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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 20, 2010

Weekly Task Challenge: Rewarding the Slightest Try

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!)

If you were to think seriously and honestly about your horse time, have you ever caught yourself putting your principles before your goals and in doing so, micromanaged your horse (IE. asked them to keep trotting when they haven't broken gait yet), gotten frustrated becuase your horse didn't do a task to your exact expectations (IE. your horse not underatanding a cue you gave, immediately), or found yourself only being critical without any reward (IE. putting your horse through a work session, versus a play session and never actually giving him a nice pet, a treat, or a thank you)?

This week's task is to play with your horse (on the ground or riding, your choice), and rewarding the slightest try. You might find this difficult at first because we as humans can be very direct-line thinkers. For example, if you ask for your horse to move backwards, reward when his foot is moved, stop, smile, immediate recognition (and thanks), then begin again. This is going to blow your horse's mind! Remember that pressure motivates but it is the release that teaches, rewarding the slightest try is a release! :)

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