A social media video of a horse trainer taming an anxious horse with a biting problem has amazed viewers across the internet.
The viral video, which has been liked by more than 441,000 TikTokers since it was first shared to the platform on September 21, captured the training session that the trainer was running for the rescue horse at the animal sanctuary.
“My wife works with the horses that no one else wants to. This one in particular was a dangerous biter, kicker and was shipped to slaughter as a maneater,” the video’s creator wrote across the post, while audiences are shown the trainer jumping in front of the horse in a series of practiced steps.
“She rescued him from there and is training him to accept sudden unexpected movements like jumping in place.”
“As you can see, he never takes his eyes off her and moves around in fear as he is a prey animal and would rather flee than fight. She keeps her body aligned to this but doesn’t change her movements,” the creator added.
As the video goes on, the horse is shown warming up to the trainer and cantering gently in front of her. Despite the anxious and aggressive temperament he’s described as having, no doubt due to his background as a rescue animal, the horse appears fairly calm in the clip and focused on his training.
The video’s creator goes on to explain that the horse makes a major breakthrough by approaching his trainer, which he’d never done before. The trainer immediately provides positive reinforcement for the horse, to show him that he’s made the right judgment in trusting her.
“She stops her movement and is rewarded with a lick and chew, a sign of relaxation and acceptance in horses,” the text across the post continued.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) writes on its website that there are an estimated 6,000 to 10,000 horses housed by rescues in the U.S. at any given time.
What Do the Comments Say?
Since it was shared to the social media platform on September 21 by @OhkayTacos_Fan_2, the TikTok post has been liked by over 441,000 users and commented on more than 800 times. Numerous TikTokers have praised the horse trainer in the post’s comments section.
One user wrote: “She is the real life Amy from heartland?”
“A book needs to written about this woman, the horse whisperer,” another user added.
The TikTok post can be seen here.
Newsweek reached out to @OhkayTacos_Fan_2 for comment via TikTok.
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