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#8Level 2 Kit
LEVEL 2:• Horse turns head toward student, relaxes—apositive 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) 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.