"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, October 17, 2010

L4 Liberty play video

This was my last stand on PNH L4 liberty. Things had been going horribly wrong, and NOTHING had been helping Rose and I move forward. I told my self I would give it one last attempt, before giving up. At least for now anyways. On this day, of course the starts and planets could not possibly align for me, instead, they are all out of whack. Both girls were in heat. UGH…..and my friend had both her handsome geldings tied to the fence of the arena. So of course, they garnered more interest from my girls than I could. Snookie was in rare RBE form, panicing at the thought of Rose not being by her side. I actually have to give Rose some credit, that she was able to give me any kind of focus and attention at considering the distractions. She wanted to be with me, but only if I didn’t ask anything of her, such as fig 8 or weave, or circle, she would split, then come back. I was still OK with the arena work, but knew I couldn’t fight the forces that be, and went into the round pen. What you wont see in the video is the beginning part, where I was trying a new Parelli concept, of slapping the ground 3 times. Well it didn’t take long and my shoulder was KILLING me, AND, it didn’t take long for Rose to ignore it ALL. I was having to run out and tag her. Which was just NOT working. The more I did, the worse she got. So in the video, you will see the last time I tried that, and the rest is me going back to neutral, and more of a long phase one. Things got better, but it still is not what I would like out of our relationship, nor did I ever get the canter needed for the audition. I had given up on the idea of cantering early in the video, and was just looking for her to maintain trot and direction, and a bit of fig 8.

Since this video, I have expanded my horizons, and started the waterhole rituals, which are helping us get our bond back. I really feel disconnected in neutral, but that is the subject of a different post. For now, at least I she is finally started to respect me more, while accepting my affections.

anyways, here is the video, there is some good stuff in there, but hardly the bond I have been looking to regain.

anyways, here is the video, there is some good stuff in there, but hardly the bond I have been looking to regain.

Savvy On


  1. That's beautiful!!! Like Linda says ,"Love your problems!" I love how you used your passive persistence in the proper position! Way to go! You did very well, those frustrating days can be hard, but you always find something out that you didn't know you didn't know :)
    Savvy on! Love your posts!!!

  2. Thanks Kaylee,
    Doing my best of course. The part not shown was the before in the round pen. my friend didn't have the camera on. I was doing the three slaps in rhythm that Pat talked about in Fresno, but she was just getting worse and worse. I was sweating running, and the more she saw me do, the less authority I had. It just made me look weak I guess. I went back to neutral and it started to get better, but this is hardly acceptable. I long for the days before the accident when we were great friends, so in tune with one another. Now I am just a nuisance. Like I said in an earlier post, extreme frustration leads to profound discovery. Well, I think this is extreme, and my new discoveries are for sure profound.

    I am going to audit a Brent Graef clinic nest weekend with a friend and couldnt' be more excited. Then a few weeks later, auditing a Mark Rashid clinic. Look out blog....here come clinic notes!
    Savvy On!

  3. Oh, Gooooooddddyy! A clinic! Rose respects you, it's all over the video and I know she doesn't think you're a pain. You may think that it's all falling apart, but slow down. Get slower get friendly. Get better at backing and sideways, snappy disengagement online and good change of direction would be useful as well. I was just in this same rut about 3 weeks ago and I slowed down and stopped focusing so much, we (predators) get really direct when we focus to much. SLOW DOWN! Cricket and I have really started to fly again, who says you need a running start?

  4. Thanks priscilla.....I have been beating my head on a wall for so long I have a brick for a forehead!~

    I do need to slow down, I am always screaming that at myself. It's all the rescues and having to be quick and on your toes....so when you do more of that than refinement....OOPS!

    Rose is just too smart sometimes for both our own good!

    The water hole rituals are RALLY helping and I learned alot watching the Klaus dvd...will be sharing that soon.

    Today I finally got half my liberty pen constructed and ran out of stuff. You know what that means.....SHOPPING!

    Savvy On


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