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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

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy Holidays--Looking Forward to a New Year!

Good New Year's Eve everyone! I just opened an order I placed with Parelli Collection and am excited to share! I ordered the Katie Drake CD, "In Your Shoes," a Parelli disposable slicker, and a Parelli Arena Banner. The order was originally for the banner which had been back-ordered for a long time. When placing the order, I decided to buy Katie's CD because I enjoyed some of her songs played at the last Parelli seminar I attended. Well, money well spent--what an inspiration (and yes, the Parelli Patterns are the next purchase). Anyhow, her music made me feel happy and excited to go play with the horses, happy about life in general, and I sang them all to my puppy Morgan--it was funny and fun!

Anyhow, just checking in, not much to report. I am looking forward to a healthier, more horsey-time new year! Be safe tonight and be ready for 2009!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

More about "the horse before the cart" ...

This is a follow-up to my preceeding post, "Are you guilty of putting the horse before the cart?"

My friend e-mailed me her thoughts and I was intrigued. I just had to share (she okayed it).


Good morning!

I have some thoughts that I’d like to share following the reading of your blog post yesterday. Some are directly related to it, and some aren’t. ;-)

First off: You may want to examine your emotion-based judgments versus factual statements. They are very different.. Question reality. Love what is! (Dig my color scheme.)

1. The move from Virginia to New York caused the set-back. (Fact: It was a huge factor in slowing your progress. Not to mention starting a new job with new commitments, and renovation your new home..)
2. The facilities at our new farm are all but non-existent whereas we had things relatively in order in Virginia . (Fact: But things are coming together now.)
3. The weather is very cold, the weather is wet, it gets too dark too soon, etc. (Fact: You do live in a more challenging environment than previously, and you will have to adapt. Perhaps the indoor play area can be in your near future?!)
4. My horses are adjusting to their new surroundings. (Fact: They have had a year to do so, and by spring should be pretty well adapted.)
5. I am adjusting to my new life and responsibilities. (Fact! This is a good thing.)
6. I am too tired. (Emotional judgment: action builds energy)
7. I am not in shape. (Judgment: You are where you are. This is constantly changing. You do not have a limiting disability.)
8. I am not good enough. (Judgment: Of course you are! You are strong, and smart, and have good timing, and knowledge, and desire – I could go on and on.)
9. I don't deserve it. (Judgment: Why are you beating yourself up? Progress NOT perfection!!)
10. I don't have someone to join me--I am all alone. (Judgment: You are not alone (although you do have fewer local resources). You have a strong online community. And you have your horses! ;-) You may want to seriously consider attending an upcoming PNH event in person, if at all possible. Let me know when you did and I may try to join you.

** Accept where you are – it is where you are meant to be right now! After all, it is where you are and it takes tons of energy to argue with reality. And that will free you up to take the next right step, without reacting on an emotional level.


Your thoughts are very valid and important. I hadn't put things into the perspective of emotional versus fact and it completely makes sense. I suppose my assumption was that I'd move and not skip a beat! And that perhaps, things would automatically be even better, automatically! Well, we all know about assumptions don't we...how interesting.


I have been playing with the horses every night, even if for only 10 minutes at a time. It has been freezing here, usually single digits or below zero. However, I've not let that get in the way--no excuses! I found a document, 10-minute Tips by Pat Parelli on HorseChannel.com and have been playing with those ideas too! I am having fun and planning for spring. So, we are having fun, continually working on our relationship, and I know it is making a difference.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Are you guilty of putting the horse before the cart?


This wonderful image is from MetroNet IQ and was used in a story about a municipal broadband debate. However, this common euphemism clearly illustrates what many horse people are guilty of, me included. Ok, so what does this euphemism really mean, "Putting the horse before the cart?" To me, it illustrates many things in life but today, I am talking about horses.

As you know, I have been catching up on Parelli DVDs this weekend which to me is the epitome of studying. I am afterall a Parelli student. I know that some of the material are truly review and that it is mostly known information. However, it is presented in a different manner and thus, I find a great deal of value in it. Repetition is the crux of learning--Pat always tells us he will tell us again and again those things we need to know--eventually it all sinks in.

So far this weekend I have watched the October 2008 Savvy Club DVD, Natural Rider, Beyond the Round Pen - Liberty, and Calm Ride. I am also reading through the November 2008, issue 21 Savvy Times and will be done this evening. Like I said, I always learn something new, see something from a different perspective, or gain an insight I never imagined.

I know that I have often put the horse before the cart because I have a very extroverted and driven personality that desires everything now, not tomorrow, but now. I have set up expectations that are unrealistic (for example: I think I can go out and have a great ride because I have imagined it, planned for it, then it will happen, automatically--yeah right! What side of the corral did my horse wake up on? Have I truly prepared for it? I have to remember these and other factors--horses are not cars that you can turn on and off, drive where you want--they are living creatures with brains!)

I sometimes fall into the direct-line thinking trap because of this too. (Read my post about direct-line thinking here: http://naturalhorselover.blogspot.com/2008/12/dont-be-direct-line-thinker.html ) Anyhow, this type of behavior (the horse before the cart) can make a person feel defeated, unsuccessful, and sometimes even stagnates progress. This would be like me thinking because my horse Whiskey loves to jump that we can go straight to the competition circuit, without practice, without preparation, and without studying the nuiances of the sport. Horsemanship is no different than any other subject area--to be an expert or to even just be proficient, you have to do your homework (lecture and lab), test yourself, practice, and strive for constant improvement. This is why the Parelli's have sections of their courses where you are in a classroom and not just time with your horse. --it totally makes sense (I really want to go to the ISC.)

So why do I bring this all up? In reviewing these study materials this weekend, as it always happens, I am feeling motivated again, empowered, and ready to get back at it! But, this is where the horse before the cart comes in. I have to study before I go play because it prepares me for success. If I play without a plan and without knowledge to help me, I am putting the cart before the horse. The realization of where barries are is very important. I need to avoid or conquer hurdles in many forms.

Thinking about how far along we all were in Virginia and seeing where we are now, I can place blame in many places: (blame/excuses are a barrier)

1. The move from Virginia to New York caused the set-back.
2. The facilities at our new farm are all but non-existent whereas we had things relatively in order in Virginia.
3. The weather is very cold, the weather is wet, it gets too dark too soon, etc.
4. My horses are adjusting to their new surroundings.
5. I am adjusting to my new life and responsibilities.
6. I am too tired.
7. I am not in shape.
8. I am not good enough.
9. I don't deserve it.
10. I don't have someone to join me--I am all alone.
11. And the list could go on!

Is this list sounding familiar? Do you have something similiar? HMMMM, Have you read Dr. Stephanie Burn's book, "Great Lies We Live By?" Well I have and now, I know in order to succeed, I have to read it again to start making progress again. This is just another addition to my education and I need a review session!

Although many of the listed items are true, they are all excuses. I think that the crux of it is me putting the horse before the cart. How I believe I did this is that I came here thinking that everything would be the same or better, immediately. My expectations were far from reality and therefore, I had what I perceived as slow progress or failure. (Rick keeps reminding me that we have only been here for a short time--I know but sometimes I forget or ignore that reality.) One huge problem is me not taking the time it takes and being happy for what we do have in place and taking advantage of that. I don't think that I am lazy but perhaps have become a little complacent. Funny thing is, I finally know that I am not alone. I've chatted with other PNHRs of all levels and we have all expereinced this. Whew--I am normal.

This realization is not the solution but action is. I need to create an action plan and stick to it (much like I need to have in place to become healthy and fit again). It is so simple yet so difficult! How intereting. (Speaking of fitness, I did walk my Morgan today for about 30 minutes through deep snow.)

S0, I have two easy choices: 1. Do something 2. Do nothing

Choice 1: Do Something
Doing something means getting back on track, playing with my horses daily, and going out with a plan recognizing my limitations and embracing the things we can do. We will have success, over time. It won't all come together immediately but if I put the time in, we will be back to having a great time again.

Choice 2: Do Nothing
Do nothing and I'll still have horses living here but I will not have a good rapport or relationship with them, I won't be having fun, and will feel worse for it. Guilt, failure, and other feelings alike.

My advice or thought of the day is to do something but not put the cart before the horse. To be realistic and proactive, and be happy that you are on this journey. My plan is to complete watching any DVDs I have until January 2nd when I will purchase the Parelli Patterns which will serve as another study tool. I've heard that the concepts are the same but the footage and explanations are new. I plan to go through the new assessment model. But thinking more practically, I will play with each horse, even if just in the confines of the barn, at least 15-30 minutes. Each time, I will go out with a purpose/plan in mind--I start tonight.

Here are a few Parellisms to keep you thinking and to keep you motivated!
  • There is only one rule - there are no rules .
  • The horse doesn't care how much you know until he knows how much you care.
  • Allow your horse time to digest your thoughts.
  • Do it for the horse, not to him.
  • Don't walk the extra mile for someone walking in the opposite direction.
  • Slow and right beats fast and wrong.
  • Practice doesn't make perfect - only perfect practice makes perfect!
  • Never ask a trying horse to try.
  • Cause your ideas to become your horse's ideas, but understand his ideas first.
  • If your horse is recreation for you...can you be recreation for your horse?
  • Find out what happens before what happens happens.
  • If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got.
  • Take the time it takes so it takes less time.
  • Play with the horse that shows up.
  • Expect a lot, accept a little, reward the slightest try.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Inclement Weather Doesn't Mean "No Horsey Time" Even in the North Country!

Good afternoon, it is COLD outside today--BRRR. When I went to feed this morning, it was a blustery -7° F ! I believe it is around 10° F now--whoa a heatwave! The sun is shining but, that certainly does not mean it is warm or that anything is melting. The horses are at the barn (able to come and go), blanketed, and munching on some yummy green hay.

Now, just because it is cold does not mean I cannot have a horsey-filled day! I decided that my time would be well spent watching DVDs, Parelli DVDs of course. Besides all of the educational components, I find that I am looking at their facilities and getting ideas there too.

I am feeling rather excited to get the Parelli Patterns. I have starting hearing more and more good things about them. Today, while watching the October 2008 Savvy Club DVD, Pat said something that rings true to me, (paraphrased) "practice your patterns is like a musician practicing their scales." The new assessment is designed to show real savvy (which comes from your heart), Pat says. So, I cannot wait to see what this all means--and yes, I will continue to do official assessments!

Which leads me to...I can say that I am feeling a bit sad today (and lately). There are several segments that are clearly only done by a physically fit person--very fit. Linda is 50 years old this year and looks fantastic! (She mentioned on a video segment that she was turning 50 in a few weeks). There was also a girl, Amy, 20 years old, and very fit too. I know I am not physically fit anymore, I am strong but not fit, toned, etc. anymore (I was always one of those physically fit, active, and pretty people that the guys chased after--I doubt anyone would dare look anymore out of pure fear--LOL). I'm in my thirties and finally life is all coming together nicely (career well on track, married 18 1/2 years to my soulmate, beautiful home, wonderful animals, etc.) except for this, my physical fitness...I also feel like I can never get it back (which probably is something to do with my own mental/emotional fitness). A few years back I was looking great, on the path back to beautiful and thin, and I plateaued, finally giving up and feeling like a failire for not being aboe to continue to lose weight, and so here I am (what an idiot)--grrr! I am feeling like a tremendous failure for ever letting this happen...why, why, why did I fail myself--and in essence fail my horses? Anyhow, Rick and I have both vowed to get back on track to a healthier us as our New Year's Resolution. (I am sure I'll write more about this in January--stay tuned.)

I have to update this post (5:17pm). I just got off the telephone with my best friend in the world, Clare. She is the most supportive and fun person I know (unfortunately she is in VA and I am in NY so we can no longer get together on a weekly basis like we used to). We met up several years ago because of Parelli--she sought me out actually--how funny is that! Anyhow, we had long talk about physical fitness this evening and she pointed out several reasons why I need not be so upset and discouraged. We even made a tentative plan of action that I know I can do! Thanks Clare, you truly are a wonderful and valuable friend--I miss you terribly!

Ok, so back to watching videos...are you caught up? I plan to watch the final few Success Series DVDs that I have not watched and finish up the riding sections of the so-called "new" level 2. What are you watching? What are you learning? Comment here or e-mail me! I'd love to know!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Don't Be a Direct-Line Thinker!

"And next to footprints on the trail from man's dark hidden source towards the civilized, we find the hoofprints of the Horse"
......Vernon Scannell, B. 1922, from "the horse"

I've been chatting with a horse-loving friend recently and it really got me to thinking about how most people are direct-line thinkers when it comes to our horses (hey, I am guilty of this too--let's all be honest here). We [humans aka predators] usually all want everything to be how we want it to be and now, not tomorrow, not in a few minutes, but now. We tend to be impatient and don't like it when our horses [prey animals] don't seem to understand our demands and respond instantly--as Pat says, and I thought this morning, SHAZAM--this is the problem, period!

Our predatory direct-line thinking actually gets in the way of our progress and in the way of our horse-human relationship. Horses are not direct-line thinkers but as prey animals, they are lateral thinkers. Direct-line thinking leads to perfectionism, obsessive behavior, extreme goal orientation, which often leads to putting our goals before our principles (an a-ha moment), which leads to disharmony in our partnership with our horses, and that lends itself to contempt towards us from our horses (not good at all--quite depressing actually).

In order to be successful, harmony comes from willingness both from human and horse; partnership and harmony equals safety; safety lends itseld to confidence; confidence enables you and your horse to have fun; fun makes you feel and become successful. We [humans] need to think and act laterally and not think direct-line. This is our responsibility.

All of this brings me back to the 8 responsibilites of horse and human, again! (Pat Parelli is brilliant--everything really does fit together--I have tons of this stuff on the blog for you--look to the right of your screen!) I have been studying this stuff for years (not like Pat does of course--my career and life tend to get in the way of my horse passion and progress at times). Anyhow, as time goes on, everything falls into place but in a clearer and more cohesive way. I encourage you to constantly review things you've seen and read, each time, it will have a more concrete meaning to you. Some day I may even know what the heck I am talking about! :)

So here they are, again! The 8 Responsibilities for Horses and Humans
There are four responsibilites for the horse and four responsibilities for the human.

Don't act like a prey animal (Learn to be calmer, smarter and braver.)
Maintain gait (Don't shift gears unless I ask.)
Maintain direction (Stay on course even if I'm not steering.)
Watch where you are going (Be responsible for your self-carriage.)

Don't act like a predator (I won't use force or lose my temper no matter what.)
Have an independent seat (I never grip with my hands or below my knees for balance.)
Think like a horse-man (I consider the horse's perspective.)
Use the natural power of Focus (I concentrate on what I want, not on what the horse may be doing.)
As an aside, I found this interesting site, Road To Horsemanship Series from Austrailia and it appears to be natural horsemanship friendly. I have not see everything yet but it looks pretty good! You may want to check it out!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

A little fun before the snow storm hits!

Well, I checked the weather channel and we have a storm coming! I decided if I were to get any fun time in, I'd better get out there and play with the horses now! ( I did play a little on the ground with them this morning too by the way.)

Anyhow, when I went to mount Fosse (bareback), he came right to the mounting block and lined up like ok, get on--well I lacked the umph and did not mount properly the first time. He backed up, gave me "the look" and then lined back up, closer even (as if to say, "ok do it now--will this help") and I did, I mounted up. We stood for a minute or so, and then I asked him to move forward. I rode Fosse around the big field practiving ride the rail and pushing passenger bareback with his halter (I know, lazy of me not to get the saddle or bareback pad out). It is wonderful how good he is. (I think we could potentuially hit the trail--although I've not hade the opportunity with him yet.) I mean let's think about it...I have not ridden him in a long time and we are both out of shape. Even with these factors and Whiskey galloping up to us, he just walked around nicely through the snow and we really enjoyed each other's company. I also hand-walked him around the field (to be sure I got in some exercise--this is the same path I've been taking Morgan my Great Dane puppy on--daily). We really had fun walking around and Whiskey was acting like a lunatic in the turnout! Herd-bound galore (apparently we have work to do because he could see Fosse all the time we were out). I took Fosse to the barn to feed him and then went back for Whiskey. This was the first time Fosse did not act herd bound when he was turned out without Whiskey. Could this be because I have been playing with him, only a little, but consistently for several days? Hmmm, how interesting.

Whiskey and I played on the ground but not for too long. Once at the barn, I asked him to back through the gate because he was acting right-brained. I then asked for him to halt, stand, I latched the gate, and then asked for him to back into the barn and to his feed dish, pause, turn, lower his head, I took off his halter, and then allowed him to move forward to the dish. He did very well. I am convinced that backing not only cures biting but helps a horse get back into left-brain mode.

My plan is to get back to it, get out there with the horses, daily, and make progress again, no more excuses (my weird intrusive neighbor or the weather). And, I plan to purchase the Parelli Patterns in the next few weeks which will not only add to my Parelli Library but give me more ideas.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Happy Turkey Day--Anyone do anything horsey?

Good Evening...I hope that you all had a nice turkey day! I had a wonderful one full of great food and family...our first in our new home.

Not too much horsey going on here still but tonight, I did take the initiative and went our before the dark set it and played with the horses. Mostly Fosse really as Whiskey wanted to follow us around but was not interested in me "catching him" and I did not pursue it.

Anyhow, Fosse and I just did ground games and used natural things as obstacles like two pine trees as a squeeze, sideways around another clump of trees, fallen logs to walk over, side-pass by, put one foot at a time, etc., and a couple of barrels for figure eights. Lots of friendly game and lots of mouth rubs as he was feeling extraordinarily alpha, frisky, and mouthy! We have a really fun time. I also did a little liberty circles and then backing by the mane at liberty (supported by a light porcupine).

I was planning on riding but it is really slippery out and since the horses and I are all out of shape, I thought better do that some other day. (Yes, still dreaming of an indoor arena.) If anyone has brilliant ideas for an outdoor arena that would be usable in the winter too, let me know--I am up for all kinds of ideas! My concern if the footing more than the cold. :)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

OT: WANTED: Parrot for Loving Home

Well, since it is my blog, I am opting to post an off-topic post. I hope you [my readers] don't mind...thanks!

WANTED: Parrot for Loving Home

I am looking to adopt a parrot. My wonderful Mexican Red-headed parrot named Chi-Chi died a few weeks ago at the age of 30. (I had him 15 years.) The house, although full of life with my dogs and cat (and two horses outside—and a hubby-inside LOL), it seems somehow empty. I miss talking and singing to my sweet bird. Chi-Chi even vacationed with the family!

I have had the pleasure of living with a variety of exotic birds over the years (Amazons, hand-fed African Grays, Cockatiels, Parakeets) and have experience with all of them. I also worked at two veterinary hospitals through college and ran a wildlife rehabilitation center for domestic and federally protected animals and birds for eight years.

I have embedded a photo of Chi-Chi for you to look at. As you can see, he was a happy and healthy companion. My hope is to find an unwanted bird in my area (Northern New York) or maybe a hand-fed baby. I am not entirely clear on what will end up working out right now! I am not looking to spend a great deal of money but, you never know--so many factors to consider!

In any event, please be thinking of me if you see something that may be of interest. Thank you.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Being Thankful, Planning, and Creativity

Image from the Red Earth Horse Series

It is rainy, wet, muddy, cold, and down-right uncooperative if you have horses and no indoor arena up here in New York at Hidden Meadows. Okay, yes, I am impatient and feeling a bit whiney these days! I know that I only moved into the new house 9 months ago but, I am human, and I love my horses. I am thankful to have moved here, thankful to have my horses, and thankful for what I do have for the horses--40 acres and a 24.5W x 42L x 13.5 H Quonset hut (I really am thankful). I love my log home, the property, and the possibilities and I know the sky is the limit but, I want to play now! LOL

I have not had much what I'd normally call, "quality" horse time lately though. Ground play and riding has all but been out between the inclement weather patterns and my work schedule. I yearn for the times I enjoyed in my outdoor arena back in Virginia (and I remember complaining then too, LOL). I had lights and as long as it was not raining, I was good to go. I would play with my horses pretty much, everyday. I could come home from work and go play, no problem! Up here, in NY, this is not the case. My place is a muddy mess due to the weather and I have been feeling very sad about it.


I have been planning the prospects of an indoor arena and there are so many choices, to many routes to go, and so much money to spend! So far, I've looked at FarmTek, Coverall, Pole Barn (build your own and Morton), Metal structures (all of those steel companies). I can say that FarmTek has been the most cooperative, informative, helpful, and I am not the only one saying it! They have fabulous customer service. I have looked at covered round pens (FarmTek's High Crown is of interest), and typical arena configurations--I am thinking a 60'W x 120'L x 16'H would be ideal for me. But, I have also looked at narrower buildings that since it is just me. No lessons and no boarders -- I am busy enough trying to have time for my two horses let alone my full-time career, hubby, and other critters. Anyhow, there is a structure that is one of the Pony Wall Buildings from FarmTek model that is 42'W x 96'L x 21'3" H. I have even looked into kits.

To be honest, my head is spinning! If you have any suggestions, feel free to comment!


So, I was out in the barn this weekend and guess what, it was raining and it was super muddy outside--puddles everywhere! So, I cleaned the barn (this is their dry place), groomed and fed the horses. I wondered what I could do to have a little fun and to also keep the relationship with my horses intact--especially the herd hierarchy with my alpha gelding, Fosse.

Anyhow, I taught them both to back by the mane (very light phase 1). It was pretty cool. I supported them at first with a light phase one porcupine to the chest, I stood in zone 3. They figured it out very quickly--and funny thing, Fosse was way more respectful to me afterwards too. We did this all at liberty. So, I taught both horses, at liberty, to follow-the feel in their manes and to back up--in minutes! Very cool, very fun, and put a smile on my face (think the horses were also amused, being challenged). And, can you imagine how nicely this will translate in the saddle (in theory anyway).

Well, that is is. I guess what I am trying to say is that I am thankful for what I do have, looking forward to and am planning for the future, and know that I still can have fun, even if it is just a small thing...another thing to be thankful for!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Transporting Your Horse Safely

When I had to move from Virginia to New York, one major consideration was horse transportation. Yes, I own a nice horse trailer (Moritz 3 horse slant bumper-pull with a dressing room) but, to me, it was not appropriate for such a long trip--actually my truck was the bigger concern (1985 4x4 Chevy K-10). Plus, the horses had to be sent ahead so that Rick and I could finish packing up the house and farm, getting it ready for the real estate market and for our absence, and coordinating getting the rest of our stuff to New York (a commercial moving van could not get to our place--we were on our own).

Therefore, I decided I needed to find professional horse transportation. I had no idea where to start. I did some Google searching and I found it very time consuming and frustrating. At the time, I was unaware that services like u-Ship were out there. This site lets you list the item you want shipped (IE. your horse) and then service providers bid for the job. It seems to me that this would be a great way to find a host of companies. Then you could investigate further, inquire to friends, and then make your choice. I'd presume that due to the bidding process, you may even get a better rate.

By the way, u-Ship has an interesting program called, "Highway to Help" it is their charitable program where you can get donation items shipped for free. With regards to horses, this program can be used for rescue horses! From u-Ship's website:

"In times of need, many individuals and organizations around the world are quick to donate goods and supplies needed to help others. Many Transportation Service Providers are also willing and able to donate their services to deliver these goods to people and communities in need. Unfortunately, there is no central place for these giving people to connect in their efforts to help others. That's where uShip comes in – helping people help others. Through our Charitable Shipping Program, we offer our marketplace services for free to help people and organizations in need of donated or low cost transportation services find Transportation Service Providers who are willing to donate all or part of their services."

Another problem of course was, once finding a hauler, how would I know if they were reliable and trustworthy? Would they be willing and able to deal with my horses in a manner to which they have become accoustomed and that I expected? Would they feed and care for them properly? Would the horses remain on the trailer or be unloaded? And, what was acceptable.

I started make a list of all the things I required and I can say that I was terrified at the prospect of putting my horses in the hands of a stranger. I knew that if not handled properly my horses might cause a problem--not loading. I knew I'd use Ulcer-Guard as a preventative, I knew I did not want them unloaded (I thought that added more risk), and I then decided to seek out anyone who was not only a professional hauler but, someone with Parelli (or other natural horsemanship experience). I was certain that even if they were novices in the natural horsemanship realm, something was better than nothing. Price, although somewhat of a consideration was not the final deciding factor--surprisingly enough to some.

In between packing, planning, and finding a horse hauler, we had to practice our loading skills. I also reviewed (for the millionth time---LOL) Pat Parelli's Trouble Free Trailer Loading DVD for guidance (no longer available from parelli.com but you can get it on eBay).

"Trouble Free Trailer Loading" this isn't just about teaching horses to load themselves into trailers. It's about horse behavior at its most profound level. If you can convince a horse to feel safe, comfortable and enthusiastic about getting into a trailer, you'll learn more about getting into the horse's mind than most people think possible."

I wanted the horses to be very confident because this was going to be a long trip in a strange trailer. I knew that they had to be ready for anything including loading as promptly as possible (it was unlikely that anyone would be as patient as me--although another Parelli person was more likely to be).

To read more about the trials and tribulations of trailer loading fun (not necessarily directly related to this particular experience) check out some of my previous blog posts (use the search box or just browse). You may also want to read this one from an NCPPG play date: April 23, 2008 Trailer Loading, Prepare for Success

I did find a hauler with a Parelli background (level 1) who was willing to haul my horses, Praire Creek Performance Horses and Transport. However, my so-called "safety net" or using a natural horse person was not fool proof. People are predators and horses are prey animals--things can go wrong--nothing is ever perfect. (This is a photo of their new truck and trailer--not what picked my three up but, what was used was very nice nonetheless.)
Two of the the horses loaded with no problem (Whiskey and Mini-Me) but Fosse, my left-brained extrovert, dominant alpha gelding who seems to only connect with me, who appeared ready to load, who needed a little space and respect, some patience, did not load immediately. The hauler was tired from a long and difficult trip to get to us, became seemingly frustrated and I perceive him as thinking I was not moving things along quickly enough or that I did not have the skills to get the horse loaded fast enough or that the horse was not cooperating well enough. (I loaded the other two by the way within 5 minutes.)

Anyhow, he took over trying to load Fosse -- not a good idea really. Which if he had listened to me, and if he used his PNH background, stepped back and took a breath, things would have gone well and the horse probably would have loaded within a few minutes. However, he felt that showing the horse "who was boss" was a better plan put him into a battle with my horse for 6 1/2 hours (and Fosse got away from him several times)! Needless to say, I was not pleased, it was dark and extremely cold, a bad situation that was not getting better. Finally, against my better judgment,Fosse was butt-roped into the trailer and they were off for a two day trip on the road (stranded at one point because of a ice on the highway). Upon arrival at the boarding facility in NY, greeted by the stable owner as I was still in VA (where they stayed for several months), Fosse came off the trailer wobbly and looking a bit rough whereas the other two were fine.

I believe that the hauler did hos best at the time. For the record, he was upset about all of this too and talked to fellow PNHrs later on to get guidance for the future. I appreciate this very much. I also believe that what was missing was the principles "love, language, and leadership in equal doses." You cannot simply perform maneauvers (for lack of a better word) and not have all three pieces in place. I know that I could have gotten him to load but, I needed the time to do it and the confidence from the hauler to allow me to. (By the way, when I needed to haul the horses from the boarding barn to the house, they all loaded for me (the Parelli way of course) within 10 minutes and we were near the road and had construction trucks coming in between the trailer and barn.--HMMMM How interesting!)

In hindsight, I know I did the best job I could finding a hauler but, wish I'd have had more choices. I would have perhaps found someone with more concrete skills in PNH. That said, I would hire Praire Creek again should the need arise but, would try to impress on the hauler to remember the fundamentals of PNH: Love, Language, and Leadership. To understand each horse and their horsenality, and to have patience, to use persistence in the proper position, and to relax.

By the way, I did haul my horse trailer with my truck with contents like the atv, riding mower, tack, barrels, arena obstacles, and anything that could not fit elsewhere and we made it! (We also hauled 2 huge U-hauls, towed our car and blazer not before using the blazer to tow the boat---YES the move was VERY complicated.

So, if you are planning to relocate, be thinking about yout transportation needs, your horses' needs, plan, practice, and know that nothing is perfect. As Pat says, "Nose, neck, maybe feet and Take the Time it Takes and it Takes Less Time!"

Friday, October 31, 2008

NCPPG Disbanded--A Sad Day

After consulting an insurance agent, the cost and liability of having the NCPPG group is simply too expensive. In this state (NY), I am apparently at great risk (unlike in VA) doing this group and would require expensive commercial equine insurance to continue. The insurance agent I spoke with is also a horse person and described by many as a very honest person and experienced in his field (actually have no current policies with his company as he was giving me a consult).

Several NCPPG members warned me about this being a possibility which prompted my quest for information. Therefore, I have to disband the official NCPPG entity. If you ever want to get together to watch videos or hang out with horses just give me a jingle, send an e-mail, or stop by.

It is unfortunate for sure that the official group has to end. However, it is life in New York! You know, all those years ago when I was injured so badly in that jumping accident (in NY) I never sued a soul. Heck, riding as a kid, I took spills off race horses and no one worried about anything! I'd jump on the farmer's horses (he said it was ok) bareback and bridleless and run like the wind--no one ever worried.

It is unfortunate that the legal system and insurance industry has been abused where this state (only one of very few now) still have this problem due to no liability protection of the equestrian industry. In Virginia our group met up for video nights, had hands-on play dates 1-3 times per month (at people's farms and at public places). Sometimes as little as two horses or as many as 20 horses would show up! We had green horses, seasoned horses, green horse people, seasoned horse people, you name it we did it! We rode in arenas, on trails, camped in the National Foerst, worked on trailer loading, obstacle courses (on the ground and riding), roundpen stuff, played broom polo, had competitions within the group, went to the horse show and sponsored classes, we shared, learned, and had a great time.

We always focused on safety first, prepared our horses with the foundations of the relationship and language (some did Parelli, some Reis, some Lyons, some Clinton--this varied but all natural horsemanship people, we practiced our riding skills--heck, I was riding a thoroughbred I was redeveloping, bareback, all over at one play date, practicing canter up hills, in the arena, etc. No one ever thought to question if I would be injured and sue. I rode Whiskey (totally green) bareback on his first trail ride in the national forest with no worries, at play dates, no worries, etc. People signed a form, posted the liability signs, and that was that.

Most people in our NY group seemed leary about play dates or less interested overall as time when on anyway. I never really heard much if people were doing the weekly tasks and the poles, surveys, and quizzes were often ignored. I'd heard many saying they, "just wanted to ride." Which to me seems like a connection between the relationship and what we were studying was not being made. Studying and practicing naturalhorsemanship does not mean we don't ride. It means we prepare on the ground for what we will do in the saddle, that we do ride, that we compete, etc always maintaining the relationship no matter what the tasks are and that we have it to begin with (all very hard to explain I guess, you just have to live it to get it). It is just a differest state of mind that perhaps I conveyed incorrectly to people. Everything I do with my horses from feed time to hoof trimming to play time to riding time all has natural horsemanship ingrained and intertwined in it. It is a way of life for me (which once again, my obsession coming out--not everyone's "cup of tea" so to speak--and I respect that). So, I guess this unfortunate situation is not going to cause too much cause for sadness amongst the majority of members--who actually disappeared or were less and less active. I know that many people in the group were riding and having fun this summer with each other. I am only sad to say that the group was not involved or invoted in many of these activities--very unfortunate. My passion and obsession is not necessarily anyone else's anyway (some how I have to remember this).

I would like to think that we all made friends over the last several months. I do look forward to seeing people more informally (not under the umbrella of an official club/group/entity) and we can certainly watch videos and get together for some kind of hands-on horse time. I am happy to provide input or anything people are interested in discussing under the guise of friends chatting about horses. I truly am concerned that people will be angry with me but, truly, there is nothing that I can do (except spend thousands of dollars for insurance coverage for a seemingly inactive group). I just cannot financially justify it. The fact that our dreams to create a place for people to come and play and camp and learn has fallen through is quite saddening for me but, once again, that is life. I still plan to improve the facilities and creating my horsey play ground/park here for me at the farm and will still put up an indoor in the next few years (the weather here is a bit difficult at times I have figured out LOL). I'll need a place to play and learn regardless of everything else going on. I will continue my education and look forward to years of learning and enjoyment with my horses.

I look forward to continuing my journey and hope that others will do the same. I hope that people keep in touch. Who knows, maybe we will all go to a clinic or something sometime! My calendar gets busy but please, if you want to get together, let me know and we will get together!

The website will be closed over the weekend. If you have any brochures please discard them.

Thanks for the fun and I hope to see you all in the future. Do keep in touch--read the blog!

Click here to view an inspirational video by the Parelli's. It is called, "Parelli Discover the Secrets to Success with Horses." Someone posted it on AOL. (It was a freebie Parelli used to give via mail and at tour stops.)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Weekly Task Challenge: Needle Preparedness

If you don't know what to do, have little time, or are just feeling stuck, try the weekly task challenge as a way to at least do something with your horse! (It just may motivate you to do more.)

Needle Shy or Needle Savvy? Is your horse ok with needles--you know the kind for vaccinations, medications, and diagnostic tests? This was a Level 2, liberty assessment task (L5). *Now is an on-line skill Level 3 in the Parelli Patterns*
From the Level 2 Assessment Sheet:

L5. Pinch your horse’s neck and show that he relaxes and

yields to it (needle prep. as in new L2 Program).

qualities of Level 2” in DVD#8
See also, "Assessing the qualities of L2," DVD#8, Level 2 Kit

• Horse turns head toward student, relaxes—a

positive reflex to a potentially negative stimulus

• Horse braces

• Horse is unconfident, panics or leaves

• Student is rude and abrupt (no Friendly Games before or after)

• Student shows lack of “feel”

• Displaced behavior: ears back or swishing tail

If you are having trouble with this needle task, here are a few resources to help you become successful! This is not an exclusive list. Parelli has many other things out there to assist you in your learning. Please refer to the Savvy Club Website for additional educational resources (you must be a member to access this site) www.parellisavvyclub.com

Parelli Level 2 Kit (new level 2-blue box) --There is an instructional portion in your kit. Please see it for details.

Parelli E-news, Sept 5, 2008, http://enews.parelli.com/2008/enews090508.pdf

Parelli Patterns, Online Skills DVD, Level 3

Parelli Savvy Club DVD, "Attitude/Knowledge. Needle Shy Demonstration" (57 min), May 2006
Pat Parelli, Jesse, Karen, Cash and Sage In this demonstration Pat helps Karen's mare, Sage, with her dramatic claustrophobia and fear of needles. While riding Cash, Pat plays the Seven Games with Sage to develop trust, leadership and expose Sage's deep fear of confinement. This demonstration is not intended to teach the techniques for dealing with this kind of problem. It is to expose just how deep and severe it can be in some horses plus show the Level of savvy required to address it safely for both horse and human. IMPORTANT SAFETY WARNING: This session contains Level 4 techniques. Please do not attempt. In severe cases such as this, please consult with your Parelli Endorsed Professional.

*Weekly tasks are based on many different Parelli resources I have studied as well as my own ideas on how to proceed through my journey. Some of the content was copied to make it easier to put up in a timely manner. Please consult http://www.parelli.com for any official instructions or materials.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Horsenalities Revisited

Horsenality T's from Parelli Collection! www.parellicollection.com

As you know, horsenality charting should be done often. I have recharted my horses and found very interesting results. I would say that my lack of time with them is truly indicated on the charts. The August charts can be found here (for comparison) http://naturalhorselover.blogspot.com/2008/08/horsenality-chart-updates.html How interesting!

October Charts

Weekly Task Challenge: Horsenality Time!

If you don't know what to do, have little time, or are just feeling stuck, try the weekly task challenge as a way to at least do something with your horse! (It just may motivate you to do more.)

"The Goal of the Parelli Program is to help horse owners understand their horse's individual Horsenality, and to be able to teach them more effectively to become a Confident and Balanced partner (centered)." http://www.parelli.com/content.faces?groupType=HORSENALITY

So, it's HORSENALITY TIME! When is the last time you charted your horse's horsenality? Well, it is time to re-evaluate! Chart and report back to the group. All of the documents can be found on the Savvy Club Website or in your Parelli educational materials.

*Weekly tasks are based on many different Parelli resources I have studied as well as my own ideas on how to proceed through my journey. Some of the content was copied to make it easier to put up in a timely manner. Please consult http://www.parelli.com for any official instructions or materials.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Whoa Nelly

Parelli Horsenality Horses! http://www.parelli.com/
Today, I played with the horses and I must report that their horsenalities were extreme and all over the chart. If you believe that play time and consistency is not important, think again! I have been totally negligent in play time for weeks (working like crazy--yeah work does interefere). Anyhow, the horses were not partnering with me, not immediately, and this caused for a great deal of foundational play.

Whiskey and I played with transitions, the games to the extreme, and I also rode him barrel to barrel (treats on the barrels--a Parelli motivator idea) and he moved forward nicely but, was offering to buck. After the treats were gone, I dismounted and played at liberty with him (still saddled) and WOW he BUCKED LIKE MAD! I can read this horse like a book. A few days ago I was doing ground exercises in zone 3 and he was having a very difficult and reactionary time with it--that is when I knew it was not me but zone 3. We have a lot of work to do!

Fosse was spooky and funny acting today. Rick and I were taking measurements to put on a small barn addition and he was hanging out with us. At first he was nervous but by the end, he was playing with us and the tape measure.

One other thing to note, Whiskey was in the round pen and Fosse in the turnout. Fosse exhibiting herd-bound behaviors whereas Whiskey was not. How interesting considering Fosse is the alpha in the herd.

So, short but sweet. I plan to continue regular play time again so I should be blogging more often again.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Fraud Alert--Please Read--Please Cross Post

I just wanted to take a moment to give you an update on the fraud alert I posted here in October...

Due to hard work and dedication by several Equine Freecycle Members and becuase of feedback from several of you off-list about similiar situations, as far as I can ascertain, all members who were initially defrauded have received all of their money back from the woman in question. It took a great deal of time and dedication but, I am happy to report, mission accomplished.

PayPal has issued a decision in my favor for this case.
"After careful review, we have concluded our investigation of the BuyerComplaint described below.We have decided in your favor, however, we were unable to recover any fundsfrom the seller's account. As stated in the PayPal User Agreement, recoveryof funds associated with a Buyer Complaint cannot be guaranteed."

Dear Friends,

I am writing today with a heavy heart to warn you about an Internet Scammer.

I run the Equine Freecycle Network http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/equinefreecyclenetwork/ (copied on this message), a group designed to allow horse people to help each other by trading items and paying only for actual shipping fees. Please feel free to take a look at the site for the entire description. Recently, we were the victims of fraud because a member chose to offer several items, took our money for shipping via PayPal, and never sent the items. It was later discovered that several of us paid for the same items. So far, 10 members have reported being victims and I believe there could be more. I have done some checking online and I believe this is happening on other lists and groups.

Please beware of this person. Here is the information we were able to figure out. I did some Google searching and have seen this person lurking around other sites (see below). If anyone knows anything that will help us, we would truly appreciate your assistance. Please consider passing this along to your lists. We have contacted PayPal and our banks.

This information was removed on November 5, 2008 because full restitution has been made. This information has been retained.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Weekly Task Challenge: Trouble Spots and Planning

If you don't know what to do, have little time, or are just feeling stuck, try the weekly task challenge as a way to at least do something with your horse! (It just may motivate you to do more.)

During this life-long journey in Parelli Natural Horsemanship, we hit bumps along the way. The trick is to knowing how to identify the problem and strategizing how to address it. This weekly task is about identifying a trouble spot, create a plan to solve the problem, and report back to the blog via comments on problem and your ideas on how to fix it. Perhaps you are not sure what to do, consider asking your fellow PNHrs, Parelli Professionals, etc. for feedback!

*Weekly tasks are based on many different Parelli resources I have studied as well as my own ideas on how to proceed through my journey. Some of the content was copied to make it easier to put up in a timely manner. Please consult http://www.parelli.com for any official instructions or materials.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Weekly Task Challenge: Horse Blankets!

If you don't know what to do, have little time, or are just feeling stuck, try the weekly task challenge as a way to at least do something with your horse! (It just may motivate you to do more.)

Winter is around the corner and you may be starting to think about your winter coat, winter riding pants, boots, gloves, and perhaps, even your horses' possible need for a blanket. Some people use them and some don't for a variety of reasons. This is a personal choice.

Winter horse blankets http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_blanket are used for protecting horses from the elements, especially in cold climates. They come in a variety of styles, shapes, weights, and sizes. Some are made for primarily indoor use like the the stable blanket, designed for maximum comfort and warmth rather than maneuverability. Whereas the outdoor turnout blanket (turnout rug) is designed to be weather resistent, and accomodate better maneuverability. Some manufacturers have even designed accessories like a hood, sleezy sleapwear http://www.ss4horses.com/ , and more!

Have you checked your horses' blankets yet? Do they need repairs, cleaning, waterproofing? Do you have the appropriate type for the various weather conditions (many people have multiple blankets for wach horse)? Does your horse not have a blanket and maybe he needs one?
This week's task is to examine your horses' blanket needs and take action! Please consider reading a few of the resources below (whether you blanket or not).


How Horses Keep Warm

Learn how to choose, purchase, use, clean and maintain horse blankets in this free series of video guides.


When to Blanket Your Horse in Winter

Horse Blanket Q&A
Blanket manufacturers answer some of your most common questions about the use and care of blankets for your equine partner.

Horse Stable Blanket Selection and Care by Cherry Hill

To Blanket or Not to Blanket

Blankets and Sheets Buyer's Guide

Turnout Blanket Buyer's Guide

*Weekly tasks are based on many different Parelli resources I have studied as well as my own ideas on how to proceed through my journey. Some of the content was copied to make it easier to put up in a timely manner. Please consult http://www.parelli.com for any official instructions or materials.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Update on all kinds of stuff...

Ok, so I've not been the best at posting lately. So, here is the latest update...

Mini-me is reported to be doing great. After being placed with our friends, we found out a little girl (a lesson student of 5 years) really bonded with him and so, he has been placed in her home. Here they are!

We also have a new addition to our family--a great dane puppy named Morgan. Here she is! A total cutie...and she gets along great with all of our other pets.

With regards to the horses, nothing major going on. I did play with them the other day and had fun. I love that when they see me, the gallop right over--very cool. Their hooves are in great shape and they are growing their winter coats. I need to complete level 2 but have made no progress yet--on the riding component that is. I also need a video camera to film. The NCPPG is really stalling and I am not sure what will happen there. (Feeling a bit down overall I guess.) We are also gearing up to put up more fencing and a driveway gate--a good thing.

I'll post again soon. I pledge to get working on L2 asap.

Weekly Task Challenge: Umbrella Challenge

If you don't know what to do, have little time, or are just feeling stuck, try the weekly task challenge as a way to at least do something with your horse! (It just may motivate you to do more.)

How brave is your horse with an umbrella? This week, discover what kinds of fun you can have with your horse and this new obstacle. Be sure to use a lot of approach and retreat, be sure to be patient, and above all, keep your principles before your goals! Here are some ideas to get you started.

Can you get your horse to...

  • walk past an open umbrella?
  • squeeze between two open umbrellas?
  • let you play friendly game with a closed umbrella?
  • open the umbrella near him without going right-brained?
  • hold an open umbrella near his head?
  • Bonus--Can you ride and do these tasks?


*Weekly tasks are based on many different Parelli resources I have studied as well as my own ideas on how to proceed through my journey. Some of the content was copied to make it easier to put up in a timely manner. Please consult http://www.parelli.com for any official instructions or materials.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Weekly Task Challenge: Pre-flight Checks, Savvy Saddling, Mounting Savvy, Riding with Confidence, and the Emergency Dismount

If you don't know what to do, have little time, or are just feeling stuck, try the weekly task challenge as a way to at least do something with your horse! (It just may motivate you to do more.)

Your challenge this week is to incorporate pre-flight checks before saddling your horse, then saddle with savvy two times, trying it from each side, pre-flight-check again, and if your horse looks rideable, mount and dismount with savvy, from both sides, two times before actually staying on, and then ride with savvy exploring the pushing passenger position at all gaits. When riding, practice your emergency dismount at least three times from each side.

*For those of you who are unable to ride you horse, try everything but the mounting and riding tasks--no excuses!!!

*Weekly tasks are based on many different Parelli resources I have studied as well as my own ideas on how to proceed through my journey. Some of the content was copied to make it easier to put up in a timely manner. Please consult http://www.parelli.com for any official instructions or materials.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Weekly Task Challenge: Extreme Trailer Loading Challenge

If you don't know what to do, have little time, or are just feeling stuck, try the weekly task challenge as a way to at least do something with your horse! (It just may motivate you to do more.)

This week's task was an inspiration from Wrangler Jane in Australia http://www.wranglerjayne.com.au/ . "Born in Australia, Wrangler Jayne is a respected trainer in the world of natural horsemanship, having been influenced mainly by American trainer and educator, Pat Parelli, and master horseman, Australian Philip Nye. As Jayne’s mentor and teacher, Philip has had a huge influence on her horsemanship skills and ultimately, on the development of her own unique program of True and Natural Horsemanship, Horsemanship with Heart."

EXTREME TRAILER LOADING! Okay, so you've got your horse going into the trailer calmly, confidently and on request ... it is your horse's idea! Whew--this was a lot of work, right? Well, how about you expand on that skill and ask your horse to load at Liberty? Then how about loading backwards at Liberty?

See Wrangler Jane below with Zorro. Here she's asking Zorro to load at liberty, with the yo-yo game.
If you think your horse would never do this, please know that in the beginning, Zorro was terrified of the trailer! He couldn't even walk past it without being fearful. With time, patience and the using gentle leadership, Zorro has come to enjoy his playtime with the trailer! It all starts with language (7 games), love, and leadership!

Click here to see Zorro load at liberty in this small movie clip!

*Weekly tasks are based on many different Parelli resources I have studied as well as my own ideas on how to proceed through my journey. Some of the content was copied to make it easier to put up in a timely manner. Please consult http://www.parelli.com for any official instructions or materials.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Weekly Task Challenge: Pushing Passenger Lesson (PPL)

If you don't know what to do, have little time, or are just feeling stuck, try the weekly task challenge as a way to at least do something with your horse! (It just may motivate you to do more.)

This week's task is from the "Freestyle" section of the Level 1 Assessment Criteria http://files.parelli.com/assess/new_one_assess.pdf
Pushing Passenger Lesson at the Trot!

18.(FS5) Pushing Passenger at the trot for 21 minutes.

• Student “mirrors” horse in movement
and transitions
• Student uses correct phases to go and whoa.
• Hands and reins are positioned on
the withers.
• Back, head, legs and feet are relaxed.

"The main idea is to not resist your horse's forward movement and to find a way to stay totally connected to him in every way. At the same time it causes you to release the grip and tension from your legs. This is what calms them down, the harmony they feel from you." --Linda Parelli

(From the Q&A section of the Savvy Club website. )

Article: Pushing Passenger Lessons: Q& A with Linda Parelli

Try doing this task at least twice this week. (If you can only walk while riding, then do that instead of at a trot.--no worries)

*Weekly tasks are based on many different Parelli resources I have studied as well as my own ideas on how to proceed through my journey. Some of the content was copied to make it easier to put up in a timely manner. Please consult http://www.parelli.com for any official instructions or materials.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Mini-Me Has a New Home!

I just wanted to let you know that Mini-Me has a new home with a member in the NCPPG! We rehomed him because he was really beating on my Arabian, Whiskey (who is like a wilting flower). Anyhow, Fosse and Whiskey are doing well, Whiskey seems more relaxed and his new owner reported tonight that Mini-Me is doing great too!

In case you need to introduce a new member to your herd, here is an article by Pat Parelli to help!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Music and Horses

This is the album cover for Mary Ann Kennedy's, "The Trail Less Traveled" CD. http://www.maryannkennedy.com/

I wanted to take a moment to talk about music and horses. I love playing music and playing with my horses. Pat and Linda Parelli do it all of the time. I think that it helps get you in a zone and allows you to live in the moment with your horse, blocking out the world. I had posted several last.fm stations on the blog (scroll down and look to your right). You can listen to music and read the blog! I also may post playlist from playlist.com sometime soon. --Update--playlist added 9/11/08--it is set to suto play but you can stop it and choose a last fm station or have no music at all. It will be added to regularly.

Rather than list individual songs (there are so many), I am listing artists, some of my favorites but certainly not a complete list (and in no particular order). These artists are those I think go well with my personality and my horses! LOL


Mary Ann Kennedy http://www.maryannkennedy.com/
Katie Drake http://katiedrakesongs.com/
KT Tunstall http://www.kttunstall.com/
Alison Kraus and Union Station http://www.alisonkrauss.com/site.php/
Beatles http://www.thebeatles.com/core/home/
Tragically Hip http://www.thehip.com/
Mercy Me http://mercyme.org/main/ (I can only imagine)
Norman Greenbaum http://www.spiritinthesky.com/ (Spirit in the Sky)
Reba McEntire http://www.reba.com/
U2 http://www.u2.com/
Ella Fitzgerald http://www.ellafitzgerald.com/

And, I am sure I have forgotten some...

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Weekly Task Challenge: Communicate with Fellow PNHrs!

If you don't know what to do, have little time, or are just feeling stuck, try the weekly task challenge as a way to at least do something with your horse! (It just may motivate you to do more.)

Are you feeling tired and overwhelmed this summer? Are you feeling out of touch with fellow PNHrs? Not sure what to do? Well, this week's challenge is here to help!

Take a moment and write an email to a Parelli-centric listserv, post on the Savvy Club Forum, post a comment here on my blog, use Facebook, or any other way you can think of to communicate with fellow PNHrs. Here are a few ideas for talking points. Use some of them, all of them, or come up with your own! Have fun with this and don't be shy!

--Talk about how your summer has been and what you have been doing with your horse(s).
--Talk about how your studies in PNH are going, what your successes are, where you need work, etc!
--Talk about your PNH journey and if you plan to assess unofficially or officially.
--Talk about your short-term and long-term goals with your horse(s).
--Talk about your likes and dislikes with the group, PNH, etc.
--Talk about why you joined the NCPPG group and how it benefits your horsemanship.
--Talk about the latest PNH article or video you reviewed and what you got out of it.
--Talk about the BCPPG website and resources you've found.
--Talk about the Savvy Club.
--Talk about the Savvy Conference.
--Talk about parelli Tour Stops.
--Talk about other Parelli groups you are a member of.
--Talk about the Parelli program.
--Just drop in and say hello.
--Talk about anything horsey.

As a group that is studying PNH, we truly can learn from each other but to do so, we need to become a cohesive cohort of learners who communicate not only with our horses but with each other. It is my hope that this weekly task will become a pattern and you all will feel empowered to communicate more with eachother, feel more comfortable attending play date events, find usefulness and support in attending educational video meetings, and most importantly help each other learn, grow, and make great things happen with you and your horses! Sounds like fun doesn't it?

*Weekly tasks are based on many different Parelli resources I have studied as well as my own ideas on how to proceed through my journey. Some of the content was copied to make it easier to put up in a timely manner. Please consult http://www.parelli.com/ for any official instructions or materials.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Horsenality Chart Updates

Horsenality charts are a tool that Pat and Linda Parelli introduced to the world as the,"Key to Understanding Horses." Here is what they are saying:

  • Learn how to assess your horse’s unique character using the revolutionary Parelli HorsenalityTM Profile Chart
  • Learn the leadership strategies that streamline the training of any horse
  • Discover why horses should never have to "fail" their training
  • Learn why fear and lack of confidence can often mask a horse's true character
  • See real examples of before and after Profile Charts on Pat and Linda's top horses
  • Fill in your horse's "Positive Attributes" Chart to discover his natural talents
  • Help your horse become more centered and emotionally balanced, be less extreme, more calm, trusting, motivated and obedient

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    What are you waiting for? Just do it--you won't be sorry!

    Well, anyhow, I completely agree with their usefulness and have found them to be extremely educational and strategically beneficial in trying to understand and partner with my horses. I have been using this system since it was first introduced some time ago. I rechart the horses periodically and try to get a feel for where they are and where I can improve to help support them. I do have all of the charts I've done to date but have yet to compare them--a homework assignment!

    Here are the latest charts, I redid them today. These will give you a better idea about who my horses are and more insight to our challenges, to our successes, and to our obstacles (not failures--there are never failures, just obstacles). LOL