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Slow and Steady wins the Race

Our lives right now are submerged in our new arrivals on the farm. We talk about the new Suffolk colts Duke and Earl all the time. They require a lot of focus right now. And it is not hard to give them focus. They are very lovable and fun to be around, and have super sweet dispositions.

Every morning when Jim comes in from the barn, my first question is how the colts did during the night. They get lots of visits from me and interaction from Justin who helps with chores in the morning, and attention multiple times per day from Jim. And as you can see here, from our daughters as well. Just like human children, colts need lots of consistency. They seem to thrive with routine and from knowing what is expected of them. The more they can begin to understand the routine, the more confident they become. Jim said in his last video that he doesn't do anything special with them to train them. But in this day and age, being consistent and persistent are traits that easily get pushed to the wayside with the busyness of modern day living. As you see here it's easy to get distracted- hope Abby isn't teaching Duke any bad habits with the cell phone!

Life has setbacks, it's just a part of being alive on planet earth- no matter if you are a horse or a person. Especially in the very beginning, the colts would take one step forward and then 2 steps back.

The good news is, they eventually went many steps forward on their own. What was hard and scary for them in the beginning, they began to do with confidence in themselves and their new owner. It is sheer pleasure to watch. But setbacks will invariably come. Decisions will have to be made on how to move forward. Hopefully they will be good decisions, but the reality is that no one is perfect. Once again though, we will need to be confident that consistency and persistence in the right direction will move the learning process forward for the colts. And Jim will need to be persistent in observing how the colts are reacting to his lessons, one day at a time and little by little. Slow and steady wins the race for colts and people.

 



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brendagordon65
brendagordon65
Mar 20, 2021

Hello, thanks so much for the encouragement. I am really enjoying sharing from my corner of the world. Thanks for reading. Brenda

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Mary Leonard
Mary Leonard
Mar 20, 2021

Persistency and consistency is the same way to apply Bible truths to our lives. The Word of God is true forever settled in heaven. And so the way that it changes us for the good is the same as for the colts! I really enjoy watching y’all’s videos. It fills a want that I have had since childhood. A want for horses.

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brendagordon65
brendagordon65
Mar 20, 2021
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Hi Mary thanks for sharing that. The principles in the bible sure do apply to everyday life. As you said, even to training colts. Brenda

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Joey K Kirby
Joey K Kirby
Mar 19, 2021

Yes its so enjoyable to read

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Joey K Kirby
Joey K Kirby
Mar 19, 2021

Jim both you and Brenda are just amazing with the animals , by the way this is ( Joseph Sep ) thats my pen name for youtube I use it to keep some privacy in using the internet . Most people dont realize how much the trust the horses have to build with their teamsters , that trust alkows them to do things you ask that is not in their visual space ( backing up especially ) the building of that trust is the most important part of their training and I can already see you will be working these guys as soon as their age and size allows , its going to be wonderful to experince along with yo…

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brendagordon65
brendagordon65
Mar 20, 2021
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Hi Joseph, Thanks for all your support. Trust certainly is a huge factor when training colts. It takes a lot of time and patience

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working with them everyday like your doing, Your gaining trust, and the more trust you gain the easier it will be to teach them. I can see a great deal of that since the day you picked them up. They are very smart and you guys are doing awesome job tien them up every day in my book is a big deal that teaches them patience and that will make that pawing go away. I have a 2yr old and a yearling I have raised and I mess with them everyday and they get tied everyday

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brendagordon65
brendagordon65
Mar 20, 2021
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Hi, Thanks for sharing. It's interesting how quickly they got used to being tied up. Now they seem to really enjoy being in their stalls, especially since Jim got the mangers finished. Hope you enjoy your young ones, keep up the good work! Brenda

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