About Me

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North Lawrence, New York, United States
I can be described as lover of life, an animal lover, and lover of education. I am constantly striving for knowledge and learning opportunities. I've been around horses my entire life. I enjoy working with horses and their human partners through natural horsemanship philosophies, natural balance bare foot hoof care, reiki, red-light therapy, essential oils, aromatherapy, crystal healing, chromotherapy, flower essences, and more. I am a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Teacher who offers treatments for people, horses, dogs, cats, and other creatures great and small. I also teach Reiki classes for those interested in learning how to treat themselves, their loved ones, and even their animals! Natural Horse Lover Farm is located in Northern New York between the St. Lawrence River and Adirondack Mountains. Heaven on Earth. naturalhorseloverfarm.com

Monday, May 29, 2006

Horsey Play Dates are So Much Fun!!!

Today I was attended a play date hosted by our horse group (The Southwest Virginia Natural Horsemanship Group). I had an absolute blast! Rick (hubby) came and we brought our Thoroughbred, Wilbur. There were about 20 horses and even more people (I think). We all played with our horses on the ground in the obstacle course, on the hills, crossing the creek, and much more (some, including me, even got to ride).

This adventure was a first for Wilbur and I. I can certainly say that I am glad that I am using the Parelli Natural Horsemanship with him. Wilbur was acting very right-brained and reactionary at first. But, using the seven games (the foundation for PNH), we were able to get through that and there was a noticeable change in him (he was now left-brained) and his logical, thinking side took over. This horse is a total joy. He is challenging and fun to be with. I truly love him.

Overall, the day was tiring but great fun. We even got to enjoy socializing with other club members as we had a potluck dinner (while the horses got to relax and eat grass. I look forward to more play dates this summer.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Oh the weather...Where is the sunshine?

The weather has been very unpredictable lately. It has been raining just enough to make it impossible to do anything here these days. I am hopeful for some sunny, dry days soon. I have so many plans to pursue with the horses this year--it already feels like the summer is half over and yet, it is still officially spring. Once again, the impatience in me rears its ugly head.

My action plan for this evening is to review the latest Parelli Savvy Club DVD and watch the level 1 assessment criteria on the new level 1 pack (in preparation for official assessment). Although I have seen it before (on both the new and old level 1 packs), reviewing it again cannot hurt.

So despite the weather, I do see a way to make progress with the horses. As Pat Parelli always reminds us, we must have patience and persistence (among other things).

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The beginning of a journey...

My journey and love of Parelli Natural Horsemanship (PNH) started about four years ago when I saw Pat Parelli playing with a horse that was terrified about everything including a blue tarp. At the end of the program, he had the horse following the tarp with curiosity. When I saw this, I knew that this was the new way for me, the natural way--a communication and cooperation between the horse and human--how fascinating.

I have been involved with horses on and off for over twenty years and at that time, I was gearing up to acquire a horse (it had been a long time since I had been with horses due to a terrible jumping accident that left me fearful and lacking confidence). I knew that I needed PNH in my life if I was to continue my life-long horse obsession.

In April of 2003, I jumped two feet first and acquired Fosse. That November, I went to my first Parelli Seminar in North Carolina. I joined the Savvy Club and the journey began.

I now have about everything the Parelli's sell and have been to a few additional seminars. I have yet to attend a clinic, have not been a student at their center, nor have I attended a Savvy Conference (money and time are the big issues, not interest). Something I definately want to do in the future. I have not officially assessed either, it is something I plan to do, this year. Once again, time, circumstance, and money have stood in the way.

I practice PNH with all three of my horses. If I were to unofficially assess, Fosse is Level 2 (groundwork only, no riding--not started yet), Whiskey is Level 2 (ground) and Level 1 (riding), and Wilbur is L1 (ground and riding). I started Whiskey last summer, Fosse has not been started, and Wilbur has been ridden by traditional people for years. I acquired Whiskey in Jan 2004 and Wilbur in October of 2005.

In addition to my horses, I have a career as an academic librarian. In the future, I would love to take my skills as an academic (and instructor) and combine them with my love and passion of horses and PNH and become a certified Parelli instructor. I would love to work for the Parelli's using my unique skill set--we will see.

An Introduction...

My name is Michelle (aka arabhorselover1). I have been married (16 years) to Rick (aka Sahlen_TAW). We live in the beautiful mountains in Virginia.

We own three horses. Fosse, a bay, Arabian Gelding, Whiskey, a bay, Arabian gelding, and Wilbur, a black, Thoroughbred.

Our other family members are four dogs (Frasier & Daisy, Miniature Pinschers; Sahlen a Mini-Dachshund; and Sid, an Italian Greyhound). We also have a Mexican Red-Head parrot named Chi-Chi, a kitty called Madeline, six goats (Niles, Festus, Beau, Yacko, Wacko, and Dot), and a flock of chickens living at our home.