"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.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Wild to OLL3 in 6 mos video 6mos in 10min

Well it has taken me all day, but I got all 6 mos into a 10min video. WHEW!

Probably too long, but I am submiting it anyways to parellitube for the "relationship" contest. Wish us luck!

Cha'Cote is a 10yo BLM Mustang gelding.  I got him on 1-1-10, as a wild, ungentled, unhalter broke renegade, who in 6ys outwitted 3 owners, and now is pardoned from prison, and close to being set free in a herd setting.  Snookie, Rose, Miyagi and Spirit will teach him LOTS!


  1. Thats friggin awesome!!!! I love it :D

  2. Michelle you are doing fantastic! Way to go! I had a mustang for 14 years that was barely halter broke and turned out on 25 acres when I first bought her. Our catching game was 3 hours every time at first. Of course that was WAY before Parelli. I often wish that I would have known about Parelli then, to start her more naturally. I am sure he has been quite a challenge, but if like my mustang, they have so much to offer!
    Mustangs are just so great, and they are so true to body language.
    Way to go for giving this guy another chance!

  3. Thank YOU! I can't even imagine if he had 25acres. NO WAY! He had 6 yrs to learn exactly how to evade a human. And he was a PRO! His left side, while never touched and very hard to "get" to, once there was a clean slate, except for approaching. The right side was the only place to approach, bot once there, lots of approch and retreat. He is still a little crooked, but getting straighter every day. I love him, quite sensible and agreeable, considering the circumstances, and the fact that for the first 3 mos was mostly on the weekends or a little during the week in the dark with a flash light!

  4. You know...Michelle he looks very much like a mustang featured on a show I watched on tv a while back featuring prisoners learning to train mustangs. From his coloring to the high-energy of his send at 2:10, he looks very much like this one horse named Sampson that no one was able to connect or bond with. They, however, were not using what we know to be natural horsemanship methods.

    If your Cha'Cote is the Sampson I saw then what I'm seeing in your video is simply miraculous!!! If not, still miraculous...you both have come so far! Well done!


  5. Thank You Dona,
    He is not sampson, but he was a tough nut to crack though. He flat out would NOT look at anyone with his left eye, would not go to the left in the round pen. his paterns were sooo ingrained, he was actually a bit confident for being so RB. he had 6 ys to MASTER evading humans, so he had this comfort zone that if you could get into it, he wouldn't run away, because he knew he keep you just out of arms reach. they had tried to halter him so many times in the past that he also mastered getting his head JUST one or two inches from where you needed him to be to slip it on. I also had to wear the same clothes, and changing from the lunge line to CS was like starting all over, same with bringing in anything "new" like a longer line. it took me an hour to be able to approach and start touching him with the long line. i started with hay bale twine. anyways, thank you,my proudest achievement for sure!


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