POLICE EQUINE CLINIC JANE LICHT Holly Eppli with RL Amazing Grace with 2 front feet on the box.
Eventually, she got all four feet on the box. Emil Quast, a retired Madison police officer and former head of the Equine Unit agreed to present a clinic on his neighbor’s farm, the home of Delores and Chuck Rohloff, near Evansville, Wisconsin.
His wife “Smokey” Quast also attended and assisted him in this endeavor.
Emil explained to the small group of mostly women and one gentleman, that he is not a horse trainer but that he is a people trainer.
He spent time training his Equine Unit officers so that they could keep control of their horses during all sorts of stressful situations.
I attended the clinic along with husband Wes, daughter Sara and young friend Holly Eppli, and we were each in charge of one of our Morab horses.
Several other ladies were there with their horses and I observed that all of these horses were well trained.
As Emil had said, the key to a calm and trusting horse is the handler.
Emil started with the basics that we had all heard and supposedly knew but somehow when he demonstrated, it really sunk in.
Start with basic ground work.
You and your horse are a little herd and you must be the herd leader.
Lead properly, giving cues to go forward and stop.
Horse doesn’t listen? Make him back up.
Women tend to be too soft and men tend to be too harsh.
Don’t get angry, just be persistent and consistent.
Getting the horse to move sideways from his front and his rear is important.
Use your pointy finger and eventually, all you have to do is point, not even touch your horse. Delores’s pasture was littered with all sorts of obstacles, many belonging to Emil and Smokey and some contributed by Delores.
Delores and Chuck had even created a little “pond” lined with plastic and filled it with water for us to use.
Emil gave us suggestions about how to introduce and conquer all of the obstacles.
Use small steps, distract him if needed by turning him around and starting over, and set up situations so that he can be successful and be praised.
We had a nice lunch break on Delores’s porch and then most people saddled up their horses in the afternoon.
Delores and I chose to continue leading our horses and I spent some of the time taking photographs.
Emil had us all line up and he would present us with challenges, such as the horse-eating plastic bag on the end of a whip.
We were not to react to the bag, not even look at it; for us, it did not exist.
Emil reminded us if we forgot this basic rule.
He explained, “It’s not about the horse, it is about you.” Emil was very patient and looked for ways to compliment us to build up our confidence.
I can see why he was an effective instructor for the Madison Police Department.
I don’t know if Emil plans to give more clinics but I am sure glad I attended this one.
Both humans and equines were successful so it was a great clinic. Clinician Emil Quast with RL Royal Ranger inside the barrels showing how you want to get him to move one step at a time in these tight quarters. ♦ MORAB PERSPECTIVE Here are other horses that attended the clinic.
The gray horse in the foreground is RL Raindrops on Roses, a Morab mare owned by Sara Licht. ♦ PAGE 18 ♦ SUMMER 2008 ♦ IMBA REGION NEWS Region 5 VA, WV, NC, SC, TN, KY By Denise Schneiderr
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