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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, March 19, 2008

Kentucky Derby and Natural Horsemanship Connection

Today, I was listening to the Rick Lamb Horse Radio Show and one of his guests was asked if Parelli Natural Horsemanship was applicable to all horsemanship including performance and especially riding skills.

So, what does this have to do with the up-coming Kentucky Derby? Everything as this is a major performance! To be a winner, the trainers, jockey, owners, and other interested parties have to take many factors into consideration. Physiology, hoof health, training, diet, the rider, and of course horse psychology (which has a direct coorelation with trainer, rider, and horse).

One of the most difficult shifts of thought is to make the transition from traditional horse person to natural horse person. The ridicule from those who choose not to or do not understand what natural horsemanship is, have a tendency to be a large crux of the problem for most horse people to make the shift because people fear intimidation, ridicule, and embarassment. Some natural horse people even hide behind the barn from fellow boarders and nay-sayers when practicing with their horses! Can you believe it? How sad.

However, there are high-performance trainers (racing industry, dressage, rolex, etc) making this paradigm shift into a new, unfamiliar world and doing it with the Parelli Natural Horsemanship. I read accounts on the Savvy Club message boards, hear Linda and Pat Parelli talking about it all of the time. This shift is encouraging, motivating, and amazing!

In looking at this year's Kentucky Derby, we obviously have people and horses with a great deal of experience, knowledge, and skill. Wouldn't it be nice not only to know some of them are using natural horsemanship techniques but for them to be brave enough to tell the world that it is part of the formula for success? Can you imaging how wonderful it would be for a horse to want to run the race and be one with their rider, their true partner, for them to have mutual trust, respect, and language? Ok, can you imagine seeing this bridless and without constant whipping? HMMM--how interesting LOL. Ok, maybe the bridless part is a bit too enthusiastic.

So, when you watch the Kentucky Derby, be thinking about what goes on at the farm, at the track, and whereever the horse has contact with the human. What is the mental health of the horse, how about doing a horsenality chart on that horse and comparing it to its performance.
We need to think outside the box, in all walks of horse-world life, and continually support those interested in change for the betterment of the horses' lives.

Keep it natural, be savvy, and maintain your horse's dignity!

5 comments:

rhettfincher said...

You said it all in a nut shell. I am a licensed trainer in Kentucky and was the only one i knew of that used his methods or seemed to understand that putting the relationship with the horse first and foremost was most important. I did find out that i still needed more knowledge than just understanding level one, two and three so I am here at the Parelli International Study Center near Ocala, FL. I do know that there are plans in the works for Pat to put more energy into the racing industry. I've heard that He is getting together with Julie Krone at Churchill Downs very soon. probably just prior to the Derby. Big things are in the works and I plan to be included. My mission in life is get the horse the deal that they deserve for the job that they do. Pat always says horses run faster and jump higher out of heart and desire and soon he'll prove it.

Michelle/arabhorselover1 Level 2 PNH said...

Thank you for posting a comment and reading my blog. When I was a teenager, I worked at the racetrack and saw things that I could not fathom horse-loving people would do. I do hope that Pat can influence the racing industry.

www.rubenmorales.com said...

Hi

I think to relationship between rider and horse can be good and must be good even at the highest levels of competition. The hard part for trainers is to find the way to put togheter both, performance and relationship. But, in my opinion is an human limitation no a horse limitation.
The pure natural as pure classic horse trainer have hard days trying to put all toghether but I think is some people around who gets both,
Best, Ruben.
www.rubenmorales.com
horsemanchile@gmail.com

www.rubenmorales.com said...

Hi

I think to relationship between rider and horse can be good and must be good even at the highest levels of competition. The hard part for trainers is to find the way to put togheter both, performance and relationship. But, in my opinion is an human limitation no a horse limitation.
The pure natural as pure classic horse trainer have hard days trying to put all toghether but I think is some people around who gets both,
Best, Ruben.
www.rubenmorales.com
horsemanchile@gmail.com

Michelle/arabhorselover1 Level 2 PNH said...

Hi Ruben,

Thank you for your comment. I agree, it takes a true horseman to put both things together and create harmony!

Michelle/arabhorselover1