In the morning, we had a demonstration by Linzi on the various stages of handling a foal.
After lunch, she chose one of the new foals, Bluebell, who had only been at the Centre for a couple of days and had never been handled.
We had no idea how Bluebell would react to being in the pen with Linzi and were quite prepared for some excitement but, to our surprise, she was as good as gold and perfectly calm. Which just goes to show how effective these handling methods are.
Linzi began by using a feather duster to gently rub Bluebell's withers. Rachel stood watch as someone must always be outside the pen when someone is working inside in case there are problems.
When Bluebell was happy being rubbed with the duster, Linzi used her hands to massage her neck and face.
After about 45 minutes, Bluebell was left to relax and reflect on what had happened. She clearly enjoyed her experience and turned to watch as Linzi left the pen as if to say, 'Hey, I'd like some more of that!'