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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

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Weekly Task Challenge: Hide and Seek!

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.)

Have you ever played the game of hide and seek? Well of course you have! This week's challenge is to play it with your horse! Put on your fanny pack, fill it with your horse's favorite goodies, and head out to see your horse! The more interesting location the better of course but do the best you can. Make sure your horse sees you at first and then run and hide behind a tree, a barrel, or something else. Your horse should come seek you out, once found, reward with a goody and a quick scratch. However, don't stay too long, run off and hide again. You should find, if your horse is engaged and has a good play drive, that she will run and find you, each time seemingly more excited and eager to find you! Give it a try at liberty first and if your horse is confused, revert to online (22 foot line should do) until you know he/she understands, then go back to liberty.

I tried this with Lola the other day and it was a hoot...she was running, bucking, and squealing just trying to find me and get the treat! This is a great experience for both of you offering a lot of friendly, some yummy treats, and undemanding but creative and fun time! A definite plus for the relationship! Keep it simple, safe, savvy, and of course, natural!


Lisa said...

A hint to help with LBI type horses . . . Try moving off again just as the horse is about to catch you. Allowing Cricket to catch me all the time just dulls her to no end. She gets this "yeah, yeah, I'll get there eventually." But if I head off right as she's about to catch me, she gets this "hey, wait a minute, where are you going?" And that's when the play starts to come out.

Michelle AKA arabhorselover1 said...

Thanks,Lisa! Each horse/human partnership will differ not only with the horse's horsenalities but the person's personality! This should be a fun one for everyone to explore.


Parelli Central said...

Michelle, sounds like you and your horse had lots of fun! What a wonderful way to spice up your relationship...
Keep up the good play!

Petra Christensen
Parelli 1Star Junior Instructor

Michelle AKA arabhorselover1 said...

Hi Petra--It really is a fun time! By the way, I've started playing friendly game while riding, and I think the horses appreciate it. Thansk for the tip!