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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

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Weekly Task Challenge: Test Your Savvy - Old Level 3 Tasks!

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.)

This week, I’ve listed one task in each of the four savvys. They are from Parelli’s “old” level 3 kit, the Refinement Challenges pocket guide .

Online: Long Distance Trailer Load

1. Set a hula hoop or marker on the ground, 36 feet away from the trailer door, and at a 45 degree angle.
2. Keep one foot on the marker and send your horse into the trailer.
3. Count to 10.
4. Ask him out again and bring him to you.

Liberty: Finger Tip Yield Course

1. Set up a course with parallel poles to go through and cones to go around, even pedestals to stand on.
2. Using only your hands, lead your horse forward through the course and back him through the lane, You must keep your hands on him at all times.

Freestyle: One Carrot Stick Course (Use carrots stick or snaffle bridle (if bridle, only casual rein))

1. Set up a course that includes a figure 8, a small jump, and a lane.
2. Ride your horse bridleless through the course using one carrot stick. (or with snaffle-casual rein) Include at least one back-up in the lane.
3. Stop after the finish and relax your carrot stick (or reins).

Finesse: Transition Challenge

1. Set up a lane 12 feet wide and 97 feet long.
2. Put 2 markers 6 feet apart at the following points (12 feet from start, 22 feet further, 45 feet further)
3. Enter the lane at a walk.
4. Trot at the first markers.
5. Canter at the second markers.
6. Back up ten steps at the last markers.
7. Drop your reins and relax.
8. You need to make each transition between the markers, therefore your have 6 feet in which to make them—a great test of accuracy!

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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