"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.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Putting my nose back to the grindstone.......

Well, I haven't posted about my journey for a while.  Things have been crazy here as usual.  Just a short while after my mom got home from the hospital, on the way to the doctors for a follow up, she flipped her car a few times off the highway, landing on the roof of the car.  Amazingly she is ok.  I am beginning to know the hospital staff by name now, and have all dr's listed on speed dial.  Next weekend I will be taking her car shopping....fun.....NOT!  Don't you just love car salesman?

I audited a Mark Rashid clinic and will be writing about that soon.  Just need to make sense of my notes.  I made some new friends there and had a good time. I learned for what ever reason, I am intimidated by men.  Not that I didn't know that already, but it kinda sealed the deal.  I get all tongue tied and stupid, and walk away feeling like a foolish idiot.  C'est la vie!

I also have a few dvd review's to get caught up on.  I kinda got burnt out.  A bit too much stimulation, information, revelations, and little motivation.  I am almost done with Dorrance "greetings" and need to get started on Alexandra Kurlands clicker training and Zettle's 'east meets west' with pat and linda. I am going to be getting the clicker training ones till I have seen all 17 of them, and also Linda Tellington Jones TTeam and TTouch.

I have been dabbling in the clicker training with Cha'cote and the trailer at liberty.  And also with Rose and Spirit using a target. That has been fun.....Interestingly Rose is the slowest to 'get' the target and the clicker.  Spirit was lightning fast, and Cha'cote not far behind him.  Rose was just too busy trying to get her nose in the treat bucket to even notice that any action or sound had any say in the 'when' she got a treat.  Spirit figured it out after about 5 clicks.  Cha'cote about 10 clicks.  I have done clicker in the past with Snookie, so she got it real quick too.

I am also working on a two blog 'pages'.  One is about 'Masters' and the other will ALL about the age old dressage quandary and controversy of....CONTACT.....will be discussing and diagramming the definition, differences and implications of:
"Forward Down and Out"
"Low Deep and Round"
"Poll as the highest Point"
"Behind the vertical"
"On the Bit"

But those are big projects so god only knows how long it will take me.  The contact page is first on my hit list.

I also decided on a picadero as my choice of liberty pen for water hole rituals and liberty play.  A picadero is basically a square 'round' pen. about 35-40' x 35-40.  I got my ideas on how I wanted to 'build' it.  Bought all the 'stuff' and then proceeded to execute my 'plan'.  Let's just say.....I know nothing about cement!  My plan was to use buckets, fill with cement, stick the post in it, let it set, pop it out.....lather rinse repeat 13 more times.  What I learned......don't use so much water.....cement takes about 24hs to set......cement doesn't 'pop' out of buckets.  So now I have two buckets with permanent cement in them, luckily I did put the post in it before it set.  Now I just need 12 more buckets or to line them with plastic bags....but stir the cement in a different bucket first.  That was my intention from the beginning but I used too much water and had to pour half into the other bucket, but already figured out I would not be able to stir it with a bag.....thus, two perm cement buckets.  Ah well, off to the store to more buckets.  And at one or two a day due to set up time, this is going to take me more than a week to have enough of them to make my pen.

Enough for now......
Savvy On