"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.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Oh no you didn't just tell me NO!

Now that he is more comfortable with me and his environment. He is used to eating grass, knows I will be back to get him out to eat more grass…..He is feeling less grateful and more entitled. Just like a domestic horse. I afforded him some latitude on the matter and figured in the end, it will all work for me and not against me. He has, after all, been locked up in a grassless environment for nearly 6 yrs. But I became the toady this week and didn’t like it at all. He was eating and actually told me NO, when I told him that his time was up. Of course, I don’t have to be very stern about it to change his attitude. So he made his little attempt at dominating me, and I told him….”nice try”. I discovered he is terrified of touching things with his feet, so we started working on putting his feet places lastnight. While he touched things with the side of hoof (wall) he didn’t want to touch it with the bottom (sole) So I finally just picked up his leg and worked on setting it there my self. In the end, got both of his feet on a piece of plywood. I had to keep telling myself….”don’t be a predator….. don’t be a predator”…………..”nose, neck MAYBE feet”. Gosh it is hard not to push. When one thing doesn’t work, I try something else, and I have to remind myself, he was a wild horse 6 weeks ago. The progress he has made is amazing. As far as Halter started…..it’s done. He leads like a dream. We started the falling leaf pattern and he was great at it.We are now playing in all of the L2 Online patterns and half of the L2 self assessment tasks. Who could ask for more? This weekend my dad is coming and needs help moving some stuff in his old house, so that only leaves me sat, and I have a bad cold….ICK! Aside from still playing in all that we ARE playing in, I want to tackle the putting his feet on something. I’d like to be able to put him in the trailer in a few weeks so we can start going to play days or at least to an arena where he can run full out.
Savvy On

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