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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, July 07, 2010

Weekly Task Challenge: Play Time in Extreme Heat

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.)

The East Coast has been in a super heatwave for days which is what prompts this week's challenge topic. How to have play time in extreme heat! If your horses are like mine, they are sweating and miserable. So, I decided this was a great time to brainstorm fun things to do in the extreme heat. Your task is to come up with your own list of things to do with your horse during the extreme heat and go play! You can also use my short list below. Please consider posting some of your ideas here as comments!

Play Ideas: (Just a short list.)

--Play with the hose. If your horse is afraid of it, what better time to practice approach and retreat with some friendly game!

--Play in puddles, a pond, brook, stream, lake, or whatever water you may have access to. Again, a great time to practice your communication and savvy using this time to overcome any fears your horse may have with water.

--Go swimming with your horse! If you and your horse are ready, try swimming your horse. You are both ensured to be cooled off, at least for a small time.

--Set up a sprinkler and play the seven games while in sprinkler range!

--How about some undemanding time under a tree? Hang out in the paddock under a tree with a good book and just enjoy being around the horses. They are likely to come check you out and some will even lay down next to you!

Have fun, stay cool, be safe, be savvy, and be creative! :)


PeterC said...

Cayleigh had some really cute moments with the hose and let me get her a good soaking. She snorted at the water while it was fountaining out of the hose, I was pointing it straight up, then dipped her nose in. Arabs are TOOOOO cute sometimes.

I was trying to figure out something with ice, maybe frozen apple juice as a treat.

Michelle AKA arabhorselover1 said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! I love your apple sauce idea...even for humans as a treat! Cool...literally.


Michelle AKA arabhorselover1 said...

Oops, apple juice, not sauce! LOL