Tammy Marsh had plenty of horses around when she was growing up but she never thought of becoming an equine trainer and author; she is a biology teacher at a high school in Corning, East Lindley, New York. Her interest in horses set off as she received a gift from her husband, a riding lesson package back in 1997. Marsh followed a different trail in her involvement with horses as she first adopted a Palomino quarter, Hugsy who was branded “outlaw” defying advises from her friends to not to get involved with the horse. She worked with the horse passionately enough to correct its behavior and till today Hugsy is a part of the family. That was the beginning of Marsh’s bondage with “unwanted” horses that still continues; so, supporting Tammy Marsh would mean supporting rehabilitation of horses that are neglected, abused, abandoned or “outlawed”.
The best way to support Tammy Marsh will be to buy her new book which she co-authored with Shari Koval (an animal behaviorist) entitled, Talk To Me: Round Pen Work From the Horse's Point of View. She also offers training programs for horses and people at Palomino Acres Equine Services operated from her home at Lindley. Tommy Marsh is one of the ten participant trainers in Equine Comeback Challenge 2014 at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This event is sponsored by a philanthropic organization called “A Home for Every Horse” where Marsh, along with other trainers, was assigned to train a rescued horse for ninety days before competing in the Challenge last Tuesday.
Marsh’s assigned horse Neil, who was rescued from cruelty in 2013, didn’t win the challenge; but it’s not about winning a competition, its about showing the world that an abandoned horse is worthy of being adopted and trained. This is what her book is about and much more; the first part of the book narrates the process in which Marsh learnt to better communicate with Hugsy and horses in general. As you proceed further, one chapter after another will feel like descriptions of a long journey. The concluding chapters, describing final part of Marsh’s journey, acknowledge the lessons she learnt from horses. Fairness and friendliness, two significant perspectives of life were unveiled to her by horses. Firmness and carefulness are other important traits she learnt from horses too.
There was a time when Marsh used to babysit Hugsy and now Hugsy babysits Marsh’s child; this relationship was not built easily in a few days, it took nine years to get there and she had to go through a process. It’s the approach she handles the horses with and the way they react to her treatment that impact the behavior of horses like Hugsy. They have to receive the right therapy in order to get healed from the physical and psychological wounds that have made them “unwanted” to begin with.
Tammy Marsh is doing a noble job by working with discarded horses that may otherwise end up in a slaughterhouse in Canada or in Mexico. She makes the need for being sympathetic to neglected horses more visible. Horses are our equine friends and they return the passion they receive from us with honor and grace.
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