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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

Saturday, April 05, 2008

It's Not About the Obstacle

Well, it truly is not about the obstacle. Back in Virginia, I tried to play with the horses with a plastic bag on my carrot stick, I also tried water crossing and for both was relatively unsucessful. At the time, I believe that I did not have the best understanding about how to do it and that it was not about the obstacle. I do believe that my recent immersion in my PNH materials has helped bridge that knowledge gap.

The photo is Whiskey--from the cell phone, not too good, but you get the gist of it, he was fine! Yeah!!! So anyhow...

This post brings me to this afternoon. I had a wonderful time with my friend Monica at the barn. I played with all three of my horses and just had to share (as usual).

Whiskey and I played together first. I played with him and using approach and retreat, patience and a lot of neutral. I was able to eventually rub him all over with the carrot stick that had the savvy string on it and a plastic bag. I could touch him everywhere with ease. In the old days, I think I forgot the retreat part which in essence is the release and it is the release that teaches (like Pat and Linda teach us). Well I use it now and it truly makes a difference. We were able to play in the aisle today and fortunately, it is very wide and there are interesting obstacles including a sandy area. We played all of the games, with the bag, and had fun. We even played with yo-yo and the stall and he was able to back in his stall. This took patience, time, and savvy for sure. I did not get frustrated at all. and neither did he. I was provocative for him and keep his interest up, and he appreciated it. He also loved the apples and carrots I brought along as treats (and definitely not bribes).

Fosse was eagerly watching and was next (he also loved the goodies). We pretty much did the same but he took to the bag even easier than Whiskey. It was a true test that our relationship has become much stronger because in the past he would have been reactive and afraid. I then took him outside and we played with water obstacles and sand. These areas were new areas for him and he instantly became right-brained and upset at first, just leaving the barn (the others were calling to him). However, I continued to the small arena and we started to play the games, playing with the water, and he went back to left-brained and was thinking---then out thought me and got away! This was my fault for sure, should have had the 22 foot line, not the 12 foot, my mistake, it will never happen again. However, he did not run away, but walked to Monica. She easily got ahold of the rope and he and I played some more. This was interesting and fun.

Mini-Me came out next and dove his head into a shopping bag--the one with the treats, he could have cared less about the bags and even walked over bubble wrap several times (my friend Cindy's challenge). This little guy has come a long way and is brave about almost everything! I also took him outside and he practically bathed in the water, he ate some grass, played games with me in the sand, and went inside.

This photo is of Mini-me and my friend Monica's grandaughter. He has come a long way from the big rescue! He is also a shedding fuzzball!

I decided to take Whiskey outside too as he did not have that opportunity as the others did. So back to the stall to get him and I did use the 22 foot line--I was thinking this time! LOL Anyhow, he did great and was having a fun time. You should have seen his suspended, floating, extended trot! This is a gorgeous horse and so talented! He was fine with the water (and hadn't been in Virginia which tells me our relationship is stronger too). I even used porcupine game to back him into a huge puddle. In another puddle, he was splashing it with all of his feet and was not afraid! It was so funny and interesting.

So, that is is, a beautiful day, fun with a friend, and of course, my beautiful horses. I feel satisfied that our relationship and communication is well in tact and that once they are home and I have even more time with them, we will be back on track for assessments and other stuff.


Pam 'oh Da Woods said...

I jsut found your blog...found the horse info great...my granddaughter is a HUGE horse lover.
Pam 'Oh Da Woods

Michelle/arabhorselover1 Level 2 PNH said...

Thanks for leaving a comment. I hope you enjoy reading the blog!

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