Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
My video has made it! It is now on http://www.foxpointfarm.com/ under the video section. Check out all the other videos made by Charlotte, I am so proud of her!
Edited SCSC Logo - Now with Carrot Stick!
Boy have we gotten some rain today and yesterday, our lake is so full it is covering the driveway and flooding into our pasture! We are so blessed, last year we were all suffering from a horrible drought. I am so glad we are not going through that again! You all will be happy to find that we have made some great progress, lots of good stuff. Bebe has found a lot more confidence in walking and TROTTING! on the 45 foot line, yesterday we took a break from online and did some liberty in our arena. I think him playing on the 45 foot line and getting out in the arena, way out help him discover it is okay to get that far from mommy. He trotted two laps by himself around the arena, he did great. We did the pattern 'put your nose on it' at liberty, he caught on really fast and did some very long distance 'put your nose on it'! I was so proud of him, he did so well. Sundance cantered 17 laps Monday and 20 laps at liberty yesterday, he stopped 2 times to ask mom if what he was doing was right (He used to never ask mom questions, so I am letting him do this because he is doing SO well and trying very hard.) but other than that he didn't need any motivation. I am glad he is asking questions a lot, he needs too! His ears used to always stay so back, but now they are forward asking "What's next?!" and I love it! He is now picking up his right lead because I am asking him to canter to the right at liberty, and he will now VERY gracefully walk, trot and canter at 6 feet (half of 12 ft line). We also did some flank rope driving for the first time Monday, he caught on REALLY fast, our next task is to do it at liberty. That's how fast he caught on! We have also been enjoying liberty driving. Can't you see the difference I have to adapt to with Sundance and Bebe? Bebe needs it reeally slooowwww with very low energy, and Sundance needs things REALLY fast, progress really fast and needs high hard core energy. I love having to adapt to that difference, it makes me even more emotionally fit and best of all SAVVY! Life is beautiful, even in the confusion... because you learn so much. I love my babies, I love the journey, I love being on this mission... becoming the best person and horsewoman I can be and changing the lives of horses and humans, making their dreams come true and in the progress mine coming true.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Live your Dream!
What do you think? It's still kind of in the planning stage.
Visit my friends blog to see what's up! http://katiehufton.blogspot.com/ I am pretty excited, and really hope it works out.
I got my first vehicle a couple of days ago! It's for my 17th Birthday, it's early because it isn't until December 15th. I think it's a Dodge Ram 2004 Red (The barn color) 150 ST with a Hemi engine. It has more go than whoa and is very light, soft and supple! I will post pictures soon, but here is kind of what it looks like. http://www.seriouswheels.com/cars/top-2004-Dodge-Ram-SRT-10.htm and of course Parelli is going to be all over it as soon as it comes from Fed-ex. I bought tons of stuff for the truck from Parelli Collection! It should come in Friday.
I've had some REALLY good sessions with Sundance and Bebe, can't wait to blog about them!
Check out the new POH Shirt! Feel free to order and support...
Parelli Patterns Notes
- Ambition is my strong suit, and my ambition can get in the way.
- Don't over progress, don't over do it with your horse. (Ahem, Mariah! Poor Bebe)
- Positive, Progressive and Natural
- Be positive, expect a lot, except a little and reward often.
- Feel of (See where to horse is and start there) feel with (Do what the horse does and do what the horse needs) feel for (Mirror for them, show them what you want them to do)
- Don't just do something! Stand there. Spend time between tasks to let things soak in.
- You can reward a horse by just standing and resting there.
- Imagination is even more valuable than knowledge - Einstein
- You want the horse to be consistent, your job is to add variety
- Horses are sceptics, cowards, claustrophobics, panicaholics by nature. We want our horses to be curious instead of sceptical, confident instead of cowardly and respond instead of react.
- We want our horses to be calm, smart, brave and athletic
- Foundation before specialization
- A collected horse is calm, smart, brave and athletic.
- Mind, Flexion, Weight, Feet = Process of understanding and execution in the horse
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Parelli Patterns Notes and Ideas for Sundance - Online DVD
- Keep on improving the canter
- Start using 22 ft lines as driving reins
- Use barrels with 45 ft line and driving reins
- Use 2 barrels as figure eights and 4 barrels as serpentine
- Play with the PARELLI ball
Parelli Patterns General Notes - Online DVD
- Level 1 - 12 ft line
- Level 2 - 22ft line
- Level 3 - 45 ft line and 12 ft with excellence
- Level 4 - Two 22 ft lines as driving reins
- Touch down? Nose, Neck, Front feet then Back feet
- It's not about the _____ . It's about the relationship!
- Confidence and Curiosity then Play and Performance.
- A horse that can solve puzzles is a horse that can adapt.
- Never say Never, don't Always say Always and Usually say Usually.'
- Consistency, Patterns, Variety
- Variety = Spice of life.
- Horses are naturally sceptics, cowards, claustrophobics and panicaholics by nature in various degrees.
- Horses heirchy of importance - Safety, Comfort and Play.
Well, back to watching my Parelli Patterns. Savvy on!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Here is our first video demo, I did not get to finish it because of the memory on the camera but will show it any way! Now you can see our new exercise we have been doing, everything went great except I didn't really get my feet in tune with his front feet.
PLEASE COMMENT! It's my first presentation.
Hope you enjoy!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
From farthest to closest are Bella (Queen Latifa), Julie, Frosty and Glorie. Charlotte's pride and joys, her little shelties that I LOVE so much! Julie and Frosty might be expecting some puppies soon. Frosty is deaf and skittish but is a mommies boy and so sweet! And little Glorie has ran away so keep her in your prayers. These dogs make Fox Point Farm an even better place to be, it wouldn't be the same without them.
Skip N Ol Paint
Charlotte's Multiple APHA World Champ Gelding that I had the privilege and pleasure to ride.
The camp schedule, from what I remember went a little like this...
Monday - Getting To Know You Day - We ask questions and assign riders to horses we think are a good fit. Lessons today are used to evaluate horse/rider combinations and rider groups. We have beginners through advanced riders, so it is important to have each rider on a horse who is fun and in a group that is too.
Tuesday - Lessons and Horse Care Day - Today we make any changes we need to in horses and groups. We make sure everyone is happy and learning new skills.
Wednesday - Rodeo Day - We divide riders into 2 groups ( less experienced ride first) and teach them all about rodeo events. All riders 'run' the barrel racing and pole bending patterns (at speeds comfortable for them) just like the ones in local rodeos. (It rained on Rodeo day, so we went in and practiced braiding manes, went to a tack store and learned about saddles and watched movies.)
Thursday - Big Trailride Day - We load horses into trailers and take horses and campers to our Lancaster farm to ride on our extensive trails. Our farm has 50 acres and is bordered by a 600 acre nature preserve so we do not have to ride on any roads. The more experienced group rides first today. We enjoy more riding and swimming in the shallow pond after lunch. The horses and campers absolutely LOVE this afternoon!
Friday - Horseshow Day - We teach riders all about different types of shows. We teach them what to do in a show and run through a 'mock class'. We demonstrate clipping and showgrooming. Riders learn how to bathe 'their' horse for a show.
Parelli Kids Video
Video of shows that go on at Fox Point Farms
I just ordered the Parelli Patterns for 50% off!
I found a great new excercise thanks to Charlotte with helping Sundance's right side stay loose and help him collect. I will post a video tomorrow with Sundance and I doing the exercise and will explain it on the video. Charlotte also took some amazing bareback and bridless pictures of Sundance and I and cannot wait until she sends them to me, she is curently in Perry, Georgia getting her reining paint, Dixen ready and prepared for the world show in 2 months so it may take a while to get them.
If you have any questions, just post a comment and I will blog the answer. I just have so much to share I can't fit it all on here!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
I have taken on an old challenge, one I took in a year or so ago. The challenge, his name is Starski. He is a 18-20 (?) year old, bay, mystery breed gelding we rescued some time back. His history is only known from the damage that was done physically and mostly, emotionally. When we got him he was skin and bones, hardly no hair on his body at all, could hardly walk because of his club feet and showed no soul in his eyes. I've given him his last home, I promised. From his coggins and other information he has traveled the United States in search of a home, at least one that would care for him. We checked his teeth, which were of course out of shape and sure couldn't have helped his weight problem. Along with the floating, we learned a little more about his past. Gashes and scars on his tongue, from bits. We figured he had a bacterial infection on his skin and gave him a bath with medicated shampoo 3 days a week for a couple of months, had the vet come over along with the farrier to find a cure for his boxy feet and gave him the best fattened and nutritious food from the feed store. And of course the most important damaged area, his soul, we gave him love. Since then he has recovered into a beautiful, painless, joyful being full life and opinions, ones that he never felt he could express without pain. I figured a couple of days ago he was ready to learn some games, so I started with the seven games 2 days ago. Today, the smart and sweet boy now knows Level 1 ground and a lot of Level 2. Tomorrow, we will be moving on to introducing him to the Level one riding concepts but not dwell too deep because I will be gone next week. My goal with him is to turn him into a horse I can teach lessons with, I really love creating that natural bond with a horse so we can work together as a team and change lives willingly. It is such a great feeling when you teach a student along with the partner you've chosen to bless with the gift of teaching other people, it feels wonderful. I think my favorite parts are when you teach the lesson you see the bond you and the horse have made, the horse just looks at you with a content face as you teach with him. A lot of people that teach lesson use a lesson horse, but I believe in creating a relationship and teaching with the horse. You couldn't teach without him couldn't you? You teach with him, you teach together. Lick and chew on that one for me.
The past couple of days I have been playing with Sundance with our bareback and bridless riding, liberty, spanish walk, bowing and the cutting game like Pat does with Casper. Our bridless riding has taken a total turn for the better, the spurs have also helped create some lightness in our communication and not just with his go button either. I did some bareback and bridless riding at Charlotte's and said she was very impressed with our lightness and harmony. I soon received a call and was asked to do a bareback and bridless demo with the Parelli Varsity Team at a Breed show coming up on October 12, 2008. Of course I said, YES! We will also be doing some other show off type things like liberty, the spanish walk, bowing, cutting and jumping which will be tons of fun for both of us. Our liberty has been going pretty well, doing figure eights and close contact liberty has been fun. Since I do not have a liberty pen to do some stage 2 liberty, I will be trying to finish those tasks at Charlotte's because she has one. I will have 5 days to do the tasks, which should be enough because I know he can do them. Sundance and I will be leaving bright and early tomorrow morning, maybe 6:30 am. I hate I can't update daily, I really wish I could. Maybe I can keep a journal or something! I think I will. I will update on Bebe's progress soon.
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Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
For an over view of what the Parelli Kids Camps are about visit the link below:
For an over view of what Parelli Kids is about visit the link below:
For more about my AMAZING new mentor and friend Charlotte Cannon, click the link below:
I think very highly of Ms. Charlotte and am very blessed that I now have such a knowledgeable willing mentor (http://foxpointfarm.com/current_news.htm) only about 40 minutes away.
For more information on where I stayed, visit the link below:
For Charlotte's Videos I showed her how to make with my "Mad Skills" (wink) visit:
I had so much fun helping Charlotte and the Kids and acting like a sponge all week, Charlotte has SO much information bundled up that is ready to explode. I think I will bring a notebook and pen next week and write down every word she says! I look forward to Sundance and I working with her next week, it will be so nice having Sundance there this time. I got to ride with her on Sundance along with two other SCSC members that were gracious enough to take me and Sundance down to Lancaster. Charlotte knows how to flatter people, she likes Sundance a lot! I like him too, he was a perfect ANGEL and I was amazed with how well he did. I have spurs now, yes SPURS! I know some people do not understand them, know how misused they can be and a lot are not at a high enough level for them. But Sundance and I are ready, and it is making a difference in both of us. Let me spit this out before any of you explode, I have never seen Pat ride without spurs. You can express your opinions on this, but I will not promise I will answer to all of them. If you would like to debate on this topic, go to the Savvy Club Forum and look up the Spurs topic and you can open the can if you want! Here is Charlotte's opinion on spurs (exerted from SC Forum):
I am an advanced level 3 rider who uses spurs every day on almost every horse I ride. I feel my spurs are my phase 4 on my feet. I am playing with high level maneuvers and the precision spurs give me in articulating many different leg cues cannot be matched by a naked boot. Perhaps some of you have horses so sensitive that using a spur would be unnecessary or overkill, but on my confident left-brained partners I need the option of phase 4. I would not recommend spurs to riders without professional supervision. Spurs are an advanced tool when used well create - art. But riders without good education and instruction can do more to destroy their relationship than they can gain. My opinion is spurs are a wonderful advanced tool for precision riding, like a spade bit, but one that must be approached with care.
Couldn't have said it better! Great job Charlotte. I am so happy that Sundance and I are at a point to where our savvy and Finesse are good enough to use advanced tools. Everything is going magnificently between us two, I don't think Sundance and I have had a relationship as good as this before. I am very excited about our relationship because we are only in the beginning stages of Level 3, just think how good it will be at the end! Life is very good right now, I am able to afford and do things on my own that I have never been able to do. Hard work pays off, you just have to want it really bad. I have so much more to say, but leaving it here is the best decision. Words to part with? My life is exciting and getting better, and there is a bigger picture... I have just found more and more puzzle pieces to the whole picture and am picking up and putting more in place.