"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 Work troubleshooting"

Groundwork Troubleshooting ****

The one thing that I think is SOOOO great about this dvd, is that it is a stark reminder about  PNH principle #2 Do not make or teach assumptions.  Both the horses in this dvd were assumed to have 'behavioral' issues....how ever by being quiet, and not ADDING to the horses anxiety, Mark is able to make alot of discoveries and help this horse with his REAL issues.

some of the dvd is repetative and a bit like watching paint dry, but it does offer the opportunity to explore horse behavior, and a simpler, kinder way to get some things accomplished.  We also get to see mark doing something similar to "WHR leading from behind", on a hard to catch horse.

The more I look, the more I see these rituals at the core of the most successfull techniques.....hmmm how interesting!

Lateral thinking demo at it's finest for sure.  Also goes hand in hand with some of the L&HB stuff....kinda cool.

It is also really educational to see how keeping things quiet, you can actually get so much done.  he takes a horse with purported catching problems and difficulty having his feet held, and at liberty, in a fairly large corral, works this horse thru his feet handling issues, all with out restraint.  Pretty awesome in my book and all the more learning that you don't HAVE to cause a a big fuss to get thru to a horse or to get them to yield and release to you.  Mucho Bravo....no lasso...no chasing....no big motions or gestures.....just simple quiet leadership.  LOVE it!

For sure give this dvd 4*s, as this is not to be missed at how much you can get, while doing so little.

Savvy On

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