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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

Monday, May 10, 2010

Weekly Task Challenge: Freestyle 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's task is all about playing freestyle! Freestyle, of course, allows the rider to challenge themselves and practice focus, balance, and get an independent seat, it helps the horse find impulsion, allows the horse freedom of expression without interference, helps the rider learn how to stay out of their horse's way and keep them from micromanagement, offers the opportunity for the human to be creative and fun for their horse and allows the horse to have fun with the human, your horse learns to maintain gait, direction, speed, and so much more! You need to learn and be successful in freestyle before you achieve finesse as it helps you work on all of the important parts of the dance! Please, have fun with this, be safe and be savvy! If you have any of the Parelli Levels packs (any of the iterations), Success Series DVDs, Savvy Club DVDs, Parelli Patterns, Mastery Lessons, or other materials, you may want to refer to them as an addition to your studies. And of course, don't forget to go to the Savvy Club Vault or contact a Parelli Professional for assistance!

Here are a few freestyle challenges that you can do with your horse from Parelli's old Achiever's Program located in the old, greenish-colored Parelli Passport. (This is not an exhaustive list, just a few good ones.) They are fun, challenging, and give you something to focus on for the week. And, don't forget last week's task and consider putting yourself on video for self or official assessment (for official assessment, be sure to check the assessment audition criteria prior to submission).

Freestyle Level 1
~Mount your horse from the off-side three times.
~Back your horse 7 steps using one rein.
~Ride a figure-8 pattern with one rein keeping the rein on one side of your horse.
~Trot for 60 seconds with one rein and flip the rein over 4 times.
~Canter your horse a few steps and bend to a stop.

Freestyle Level 2
~Bridle your horse while sitting in a chair.
~Side-pass your horse towards you and mount your horse from a fence.
~Trotting Game: Horse trots, human has arms folded, follow the rail around cones 12 feet from the corner.
~Post-trot a figure-8 pattern using correct diagonals.
~Play the corner to corner game.
~Canter, trot, walk, stop, and back-up on the rail without touching the reins, using the carrot stick, in both directions.

Freestyle Level 3
~Climb all over your horse, rubbing his with your feet, stand on his back, without saddle, bridle, or halter.
~Do simple lead changes with two carrot sticks.
~Jump two, 2-foot jumps with two carrot sticks.
~Circling Game: Four laps in each direction with your arms folded.

*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.


Naturally Gaited said...

Some of these are really tough!

Michelle AKA arabhorselover1 said...

Thus the title, "challenge" LOL!!! Be careful and safe...not sure Guiness is ready for the standing on his back one...only you'd know for sure. :)

Hopefully I can start playing again, the rain and snow have finally gone away...now to get the warm temperatures back...brrr.