Highly Anxious Horse Becomes Incredibly Affectionate With Positive Reinforcement

Erika Stark shared the wonderful story about Coco, a beautiful but highly anxious rescued horse whom she adopted from Second Chance Cheekeye Ranch in Brackendale, British Columbia. Because Coco was very fearful of humans, Stark treated the horse very gently, using positive reinforcement to help Coco learn to trust her. After a year or so, Coco went from not wanting to be touched to being the cuddliest pony around.

I consider it just like an incredible honor… I’ve gone from “Help, I can’t touch my pony” to “Help my pony wants me to touch her all the time”. Coco is a reminder that the work is worth it. I value our relationship so much and gaining her trust is the best gift.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails. Lori can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.