"A horse is like a mirror, and it's reflecting what and who you are."

This is just a little diary of my horse life. I teach natural horsemanship and dressage. I am currently working on getting back to L4 Parelli after a car accident and surgery.

I suffered from a fear of failure, as things had not gone according to planned after my time off from my injuries. It had been an paralyzing disability (fear) but my healing is coming along nicely, and I hope to pass my level 4 before the end of 2011.

I don't know where I am going, but I am NOT lost!

I am now reviewing dvd's and books, and blogging my reviews. The link on the left in the categories (DVD Clinician Reviews)will take you straight to it. You will find links to the websites of all dvd clinicians I review and they are located on the left hand side bottom of page of the page. None of the clinicians or trainers I am reviewing, sponsor, endorse or authorize this site. For more info about them please click on thier link.

I hope you enjoy!

Savvy On,

I will be giving Savvy Star Ratings based soley on my opinion of it's value to a parelli student as such

***** Must own

**** Must watch

*** Worth watching, but you won't die without it

** Eh' take it with a grain of salt, you will have to filter alot

* OK, but there is better stuff out there to spend your time and money on

0 stars....skip it, it just isn't worth your time.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Hill therapy day 3

Wow…this is starting to work. Last night she went, 11 laps to the left and then 7 to the right. I could tell that was it for her. I can really see a difference in the way she is starting to move her body. At first she was really pulling herself up the hill with her front end now she is starting to push more from behind and even take some bigger steps. She has always been a little more short strided with the right hind, so when her left hind touches the ground going uphill, I kiss a little to ask her to push a little harder with that leg, to help her take a longer stride with the right. She is licking and chewing every time she gets to the top of the hill. I am patient and let her stop sometimes on the downhill. She gets all four feet square under her then starts again. She is cute and does ask me. The look says…”hey I’m old, do you mind if regroup?” I think it is helping our relationship as I think she is aware that I care about the fact that she is doing the best she can and I don’t push her. Since she knows she doesn’t get her evening gruel with out a therapy session, she is still waiting at the gate for me. That makes me happy that she hasn’t decided to head for the back of the pasture. It must not be that bad in her mind. I re-read the Parelli hill therapy outline and decided to stick with the walking for a at least 7 days or until we make 15 laps each direction. Not sure yet, but that is my current thought. It says that 7 days in a row the first week is imperative. My sister showed up from Arizona last night. So that is all I did with the horses.

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