• Sue Steiner

Taking the big step…..

Ricco a year ago

Ricco is my yearling. One of the great pleasures of the past year has been to watch this amazing creature grow and develop. I had to laugh the last couple days when something ~finally~ clicked in Ricco’s head when he learned how to take … the big step. Anyone who has been challenged by what seems like a huge obstacle in front of them may be encouraged by this story.

I’ll explain. Ever since Ricco was just a little wee foal he has been confronted by the ~big step~ outside the barn. I have a cement aisle way. The stalls have rubber mats but the aisle is textured cement which creates a step down of several inches out the back of the barn leading to my paddocks and pastures. All the horses know its there and just step down from the barn as I lead them in and out … except Ricco.

Ricco has been challenged and frustrated by this step of maybe 6 inches from day one. He also has maneuvered this step almost every day, often twice a day (in and out) with success. But he seems to still feel the same frustration each time he faces this step. Ricco would gather all his strength and courage, coil his little body and LEAP over this 6 inch step like he was climbing Mt. Everest every single time I had to take him in or out of the barn. I figured with time he would learn that all he had to do was lower his foot and step out of the barn but sometimes learning has its own time table.

Ricco reached a major milestone this week. My great big yearling (he’s easily over 14 hands) learned this week that he can step d..o..w…n and just walk out the barn. 🙂 I am SO proud of him! I knew he would catch on. I do admit I thought he would catch on much sooner but in his equine brain this must of b