Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Bob gives Kovy a reassuring pet.....I mean pat
Bob Gainey was recently asked to divulge his secret on handling Alex Kovalev, he replied "It's not a big deal really, just some plain old fashioned horse sense."
A horse whisperer is a horse trainer who adopts a sympathetic view of the motives, needs, and desires of the horse, based on natural horsemanship and modern equine psychology. The term goes back to the early nineteenth century when an Irish horseman, Daniel Sullivan, made a name for himself in England by rehabilitating horses that had become vicious and intractable due to abuse or accidental trauma.
Sullivan kept his methods secret, but people who managed to observe him noticed that he would stand face to face with the troubled horse. They seemed to think that he must be saying something to the horse in a way the horse could understand and accept because the horses were quickly gentled by his mysterious techniques.