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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

Friday, October 31, 2008

NCPPG Disbanded--A Sad Day


After consulting an insurance agent, the cost and liability of having the NCPPG group is simply too expensive. In this state (NY), I am apparently at great risk (unlike in VA) doing this group and would require expensive commercial equine insurance to continue. The insurance agent I spoke with is also a horse person and described by many as a very honest person and experienced in his field (actually have no current policies with his company as he was giving me a consult).

Several NCPPG members warned me about this being a possibility which prompted my quest for information. Therefore, I have to disband the official NCPPG entity. If you ever want to get together to watch videos or hang out with horses just give me a jingle, send an e-mail, or stop by.

It is unfortunate for sure that the official group has to end. However, it is life in New York! You know, all those years ago when I was injured so badly in that jumping accident (in NY) I never sued a soul. Heck, riding as a kid, I took spills off race horses and no one worried about anything! I'd jump on the farmer's horses (he said it was ok) bareback and bridleless and run like the wind--no one ever worried.

It is unfortunate that the legal system and insurance industry has been abused where this state (only one of very few now) still have this problem due to no liability protection of the equestrian industry. In Virginia our group met up for video nights, had hands-on play dates 1-3 times per month (at people's farms and at public places). Sometimes as little as two horses or as many as 20 horses would show up! We had green horses, seasoned horses, green horse people, seasoned horse people, you name it we did it! We rode in arenas, on trails, camped in the National Foerst, worked on trailer loading, obstacle courses (on the ground and riding), roundpen stuff, played broom polo, had competitions within the group, went to the horse show and sponsored classes, we shared, learned, and had a great time.

We always focused on safety first, prepared our horses with the foundations of the relationship and language (some did Parelli, some Reis, some Lyons, some Clinton--this varied but all natural horsemanship people, we practiced our riding skills--heck, I was riding a thoroughbred I was redeveloping, bareback, all over at one play date, practicing canter up hills, in the arena, etc. No one ever thought to question if I would be injured and sue. I rode Whiskey (totally green) bareback on his first trail ride in the national forest with no worries, at play dates, no worries, etc. People signed a form, posted the liability signs, and that was that.

Most people in our NY group seemed leary about play dates or less interested overall as time when on anyway. I never really heard much if people were doing the weekly tasks and the poles, surveys, and quizzes were often ignored. I'd heard many saying they, "just wanted to ride." Which to me seems like a connection between the relationship and what we were studying was not being made. Studying and practicing naturalhorsemanship does not mean we don't ride. It means we prepare on the ground for what we will do in the saddle, that we do ride, that we compete, etc always maintaining the relationship no matter what the tasks are and that we have it to begin with (all very hard to explain I guess, you just have to live it to get it). It is just a differest state of mind that perhaps I conveyed incorrectly to people. Everything I do with my horses from feed time to hoof trimming to play time to riding time all has natural horsemanship ingrained and intertwined in it. It is a way of life for me (which once again, my obsession coming out--not everyone's "cup of tea" so to speak--and I respect that). So, I guess this unfortunate situation is not going to cause too much cause for sadness amongst the majority of members--who actually disappeared or were less and less active. I know that many people in the group were riding and having fun this summer with each other. I am only sad to say that the group was not involved or invoted in many of these activities--very unfortunate. My passion and obsession is not necessarily anyone else's anyway (some how I have to remember this).

I would like to think that we all made friends over the last several months. I do look forward to seeing people more informally (not under the umbrella of an official club/group/entity) and we can certainly watch videos and get together for some kind of hands-on horse time. I am happy to provide input or anything people are interested in discussing under the guise of friends chatting about horses. I truly am concerned that people will be angry with me but, truly, there is nothing that I can do (except spend thousands of dollars for insurance coverage for a seemingly inactive group). I just cannot financially justify it. The fact that our dreams to create a place for people to come and play and camp and learn has fallen through is quite saddening for me but, once again, that is life. I still plan to improve the facilities and creating my horsey play ground/park here for me at the farm and will still put up an indoor in the next few years (the weather here is a bit difficult at times I have figured out LOL). I'll need a place to play and learn regardless of everything else going on. I will continue my education and look forward to years of learning and enjoyment with my horses.

I look forward to continuing my journey and hope that others will do the same. I hope that people keep in touch. Who knows, maybe we will all go to a clinic or something sometime! My calendar gets busy but please, if you want to get together, let me know and we will get together!

The website will be closed over the weekend. If you have any brochures please discard them.

Thanks for the fun and I hope to see you all in the future. Do keep in touch--read the blog!

Click here to view an inspirational video by the Parelli's. It is called, "Parelli Discover the Secrets to Success with Horses." Someone posted it on AOL. (It was a freebie Parelli used to give via mail and at tour stops.)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Weekly Task Challenge: Needle Preparedness

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.)

Needle Shy or Needle Savvy? Is your horse ok with needles--you know the kind for vaccinations, medications, and diagnostic tests? This was a Level 2, liberty assessment task (L5). *Now is an on-line skill Level 3 in the Parelli Patterns*
From the Level 2 Assessment Sheet:

L5. Pinch your horse’s neck and show that he relaxes and

yields to it (needle prep. as in new L2 Program).

qualities of Level 2” in DVD#8
See also, "Assessing the qualities of L2," DVD#8, Level 2 Kit
LEVEL 2:

• Horse turns head toward student, relaxes—a

positive reflex to a potentially negative stimulus
PRE-LEVEL 2:

• Horse braces

• Horse is unconfident, panics or leaves

• Student is rude and abrupt (no Friendly Games before or after)

• Student shows lack of “feel”

• Displaced behavior: ears back or swishing tail

If you are having trouble with this needle task, here are a few resources to help you become successful! This is not an exclusive list. Parelli has many other things out there to assist you in your learning. Please refer to the Savvy Club Website for additional educational resources (you must be a member to access this site) www.parellisavvyclub.com

Parelli Level 2 Kit (new level 2-blue box) --There is an instructional portion in your kit. Please see it for details.

Parelli E-news, Sept 5, 2008, http://enews.parelli.com/2008/enews090508.pdf

Parelli Patterns, Online Skills DVD, Level 3

Parelli Savvy Club DVD, "Attitude/Knowledge. Needle Shy Demonstration" (57 min), May 2006
Pat Parelli, Jesse, Karen, Cash and Sage In this demonstration Pat helps Karen's mare, Sage, with her dramatic claustrophobia and fear of needles. While riding Cash, Pat plays the Seven Games with Sage to develop trust, leadership and expose Sage's deep fear of confinement. This demonstration is not intended to teach the techniques for dealing with this kind of problem. It is to expose just how deep and severe it can be in some horses plus show the Level of savvy required to address it safely for both horse and human. IMPORTANT SAFETY WARNING: This session contains Level 4 techniques. Please do not attempt. In severe cases such as this, please consult with your Parelli Endorsed Professional.

*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, October 21, 2008

Horsenalities Revisited

Horsenality T's from Parelli Collection! www.parellicollection.com

As you know, horsenality charting should be done often. I have recharted my horses and found very interesting results. I would say that my lack of time with them is truly indicated on the charts. The August charts can be found here (for comparison) http://naturalhorselover.blogspot.com/2008/08/horsenality-chart-updates.html How interesting!


October Charts


Weekly Task Challenge: Horsenality Time!

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.)

"The Goal of the Parelli Program is to help horse owners understand their horse's individual Horsenality, and to be able to teach them more effectively to become a Confident and Balanced partner (centered)." http://www.parelli.com/content.faces?groupType=HORSENALITY

So, it's HORSENALITY TIME! When is the last time you charted your horse's horsenality? Well, it is time to re-evaluate! Chart and report back to the group. All of the documents can be found on the Savvy Club Website or in your Parelli educational materials.

*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.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Whoa Nelly

Parelli Horsenality Horses! http://www.parelli.com/
Today, I played with the horses and I must report that their horsenalities were extreme and all over the chart. If you believe that play time and consistency is not important, think again! I have been totally negligent in play time for weeks (working like crazy--yeah work does interefere). Anyhow, the horses were not partnering with me, not immediately, and this caused for a great deal of foundational play.

Whiskey and I played with transitions, the games to the extreme, and I also rode him barrel to barrel (treats on the barrels--a Parelli motivator idea) and he moved forward nicely but, was offering to buck. After the treats were gone, I dismounted and played at liberty with him (still saddled) and WOW he BUCKED LIKE MAD! I can read this horse like a book. A few days ago I was doing ground exercises in zone 3 and he was having a very difficult and reactionary time with it--that is when I knew it was not me but zone 3. We have a lot of work to do!

Fosse was spooky and funny acting today. Rick and I were taking measurements to put on a small barn addition and he was hanging out with us. At first he was nervous but by the end, he was playing with us and the tape measure.

One other thing to note, Whiskey was in the round pen and Fosse in the turnout. Fosse exhibiting herd-bound behaviors whereas Whiskey was not. How interesting considering Fosse is the alpha in the herd.

So, short but sweet. I plan to continue regular play time again so I should be blogging more often again.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Fraud Alert--Please Read--Please Cross Post


UPDATE--26Oct2008
I just wanted to take a moment to give you an update on the fraud alert I posted here in October...

Due to hard work and dedication by several Equine Freecycle Members and becuase of feedback from several of you off-list about similiar situations, as far as I can ascertain, all members who were initially defrauded have received all of their money back from the woman in question. It took a great deal of time and dedication but, I am happy to report, mission accomplished.


UPDATE--25Oct2008
PayPal has issued a decision in my favor for this case.
"After careful review, we have concluded our investigation of the BuyerComplaint described below.We have decided in your favor, however, we were unable to recover any fundsfrom the seller's account. As stated in the PayPal User Agreement, recoveryof funds associated with a Buyer Complaint cannot be guaranteed."

ORIGINAL MESSAGE--
Dear Friends,

I am writing today with a heavy heart to warn you about an Internet Scammer.

I run the Equine Freecycle Network http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/equinefreecyclenetwork/ (copied on this message), a group designed to allow horse people to help each other by trading items and paying only for actual shipping fees. Please feel free to take a look at the site for the entire description. Recently, we were the victims of fraud because a member chose to offer several items, took our money for shipping via PayPal, and never sent the items. It was later discovered that several of us paid for the same items. So far, 10 members have reported being victims and I believe there could be more. I have done some checking online and I believe this is happening on other lists and groups.

Please beware of this person. Here is the information we were able to figure out. I did some Google searching and have seen this person lurking around other sites (see below). If anyone knows anything that will help us, we would truly appreciate your assistance. Please consider passing this along to your lists. We have contacted PayPal and our banks.

INFO ON SCAMMER: BEWARE OF THIS PERSON
This information was removed on November 5, 2008 because full restitution has been made. This information has been retained.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Weekly Task Challenge: Trouble Spots and Planning

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.)

During this life-long journey in Parelli Natural Horsemanship, we hit bumps along the way. The trick is to knowing how to identify the problem and strategizing how to address it. This weekly task is about identifying a trouble spot, create a plan to solve the problem, and report back to the blog via comments on problem and your ideas on how to fix it. Perhaps you are not sure what to do, consider asking your fellow PNHrs, Parelli Professionals, etc. for feedback!


*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, October 06, 2008

Weekly Task Challenge: Horse Blankets!

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.)

Winter is around the corner and you may be starting to think about your winter coat, winter riding pants, boots, gloves, and perhaps, even your horses' possible need for a blanket. Some people use them and some don't for a variety of reasons. This is a personal choice.

Winter horse blankets http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_blanket are used for protecting horses from the elements, especially in cold climates. They come in a variety of styles, shapes, weights, and sizes. Some are made for primarily indoor use like the the stable blanket, designed for maximum comfort and warmth rather than maneuverability. Whereas the outdoor turnout blanket (turnout rug) is designed to be weather resistent, and accomodate better maneuverability. Some manufacturers have even designed accessories like a hood, sleezy sleapwear http://www.ss4horses.com/ , and more!

Have you checked your horses' blankets yet? Do they need repairs, cleaning, waterproofing? Do you have the appropriate type for the various weather conditions (many people have multiple blankets for wach horse)? Does your horse not have a blanket and maybe he needs one?
This week's task is to examine your horses' blanket needs and take action! Please consider reading a few of the resources below (whether you blanket or not).

RESOURCES:

How Horses Keep Warm
http://www.paardnatuurlijk.nl/index_js.htm?
http://www.paardnatuurlijk.nl/weetjes/howwarm.htm

Learn how to choose, purchase, use, clean and maintain horse blankets in this free series of video guides.

http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/4958_horse-blankets.htm

When to Blanket Your Horse in Winter
http://equisearch.com/horses_care/health/winter/blanket_101904/

Horse Blanket Q&A
Blanket manufacturers answer some of your most common questions about the use and care of blankets for your equine partner.
http://www.equisearch.com/horses_riding_training/tack_apparel/miscellaneous/eqblanket2649/

Horse Stable Blanket Selection and Care by Cherry Hill
http://www.horsekeeping.com/Horse_Newsletter/stable_blankets.htm

To Blanket or Not to Blanket
http://www.petplace.com/horses/to-blanket-or-not-to-blanket/page1.aspx

Blankets and Sheets Buyer's Guide
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?c=15498&aid=1566

Turnout Blanket Buyer's Guide
http://www.doversaddlery.com/turnout-blanket-buyers-guide/a/254/


*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.