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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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Enjoy your horses, even if you only have a moment



Enjoy your horses, even if you only have a moment. Truly, take any moment and make it a puzzle and playtime. A five minute session can be the key and sometimes more impactful than an hour of drilling. 

Tonight, I was exhausted and very short of time but he horses engaged with me when I was going through the gates in the driveway. So, I played at liberty asking them to back, straight and in an exuberance walk. Different directions down the lane. It was fun and interesting to see how each horse with different horsenalities responded and how they reacted to going in different directions. It was fascinating to see how they watched one another and engaged in hers-dynamic play. The session was brief, it was fun, it was appreciated and, we ended with some friendly scratch time. :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Reiki Sessions Available



Natural Horse Lover Farm offers Reiki sessions at your place or ours for you, your horse, dog, and all other animals! Reiki is a Japanese technique using gentle hands-on healing method with hands gently on or slightly over the body. Reiki is the channeling of Universal Energy for... the purposes of healing. It is that is safe, effective, and beneficial for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs and can be used for any issue you or your animals may have. (It is not a religion nor a replacement for necessary medical and veterinary care.) To learn more about Reiki and its benefits or about other natural therapies and techniques offered at NHLF, please contact me. info@naturalhorseloverfarm.com

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

EVENT: Essential Oils 101: For Your Family, Animals, and Home


I am doing a class for the Local Living Venture on essential oils! Join us on September 18th, 6:30-8pm in Potsdam, NY at the Potsdam Community Room, Civic Center, 2 Park. The class is called, "Essential Oils 101: For Your Family, Animals, and Home." If you'd like a class like this, let me know! I can host it at the farm or come to you! Local Living Venture's website and announcement can be found here. For a PDF version of the flyer, contact me!  (You can also click on the image to read the announcement.)


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Stop and listen!


Stop what you are doing and listen to your horse.....your relationship,will improve dramatically. I learned this clearly years ago when interacting with my right-brained introvert, Whiskey. (I am a left-brained extrovert). The task was hard for me but in the end, the lesson became an epiphany and changed how I interacted with all horses. This made my interactions all far more interesting, satisfying, and successful. How do you get started? I recommend a horsenality and humanality charting exercise....and often! Study horsenality articles, video, and more. And, if you can, get the reports done by Parelli! The work is fascinating.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Blog followers---what are you looking for?



It is time to gear back up and start posting on a more regular basis again.  What are you looking for when you come here?  What are you interested in?  Let me know!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The barn is coming along nicely...



More progress on the farm in the lounge (classroom) space. I know, our project has been a long one but, it has been worth the time....remember take the time it takes and it takes less time! Well in our case, it will take less time because we are doing it right the first time and not going into debt to do it! 

My in-laws have been helping with the project.  My mother-in-law has been sanding various parts of the project including the part of the arena that was not done last year, the lounge, wash rack, and entry way, she sanded out log bench, and even the legs on the sink! She paints too and does much more. Rick's dad has also been helping by moving dirt and creating our precision pen, expanding turnouts, working on the social space by the pond, and much more. 

This space in the photos below shows the wash rack (12'x12'), an entry way (6'x12'), and the lounge (18'x12'). The lounge has 5 regular windows, a door, and a large viewing window. It may all be hard to imagine with these photos so come visit and see it in person! There is a lot more to go but we are truly making progress.












Monday, August 04, 2014

It's a horse, no it's a fish, really, it's a horse


This is Lola and she loves water.  I swear she'd swim in her water bucket if she could! Although online in this photo, she has played many times at liberty in this pond as well. During this play time, she walked in the pond with the water up to her belly, swished her face in the water, and truly had a great time.

How are you horses in the water?  I can say that Fosse and Whiskey are not like Lola but, I have not taken the time to work with them on that either. Horses are skeptical and claustrophobic and this skill takes confidence!  Here is a link to an article written by Pat Parelli on the subject. Crossing Water with Confidence.

If you want to work with your horses and try out our pond, are interested in a play date, clinic, or other event, let me know!

Sunday, August 03, 2014

A great day judging!

I was asked six days ago,to fill in and judge this year's mini horse show. I was more than happy to step in and glad I did. The exhibitors and their horses worked very hard and did great. I judged the same show last year (run by another club) and had many of the same people (kids and adults) there as today. I LOVE judging open/fun shows because they are a great opportunity for everyone to learn, grow, compete, and have a good time. I look forward to potential events with these folks (and anyone else interested) at my place through clinics, lessons, and play days. 

Here is an article from the Watertown Daily Times. 

Mini-horse show returns for second year to Gouverneur & St. Lawrence County Fair

By MARTHA ELLEN
TIMES STAFF WRITER
PUBLISHED: SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2014 AT 7:49 PM

MELANIE KIMBLER-LAGO • WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES
Meadow M. Greenhill, 8, grimaces as her horse, Kneehigh, drops for a backrub Sunday during the miniature horse show at the Gouverneur & St. Lawrence County Fair in Gouverneur.

MELANIE KIMBLER-LAGO • WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES
Meadow M. Greenhill, 8, grimaces as her horse, Kneehigh, drops for a backrub Sunday during the miniature horse show at the Gouverneur & St. Lawrence County Fair in Gouverneur.

MELANIE KIMBLER-LAGO • WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES
Alexys L. Denesha, 8, shows her horse, Fame, during the miniature horse show at the Gouverneur & St. Lawrence County Fair in Gouverneur.

MELANIE KIMBLER-LAGO • WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES
Tia, the smallest horse at the miniature horse show, munches on hay Sunday at the Gouverneur & St. Lawrence County Fair in Gouverneur.

GOUVERNEUR — Miniature horses are so adorable it is easy to keep getting more.
Vicki L. Wilson’s husband, Leo J., bought one for her eight years ago as an anniversary present. They now have 22 miniatures and one regular size horse. “They’re so small and cute,” Mrs. Wilson said while waiting for an adult class to start at the miniature horse show Sunday at the Gouverneur & St. Lawrence County Fair. “I can handle these without any trouble.”

Miniature horses, which by regulation cannot be taller than 38 inches, are great for children, Mrs. Wilson said.

“They’re easy for kids,” she said. “Once you get your confidence, you might be ready to move up to a bigger horse.”Or they might just stay with the miniatures.

The popularity of miniature horses is on the rise, said Pete S. Denesha, announcer at the show and leader of a 4-H Club in Gouverneur whose focus is on miniatures.
“Right now, we have 10 members and we’re growing,” he said. “Another year, we’ll have a real good show of them.”

The show at the Gouverneur fair included 20 classes. The Franklin County Fair will have its miniature horse show Saturday with 60 classes.
“They’ve been into it a lot longer,” he said.

Anyone interested in miniature horses or the 4-H club can call Mr. Denesha, 535-4300, or his sister, Kay McIntosh, 287-2246, who supplied many of the miniature horses shown at the fair.

Wendy S. Noonan, Gouverneur, said her daughter, Riley J., is a rider, but has enjoyed working with Phantom, one of Ms. McIntosh’s miniatures, so much that she hopes to bring the horse with them when they move back to Nashville. “She’s just had a ball,” Mrs. Noonan said.

Miniature horses are created by breeding down smaller ponies for the desired size.
While the miniatures are small, they have the temperament of a horse and can be stubborn, kick or bite.

The show is a chance for youngsters to learn about respect for their animals, judge Michelle L. Young, Natural Horse Lover Farm, North Lawrence, said.

“It’s not just about ribbons,” she said. “I’m looking to see whether they have the connection. If you give respect and space, a horse will perform better for you. They need to trust their horse.”
Horses are claustrophobic, she said.

“One of the big tips is to get off a horse’s head. It’s counter-intuitive to what most people are taught,” she said. “My goal is holistic and alternative horsemanship.”

Jo Cutrie, Gouverneur, whose daughter, Taylor L. Vickers, was showing Pixie, one of Ms. McIntosh’s horses, agreed that teamwork is key. “It’s a bonding,” she said. “She and Pixie hit it off almost immediately.”