A 12-year-old Leopard Appaloosa gelding’s days were numbered. His owner loved him dearly but was running out of training options. The last two rides, he bucked her off. But his whole life history wasn’t great either; Stewart was rescued from the kill pen at age 7. He couldn't be ridden into the auction arena and they referred to him as “green broke” though for good reason. He wasn’t safe.
Love and money have incredible power to “solve” obstacles, so his owner spent many years and thousands of dollars on training. Eventually, Stewart was successfully shown in Western Pleasure classes until one day he plain refused to get on the trailer. His owner once again sought out expert help and tried every trick in the book including purchasing a brand new trailer. Some days she managed to get him to a show or riding event but mostly not; the stress of not knowing if he would load at the end of the day wasn’t worth it.
His next regression? He refused to put the bit in his mouth. Experts were shocked at their inability to fix his problem. Hackamores are not allowed in the show ring. The vet checked his mouth and jaw and tested for any and all neurological disorders: none. An equine Chiropractor found nothing. Both experts agreed there was zero physically wrong with this horse.
So here was an owner stuck with a horse she loves that won’t trailer load, won’t accept a bit, won’t be bathed, won’t accept stall confinement, tests all fencing, can’t be re-saddled between classes, and bucks her off for no apparent reason at all. Stewart did have excellent ground manners and farrier manners, but sadly, these few positives were not enough. He couldn’t even be a lawn ornament as he has a long track record of attacking other horses. Stewart’s veterinarian sadly broached the subject of euthanasia, simply to help the owner move on to a more fulfilling equine relationship. There was nothing left to do.
Then out of the blue, but not really, an advertisement she had seen many times over the last few years in a popular Equine handout finally jumped out at her while flipping through the pages. The ad was for the behavior expert service called Willing Results, the brainchild of Casey Sugarman. Sugarman clearly states that she is merely a scientist, not an animal communicator or energy healer.
Through years of experience with a wide spectrum of exotic species in captivity, Sugarman has solved the puzzle of fixing (diagnosing and reversing) the root CAUSE of psychological trouble in animals and people. Stewart’s owner couldn’t believe she never really took note of the “horse shrink” ad in the past because Stewart clearly had every issue listed there! She went to the website… www.willingresults.com and read every word. She immediately had a friend pick up the phone for her because she couldn’t even speak clearly about Stewart without sobbing.
Sugarman, a biologist who should be in a lab, always picks up the phone. “Stewart sounds like an OSCAR horse for sure. Luckily, all of that is totally reversible and horse will come out the other end much BETTER than the average horse; like the bionic man, we can rebuild him! And it isn’t rocket science either… there’s just some missing wiring in his brain.”
O.S.C.A.R. is Sugarman’s discovered, developed, and trademarked approach which stands for Operant Spatial Cognitive Angle Reach, and it is both the diagnosis of cause AND the therapeutic solution. It is brain-body mapping neural connection therapy that solves everything from soup to nuts, because as Sugarman explains, “brains are not afraid of specific items, they are afraid of their own bodies reflex response to said stimuli. I’m not afraid of my trailer but I am afraid of my own hip. Try riding in a car standing up, without a hip…”
OSCAR Therapy solves the root problem for poor or atypical behavior in ALL animals and people. For example, a person who had a broken leg in a cast and had to favor that leg for months, when that leg is healed the person may still favor it due to muscle memory of pain or habit although it has healed perfectly and there is really no need to do so. Or perhaps someone has been in a mental/emotional-damaging situation where memories of past experiences are causing problems in a new situation. Ask any soldier who has experienced the battlefield. Animals can’t explain the battles they have seen, but these same PTSD “dents on the brain” occur in animals as well. “Any brain, of any species, only needs to be undented,” says Sugarman.
Stewart was on death row only 5 months ago. Now, Stewart not only has a new lease on life, but he is amazingly capable. He self loads and drives perfectly. He is ridden whenever she wants with no need for drilling; he looks like a dressage dancer when he does. He has even aided in reversing the owner’s learned phobia of being bucked off! His fears of stall and water and other animals are just gone; he accepts the bit but he prefers to perform perfectly in a halter. Just looking at him you can see that in his own mind, he is a changed horse.
What Willing Results does is not magic. It is science. Sugarman even teaches the approach to anyone who wants to learn the skillset. It requires willing owners with an open mind. I was the friend in this story; I made the initial call. I hated Stewart back then for the pain and fear he was causing; who knew back then… that Stewart was feeling the exact same way. I have witnessed the entire transformation from the outside, and what I have witnessed is nothing short of astonishing. And who knew that the answer all along was in the phone book…