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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, July 30, 2009

Weekly Task Challenge: Let's Go For a Ride

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.)

From the new assessment rubrics.


Use a 100' round corral or whatever you have (where you feel safe.)


Start on the ground, playing the 7 games to prepare your horse (and yourself). This will enable you to determine what side of the corral he woke up on and test your communication and relationship. This could take 7 seconds, 7 minutes, an hour, whatever it is, it is ok, take the time it takes. Make sure your horse is ridable and that you are his/her partner. Use your 12, 22, and 45 foot ropes, obstacles, etc! Be creative and keep it fun.


Tack up using your Parelli Natural Hackamore or bridle with snaffle bit. However, you must do this while sitting or kneeling!

Saddle your horse as if you were hugging your horse. Use your Parelli bareback pad, English, Western, Aussie, or other saddle--your choice. (Or no saddle at all.) Remember to cinch in three steps, be polite to your horse.


Rein p0sition is casual rein with supporting carrot stick. Now, play the games while mounted, work on patterns like ride the rail, million transitions, figure 8, weave, question box, and use your obstacles!

Your phases should be:
Phase 1 – 3.
Phase 1 – 3.
Long phase 1, quick to 3.
Phase 4 should rarely be
necessary. Use of expression,
body language.


Refer to the new assessment guidelines on the Savvy Club Website

Review the Parelli Patterns, Freestyle DVD

Parelli "new" Level 2 Kit (blue box)

Parelli "old" Level 1 Kit - Partnership

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.


Horse said...

You might be interested to see this video with Pat Parelli. It gives a great insight into his beliefs about horses and how they should be treated...

Michelle AKA arabhorselover1 said...

Good video and great question! Thanks for sharing it.