Good afternoon everyone! The video is just a little hello from the herd! (Fosse is on the left, Whiskey in the middle, and Lola on the right.) I know, it has been a long time since I've posted regularly (besides the weekly challenges--I hope you like them). My apologies but, there has not been too much to report. The weather is getting a bit better here and cabin fever is setting in. I've been working on little things with the horses at liberty, every time I see them, but really have not had any plans or purpose behind our interactions. Just the everyday stuff. Lola and I are bonding more and more every day. I cannot wait to play with her more consistently and ride! (Don't worry, posts will start coming in with video and photos as the weather gets better and we start playing!)
I have been reviewing the new Parelli Levels 1-4, the NEC Celebration, and Getting Started DVDs. I really like all of them but do wish they had released them with supplementary educational materials. I liked the pocket guides and books as well as other supplementals that came with previous iterations of the levels. Having a collection that includes really vintage Parelli, the definition of what it means to be "in Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, etc." has really changed. It seems that the program has been simplified (I'm not sure how I feel about that). What I do know is that I am psyched to get moving on my assessment journey and feeling like my new partner Lola is going to truly work out well! Here is a funny one... Lola was chasing us in the Blazer the other day...very cute--she did it today too! The boys do it but this was her first time that I know of and she was alone, not worried about them but wanting to be with me! LOL She is going to be fun, fun, fun!
Some plans I have for this year are:
- Purchase a new, Wintec-wide saddle with CAIR panels. (Getting this from Lola's previous owner.)
- Remove toppled trees in the playground and cut them up for firewood.
- Complete the permanent fencing in the playground.
- Add/build obstacles to/for the playground.
- Develop outdoor arena (the one with the plus sign and grass squares you've seen Pat use in videos).
- Purchase metal round corral (would like 70feet, not sure it will fit in our round pen area yet).
- Develop footing in round pen area.
- Complete permanent fencing in the big field.
- Build small horse barn.
- Continue plans for the purchase of a Cover-All arena. (The Parelli-Logo one.)
- Begin redeveloping trail system on our property.
- Create a farm sign.
- Plant trees to seclude front-end of property and make is more like the rest of the property which is surrounded by woods.
- Take Lola to a clinic as well as do official video assessments.
My journey to healthier living and weight loss is going very well. However, I over-did it in the exercise department! The doctor said that I sprained my back and should be fine but it could take up to 6 weeks to feel 100%. Basically, overstretched a ligament that is affecting my sciatic nerve at times on my left side. I am taking Aleve and Soma (Carisoprodol) at night, heat treatments, and sleeping on my stomach most of the time, it all seems to be helping. I took a few days off from work so I didn't have to deal with it at work sitting in my office chair. I am allowed to go back to the gym but to do more stretching things and the eliptical is ok too. I am going back to work tomorrow. (I had to put hay up today because Rick was working and wow, I am sore--probably shouldn't have done it but we were out of hay! At least it was only a truck load (44 bales). That's just life...I think I'll go have a Pilsner Urquell, sit on the couch with the dogs (accompanied by my heating pad and heated blanket) to relax--maybe a hot shower to losen up the muscles too? Ouch! LOL)
Here is a video of Rick hard at work snow plowing the state roads for the town (here he is cruising past our place).
Well, I guess that is it for now. I hope you are all doing well and are keeping it natural! Have fun with your horses, try out the weekly tasks, and please do keep in touch!