"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.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

"sacking out" or dare I say...."toweling" out....

So last night I played a little more with the rope around cha'cote's girth and even taught him to porcupine his FQ's toward me with the girth rope....he he....

Then I got a big striped beach towel and began to treat it like a saddle pad.  he was fine with it on his back, neck, rump and even face....as long as it was coming from behind.  If it was coming from infront of him...holy cow....he was convinced it was going to kill him.  after about 20min of desensitizing, he accepted me walking towards his face from in front of him, then rubbing his face with said towel. Yeah!  he even was taking a few steps with the towel on his back, without any signs of bucking.  WHEW!

I think it is time to do another horsenality chart on him.  While I think he will always inately be an RBI, he seems to get QUITE confident with himself now at times, and tries to play a little dominance stuff with me.  Since I am his only friend, I try to oblige him, but only as long as he knows I am still the leader. Not him!

I think I am having the trimmer out next week.  I have fallen behind on EVERYONE.  I can easily do Miyagi & Spirit completely and Rose & Snookie's front feet with the grinder.  But the back feet and all of Cha'cote will be too much for my back and neck......there is just no way.  I have never done Cha'cote's backs and want a professional to get them started for me.  they are not over grown, and mostly still in a really nice shape, but desperately need to be done for sure.  And there is NO way he will let me near him with the grinder.  Rose and Miyagi self trim pretty good, but Snookie and Spirit.....ugh....nope.  I hate to spend the money, but I just can't do it all myself all the time.  I try to do a horse a week for my backs sake, but off schedule again.  UGH!

Last night I gave Snookie a special bath in medicated shampoo and leave in.  Her top line is so flat now that the dirt and oils and hair, don't fall down to the ground even when she rolls. She definately is enjoying our 1/1 time and so am I.  She is such a good 'ole gal.  I took pics of her last night.  But they just don't show what my eye sees up close.

Savvy On


  1. Hey Michelle,

    sorry to hear about Snookie, I dunno what to say :(. Sending Big Virtual Hugs to you and Snooks and hoping that she gets condition on her before the winter.

    Good news about Cha'Cote though and his accepting of the towel. Are you going to break him in then? Wicked :D.

    Guess what I did today??? Yep, thats right jumped the jim, only over 2ft, but that is the best he has ever jumped before. He is so cute. I love him again :D


  2. Thanks Sammi.
    Cha'cote is a smart boy, and his reaction to the saddle will be telling for me. For some odd reason, I have "desire" to lay on him using the "jeffries" method. But my inner chicken is keeping me safe and sound. So NO. As far as I know, I am not in physical condition since car accident to start a horse. just too risky.

    But YEAH for you and Jim! I am so glad you are feeling better, and are getting your confidence back.....YOU GO GIRL!

    PS....working on a package for you :)


I know I am not perfect.....so be nice!