"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, December 20, 2010

DVD Review:*** Karen Scholl: Trailering for Women

Trailering for Women ***

I really enjoyed this dvd.  There is a little issue with sound quality, but not enough to make in-audable.  I like her way with horses, and she is very clear in her descriptions.  She explains every detail, and is very thorough.  It reminded me of a few bad  habits I need to fix and gave me a few ideas for my trailering with Cha'cote, which is the reason I got it in the first place.  I will say that she is very in line with Parellil methods, but there is enough different about her that it gives a new perspective on technique, which I really enjoyed.  More tools in my tool shed of knowlege.  Who doesn't need that.  But since it is so similar, I only gave it 3 stars as it mirrors close enough that you 'could' live without it.  But if you are having trailering issues??.....I give it 5 stars.  She covers getting prepared prior to starting the trailer loading, the trailer loading itself, and how to CLOSE THE DOOR!!!! the one thing most others do NOT talk about, and the one thing Cha'cote doesn't want me to do!

She has a great perspective on the 'try' that I admire and found refreshing. 
She talks about how we need to convey to our horse, through our handling the message that "it is important for you to get on the trailer".  Not because we said so, but because his very life depends on it.  Just as we would not let him step off a cliff.....it is 'important' to listen to us.  I like a tid bit I saw in a 'bridging' piece of student just playing with thier horses, that she doesn't appear to teach strong phase 4's.  I like the way she backs a horse.  It is soft and supple and pain free. She has a great way of sending and disengaging and is great at desribing the how of it.  she also does not believe in letting the horse take off and go at a RB pace.  she when she ask the horse to go, she expects him to leave quietly.  REALLY like that!!  No screaming demons racing around you, wondering when they will ever wind themselves down.  When it comes to the trailer loading she is quiet and has some really great tips for tying IN the trailer and closing the door.  I think anyone with trailering issues should check this out.  Even if your 'issue' is just wanting to know the safe in's and out's of trailer loading and hauling, this is a gread dvd.

I enjoyed it enough that I will be viewing more of her dvds as I would like to see her perspective on a few other things as well.  Have trailer......'got savvy'??  She does!

Savvy On


  1. This sounds interesting. I think I read somewhere that she is a former president of Parelli, Inc.

  2. I wouldnt know, I am not privvy to those kinda details, but I can say, IF she was, I can see why. She is first class all the way.


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