Lot: a Cadurcien enthusiast saves two wild American mustangs

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Ludovic Fournet is a specialist in relations with equines, horsemanship in the original English term. A man who whispers in the ears of horses. From Cahors, he rescued two wild American mustangs that are now frolicking in the Lot meadows.

“You have to tame them. It’s like in the Little Prince, except that it’s not a fox, but it’s horses”. Ludovic Fournet, Cadurcien, is a specialist in relations with equines (horsemanship in English). It’s not traditional riding, but a method where you adopt the point of view of the horse. “We don’t force him to come into our world, but we force ourselves to enter his own,” sums up the educator. We observe the animal in its natural environment to best respect its needs (its psychological and emotional balance, in particular).

The whisperer who dances with the horses

To achieve this, Man must relearn how to develop his non-verbal language (way of breathing, blushing, etc.) to which the horse is very receptive. “That’s why we sometimes use the term whisperer. We don’t shout, we speak more with feelings. It’s close to dancing,” says the Cadurcien. In his meadow, gestures and looks are essential. The exchange between him and the horse is felt, without a sound, and only with the movements of the body. “It’s a way to reconnect with nature,” he smiles.

Between Ludovic and his horses, it's all about looks and gestures.

Between Ludovic and his horses, it’s all about looks and gestures.
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This method is used in several areas: re-educating a horse, learning or re-learning to communicate (especially in cases of mediation with the animal). “It happens to me less, but at the beginning, a lot of people came to tell me: “if you can’t do it, it’s the knife”. And we get there. It’s often a problem with Man, not with the horse,” says Ludovic.

Sometimes called “ethological” riding also proves its worth for breaking in a horse, that is to say which has never known human approaches. As with the two wild mustangs that now tread the lands of Ludovic. Both were born in 2013 on the territory of the Warm Springs and Paisley Desert reserve in Oregon, located in the western United States.

Three purebred Arabians share their meadows with the mustangs.

Three purebred Arabians share their meadows with the mustangs.
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From America to Lot, there is only one trot

It was a childhood dream. From a young age, his passion has been horseback riding and Native American culture. So the wild mustang was a bit of an unattainable chimera. “We made Shadow walk on the Valentré bridge, it’s unforgettable”, recalls passionately Ludovic. In 2020 then 2021, he participated in the Mustang Makeover Germany. The purpose of this association: to save American mustangs. In their countries, these wild horses are too numerous. Regularly, a certain number is captured and stationed. So the association picks them up to bring them back to Europe. Fifteen breeders have three or four months to prepare the animals for different tests (stepping, lying down, rounds, etc.), because the latter have never seen humans. “Shaman, it took me three weeks to be able to touch him. But he ended up accepting me, and that’s a real gift,” says the Lotois. Even if he is tamed, the horse retains a part of wildness. “They’ve lived their entire young adult life before us. They don’t need us. They’ve learned to manage to eat and drink, even to fight for it if necessary. Besides, Shadow has kept many scars on her dress”, recounts the educator.

Shadow, one of the two mustangs, quickly tamed Ludovic.

Shadow, one of the two mustangs, quickly tamed Ludovic.
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Then auctions are held for the horses to find a new home. “In fact, we intervene to save mustangs. But that’s what also happens to whales or other animals. I often say that if my passion weren’t horses, I’d be on a boat. ‘NGO Sea Shepherd’, says the breeder.

Shaman, the other mustang, has kept a wilder side.

Shaman, the other mustang, has kept a wilder side.
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For his first participation in the Mustang Makeover Germany, Ludovic Fournet finished 3e with Shadow. The following year, he won all three events with Shaman. He is currently the only one to have achieved this feat. After the results, Ludovic’s heart sinks at the idea of ​​seeing these two new companions leave, with whom he has forged such special ties. Shaman, for example, was not accustomed to all Men but to Ludovic. So a surge of solidarity is organized: “my students have organized pots so that I can buy Shadow and Shaman”. Mission accomplished. The two mustangs now share their meadows with Ludovic’s three thoroughbred Arabians, in complete freedom.

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