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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, April 14, 2008

Weekly Task Challenge: Undemanding Time With Your Horse

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 would you like it if someone came to your house, snatched you up, and forced you to get working, no time for gathering your thoughts, time for yourself to wake up, etc? What is this happened every time someone came into your house? This is something we often do to our horses, go to their stall, snatch them with the halter and off to “work in the arena.

So, starting this week and incorporating this task into your routine, try to be more sensitive to your horse’s feelings and needs, spend undemanding time with him.

Spend undemanding time with our horses is very important to the relationship. This week’s task is to spend undemanding time with your horse for 30 minutes. Here are some ideas and variations to get you started. If you don’t have that kind of time, try sitting quietly for as long as you have time – five minutes is better than nothing; 10 minutes is better than five. Thirty minutes is true commitment to the relationship!

Try this the next time you visit your horse: don’t do anything. Sit on a bucket and just be there. Don’t try to touch your horse, or even watch him. Notice your horse’s reaction. Does he avoid you? Does he stare at you from the farthest corner of the stall? Does he approach, sniff you, and then walk away? Or does he approach and stay by your side, maybe even knocking your hat off or pulling on your boot?

In level 1 one of the first tasks they ask you do to is spend time with your horse in his corral/stall and just see what they do. You can't touch your horse until he touches you. I think it would be interesting to do this again if you’ve done it at the beginning of your L1 and see what differences there are from the last time you did this task.

Just undemanding time: sitting in their pasture, letting them graze while you do something else in yard, pasture etc. like read a book, your levels information, etc!

Just mosey: They do this in level 2 - let your horse graze with you holding lead rope for 15-20 minutes.

Be creative and come up with new ways to spend time with your horse without demanding anything from him other than just being there, hanging out together.

*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.


Emmi said...

This is great :)

Savvy Horse Girl said...

Thanks, Emmi!