The managers of the property practice a program of low stress stock handling. The animals here are not mindlessly forced or shoved to move them around. Put simply, they are taught to move off a little pressure and rewarded for doing so.
Being around relaxed animals - particularly during mustering season - is so different from when I grew up, when those programs and ways of working and being with animals basically didn’t exist. It’s amazing to see the difference it makes to the people, animals and the land. Driving through herds of cattle and seeing so many of them still sitting down – that’s unusual!
This big bullock (pictured) was gorgeous! The whole experience of being in the field with him - winding my way over to him slowly (not approaching him directly), being present, stopping and standing still when required, giving him space and letting him know with my energy that he was not being threatened or pressured - required me to relax, be unhurried and have fun!
When we finally stood side by side and I laid my hands on him, I noticed how much the relaxation, peace and calmness in his body expanded the more relaxed and calm I and my body were. The relaxation we were with each other was a magical gift! Can you tell from the big smile on my face? So grateful!
We don’t often realise that simple choices like relaxing, being aware, being present, are a gift not just to us, but to everybody and thing around us.
What relaxation could you gift yourself today, that would create a greater world right away?
Hugs! Wendy xo