Tuesday, June 30, 2009

What is your Horsenality?

I decided to figure out what my "Horsenality" is, imagine yourself as a horse and fill it out!...
Mariah's Horsenality Profile
I am as equally extroverted as I am introverted on this chart, because I can turn on and off the personality I want... that is a learned behavior from me being around people, I also feed off of peoples energy very easily. I am naturally left brained, but can be a right brained introvert in uncomfortable situations...
Now,  horsenalities and personalities are VERY different. There is a difference between species,  the "ultimate predator" and the "ultimate prey". Now, stop imagining yourself as a horse and come back to humansville.
Take this test, http://mypersonality.info/ .

Here are my results, http://mypersonality.info/mariahhelms.
I am an ENTJ, Extrovert - iNtellect - Thinker - Judgmental, also known as " The Chief".
The more you learn about yourself, the more you can read people and learn from them. Remember, "Body language is the universal language." - Pat Parelli

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Horsemanship Clinics by Mariah Helms

Horsemanship Clinics


Come and learn with your horse…

What are horses telling us? What is their body language? How do they perceive us?

Learn to communicate efficiently with your horse on the ground and develop a language.

Create a lighter and more responsive horse! Learn to slow them down, or speed them up.

Does your saddle fit? How does a horses back move? How saddles affect a horses back.

Fix specific problems with your horse.

Free DVD’s and demonstrations!

Weekend Clinics

Friday and Saturday

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

July 17-18, 2009

July 24-25, 2009

All disciplines, breeds and levels can come and learn from these clinics,

Come and bring your horse for a weekend full of learning and fun!

Facility located in Wingate, North Carolina

Private lessons and Horse Training Available.

Call now, space is limited!




Sunday, June 21, 2009

Where is she going!?


My parents and I are contemplating me taking the Fast Track #3 in Florida, and go straight to the 12 week Extern Program. I am hoping I can do the Extern program in Florida, if not... I will take a Fast Track in Colorado then go straight to the Extern program. I am praying all this will work out, we will see if Parelli wants me as an instructor and see where God leads me! Either way, it is very exciting! Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers... are any of you getting on the same path as me? I would love to hear your plans too!!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Self-Assessments and Twitter

A friend  of mine, http://www.freewebs.com/mypnh, made simple layouts of the self-assessments and some great tasks for a stall bound horse! Email me if you are interested in these documents. mariahhelms@hotmail.com

Be sure to follow me on Twitter! I update a lot, so you can see what I am doing... you'll get a lot from it. http://www.twitter.com/mariahhelms

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Home Sweet Home

I'm at home, resting and waiting for this heat to chill out a bit. I took the freedom to make my blog a little more interesting, informing and easy to navigate for you.

There is a search bar, so if you are wondering about my opinion on something or if I have done something, you can search and it will give you all the results at the top of the page.

I also added my Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/) feed, I update it as much as I can so you can keep up with that if I don't post as much as I should.

I also added a couple more countdown gadgets, good news, eh? Not to long until I get to go to Colorado! I am pretty excited. I should be booking my courses this summer, as soon as they have the schedule out.

I'd like to thank all of my followers here on Blogger and Twitter, thank you so much for your support! I won't let you down.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Brainstorming at the Beach

Howdy folks,

I've been at the beach since Sunday, we are going home tomorrow or the next day. Since I've been horseless the past few days, I have had lots of time to think!

I am going to change around what I am doing with our patterns here. I am going to start tying up the 45 foot line, instead of the 22 foot line. I just might put the saddle on and thread the rope though the stirrups to keep it from looping at his feet too... the line should give him more to feed off too.

Instead of our boring arena setting, I am going to move us to a pasture for a good ol' change of setting. I am also going to refresh our 45 foot line circling skills, to help our rusty liberty... I've lost his respect at long distances, so I will do this and get it back.

I applied for the Lakeland, FL Celebration Savvy Spotlight, I think in three savvies. I've been on the forum reading about every ones experiences, and am very excited. I am so excited! I do believe it is about 3-4 months away, which will go by very fast... I would like to encourage you to sign up for a Savvy Spotlight, it doesn't matter what level you are at! As long as you are there for the horse... http://www.ultimateparelli.com/events

I have also been thinking about getting my black string, I have set the goal to get my black string before the year is over... if I cannot reach that goal, I will get it before I leave for the centers next summer. I think all I really need to do to get my string is to figure out these flying lead changes, spruce up on liberty, and do a couple more patterns. I am thinking maybe I want to get one private lesson in before doing my Savvy Spotlight or Audition. Wouldn't it be neat to go to the Savvy Spotlight with a black string? Who knows, it will all work out for the best. I know the only savvy I do not have a 3++ in is freestyle because of my lead changes... so I know I can do it if I get my changes figured out... that is all that is holding me back, I just need to spruce some things up! Then I am set.

I am off to add more goals on my goals list to achieve... I appreciate your support, everyone, positive thoughts and prayers are appreciated!

All the best!


Saturday, June 6, 2009

Level Four Online/Freestyle Patterns



Sundance and I are playing with the Level 4 Online and Freestyle Patterns. I have always had problems with his flying lead changes, and I have to say that I am not the best at telling what lead he is on when I am on his back. I decided to hook up the long lines and do a figure eight patterns to help him develop the proper muscles and habits for what I am wanting him to do... in other words, setting it up for success for flying changes. I have started off with having him trot the pattern with long lines. Then I stood at one, and had him canter circles around the barrel. Then I went to the other, and did the same thing. Soon enough, I built it up to where he would canter a circle around one barrel then trot to the other and canter around it and continue the process. The next step I will take, will be him cantering around one barrel... make a flying change then canter around the other, et cetera. I don't think he is ready yet, I want to get the pervious step consistent and easy for him... then I will move on to the next step!


                        Pattern Map

Our Freestyle progress is on the same note. We are doing pretty much the same thing, I am just on his back with a carrot stick. I am progressing him the same way also, so the steps are the same. I am doing one pattern different though, I am using 4 barrels instead of 2. I also do the two barrels pattern, I just have to keep it entertaining for my introverted partner... you know!?


(Both of these can be done with two or four barrels, it all depends on the situation and preference.)

I would highly recommend getting the Parelli Patterns, if you do not already have them. They are available on http://www.ultimateparelli.com/. If you want to shoot forward in your journey, get on the main highway and progress like you have never before... I would invest in this educational material.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

It Came!

After 9 weeks! I am so happy, my green string came... I promised I would post a picture!

Sorry about my sloppy self, I finally got a day off and did nothing with myself... felt good.
Is anyone else's in yet? It seems this is the first shipment of many to come!