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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, October 06, 2010

Weekly Task Challenge: Fear of Riding--Got one? Let's beat it!

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 word fear in the world of horses is almost taboo. The funny thing is, many people who own horses are afraid to ride them. Now, I will be the first person to say that horses are way more than riding (you've heard Parelli say this time and time again) but, frankly, most people have horses in order to go ride off in the sunset! :)

Typically, fear is something that is very difficult to overcome usually stemming from a very traumatic experience like an accident, the fear of the unknown, or the inability to feel safe (for a variety of reasons). Fear is the body's natural reaction to protect oneself from death so, first off, it is a human response and normal (nothing to be embarassed about but something to be dealt with). You need to respect the fear and then work through it, safely.

This week's task is to do some self-reflection and determine if you have something holding you back with your horses that stems from fear. Evaluate it, accept it, and make a plan to work through it.

From the Parelli website: "
Parelli Horse Training takes a natural approach to shifting fear. This might involve strategies that you can do in simulation – without even going near your horse – to retrain your brain. It’s also critically important that you learn how to help your horse be safe to ride. In our Natural Rider DVD we discuss fear and how to overcome it. Even more detail can be found in our step-by-step home study programs."

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