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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

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Weekly Task Challenge: Trailer Loading Savvy

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.)

Can you imagine your horse loving the trailer and wanting to hang out there? This week's task challenge is to play with your horse and the horse trailer. Now, this does not mean to just go get your horse and toss him on the trailer. What it does mean is to not be direct-line in your thinking, play the games, ask your horse to load, simulate your dividers, leave the trailer, etc. You want to be able to load and unload with a confident horse (not a robot and not a right-brained maniac) and be able to know the difference. Be sure your horse is confident with the trailer, and when ready, do lock him in the shut the door. Now, take your horse for a ride around the block! (Don't worry if your neighbors think you are weird.) When you get back, unload and then ask your horse in again. Play, then unload.

Here are a few ideas to help you out. I know you can come up with more!

-Try loading your horse using the 12, 22, and 45 foot lines.
-Position yourself in the back of the trailer, in the trailer, on the side of the trailer, while sitting on a barrel away from the trailer (get the idea?). The idea to go in the trailer needs to be your horses--and we want the horse in the trailer, not the human! LOL
-Load and unload your horse. Load and then go play games elsewhere, graze, mosey and eat grass, load again, etc.
-Simulate your divider by using the carrot stick. This will ensure he is actually ready for the divider.
-Play yo-yo in the trailer. Sometimes ask for him to exit the trailer, other times, ask for him to go to the end but not leave, then come forward again, etc.
-Rathe than immediately tie your horse in the trailer, use your rope and simulate tying. It makes it safe for your horse and you will be able to better understand his willingness and ability to be tied and calm (your trailer set-up will determine how you can do this).
-If you have a ramp, or if your step up is very low, try loading backwards.
-Be sure your horse can unload backwards and forwards.
-Be sure to play all the games with your horse and teh trailer as an obstacle. (IE. Sideways around, squeeze between you and the trailer, etc.)
-If you can, play with other trailers, all shapes and sizes. Give your horse as many good experiences as you can.

Ok, the rest is up to you! Be creative, be safe, and have fun!

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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