"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, November 11, 2009

L2 on line taped with Miyagi...say what?

After we delivered Ochi's sister Onyx to her new forever owners, Kandi came over with Babe to play with us and we had a good time. With Kandi's help I finally taped my L2 online again, and this time it was with Miyagi. The one I taped with Rose, I just was not dressed appropriately for a world wide access debut on youtube. Regardless, I could not be more pleased with her progress. I have only had her for 5 weeks and she was essentially a wild RBE when I got her. Remembering back to day two...bath day....when she darn near pulled my arm out of the socket. I thought she and Ochi had done serious damage to my surgery site. But it was just real sore for a couple of weeks. WHEW!So in our audition, in addition to the compulsories:Trot fig 8, trot-stop-back up, massage front legs, friendly with stick and string, put front legs on pedestal.We: lead by the front leg, side passed over a pole, figure 8 over a pole, solved the "squeezed thru cones with a ball" puzzle, pushed the ball around, friendly game with the ball.Had I known that we were still under 8 minutes, I would have shown more of her 7 games, like yo-yo driving and porcupine. But if I should not pass for some reason, I will remember to add them. Not too bad for a couple of old ladies, I say.The only pattern that needs more work is the weave at a trot and the circling game at speed. She also needs more trust to trot behind me. She tends to drift out a little, but we make strides during each play session. She still gets a little right brained at this point with distance and speed and I cannot fault her for that. Nor will I push her thru this. On each of the patterns I play with each day, if she is ready for a higher degree of difficulty then we do it, but I don't push her in another as they are not transferable. Her overall progress alone is outstanding and she deserves a big 5 star hug for the level of trust she is giving me thus far. She is getting a little "trick" IE, in the sense that she assuming I want something and starting to offer before I ask. Also not a bad thing especially at this stage. So now it is time to start asking her to listen more and wait for instructions without making her feel wrong for what she is offering. She gets upset really easily if I ask her to stop doing what she THINKS I want, so this will be a great test of my savvy.I am sure some people will wonder why I would choose such a green horse to tape something that comes so easily to another of my horses. And the answer is this....my return to a life with horses after my absence has been hard on me mentally and Rose feels it. She gets bored easily, and I feel I am torturing her during this process of fighting my own demons. Not fair to her. I get very nervous when "performing" be it something as big as a show or as small as a private video taping. So add to that, my fear of not living up to my own expectations with Rose, and my emotional fitness goes to hell in a hand basket like a rocket to the moon. Long story short, I feel no expectations with Miyagi for the auditions and thus I can relax because I am just so proud of not only her progress, but my own as well. I can be proud of my knowledge and ability to help horses transform from fear full to trusting, from uneducated prey animal to a willing partner.
To see the video click link below
Savvy On

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