"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, January 16, 2011

DVD Review:**** Mark Rashid "Ground driving 101"

Ground Driving 101 ****

I really like Marks style of it not being about "my way or the highway"

If you are new to ground driving or having problems or just thinking about getting ready to do it.....here is the one to watch.  Low key, lots of explanation, lots of reasons and techniques.

Also, if you want to see the how and why of having more than 'neutral' in your bag-o-tricks....you will get that here too.

He gives ALOT of instruction with rope work in regards to long lining, lots of tips and tricks to rope energy and management and it's effects on the horse...ie: a likely reaction to 'this' type of rope movement, or 'that' type of rope movement.

LOTS of getting prepared with communication before strapping on the second rope.  I would consider this dvd a VERY solid foundation in long lining/ground driving.  it is not the upper level, dressagy or fancy stuff though.  But since Level 4 really is just the foundation primarily anyways, it IS upper level parelli and will surely help you get well on your way.  Quite detailed.

He also give a lesson in making and tying soft cotton ropes.....kewl!

Savvy On

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