- Savvy Horse Girl
- 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, November 24, 2010
Do you remember the Parelli Patterns? This week's task is to review the patterns map and evaluate you and your horse. Don't just read it through, take notes, write down your progress, and actually play with your horse! If you cannot ride because of the weather, do the online and liberty materials and get back to the riding portion when you can. Find out which level can you do each of the patterns and make a plan to get even better! Remember, the patters are the blueprint for you and your horse, they help to make you both resposible for your actions and partners, not just mindless, boring robots! Have fun, be safe, and of course, be SAVVY!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
“Live life fully while you're here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You're going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. Don't try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.” --Anthony Robbins
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
For those of you in northern hemisphere and the colder climates, freezing water tanks and buckets is just par for the course during this time of year. However, our horses need access to fresh water, 24/7! This week's challenge is to make a plan on how to cope with this recurring issue. Some ideas include using a water tank heater, heated bucket, insulate your tanks, and buckets, build or buy something solar-powered, or even one of those fancy waterers! Comment here and share what you do to cope. I've listed a link to some solar power ideas--very cool ideas (thanks, Tenley). Heating Water for Animals (Solar)
Monday, November 15, 2010
A friend on the Eastern Ontario Natural Horsemanship Meet-up Group responded to one of my discussion posts telling me about a Halloween Spooktacular event she had where her horses bobbed for apples! I thought that this sounded like great fun and so, this evening, I gave it a try with my horses. As anticipated, Whiskey was game for the task! To add a little challenge, the hose was running in the round container causing a current. He chased the apple around and around and caught it biting down, pushing it in the water, etc. What fun! Lola and Fosse were less impressed and decided it wasn't worth the hassle. LOL
Prior to this, despite still feeling not too well, I wanted to spend a little time with the horses. I packed my pockets with apple cookies, grabbed a halter and lead, and headed out to see them. I was immediately met by three horses running up to me to hang out! I played with them all by riding Lola around one-reined, bareback and the boys loose, she and I calling the shots (although she and I had a few moments where we had to negotiate who between the two of us was to lead the charge)! So it was girls against the boys and what fun we had indeed--I think the girls won. We traveled all around, over logs, around trees, between trees, on the rail, off the rail, and had a great deal of fun working with patterns and obstacles as the sun quickly disappeared.
Finally, it was time for grooming and apple-bobbing. I took each horse individually and gave them some one on one friendly game time, it was peaceful and nice. Each was brushed from head to hoof, hooves were cleaned and examined, and a few more goodies before I left. As I wrote earlier, Whiskey loved the apple-bobbing game. Lola loved being groomed and rested her head on my shoulder, and Fosse enjoyed the time as well, grooming me back, one-on-one, with his favorite partner, me. I'd like to think that they all enjoy my company and our relationship, I know I do.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
In any event, I did check the Eastern Ontario group's message board and posted, I checked the calendar,and have offered to open my home and library to folks should they want to get together. There is truly nothing else I can do I guess. I hope to make a connection with horse friends, old and new, again soon...I am in need for a horse friend fix! (Clare, you just have to move up here with Guiness, ok?!)
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Being connected to like-minded horse people is an important piece of the horsemanship journey. Whether it be a good friend, networking opportunity, outlet for feedback, or something else, human relationships are vital to our progress. This week's task is to connect with a new or reconnect with an old, like-minded horse person! Have fun, don't be shy, and just do it--reach out and touch someone! You won't be sorry,your connection will be mutually beneficial. :)
Friday, November 12, 2010
Image and Quote from: http://anthonydoes.wordpress.com/2009/03/12/did-you-know-that-your-life-can-impact-others/
So, I was really jonesing for exercise! I cannot stand just sitting around to get well. Like I said before, I don't have time to be sick and it has been over a week! Now I haven't stayed home for a week but, I also have not been leading my normally active life. On a good note, I have been able to continue working on CU stuff in between naps and am not getting behind on my work despite taking a couple of days off to get well. It seemed fairly nice out today so I bundled up and take Morgan for a walk. I think we both needed to get out of the house and get some fresh air.
Once outside, Morgan and I decided, for better or worse, to do a walk/run. When I write for better or worse, I am referring to me being sick and she and I not doing this activity in so long that I cannot remember when we did it last. I chose to do the day 2 of week 5, C25K workout (5min fast walk, 8 min run, 5 min fast walk, 8 min run, 5 min cool down walk). I did stop a few extra times (like 30 sec each) to catch my breath and blow my nose and them resumed running!
Then, while doing our last run interval, the last part of it, we were catching up to a lady walking in the same direction, Morgan and I each were distracted for a split second and boom! She tripped me (while the lady was watching), and I fell on the road, splat! How embarrassing, especially when you feel like you are looking like an athlete with your athletic dog! LOL--It would be akin to falling off your horse (or falling next to your horse if you were on the ground) in front of others when all seemed to be going well. Morgan stopped immediately after I fell and started licking my face, I was laughing. We are both okay, I have a little road rash on my knees--ouch.
So, we ended up walking the rest of the way with this woman, who lives down the street and discovered she and I both know some of the same people in our respective circles. She and I talked a bit about the horses (nope, she is not a horse person) but, she admired mine and our farm. Anyhow, it was a good ending to a good workout. I headed back to the house sweaty and needing to take a rest.
Walking up the driveway, I let Morgan loose to run around and visited with the horses who were happily enjoying the sunshine and munching on some beautiful, green, hay. I am hoping to get in some time with them this weekend including but not limited to play time, trim time, and ride time! The weather appears to be in our favor and hopefully the ground will have dried out so that we don't chew it all up.
I walk away with feeling good, coughing up junk out of my lungs (a good thing), and really remembering the euphoric feelings and success I had when Morgan and I regularly walked and/or ran together. Now to figure out how to get this back into the schedule despite the lack of light, impending hostile weather, and all the hustle and bustle that is my life. Just another reason why building an indoor arena is a good idea--in addition to using it for horse time which is also lacking because of the light, weather, and schedule, Morgan and I could use it to exercise too--which is good not only for my journey to thin and fit but, it benefits my horsemanship!
What we do, how we act, and how we respond all impact not only our lives but, the lives of others. So it stands to reason that how I spend my time, the fact that I exercise (or not), what I eat, decisions that I make in all aspects of my life, determine my own destiny and my destiny impacts those in my life (my family, friends, animals, etc). Take great care when you make decisions in all areas of your life, your choices have consequences and important, no matter how small they may seem at the time. Everything in my life is so interrelated that it could be described as part of the butterfly effect and it is the same for all of you.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
The sculpture above is of the war-weary Civil War horse in the courtyard of the National Sporting Library http://www.nsl.org/warhorse.htm .
Today is Veteran's Day, a day to remeber our fallen military heros. Let's also take a moment to remember the many fallen horses who died in battle, side-by-side with their human partners.
Click here to read an article from Horse.com about our fallen equine heros. "Armistice Day, more commonly known as Veterans Day, provides us with an opportunity to commemorate the armistice signed between the Allies and Germany at the end of World War I and marks the day when millions of people worldwide stop to remember those who have served and died for their countries in military conflicts throughout history. This Veterans Day, spare a few extra seconds to remember the countless number of horses that lost their lives in combat alongside the brave men and women who served their nations. "
Monday, November 08, 2010
Image from:http://sascalia.blogspot.com/So what do you do when it is cold, muddy, and gets dark early? When you are really busy working, have no indoor arena, or lights installed yet? How do you keep it fun and interesting and not get discouraged because you don't have the perfect equestrian facility and all the time at your disposal? (Yeah--it is called reality for many of us. Bummer, huh.)
Well, I am an optimist and a dreamer, and I never give up. I try to find the good in everything and everyone so, a little apple bowling with the horses is what I've been doing and it's been a hoot! Yeah, I've been busy, sick for a week, and still, finding a way to connect.
My horses are simply too funny! Picture this, Lola has to be fed first--pushy and in your space, does not understand why she should even play, just wants the apples darn it! (She is respectful when asked to be.) Fosse is running around whinnying like a lacrosse player yelling me, me, and I have to send him the apple so that he can make a goal, and Whiskey, I roll it, he runs for it, leaps in the air stopping the apple with his front foot, picks it up and eats it, every time, and trots off, floating in air (away from Lola why thinks he's a target)--he is truly athletic, gorgeous, and thinks he's a Lipizzaner!
Horses are truly fun to be around whether you are riding, playing on the ground, feeding, grooming , cleaning the barn, or anything else. Every time I am with my horses I feel extreme joy and happiness, I feel complete. They seem to enjoy me just the same, even if I've been too busy to spend long sessions with them. The one thing I always try to do is to make the time we have, fun. To me, there is no point to it unless we are all having a good time. So, don't let your circumstances get you down, find the positive, be creative, and have fun!
Next game...carrot catch!?
In any event, please take a moment to evaluate the video, your horse's feet and fitness, your own fitness, and take what steps you need to take to make your partnership that much better! Best wishes to you, the journey is well worth the trip!
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
When dancers unite, one leads and the other follows, in harmony they float, move, and enjoy a feeling on oneness. This same feeling applies when you are in harmony with your horse. This week's challenge is to dance with your horse. Whether you are on the ground or riding, find a way to clearly communicate, lead, and become one with your horse. If you are struggling with this idea, think about starting with the friendly game while on the ground or perhaps a passenger lesson? Be sure to crank up the tunes, be centered and relaxed, and have fun with it, the sky is the limit! Be certain to come back here and write a comment sharing your experience. (I'll be trying to figure out how to combine my love of horses and Zumba together! LOL)