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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, February 11, 2010

Weekly Task Challenge: Spring Cleaning - Clean Your Tack!

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.)

Are you afflicted with cabin fever? Have you been unable to do much with your horses over the winter due to the cold and snow? Are you just itching to do something horsey (besides watching your horse videos and reading your horse books)? Why not plan ahead and start spring cleaning!?!

This week's challenge is to clean your tack! Better yet, have a tack-cleaning party and get some friends involved! Tack is an essential tool for our horsemanship and it needs to be taken care of. Remember, cleaning and oiling your tack allows you time to inspect it for damage as well as maintain it's beauty and comfort for you and your horse. Be certain to pay special attention to seams, buckles, and straps. Replace any parts that are broken or seem weak or questionable. (Safety is your number one priority when it comes to tack. Don't try to "get by" with what you have if you know it needs repair.)

Here are a few resources that may help get you started. (And, feel free to come over to my place and clean mine. *grins*)

Video: How to Strip Clean Tack (7:22)

Video: Cleaning Tack (3:19)

Article: Tack Cleaning Tips

Article: Green Cleaning Your Tack

*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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