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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

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

So What's Going On?

Good Morning! So what is going on at Hidden Meadows these days? Well, not much and a lot!

The horses are all doing very well. Their hooves are coming along (we had some issues since I got them home, probably nutritionally related and being in stalls all winter--typical stuff). Anyhow, through supplementation, frequent trimming treatments, twice daily picking, and a clean place to live, their hooves are looking much better, getting hard again and looking really good. Their physical condition has changed overall too, I put them back on Ultium and am using some supplements (as I mentioned) and they are sparkling and smiling! Attitudes are changing and they are surely feeling better about their new home situation. I always wonder if they ever think of the mountains and Virginia.
I have not had much play time however, as I have been very busy with work, visitors, rennovations, moving in, and of course, cleaning up still--after the big storm! I have some new ideas about our overall set-up amd am working with Rick to plan things, the right way!

The NCPPG is going strong and members are excited and motivated. I am really having fun with it. We have a trailer loading play date on Saturday (weather permitting) and we hope to have many horses and trailers to play with. I posted this week's task and it is all about figure 8's so, I am using that theme as this post's photo. I can tell you that I tried it a little last night and it is not the easiest task. I asked Whiskey but, he was more interested in eating grass than me....take the time it takes, right? So, I need to find more play time and get back on track. I felt fumbly a little and was surprised, out of practice I guess. I am not too sure about my L2 assessment deadline in October at the moment but for now, it will remain.
So that is it, not much but a lot!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Weekly Task Challenge: Figure Eights

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.)

On the Ground:
Stand in a hula hoop or on a pedestal (or use something else to keep your feet still--your horse is the one who should be moving, not you). Ask you horse to figure eight around two barrels, cones, or whatever else you can think of, in both directions, and at all gaits. Do at least 4 figure 8's per gait and direction.

While Mounted: (Only if you and your horse are ready--be safe not sorry!)
Ask you horse to figure eight around two barrels, cones, or whatever else you can think of, in both directions, and at all gaits. Do at least 4 figure 8's per gait and direction.

Try this task using a casual rein (or one rein) and a rope halter. If using a bridle, try to stay our of your horse's mouth! Be thinking about only contact with one rein or the other, not both...bits and contact are for refinement, not steering and stopping!

As always, refer to your levels pack and other Parelli materials. These tasks are just ideas to keep your creativity up!

*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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Weekly Task Challenge: Tying, Stepping on Rope, and Remaining Left-Brained

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.)

Horses are left brained when they are calm while being tied of when they step on the rope without panicing. Practice closing your hand slowly and opening them quickly on your leadline, simulating tying or your horse stepping on the rope, how does he react if at all? Next, if that is successful, and you believe you horse is confident, brave, and ready, practice tying your horse using the knots we learned a few months ago (the knots to know), also practice with your horse, stepping on the rope and relaxing. Be safe, creative and have fun with 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, July 14, 2008

Weekly Task Challenge: The Squeeze Game

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 all about game #7, the "Squeeze Game." So, what is this game and why is it important? It is after all part of the fundamental learning tasks from level 1, it is a purpose game, and you should be a little familiar with it.

Read below about the Squeeze Game below and then try it at home. How many squeezes can you think of to ask your horse to do? BE CREATIVE, BE PROVOCATIVE, BE FUN for your horse!

*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, July 07, 2008

Weekly Task Challenge: Backing 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.)

As you know, being able to back your horse is a very important skill. It takes patience, persistence, and savvy. This week's task is to practice backing your horse.

First practice backing on the ground, through gates, barrels, cones, between you and the fence, and other obstacles, from close -up and far away, then (if possible) work on backing while in the saddle/bareback, in the round pen, arena, field, on the trail, and anywhere else you can think of!
Be sure to try this task using all of the 7 games and techniques you have learned from Pat and Linda Parelli. Remember, obstacles, hills, and other challenges wil help increase your skills, your horses's confidence, and make you both a success--be creative!

*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.

BLM is Going to Kill Cloud and his Pryor Mountain Range Mustang Herd

If any of you watched the PBS special on mustangs you probably know who Cloud is http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/cloud-wild-stallion-of-the-rockies/introduction/29/. If you don't, Cloud is a rare palomino mustang. He has a large herd and has passed on his coloring to some of his colts and fillies. Sadly, the BLM has decided that Cloud and his herd are destroying the land and they must take "drastic measures". These drastic measures are euthanizing Cloud and his herd. Instead of holding an auction or moving them to other conserved land they and going to euthanize them on July 11th, 2008. Please help stop them by signing this petition.

PETITION IS HERE:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/save-cloud-and-his-wild-herd

In case you were wondering, this is what I wrote when I signed. You can also read other comments on the page listed above.

# 2,737:

7:42 am PDT, Jul 7, Michelle Young, New York http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/save-cloud-and-his-wild-herd

The BLM is making a big mistake in planning to euthanize Cloud and his herd. With all due respect, this is a lazy attempt to fix a perceived problem (a governmental-type response). I believe that other measures can be taken, including but not limited to relocation of the herd. I question whether these horses are destroying the land or have simply become inconvenient for the BLM. Please reconsider your choices and be thinking in terms of nature as a whole, horses and humans coexisting on the planet, not just about human greed and inconsistent and drastic measures as quick fixes. The balance and diversity on the planet is being lost by human destruction due to a lack of knowledge or concern. Thank you.