About Me

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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

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Taking out knots - hair and jewelry!

I read somewhere that you can use cornstarch to remove knots from jewelry. Today, I decided to try the same with my horse Whiskey's mane. He gets fairy knots and I often use expensive grooming products, baby oil gel, etc. Anyhow, although a bit messy, the cornstarch worked far better than anything! So, although my dark bay horse turned white, his mane was beautiful. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Making a connection and spreading the message

I was asked a week or so ago to speak to the local 4-H group about natural horsemanship.  I agreed and this morning, I gave a presentation on natural horsemanship and my journey with Parelli to about 30 people (kids and adults). I was clear to indicate that I am a student of PNH and not a Parelli Professional.  It does not mean that I don't have knowledge to offer of course, but, I felt it important to make the distinction and I think it helped make a connection with my audience because I told them, I am learning just like they will. never-ending self improvement! I spoke for about 90 minutes, answered questions, and in the end, was told that it was a fantastic presentation and people were very pleased to have had the opportunity to learn about it, about me, and it gave them something new to consider. I was able to use my experiences as examples that tied into Parellis's philosophy and felt so proud to be able to spread the word. I have to say that my professional life as an Academic Librarian and Director certainly helped with putting together and conveying a coherent presentation/discussion - it was nice to speak about horses in public and not libraries for once though! LOL Much to my delight, there were a few folks in the room who although were not "doing Parelli" were engaging in natural ways with their horses and were able to make the connection.

I have always talked about becoming a Parelli Professional but the more I look at the commitment, I just cannot make it, not now anyway (maybe when I retire).  I cannot quite my job to pursue PP status. Having a full-time career just does not work with starting another and I've come to terms with it, I think. I would love to be  PP and continue with my current profession but I just cannot see how to do it...maybe it is possible?  I don't know, it was so exciting today and reminded me of my Parelli Professional aspirations.

In any event, because of my interaction today, I was asked to be on the advisory counsel and to judge some youth shows for the organization and, it was hinted that there may be other things for me to volunteer to help with.  They were impressed with me, with the topic, and overall we all felt a good connection!  I agreed of course. I see all kinds of great connections happening and opportunities to continue to help make the world a better place for horses. I was not in 4-H as a kid, my parents could not afford it so, this is pretty cool to be able to connect with the organization as an adult.

Thanks again, Pat and Linda Parelli, for giving me an education of a lifetime (that I continue to work on and plan to forever).

Friday, January 11, 2013

Homework Check!

So, have you been doing your homework?  Are you caught up on your Parelli audio CDs, DVDs, educational packs, reading materials and such? I am working on catching up myself and being quite diligent about it.  I have particularly been enjoying the audio CDs and I think, when caught up, I am going to go way back to the beginning and listen to all of them again!  They are so informative and inspirational....and far better than the radio in the car.

Other things going on...let's see, I am working on our new farm logo which I hope to have out by next week, constantly shoveling ice and snow, and, oh yes, marketing our September clinic!

So, tonight, instead of watching some dreadful reruns on TV, consider watching a Parelli video instead.  It just may be better for your brain...and certainly better for your horse!

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Parelli Clinic Scheduled Sept 20-22, 2013

Parelli Natural Horsemanship - Level 1/2 Clinic and Private Lessons
featuring Licensed 3 Star Parelli Professional™ Mollie Vacco
September 20-22, 2013 at Natural Horse Lover Farm, North Lawrence, NY
Sign-up today, rider positions limited. Auditors welcome.
Contact: Michelle Young at Natural Horse Lover Farm for details!
info@naturalhorseloverfarm.com or 315-389-5817

Friday, January 04, 2013

Wintertime fun!

Photo posted on Parelli Natural Horsemanship on Facebook in response to a query about people and their horses this winter: "You asked how winter was treating us....with over 30 inches for Christmas in Vermont we went out to have some fun! — at Taken by Curran Photography."

So what kind of fun have you been having with your horse this winter?  I've been too busy clearing snow (we've had almost three feet already in since the storm called Euclid) or working to do much with the horses but, I've found time to ski or snowshoe up to the barn and back with my  Great Dane, Morgan....my house horse! Not to worry though, our time is coming. I have all kinds of plans for Fosse, Whiskey, and Lola! :D

Barefoot Horses a Success - Why Of Course, It's Natural!


(Image above from this cited article.)

I have been doing barefoot trimming for many years now. My horses are never lame, they never have abscesses, and have never had shoes. I have rehabilitated several rescue horse's feet too with great success. Many of the horses don't need anything at all but a few I've used hoof boots. It is all about the need at the time. And, I've got some excellent literature and DVDs in our home/farm library on the subject. (Although I'd never want to do it for anyone but my own horses...it's hard work! )

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Do some homework- Time to Catch Up!

Since the weather is pretty cold and many folks cannot do active, consistent horse stuff, let's do some homework!

Is life hectic these days? Are you barely keeping up with your chores let alone your e-mail and weekly tasks? Well, this week's task is designed to help you with this burden! It's called, "Time to Catch Up!" So, if you are behind in reading your Savvy Times, behind in viewing your Parelli DVDs, ausio CDs, your levels materials, your e-mail, the message boards, or anything else related to your study of Parelli Natural Horsemanship, this is the week to play catch up!

If you are all caught up, and concerned that you don't have a weekly task, think again! Here are some ideas for you because there is always something new to study!

1. Consider checking out the articles of interest posted in the vault on the Parelli Connect Website.

2. If you are all caught up with your materials, then consider going to a fellow member's house to view or read something they have that you have not reviewed already!

3. Read or view again, something you've already gone over, as a form of review and renewal of knowledge. Repetition is a good thing. Pat Parelli often tells us things in many ways but is spreading the same message and he even tells you he's going to do it!

4. Go practice what you've been studying!

It is okay if you cannot remember everything the first time, you'll get it and then put it into practice! "Practice does not make perfect, only perfect practice makes perfect." - Pat Parelli

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy New Year 2013!

Wishing you a very Happy New Year from Natural Horse Lover Farm! Let's make this year a successful, productive year with lots of savvy and horse time, together!

So who has resolutions regarding your horsemanship? My resolution is to get assessed through level 3 by the end of the year which means working on my horse and myself in so many ways! How do you plan to stay the course? Check out this great blog post on how to achieve success! (And, from experience, I can tell you that a buddy system is fantastic!)

Strength In Numbers - Keeping You and Your Horse On Track For The New Year