Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Sundance - Yo-yo on 45ft GREAT, Flying lead change GOOD, Cantering sideways w/o fence GREAT, Driving game GREAT - Great improvment today.
Bebe- Cantering sideways AWESOME, Running back AWESOME, Yo-yo on 45ft AWESOME - Great improvment! Came in the soaking and muddy, but SAVVY!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Can't you see the similaities between the two pictures?
Afterwards I played with our Advancing Game 6 with the 45ft line, he did good with that one. Then we tried advancing game 5 with the 45 ft line, flying lead changes. He did really good to the left but couldn't get a hang of it at the right, that's okay because it was our first try. I was excited he got it so quickly, he's a clever little boy. The Beebsters did great today too, we did about the same thing. Bebe and I are working on his confidence with cantering sideways, he did a lot better today! He even did some sideways all the way out to the end of the line, I also tried the flying lead change on the 45ft line and he did just as well or better than Sundance. We went over to the cones and did a back up all the way to the end of the line, Bebe does it in half the time it takes Sundance. I know why too! Sundance is a very dominant horse and backing is a sign of submission, he also gets bored easily. But Bebe on the other hand is not very dominant and finds doing what his leader says fun and rewarding and he doesn't get bored as easily. I am glad Sundance is being a challenge for me, I need to be challenged. It's good for me and will help me be a better instructor, which I strive to do every day. About an hour later I went out and saddled Sundance up with the Fusion and went on a trail ride with my brother, boy was Sundance hyper! But it was a good hyper, an obedient happy type hyper. We had lots of fun, I rode in the halter and a carrot stick working on my natural power of focus and independent seat, turns on the hindquarters and forequarters and just having tons of fun. I have never felt so good or balanced in a saddle and Sundance himself has never felt so good to me, I am loving this saddle. Later in the afternoon I went and did Hill Therapy with Bebe, that went really well too. I was naughty and rode him bareback at a walk to the barn because I was lazy ( He is not supposed to be ridden while going through the Hill Therapy program), I would have never thought there would be such a difference on his back. I could literally feel his bubbly muscles under my body, he felt like a couch! I about screamed, I couldn't believe the difference. We are only about 2 weeks away from being done with Hill Therapy and I cannot wait to see and feel the results.
Please be sure to re-vote for the saddle I should purchase!
Monday, May 26, 2008
Bebe did great today, I was so proud of him! We did I don't know how many Level 3 Stage 1 &2 Online tasks and he did not loose his cool, he is so great and I am so proud of him. Later in the afternoon we played out in our big pasture at Liberty and he did some circling without leaving and did some neat other things too, like trotting around me at liberty!
Sundance Liberty Breakthrough
Well, since we were playing out in our big pasture at liberty and was being connected to me I decided to take a big leap of faith (I think this is a task at the very end of Level 3), Sideways towards me. Now I know I was supposed to teach him this online but he was so connected I tried it anyway, now if I tap him on zone 3 (Other side of me) he will side pass towards me! I am very excited. It was the best feeling ever!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I had one last night as I read Booklet 2 of the Level 3 Refinement program...
Slow and right beats fast and wrong, slow and right builds fast and right, Slow and right beats fast and wrong, slow and right builds fast and right, Slow and right beats fast and wrong, slow and right builds fast and right, Slow and right beats fast and wrong, slow and right builds fast and right, Slow and right beats fast and wrong, slow and right builds fast and right, Slow and right beats fast and wrong, slow and right builds fast and right, Slow and right beats fast and wrong, slow and right builds fast and right, Slow and right beats fast and wrong, slow and right builds fast and right, Slow and right beats fast and wrong, slow and right builds fast and right, Slow and right beats fast and wrong, slow and right builds fast and right, Slow and right beats fast and wrong, slow and right builds fast and right, Slow and right beats fast and wrong, slow and right builds fast and right!
Think about it.
Sundance Being a Patient Partner
Well all the excitement of level 3 caused me to want to do a boat load of stuff with Sundance, and Sundance being a Left Brained Intovert could care less about playing. So he did not like me much for the past couple of weeks because I made him do things when I wanted him to do it, which dominant horses hate. So I am going to have to learn to take things slow, (Let me make and emphasis on slow: Slooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow.)
So he can think and enjoy the moment in rest, introverts love to rest, and the more rest at the end of a task the more motivated he will be. So I took the session slow and he loved me and had a more ear up at attention look to hiim, which is what I am always looking for!
What slowly played with today:
- Backing length of 45 foot line
- Cantering on 45 foot line
Bebe Confidence in Advancement
Bebe became a little tiny bit unconfident while going sideways at a faster speed, but he became confident after I backed him. He is doing a lot better and becoming less scattered, his is collecting up nicely on his own now. We just fooled at liberty for fun and then did our hill therapy, todays session went great!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Yes, Sundance wanted to COME to me today and did NOT have a bad attitude. Surprise? Yes, but no. Why did he act so happy? Because yesterday I kept the session short and fed him afterwards, what did I do today? The same thing, because I want him to want to be with me again tomorrow. So from now on I promise to keep my sessions short with Sundance, no matter how hard it is. I found that to be the easiest way for us in the fall, but got so excited about Level 3 and wanted to spend more time in it, well TO BAD! If I want to spend more time in Level 3 read the darn books Mariah, don't confuse and work the crud out of Sundance for your unconscious enjoyment! (Glad I got that out of my system). So I am going to read some more of my level 3 packets and dwell in that, which I enjoy very much anyway.
- Squeeze on 45ft line
- Circle on 45ft line
- Sideways on 45ft line
That is it, and I am glad I left it there.
Bebe Progress, again!
Bebe's cantering sideways is getting more consistent and collected and his backing is getting faster, sometimes he gets scattered and I have to interrupt the pattern but that doesn't happen a much as it used to. That is actually what his right brainedness has turned into, he doesn't really turn right brained anymore he just gets a little scattered within himself and all have to do is get his rarely lost attention and move on. Progress.
We moved onto liberty, our favorite subject in Parelli preschool. We had tons and tons of fun! He did some close contact trotting in an open area without asking, what an absolutely pleasant surprise! More Progress. He just stuck to me the whole time, I felt so connected and felt such a partnership! We went into our liberty pen and he did FABULOUS, didn't try to stray and listening to everything I said. He even did some cantering and jumping in the air out of happiness without becoming disconnected, we were sassy with each other too just fooling around, squealing and enjoying each other. Major Progress.
Tracking my Fusion Saddle, still on time and should be here Friday.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
May 19, 2008 - Today was the same as yesterday, but both of them are catching on more and more. I am also falling in love with them more and more! I am very busy this week with my parents gone, but am getting all I need done.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
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Sundance Level 3 Groundwork
Sundance and I played with:
Advancing Games 4, 5, 6 & 7 (Yo-yo, Circling, Squeeze & Sideways)-
His Yo-Yo game, backing 45 feet in a straight line is getting better. This naturally is a hard task for him because of his horsenality (Left Brained Introvert - Dominant Personality), having a dominant personality he does not want to back up for anyone because it shows submission. As I continue to work with our relationship this task will improve, so I will not stress this task any. If I did stress the task it would more than likely make things worse, and I don't want to do that.
His circling game never had major problems in the beginning, it was just my fault because I was not being assertive enough. But now that I am more assertive and reward at the end we have no problems at all, it's a very easy task. Even at a distance of 45 feet we have the game sturdy enough that there are no problems!
We tried the squeeze game at a 45 foot distance for the first time, he was quite confused at first but got a hang of it so I left it there. I do not believe this will be a challenging task, I think it will be quite an easy one!
Our sideways is continuing to improve, we are still playing a little with trotting and cantering sideways just to make sure we still have it down pat. Now we are playing with him being at a 45 foot distance away and going sideways, then standing still and having him side pass the whole 45 feet with me being still. It works, no problem! Easy as pie.
In conclusion Sundance did magnificently!
Bebe Liberty and Level 3 tasks
Bebe and I played with doing our sideways at a faster pace, he is a little bit unconfident with this task but he is becoming confident about it. He trotted and cantered sideways pretty well, I am going to have to slowly little by little build up his cantering whilst going sideways for his sake and in the long run mine. He used to have A LOT of trouble lifting up his forequarters and putting weight on his hindquarters, but now that I have started to do Hill Therapy (http://www.mariahpnhelmshtprogram.blogspot.com/) those problems are regressing and he is building muscle and becoming a more balanced horse. Cantering sideways and running backwards are helping him lighten his forequarters too, which make everything else easier. We also played withe running backwards, backing the length of the rope, and LIBERTY! We had so much fun at liberty today, he is doing magnificently and our relationship blooming. He even got playful today! I gave a snappy departure and SURPRISE he squealed, swung his head and took off at a canter. That's my baby, or should I say angel! He is getting a hang of his downward transitions and being more comfortable with me overall, he did not become disconnected even once today. We are beginning to play with each other more too, he is so much fun! Bebe did great today.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
- Bebe has shown such a willingness and wanting to please his partner.
- He has the perfect personality for me, willing and playful without being asked.
- He is EXTREMELY smart, very quick learner and wants to learn.
- Sundance took 1 and 1/2 years to learn Level 2, Bebe has taken about 6 months or less without consistent playing like Sundance.
- Sundance look a couple of weeks to get this far in Level 3, Bebe took 3 days.
- Bebe just really brings joy to me because he wants to be doing something with me, Sundance is a big introvert that would rather do what he'd want to do.
- Bebe will get through this program faster than Sundance will because of his willingness.
I am not at all saying Sundance is not a good horse, he is amazing but Bebe seems to be the best candidate for my first horse to pass in Level 3. I will still continue the same exact pattern I have been taking with the two horses and still let them excel at their own pace, nothing will change. But I know Bebe will over excel Sundance and will move through Level 3 much faster, neither of these horses are more or less important to me and will be treated the same. This will not change anything, they both hold the same places in my heart. I am so blessed to have these two horses as my partners, I love them very much!
Bad Banana VS. Good Banana - How conventional and Parelli Saddles effect your horse.
Conventional Saddles - Help form a Bad Banana horse.
Parelli and/or non-constricting Saddles - Help form a Good Banana horse. If you have a Bad Banana type horse and want to fix it, look at the Hill Therapy program from Parelli. Also look under "Surf Mariah's Life" to look at what Hill Therapy is about and how it is helping my horse, Bebe. For more information on Parelli Saddles please visit by clicking here.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Bebe Moving up
Bebe did amazingly at liberty today, I kept the liberty really short. We started getting ready for our downward transitions at liberty, I am sure it will go smoothly!
We are moving up in our ground skills in Level 3! He did so well on all the different Level 3 tasks we did today... we did a lot, learned a lot, and did very well.
- Running backwards
- Fast sideways
- Shoulder game
- Serpentine back
- Long backing
- Round forequarters
- Carrot stick riding
Monday, May 12, 2008
Bebe Passed a Liberty Task!
Bebe did so well at liberty today, he passed his change of direction task. Moving up! The clip below is a video of what our liberty pen looks like.
Sundance Getting Better
Sundance and I played with our level 3 tasks, we mostly have our running backwards and sideways down now. We did some serpentining backwards, he did awesome! He did LOTS of licking and chewing, his circling the forequarters went magnificently too.
Bebe Learning to Stay
DAY 1- Bebe did not want to stick to me as much today, but we got it sorted out and our liberty session with the circling game went well.
DAY 2- The Liberty Session today went awesomly, tomorrow will be a blast too!
Sundance Carrot Stick Riding
DAY 1- We started out carrot stick riding sessions today, Sundance has a hard time moving just his forequarters in a circle when I ride so I helped him learn how to do that today.
DAY 2- Sundances forequarter and hindquarter circles bareback and bridless is getting better and better. He gets over impulsive when walking to the barn, not as in going fast but not listening as much as he should. I had to be savvy about him not wanting to listen today, maybe tomorrows session will be better. I am sure it will!
Friday, May 9, 2008
Bebe Learning to Love
Bebe and I started off with stick to me and playing with obstacles, he will even go sideways without a fence at liberty! I am so proud of him. Bebe did not want to stick with me for the circling game at a trot, so I made the right thing comfortable and the wrong thing uncomfortable. He soon found sticking to me a lot easier and did some nice circling at a trot and change of direction, afterwards licking his lips! I love watching a horse develop and learn.
Sundance Advancing Sideways
Sundance and I played with our level 3 again. His backups are getting better but he is residing to rearing back instead of walking back! How INTERESTING! I know why he is doing this, he does not want to back up and defiantly does not have it in his mind so he does other things. I am going to email Nita Jo about this and maybe she can help, it is so nice to have a parelli instructor just an email away! His sideways at a canter is now getting slower and more collected, he now can do it without a fence. I now can canter sideways beside him myself and he will canter sideways beside me! That was a jaw dropper for me, especially since he offered it to me! I am so proud of him.
The video above is a little glimpse of how the place looks, just a little glimpse.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I also got a few things done for my own self development. I played with coiling up the 45 ft line with my right and left hand, it's really hard especially with it being the ropes professionals use, really hard! But I got a hang of it with my left and right. I also read a couple of Pat's books, how interesting!
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
It went AWESOMELY! I am so glad we finished it, I am sending it to Nita Jo tomorrow and it should get to her wednesday. I will more than likely know next week unless I can put it on youtube or something. I am going to let Sundance rest the rest of the day just for being so perfect! xoxo
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Same as yesterday but a load better, so much easier to ride and enjoy I just needed to learn what got him motivated and happy.
I am going to email Nita Jo about Sundance's back up, it's not bad at all but I would like it to be faster.
Bebe Liberty Fun
Same as yesterday but a load better too, he is doing so well and getting so smart. He is also starting to offer more to me as his confidence rises.
Friday, May 2, 2008
Bebe and I played with our Circling game at liberty again today, we did more trotting and he is trying to get the concept. You can really tell when he is trying! He did a smooth change of direction at a trot too, he is catching on well. No doubt we will get through this at a nice successful steady pace.
We also did a little bit of jumping then went on to a trail ride to cool off ourselves, it was very nice.
Sundance Double Fig. 8's & Trails
The session went SO well, we are getting things done in half the time! I am quite confident that we will tape the rest of the retakes Saturday and send it to Nita Jo Monday, then MAYBE I will have officially passed Level 2. I feel like I will pass it this time, now that I know exactly what to do this time. My brother and I went on a 2 hour trail ride afterwards, so much fun!
Brother did some Level 2 tasks with Breeze, he will pass Level 1 in no time!