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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, June 29, 2011

Weekly Task Challenge: Parelli Connect

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's challenge is to connect (or reconnect) on Parelli Connect! What is it? Think fun, educational, inspirational, and progressive. It is a great place to network, learn, and be with fellow Parelli enthusiasts online. This site gives you to-do lists, videos, a place to talk, and so much more. If you've never been there, check it out, they offer a free 30-day trial.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Missing You All


Good evening horse lovers. I am so sorry to have been away for so long. I cannot believe it has been almost a month! I have been thinking of you all and feeling guilty for not posting. I realize I've missed many weekly tasks too. I plan to back-fill them in on the blog since people look for them weekly.

Life has been really difficult and busy lately. I injured my back (not sure how exactly) and then, two days later, my husband had to go to the hospital becuase he could not breathe. Long story short, I am better (thank goodness for chiropractors), and he is better (it was his heart, definitely a life threatening scare, but he is okay now). There is some other stuff going on that is work-related too. So, basically, no horse time really, lots of stress, and challenges (that I met head on).

Today, Ioved the little horse time I got in tonight...snuggling with the horsies, riding Fosse, and trimming his hooves. He is really patient, standing there with his hoof in the hoof jack while I trim and assess his hooves (it takes me forever, especially when I am trying to protect my back). But, it is quality time for sure. Tomorrow night, Lola get's hers trimmed and Tuesday, Whiskey (Taking the time it takes to trim and protect my back from any stress).

My journey to better fitness is going okay, slow but still working at it. I am using WW Online and trying to make wise choices (not always easy for me, especially when if I neglect to plan). Rick is now working to be healthier too which really helps. This weekend, I have been able to start walking again since my back is better. I have to start all over again building up my endurance to exercise as if I never did it before...bummer but, I am up to the challenge.

So, I hope to get back to posting more frequently again and do apologize. I cannot imagine my life without Rick, without horses, without my doggies and kitty, without exercise, etc. These are the things that make my world go round! Please keep checking back and don't give up on me, I am here and still 100% Parelli!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Weekly Task Challenge: Head to heels (hooves)....

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!)

Good health starts in the head and goes all the way through your heels (or hooves). What I mean by this statement is that good health begins with emotional fitness but physical and nutritional fitness are also equally important. Imagine you and your horse trying to have a relationship and he cannot think, cannot connect. Now think about your own mind. Are you emotionally fit? Do you have what it takes to not take what your horse may do personally? Are you two healthy, mentally, together? The stress that can develop if you aren't can be toxic and anti-productive.

This week, take some time to evaluate your horse's nutrition, physical, and his emotional fitness, then review your own--it is not just about your horse but about YOU! Be honest, be thoughtful, and write this stuff down! The benefits will out weigh the work and a good dose of reality never hurt anyone. If anything, you will be closer to yourself and to you horse!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Weekly Task Challenge: Grooming Tips - It's show season!

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's challenge it to post grooming tips here (using the comments section) and go groom your horse! One tip I've never forgotten is to use your fingers in your horse's mane and should you desire them to be long. To this day, I do this and have three horses with beautiful, natural, long manes and tails. :) Here are a few links to get you started.

http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com/horse_care.htm

http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-health/grooming-tips-to-transform-your-horse-26311.aspx

http://www.raspberryridge.com/kids-Show%20grooming.htm

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Weekly Task Challenge: Hoof care

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!)

Depending on where you live in the world, your horses hooves may differ from your friend's horses across the globe. Depending on their living situation, the climate, natural environment, shod, barefoot, etc. no two horses are the same. This week's task is to evaluate you horse's hooves. Determine if they are healthy or not and what you might do to help them be all they can be! Contact your farrier, veterinarian, or other horse professional for help! (P.S. I barefoot my horses and have been trimming them for years....truly, you could too if you are not happy with their current care....I am not saying I am perfect, if you want perfection, check out the three links below...these folks are GOOD!) As a bonus task, share here your tricks and remedies for issues like thrush and white line disease! Remember, this blog is a great place to network!

Gene Ovnicek
http://www.hopeforsoundness.com/cms/gene-ovnicek.html

Pete Ramey
http://www.hoofrehab.com/

Jaime Jackson
http://www.jaimejackson.com/

Dr. Hiltrud Strasser
http://www.strasserhoofcare.org/

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Weekly Task Challenge: Can you hula-hula?

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's task is one that I saw at a Parelli Demo and Games event. It was fascinating to see how many people struggled with backing their horses up. With the assistance of Parelli Professional Ron Pyne, they found success and their horses were able to think through the task (well done Ron).

Okay, so here is the task. To set up, use landscaper's paint and draw a 30 foot diameter circle. In the middle, place a hula hoop (or just draw another circle to resemble one). Mount your horse using whatever tack you'd like (I'd recommend bareback (with or without a pad) and a natural hackamore but that is just me.) Anyhow, ride your horse forward just outside the large circle(focusing on a point to ride your horse straight.) Now, back your horse, slowly and with purpose, don't rush it, remember slow and right beats fast and wrong. Back your horse and place his rear feet in the hula hoop (or small circle) and stand there for 7 seconds. Remember to relax once in place so that your horse can relax. Once you've done this well, do the same but now stop when the front feet are in the hula hoop. Pause again for 7 seconds. Be sure to back straight. If you are feeling really successful and want another challenge, try turns on the forehand and hindquarters keeping the horse's front/back feet in the hula hoop as the task necessitates.

This challenge is a great opportunity to use and refine many of your games, can you list all of them that apply?--that is the bonus task challenge this week! :)

Have fun, be safe, be savvy! Principles before goals people!