"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, March 17, 2010

Every which way....all friendly!

On my commute home, all I could think about was WHAT to do with Cha’Cote when I got home. I actually felt a little of my confidence dwindle away…..Man is that a fragile little thing! I decided a good thing to do would be to play the friendly game in as many ways as I could think of…but things he already knew….so he could feel like a winner when we were done. I started with grooming as he still can get bothered by the shedding blade. He totally ground ties great for this. I am now able to pick up both feet from one side and clean them. I proceeded to the back feet, something I have apparently forgot he had. The mind sure can trick you when you are afraid of something. So this is the 3rd time I have played with his back feet. I even got to use the hoof pick for a half a second on one of them. Next up was the extreme friendly with the c/s and string. Progress was made as he did not move at all while I was totally ‘IN” zone 5, nor when I switched sides back there. Whew….that one is scary for me. Probably more so than for him even. I soooo don’t want to get kicked. Sad that I expect him to totally trust me, but I don’t totally trust him. We both of course have good sound reason to not be 100% faithful to the idea of trusting each other. From there we did just a couple min of weave and fig 8 at the trot and proceeded to the pedestal. Of course he had no problem standing with his front feet on it, or walking across with all 4. But he has yet to let those back feet stay there more than the split second it takes to get across. Well no more! He did it. He finally stood with all 4 feet on the pedestal! I desperately dug for my phone in my pocket to get a picture, and try as I might, I could not get one with ALL of him in the frame….non blurry. He would move before I could get far enough away. But I managed to get a pick of him with just his hind feet on it. I yelled for someone to come out of the house, but to no avail….the TV must have been blaring. Then we did some sideways over a pole and some stick to me. All in all a good evening with an end result of deeper trust. I’ll take it!
Savvy On

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