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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, July 13, 2011

Weekly Task Challenge: Sideways and Sidepassing

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!)

Pat Parelli says that your horse should be able to move in all directions equally. I find that many people ignore the sideways game! So, this week's challenge is to first play on the ground with your horse, winning the sideways game (and the other 6 of course), then try it our while mounted! Please note that there is more than one way to play each game so don't bore your horse with needless repetition of the same old thing. Remember to expect a lot but reward the slightest try and allow your horse to feel successful and confident. Be sure to work on both directions once you master the movement keeping your horse equally balanced. This may not all come at once so use the week to work at it (and longer if you need to). Slow and right will always beat fast and wrong, always.So take the time it takes, have fun, be savvy and as always, for additional help, review your Parelli educational materials, go to Parelli Connect, or contact a Parelli Professional!

***Be sure to read Lisa's comment on sideways and sidepassing so that you understand the different and can perform these tasks at several levels! (Thanks, Lisa, for the additional input---I changed the blog post title to reflect it.)


Lisa said...

Note: SidePASS and SideWAYS are not the same. Maybe it's not important but when you get to L4, knowing the difference is VERY important.

Sideways just means your horse is moving laterally keeping his head roughly in line with his butt. The direction of the bend is irrelevant.

Side-pass refers to the horse moving sideways, bent in the direction of travel. This movement has little biomechanical benefit to the horse and is practiced only in small amounts. It is more routine to see half-pass (bent in the direction of travel) or leg yield (bent away from the direction of travel).

Michelle AKA arabhorselover1 said...

Thanks, Lisa! Very good catch on my venacular! In any event, I did a quick edit and pointed people to your comment. Much appreciated.