"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.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Mustang Makeover week 8

What an amazing weekend. I am of course thankful that it stopped raining and allowed two days of play time. We conquered the dreaded pedestal. Once he got his safety check done, he was brilliant at it. Even does it with me about 12’-15’ away. We also conquered the sideways over a log. Yeah! The trailer is only a few weeks a way at most. We started friendly from zone 5. He absolutely no longer has any resemblance to a wild horse, other than his brand.
Stats: Playing in all the OLL2 patterns and 24 of 35 self assessment tasks. Also we are playing in 5 L3 and 1 L4 tasks. Woo Hoo!
Horsenality victories: Ok, so I brought out the umbrella. I figured it was time to step up the friendly game. Fireworks! Arched neck, snorting…but still trying to comply with my wishes and investigate it. I started off with walking away with it…22’ away… and then approach and retreat. While he calmed down a great deal, I was not satisfied with the results. I was treating him like and RBI, but at the moment he was CLEARLY an RBE….EXTREME! I decided to have him do the fig8 and using the umbrella as the “stick”. Viola! Giving him a job to focus on, an RBE strategy, did the trick. I was even doing it one handed with him behind me. SAY WHAT!?! It is all in the video. He also had his first LBE tantrum. I was letting him graze in between pedestal attempts. If he made an effort, he got to eat grass for a few minutes. When we were done with that pattern and moved on to the next, he decided he should get to graze. I told him no, and he threw a fit. OH BOY! I was thrilled though. Sounds silly to be excited that my horse was throwing a tantrum, but he ordinarily just stand there. He lacks “horsenality” for lack of a better word. He doesn’t know he can converse, not that he is going to get his way, but it is nice to know he is feeling comfortable enough to argue, rather than living in a world of fear. He started rubbing on me real good this weekend too. And that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside that I am worthy of his friendship!
Savvy On,

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