to pat Freedom. Such a special opportunity and really good for Freedom and each person.

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Don Jessop hugs Freedom the mustang with a string and places it around his neck. You can let go if you need to. But he does fine, although wary.

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Don Jessop preparing Freedom the mustang for haltering. Placing two hands on, under and around for a halter hug.💖

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Don Jessop showing freedom the mustang the rope he is curious.

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Freedom the mustang enjoying the attention, starting to get curious about humans 😀

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Freedom the mustang is getting better about having humans around him and brushing him. See him keeping an eye on me 😃

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Freedom the mustang, great progress! Freedom is trusting me more moving around his whole body and letting me brush his hind legs. 😉

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Freedom the mustang trusting me enough that I can brush his face and neck and legs, helping to prepare him for feet trimming too.

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Don Jessop shows Freedom the Mustangs tail dreads. Freedom is getting better about us being around while he is eating and Don is able to stand behind him and brush his tail. Huge progress.

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Don Jessop Shows Freedom the Mustang the brush, he is not sure at first then he gives it a good sniff.  

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I wanted to show you Freedom the Mustangs dreadlocks. His mane looks good from a distance when you pick up the pieces, they are very matted together. This looks like quite a mission. I will be excited to brush these out.

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Freedom the Mustang. "I think I am seeing a purpose for these humans."

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Eating hay without stretching all the way out. I love it as the trust builds more and more.

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Helping Freedom the mustang get used to me rubbing his legs, I really want to trim up those feet soon.

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Freedom the mustang has very tight muscles. I rubbed along his superficial gluteal, he enjoyed it and his hip looked rounder and looser the next day.

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Freedom the mustang: Me totally anthropomorphizing. 
"Do I like it?
What are you doing?
I wonder if she can find the spot?
Oh, that is good.
Hmm, I really could get used to this!
Don't stop now."

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Freedom the mustang says 'I can not look'. Don places his hand against his nose until he pushes back, then he starts to look. Go through the pictures really quickly, it almost looks like a video. Very cool. Can you touch your horse on the nose?

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Freedom the Mustang when I drive the 4 wheeler around to muck out his pen goes to the bottom corner and tries to hide. So during mucking out, I show him the rake so he can sniff it and start some curiosity with it.

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Don Jessop Mastery Horsemanship is home and getting acquainted with Freedom the Mustang. Notice Don is wearing a halter, just to have it around.

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Freedom the mustang, learning to move his head back and forth slightly with a soft feel. He responded really well.

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Hay time for Freedom the mustang he is getting easier. He is feeling more and more relaxed with me. Justice the Mustang is hanging out for support.

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Sharing moments with Freedom the Mustang. I was on his branded and trauma inflicted side touching him. He started to breathe heavily, time stood still, we started to sync our breath in unity, after some time I slowed my breathing and his breathing followed. We shared a moment of knowing the depth of the trauma he has experienced. Coming from the wild into captivity. Being brought into the stocks and branded, gelded and taken away from his family, as a stallion it was his job to protect them. I felt privileged that he shared this with me.

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Look at me. Freedom the Mustang has trouble looking/being curious with me. I back up with my body, he looks at me then I can approach. This little dance gets better with time and bonding.

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Freedom the Mustang was pretty nervous about me touching me near and on his tag. With patience and time, he let me touch it. Then getting it undone was tricky. He did really well until it was half undone and dangling. The other side flicked into view of his other eye, then he jumped and one part of the tag flicked over his ear. Then when he settled down I was able to get back in and gently pull the rest of the tag off. Yes! Success! There was definitely a chance in his countenance having the tag removed.

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Having two hands on Freedom the Mustang was very difficult for him. He did not trust two hands, time, repetition and good scratching help.

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Freedom the Mustang is still very skeptical, but starting to let me into his space.

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Freedom the Mustang is starting to let me pat him in different places great to get under his neck.

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Freedom the Mustang, starting to let me touch his neck and side. He is very skeptical but starting to let me in. Interesting that he wants me on the side where humans have not been before.

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Freedom the Mustang letting me stroke his face.

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Cava training Freedom the Mustang. He loves to run into the pen and just lie down in front of a horse. They all stop to say Hello.

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Freedom the Mustang is eating Hay out of my hand without stretching out a mile in case he touches me.

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First Contact: Such an honor when Freedom the Mustang felt like he could say 'hello' to me.

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Feeding Hay, Freedom the Mustang is very skeptical about taking food from my hand.

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Rinse and Repeat. This is where people can get into trouble. These photo's are all looking the same. Yes, because you have to repeat these things again and again until your horse gets them. Freedom is finding it very difficult to trust and look at me, face me, etc.Freedom Mustang Rachel JessopFreedom Mustang Rachel JessopFreedom Mustang Rachel JessopFreedom Mustang Rachel Jessop

Freedom the Mustang following and facing me.

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I can't look at you, maybe I can...

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See Freedom the Mustang's nostrils flare as he sniffs me from a distance. Getting Closer.

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This photo looks like Freedom wants to play hide and seek. Now you see me.

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When Freedom the Mustang makes a big effort to face me and/or come towards me. I give him a big reward, by relaxing and taking a break.

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Freedom the Mustang is thinking and watching, taking in his new environment and everything new that he is learning.

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Arcing towards Freedom the Mustangs tail. When he stops his feet or looks at me, or turns to face, I reward by stopping my feet and energy. Nice and slow, no dust and fuss.

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Making a decision is one of the trickiest things to do in life.  Freedom is making a decision. What will he choose?

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Freedom the Mustang, his first interaction with Rachel Jessop. I am asking Freedom to look at me. Soft no dust.

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This is an incredible story. Freedom the Mustang, got in late at night, then on the first morning Paisley the black lab came into his pen and started to drink out of his water trough. Freedom watched and then tentatively walked over and had his first big, long drink. To top it all off, the kitten is watching from above.

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Freedom the Mustang meeting some of the family. Not much dust. Diamond who is usually very high energy with a new horse, only did one squeal and move, then I think she felt sorry for Freedom and left him alone.

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Freedom the Mustang jumps out of the trailer in his own time, into his new home. Thanks to Carolyn and Bill, Tiffany and Patrick or their help.

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FREEDOM. the BLM mustang finally arrived at his new home. I'll be away for a week teaching on the east coast and Rachel Jessop will doing the first contact videos. When I return I'll be continuing on. We're super excited to see him adapt to his new home and gain some weight and learn to live in a trusting human world.

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Freedom the Mustang jumps out of the trailer in his own time, into his new home. Thanks to Carolyn and Bill, Tiffany and Patrick or their help.

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Picking up Freedom the Mustang from the Hamilton Fairgrounds after 12 days of quarantine. Boy was he happy to be out of there. Oh, that was me, happy he was out of there.

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Went to pick up mustang 5220 today and the vet won't release any horse from the facility until two sick horses have been thoroughly evaluated. I'm sad to leave him here but supportive of the system. 

 

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An unexpected twist, Don Jessop Mastery Horsemanship choose this Mustang to bring home and train. He spoke to me, I liked his color and look as we watched via video on WhatsApp. He needs a name and will come home in a few weeks as he needs a brand inspection and vet check first.