"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.

Friday, December 24, 2010

The REASON behind the reviews

Ok, so whether or not anyone can read between the lines or not, I was having a bit of.....difficulty.....on my PNH journey.  In many ways.....my car accident, the surgery, constant pain, tasks, levels, auditions, relationships, biomechanical correctness, Catwalk, feeling like a failure, depression, some 'domestic" issues, corporate policies....."holy crud batman......this is a long list.....how can you continue on?"

I started to seek help elsewhere, and not one to jump ship in the middle of the ocean, I much prefer the idea of waiting until we dock at the next port of call, and safely arive to shore!  So I took the advice of some other 'friends' on where I ought to start looking.  I wanted advice from others that I knew.....were studying and taught the same things that I believe in.  There really was no one place to come and gather 'objective' reviews of the 'available' material.  I have few options for 'live' instruction, so dvds and books are all I have to go on.  So I figured....If I am doing a mad dash rush through a long list in my giddy-up que....taking notes for myself....I may as well share my observations....from a parelli students perspective.

I know no one is perfect, and I know why most people ARE parelli students.  they are looking for a great relationship with thier horse.  Pretty Plain and Simple.  I am on the hunt to find other methods and techniques that are along the same line as parelli, certainly not the polar opposite.  I am not looking for a replacement in the sense of ONE person to follow.....EVER again.  NO one has all the answers.....but I am re-disovering that Parelli comes the closest to my horsemanship morals and to the ideals I hold dear.

So I hope these reviews are helpful, but as always, they are just MY opinions of the things I am observing...and my self discoveries while I am reading.

May each of you find peace and love and beauty with your horses, with out force or fear.

Savvy On


  1. I think it is fantastic that you are seeking knowledge in other places. I think that shows a true student and an ability to think for yourself. It's crazy to think that Pat and Linda are the only people to learn from. I love the program and agree that it is most inline with how I want to be with my horses but it does not mean there is not information out there that is of value from someone else.

    I actually get a little frustrated with some of the students' mentalities that seems to be a part of the Parelli program which believes if you are not doing Parelli with your horse you are somehow inhumane or doing it "wrong".

    What you do with the information you obtain and apply is entirely up to you and your horse will let you know if you've learned something valuable or not.

  2. your reviews and thoughts are much appreciated.
    many blessings, see you on the forum.
    Claire and Abbey

  3. You guys are the BEST! Thank you!

    Fiesta, just so you know, parelli students are'nt the only ones who can defend a guru while spewing venom. Ouch....did I find that out the hard way!!!!

    I have a post in draft mode that I am teetering back and forth on whether or not to share, or keep to myself in my personal online diary. It's a doozy!

    Mery Christmas.....I know I should be giving the ionker baste about now....I'z hugnry!

    Merry Mistletoe!

  4. G'day Michelle,
    Thought I'd chip in that your reviews are helpful. I've gotten me a subscription to Giddyupflix and have rented quite a few you've given high marks to. So thanks for that.

    Hope you are having a happy holiday!

  5. Peter, I'm Having a great time today, slept in and everything!!! Well feel free to comment on reviews here after you watch them...would love to know what others find helpful or interesting. I know you and your girls are doing GREAT!


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