|Marianne riding her beloved Criollo Mise|
In her book, Crying with Cockroaches Argentina to New York with two horses, Marianne wrote of her problems with American horse Toto and how Tom Simmons addressed them. She writes:
"Tom was and expert with equines and strongly believed that they should be outside in their natural habitat as much as possible and allowed to be horses. He was well-known in the area, as well as in California, for his direct and intuitive approach with these animals.
"Toto wants to be the leader," he said, "and as long as you allow him to be that, you'll have these problems and outbursts."
He told me that Toto did not get enough leadership from me and that I hadn't yet established my authority over him. I told him how I was more a friend to the horses than a disciplinarian but that I recognized the importance of being in control.
He also reckoned that while we rested at Annette's for the five days, the daily alfalfa and sweet feed combination could have made him particularly hyper.
He took Toto in a ring for a bit of training and to get him to become more submissive without hurting him. Afterwards, Toto was like putty in my hands. I took him on the leading rope and walked with him. When I stopped, he stopped, when I retreated, he did the same. You could see that he was now respecting me as the boss. I had a feeling Toto would always have his dominant personality, and I would not have wanted to break his spirit, but at least it was clearer to him now as to who was in charge.
|Fred Rojo, Marianne, Nancy Rojo, Tom Simmons & Camanchi|
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