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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

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).


Maggie said...

That's so great that the group was really interested! I love hearing about 4-H'ers learning Parelli! I'm a senior in my 4-H group, and our group has been all Parelli for 5 or 6 years now. We keep on growing because of it! It's been an incredible opportunity for me, and I plan to carry it on!

Michelle AKA arabhorselover1 said...

That is fantastic, Maggie!