I never could imagine in 1959, when I discovered that foals can be trained quickly, effectively and lastingly, that it would change my life and that, after practice retirement, it would result in a second career.
I have taught at all but five veterinary schools in Canada and the U.S.A., plus many in other countries.
I have done live horse clinics and seminars all over the world. My wife, Debby, and I have been to more than 40 countries, some many times.
For example, in June of 2015 we returned for our 9th visit to Switzerland. It was still cool. Early spring in the Alps. Actually it was my 10th visit because my first was at age 19 on an army furlough.
Switzerland is our favorite foreign country to visit. Aside from the incredible mountains, the beautiful towns, the immaculate streets and roads (you never see trash) the overwhelming beauty of every village, every farm, the meadows, and the forests, and the nice people, are the reasons Switzerland is our favorite place to visit.
I became aware on this last trip of one problem; flies in every restaurant we ate in ten days. No matter how upscale the restaurant, there were flies.
Why? Several reasons:
No matter how expensive the restaurant, and they are expensive ($20 hamburgers). Of course, the food is great. The flies love it.
So here’s a message to Switzerland, land of two outstanding veterinary schools and among the world’s foremost scientific and agricultural technologies:
The flies in Switzerland are very elusive. I tried swatting them many times, but only twice did I kill any: Once with my hand, and once with my menu. (They may have been old.)
This unplanned second career would not have happened if I were not a writer. I wrote about my foal training and it was published several times. This led to invitations to teach what I called “Imprint Training” (because it is trained during the immediate postpartum imprinting period).
That subsequently, led to requests to speak about Imprint Training at a school, or an expo, or a veterinary convention, or a horse group.
I respond as follows:
“I’ll be glad to accept your invitation. But, I teach equine behavior including foal training.
The response has always been, “Oh good!” Except once.
I was invited to speak at an annual Walking Horse conference. So I said the usual. They said, “No! We only want to hear about Imprint Training.”
So, I said, “Okay.”
When I went, however, I gave them my whole presentation on behavior, including foal training.
They were happy and so was I.
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