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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, December 01, 2010

Weekly Task Challenge: Riding Without Reins

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!)

This week, play a game with your horse, asking him to do all kinds of things without your reins. Try to ride the rail not using your reins, back without using your reins, even try riding sideways without reins! You can do it, really, as a PNHr, you are a real horseman (or striving to be), not just a horse lover! For reference, review the Parelli Level Three chapters (in the latest iteration) in your educational resources library...you do have the new levels, right? If not, check into your older Parelli materials, it will be in there. *Note, you should have your horse properly tacked up, this is not a bridle-less challenge.

So, why is this important? First, your horse will realize that you are a true partner, you won't be able to micromanage. hwy, what if you were in a situation where you didn't have reins or use of your hands? What if you got hurt on the trail but still had to communicate to your horse and get home? Hey, you never know so why not be prepared?! These skills transform your horsemanship to an entirely new level, you can put a purpose to the games by being able to play these rein-less games, using your independent seat, etc! Plus, you'll amaze your friends, especially those who have not yet made the transition to being PNHrs!

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