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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

Monday, April 28, 2008

Weekly Task Challenge: Pick Up Your Horse's Feet

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.)

Did you know that the legs are one of the most vunerable parts of the horse? Just think about it, a predator breaks and leg and the prey animal is lunch. That said, it certainly takes trust to from a horse to allow a human (predator) to play/touch/work the legs or feet. How well does your horse respond to his feet being picked up? How about you cleaning them? Give these challenges a try this week. Be sure to report to the group how it went, what your strategies were, etc. Be sure to be cognizant of your horse's feelings reactions, and needs and respond appropriately. (Think about tying and not tying your horses during these activities and does this make a difference to you, to your horse?)

Practice picking up you horses' feet from one side and cleaning (or simulate cleaning) them (but be sure to try this from both sides of your horse) . Be sure to prepare your horse with leg massages and other friendly game activities, use the chestnut as the pressure point to ask for his front feet and the cap of his hock as the pressure point for the rear feet, be polite and persistent in the proper position. (This is a level 1 task.)

Can you use your lead rope to ask for your horse to pick up his feet--will he follow the feel? Give it a try--this is a great start to teaching your horse to put his foot up on something like, a pedestal! (This is a level 2 task.)

Can you gently tap your horse's leg and will he pick it up for you? Give it a try! (You may have seen Pat demonstrate this on the March 2008 Savvy Club DVD.) (Not sure what level, I'd assume level 2.)

*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.

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