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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 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!

1 comment:

Molly & Olive said...

I am gonna try this today!. I am a new Parelli Student in California. I will watch your blog for more great information. Thanks Molly