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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

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Weekly Task Challenge: Slaloms!

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.)

SET-UP:

Use cones, logs, barrels, what ever you have. Create a slalom course.

GROUND TASKS:

Start on the ground, teaching your horse to slalom. If you need to use porcupine first, that is ok, then move onto using driving game (and any other game to communicate with your horse--be creative), increasing your distance from your horse making him responsible for his position. Use landscaper's paint to draw a "do not cross line" for yourself and be mindful of your "proper position" and to keep yourself from micromanagement. Try backing your horse through it too! (You may need to cross the line for this part of the task.) Use your 12, 22, and 45 foot ropes!

RIDING TASKS:

Start by walking your horse through the slalom. Then, try it at the trot and canter. Now, back your horse through it! Try this using one rein, two reins, and just carrot stick riding (no reins). (Do you realize you are playing the games while riding too?)

RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Parelli Savvy Club DVD - Issue 18 June 2006--IMAGINATION “Parelli Games & Puzzle Solving—The Slalom Puzzle” with Pat Parelli and Magic (12 min.)

Parelli Tournament info: ON-LINE #3 SLALOM

Questions? Let me know! 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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