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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 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.

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