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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, May 19, 2009

Weekly Task Challenge: Needle Preparedness

If you don't know what to do, have little time, or just feeling stuck, try the weekly task as a way to at least do something with your horse! (It just may motivate you to do more.)

After reading an article in Equus magazine about helping your horse become a better patient, I quickly and easily made the connection between this and the basic skills we all should have being Parelli students. We have no excuse if our horses are not good patients, we know better!

Equus Article:Williaam, Jennifer, Barakat, Christine, "Help Your Horse Become a Better Patient", Equus, Oct 2008, i 373, p.34-37, p40.

This week, evaluate your horse's confidence and his willingness to yield to your "needle" (simulations for this exercise).

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
• Horse turns head toward student, relaxes—a
positive reflex to a potentially negative stimulus
• 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) http://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 2006Pat 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. 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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