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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 27, 2010

Weekly Task Challenge: Horsenality Time

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!)

Understanding your horse's horsenality and your own personality truly can help bridge the gap between you and your equine partner. We are all different and often need to adapt in order to be a partner (sounds a lot like a marriage doesn't it). Well as a horse person with three distinctly different horses, a Director of Libraries managing people, and one whose been married to her soulmate for over 20 years (renewed our vows this year on our 20th anniversary), I can tell you that communication is the key to success in ANY relationship. Understanding the dynamic of those in the relationship fosters the ability to strategize the best ways to communicate and accomplish your goals with your horse (or people in your life) in a positive and proactive manner.

So, this week's task is to chart your horse's horsenality. You can find the chart on Parelli's Website, the Horsenality page. Just a little tip, this is a PDF file that you can save as a JPG, insert into Powerpoint, and you can edit it with images, insert dots and more and then post them on your own website like I have!

No matter if this is new to you or you've done it before, it is a great exercise that should be revisited often, not only in everyday life but, in situations where things can take a dramatic albeit temporary turn and you find yourself wondering why.

For additional information on Parelli's Horsenality Resources, go to their website horsenality page. There you will find more information, their DVD, the charts, and the option of an official assessment!

4 comments:

Andrew Opala said...

that psychology of horse on Parelli's website is interesting ... I wonder if this could work for runner too? ;)

PeterC said...

Was thinking of re-doing Cayleigh's Horsenality since things have gotten weird with her. A note on the JPG, PDF readers can annotate the chart and you can then capture the file as a JPG. This lets you change things as you go along and not have to worry too much if you put the dot in the wrong place.... :)

PeterC

Michelle AKA arabhorselover1 said...

Whiskey's horsenality can go wickedly crazy depending on the situation and which side of the corral he woke up on--very unpredictable which can equal very dangerous whicc his why I am the only one who rides him or plays with him, for the most part because for whatever reason, I am totally in-tune with him and can almost sense the change before it is visually evident (thankfully).

Michelle AKA arabhorselover1 said...

Andrew--it is universal I believe, and fun to peg yourself and humans unto the model (I'm a left brained extrovert). My horses are:
Fosse (left brained extrovert)
Whiskey (right brained introvert)
Lola (left brain extrovert/introvert - right on the line truly but probably leans towards the introvert - especially the "what's in it for me" part). :)

You can quickly see why I have to tweak myself, especially when dealing with Whiskey.