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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, September 29, 2008

Update on all kinds of stuff...

Ok, so I've not been the best at posting lately. So, here is the latest update...

Mini-me is reported to be doing great. After being placed with our friends, we found out a little girl (a lesson student of 5 years) really bonded with him and so, he has been placed in her home. Here they are!



We also have a new addition to our family--a great dane puppy named Morgan. Here she is! A total cutie...and she gets along great with all of our other pets.




With regards to the horses, nothing major going on. I did play with them the other day and had fun. I love that when they see me, the gallop right over--very cool. Their hooves are in great shape and they are growing their winter coats. I need to complete level 2 but have made no progress yet--on the riding component that is. I also need a video camera to film. The NCPPG is really stalling and I am not sure what will happen there. (Feeling a bit down overall I guess.) We are also gearing up to put up more fencing and a driveway gate--a good thing.

I'll post again soon. I pledge to get working on L2 asap.

Weekly Task Challenge: Umbrella Challenge

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 brave is your horse with an umbrella? This week, discover what kinds of fun you can have with your horse and this new obstacle. Be sure to use a lot of approach and retreat, be sure to be patient, and above all, keep your principles before your goals! Here are some ideas to get you started.

Can you get your horse to...

  • walk past an open umbrella?
  • squeeze between two open umbrellas?
  • let you play friendly game with a closed umbrella?
  • open the umbrella near him without going right-brained?
  • hold an open umbrella near his head?
  • Bonus--Can you ride and do these tasks?

BE SAFE--BE SAVVY--HAVE FUN!

*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.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Weekly Task Challenge: Pre-flight Checks, Savvy Saddling, Mounting Savvy, Riding with Confidence, and the Emergency Dismount

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.)

Your challenge this week is to incorporate pre-flight checks before saddling your horse, then saddle with savvy two times, trying it from each side, pre-flight-check again, and if your horse looks rideable, mount and dismount with savvy, from both sides, two times before actually staying on, and then ride with savvy exploring the pushing passenger position at all gaits. When riding, practice your emergency dismount at least three times from each side.

*For those of you who are unable to ride you horse, try everything but the mounting and riding tasks--no excuses!!!

*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, September 22, 2008

Weekly Task Challenge: Extreme Trailer Loading Challenge


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 was an inspiration from Wrangler Jane in Australia http://www.wranglerjayne.com.au/ . "Born in Australia, Wrangler Jayne is a respected trainer in the world of natural horsemanship, having been influenced mainly by American trainer and educator, Pat Parelli, and master horseman, Australian Philip Nye. As Jayne’s mentor and teacher, Philip has had a huge influence on her horsemanship skills and ultimately, on the development of her own unique program of True and Natural Horsemanship, Horsemanship with Heart."

EXTREME TRAILER LOADING! Okay, so you've got your horse going into the trailer calmly, confidently and on request ... it is your horse's idea! Whew--this was a lot of work, right? Well, how about you expand on that skill and ask your horse to load at Liberty? Then how about loading backwards at Liberty?

See Wrangler Jane below with Zorro. Here she's asking Zorro to load at liberty, with the yo-yo game.
If you think your horse would never do this, please know that in the beginning, Zorro was terrified of the trailer! He couldn't even walk past it without being fearful. With time, patience and the using gentle leadership, Zorro has come to enjoy his playtime with the trailer! It all starts with language (7 games), love, and leadership!

Click here to see Zorro load at liberty in this small movie clip!

*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.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Weekly Task Challenge: Pushing Passenger Lesson (PPL)

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 from the "Freestyle" section of the Level 1 Assessment Criteria http://files.parelli.com/assess/new_one_assess.pdf
Pushing Passenger Lesson at the Trot!

18.(FS5) Pushing Passenger at the trot for 21 minutes.

• Student “mirrors” horse in movement
and transitions
• Student uses correct phases to go and whoa.
• Hands and reins are positioned on
the withers.
• Back, head, legs and feet are relaxed.

"The main idea is to not resist your horse's forward movement and to find a way to stay totally connected to him in every way. At the same time it causes you to release the grip and tension from your legs. This is what calms them down, the harmony they feel from you." --Linda Parelli

(From the Q&A section of the Savvy Club website. )

Article: Pushing Passenger Lessons: Q& A with Linda Parelli
http://f1.grp.yahoofs.com/v1/MALQSMgBOq6giqHnWKmHncaCIpn-fYw0UCySzrEAJoNDpTAqMMETXBz5hT35y4YIj-9SKOKhqrIegH125OxIUg/Articles%20of%20Interest/ppl.pdf

Try doing this task at least twice this week. (If you can only walk while riding, then do that instead of at a trot.--no worries)

*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, September 08, 2008

Mini-Me Has a New Home!

I just wanted to let you know that Mini-Me has a new home with a member in the NCPPG! We rehomed him because he was really beating on my Arabian, Whiskey (who is like a wilting flower). Anyhow, Fosse and Whiskey are doing well, Whiskey seems more relaxed and his new owner reported tonight that Mini-Me is doing great too!

In case you need to introduce a new member to your herd, here is an article by Pat Parelli to help!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Music and Horses

This is the album cover for Mary Ann Kennedy's, "The Trail Less Traveled" CD. http://www.maryannkennedy.com/

I wanted to take a moment to talk about music and horses. I love playing music and playing with my horses. Pat and Linda Parelli do it all of the time. I think that it helps get you in a zone and allows you to live in the moment with your horse, blocking out the world. I had posted several last.fm stations on the blog (scroll down and look to your right). You can listen to music and read the blog! I also may post playlist from playlist.com sometime soon. --Update--playlist added 9/11/08--it is set to suto play but you can stop it and choose a last fm station or have no music at all. It will be added to regularly.

Rather than list individual songs (there are so many), I am listing artists, some of my favorites but certainly not a complete list (and in no particular order). These artists are those I think go well with my personality and my horses! LOL


SOME FAVORITE MUSIC ARTISTS:

Mary Ann Kennedy http://www.maryannkennedy.com/
Katie Drake http://katiedrakesongs.com/
KT Tunstall http://www.kttunstall.com/
Alison Kraus and Union Station http://www.alisonkrauss.com/site.php/
Beatles http://www.thebeatles.com/core/home/
Tragically Hip http://www.thehip.com/
Mercy Me http://mercyme.org/main/ (I can only imagine)
Norman Greenbaum http://www.spiritinthesky.com/ (Spirit in the Sky)
Reba McEntire http://www.reba.com/
U2 http://www.u2.com/
Ella Fitzgerald http://www.ellafitzgerald.com/

And, I am sure I have forgotten some...

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Weekly Task Challenge: Communicate with Fellow PNHrs!

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.)

Are you feeling tired and overwhelmed this summer? Are you feeling out of touch with fellow PNHrs? Not sure what to do? Well, this week's challenge is here to help!

Take a moment and write an email to a Parelli-centric listserv, post on the Savvy Club Forum, post a comment here on my blog, use Facebook, or any other way you can think of to communicate with fellow PNHrs. Here are a few ideas for talking points. Use some of them, all of them, or come up with your own! Have fun with this and don't be shy!

--Talk about how your summer has been and what you have been doing with your horse(s).
--Talk about how your studies in PNH are going, what your successes are, where you need work, etc!
--Talk about your PNH journey and if you plan to assess unofficially or officially.
--Talk about your short-term and long-term goals with your horse(s).
--Talk about your likes and dislikes with the group, PNH, etc.
--Talk about why you joined the NCPPG group and how it benefits your horsemanship.
--Talk about the latest PNH article or video you reviewed and what you got out of it.
--Talk about the BCPPG website and resources you've found.
--Talk about the Savvy Club.
--Talk about the Savvy Conference.
--Talk about parelli Tour Stops.
--Talk about other Parelli groups you are a member of.
--Talk about the Parelli program.
--Just drop in and say hello.
--Talk about anything horsey.

As a group that is studying PNH, we truly can learn from each other but to do so, we need to become a cohesive cohort of learners who communicate not only with our horses but with each other. It is my hope that this weekly task will become a pattern and you all will feel empowered to communicate more with eachother, feel more comfortable attending play date events, find usefulness and support in attending educational video meetings, and most importantly help each other learn, grow, and make great things happen with you and your horses! Sounds like fun doesn't 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.