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Bitless Dressage with Country Flair ... a 'Wonder-ful' tale

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Published on Aug 22, 2008

At the peak of his career in 2003, Wonder was an international eventing horse, ridden by Olympian, Bruce Mandeville, preparing for the Pan-Am Games. Until he tore a tendon. Despite expert care, his professional career was over, and his path finally led him to be declared 'impossible to control' and given to Second Chance Farm Horse Rescue. He is now being retrained to his former glory under the loving care of Elsa Harper and expert training of German rider Peter Hick. He is controllable and happy in a Nurtural Bitless Bridle - as seen in the August 16th video, posted at www.nurturalhorse.com In 2005, Elsa received a typical phone call for her rescue farm "I have thoroughbred that we simply cannot control to ride. Will you take him in and find him a good home?" Of course Elsa agreed; that's what she does - takes unwanted horses, cares for them and retrains them, and adopts them out into loving homes. Elsa was away when Wonder arrived in the stall she had prepared. When she walked into the barn, she took one look and said "Oh, you so don't belong here!" That's when her investigation began, and she spoke with the previous owner and then Bruce Mandeville to learn the history of this amazing Australian-Bred thoroughbred.

Two other fortunate circumstances added to Wonder's good fortune to arrive at Second Chance Farm Horse Rescue. Elsa Harper had discovered the magic of Nurtural Bitless Bridles, and soon found that this big strong horse who fought the bit so intensely could be ridden and controlled in this bitless bridle. Then in the spring of 2008, Peter Hick, high level German rider and coach arrived in Canada to join his family, and is now offering riding lessons and training horses at Second Chance Horse Rescue. With Peter's strength and skills, Wonder is now retraining and reconditioning to be restored to his former glory.

Wonder and Peter demonstrated their progress as a highlight at Second Chance Farm Healthy Horse = Happy Horse Clinic, August 16th, 2008. They completed 15 minutes of their planned presentation to great appreciation of the crowd. But Wonder was obviously having fun and did NOT want to leave. So Elsa cranked up the volume to his favourite song and Peter let him open up and have some fun.

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