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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

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Weekly Task Challenge: Figure 8's

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.)

On the Ground:
Stand in a hula hoop or on a pedestal (or use something else to keep your feet still--your horse is the one who should be moving, not you). Ask you horse to figure eight around two barrels, cones, or whatever else you can think of, in both directions, and at all gaits. Do at least 4 figure 8's per gait and direction.

While Mounted:
(Only if you and your horse are ready--be safe not sorry!) Ask you horse to figure eight around two barrels, cones, or whatever else you can think of, in both directions, and at all gaits. Do at least 4 figure 8's per gait and direction. Try this task using a casual rein (or one rein) and a rope halter. If using a bridle, try to stay our of your horse's mouth! Be thinking about only contact with one rein or the other, not both...bits and contact are for refinement, not steering and stopping!

As always, refer to your levels pack and other Parelli materials (hint--the Parelli Patterns for this week's task would come in really handy).

Have a great week!

*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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