"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, June 7, 2010

Saddle only, no bareback pad :(

Well I rode again yesterday.  I took the girls to the local arena to play with after a couple of lessons.  I brought my saddle, but was not in the mood, to change out of my shorts in the heat, so I rode bareback.  Now, while I did pass my L2 bareback, it is glaringly clear that I am not ready for this.  It was hurting my back, to try to stabilize myself for so long and then I over compensated and while ponying Snookie, my shoulder couldn’t take it.  I am paying a hefty price this morning for trying to enjoy my life as I knew it.  But….still a silver lining.  I spent 90% of the session using only the neck string, and only touched my reins a few times.  With the exception of while I was ponying Snookie. 

I also did not have the confidence needed to canter……DUH…..and trotting was too much as well.  I think it was a fear based, pre-emptive strike, to secretly make me believe I was too lazy to change my shorts, so I would NOT use the saddle, thus would not attempt too much.  ARG….my brain is smarter than me!

Hmmmmmm How interesting!  

So for now, no bareback pad.......saddle only!

Now for some major pooh removal, and then I plan on playing with Cha'cote.  I have this idea.....as dumb or irrational as it may be, of attempting OLL3 with Cha'Cote.  So, tonight I am just going to see how he feels about me being in zone 3/4/5 and ask him to play yo-yo.  I certainly cannot lead by the tail, if I can't even back him with a rope from there.  We'll see.....I'll let you know what happens!

Savvy ON

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