Monday, June 27, 2011

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, June 28, 29 & 30, 2011

Updates from Parelli Connect

Mariah Helms 1* Parelli Instructor Trainee with Jannah "Aamira", (Liberty, 120 mins) 2 hours of trail riding with Sundance, Reina, and Bebe along the countryside at liberty.

Mariah Helms 1* Parelli Instructor Trainee with Both Eyes On Me "Bebe", (Freestyle, 120 mins) 2 hours of trail riding with Sundane, Reina, and Aamira along the country side.

Mariah Helms 1* Parelli Instructor Trainee with Modern Bride "Reina", (Freestyle, 120 mins) 2 Hours of trail riding with Sundance, Bebe, and Aamria along the countryside.

Mariah Helms 1* Parelli Instructor Trainee with Salty's "Sundance" AKA Fabio, (Freestyle, 120 mins) 2 hour trail ride with Reina, Bebe, and Aamira running loose along the countryside.

Mariah Helms 1* Parelli Instructor Trainee with Salty's "Sundance" AKA Fabio, (Freestyle, 120 mins) 2 hour trail ride on country side with student with us on Bebe.

Mariah Helms 1* Parelli Instructor Trainee with Jannah "Aamira", (On Line, 90 mins) Long intense trial ride on country side, galloping etc. ponied beside Sundance.

Mariah Helms 1* Parelli Instructor Trainee with Salty's "Sundance" AKA Fabio, (Freestyle, 90 mins) Long intense trial ride on country side, galloping etc. Aamira ponied beside.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Saturday, June 26, 2011

Updates from Parelli Connect

Taught lessons this morning in Monroe and rode horses this afternoon, was blessed enough to spend time with family by going to the movies and we had great training weather this afternoon with great success in our sessions.

Mariah Helms 1* Parelli Instructor Trainee with Both Eyes On Me "Bebe", (Finesse, 30 mins) Rode in bosal playing with a milion transitions, sensitivity to seat, game of contact and reining training techniques.

Mariah Helms 1* Parelli Instructor Trainee with Modern Bride "Reina", (Finesse, 45 mins) Rode in bosal playing with a milion transitions, sensitivity to seat, game of contact and reining training techniques.

Mariah Helms 1* Parelli Instructor Trainee with Modern Bride "Reina", (Freestyle, 30 mins) Freestyle out on trail playing with rhythm and relaxation.

Rythm Relaxation and Contact

Riding Reina out after a session on the topic of the Game of Contact... Promoting rhythm and relaxation for this right brained extrovert off the track.

Teaching On Line and brother riding friends horse...

Teaching On Line and brother riding friends horse...

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

Updates from Parelli Connect

It has been a beautiful day, went to Marshville to teach a lesson. Came home and taught a lesson here at home and will be teaching lessons in Monroe in the morning earlier when it's much cooler! I have the rest of the day off to relax, do some office work, and spend time with family.

Mariah Helms 1* Parelli Instructor Trainee with Modern Bride "Reina", (Finesse, 90 mins) “Rode in bit playing with the concept of the game of contact and promoting relaxation in the saddle... starting to become a pleasure to ride, pleased with progress.”

Teaching a lesson this beautiful morning...

Teaching a lesson this beautiful morning...

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Taking a walk with the whole family...

Taking a walk with the whole family...

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 and Thursday, June 23, 2011 - Progress with Sundance and Bebe

Hello Friends!

These were posted on Parelli Connect (http://www.ParelliConnect.com/)...

SUNDANCE

Mariah Helms 1* Parelli Instructor Trainee with Salty's "Sundance" AKA Fabio, (Finesse, 60 mins) Played rode him for the first time playing with our basics in reining and parelli patterns to see how his back has come back. Very happy!

Mariah Helms 1* Parelli Instructor Trainee with Salty's "Sundance" AKA Fabio, (Freestyle, 120 mins) Riding freestyle with fellow friends and applying our principles, in B3 Shank.

Mariah Helms 1* Parelli Instructor Trainee with Salty's "Sundance" AKA Fabio (On Line, 60 mins) Chiropractor came Monday and FIXED Sundance's back! So I have a horse now! I got back from Virginia late last night and played with Sundance on the 45 foot line. Played with long line driving with one line, out to the end of the 45 foot line... very impressed with his sensitivity and eagerness, he amazes me. Tested his flying changes out on the 45 foot line, he was a totally different horse. He came up to a gallop and flew around and stretched out, got every flying change perfect every time. Extremely pleased with his progress and changes, thank goodness we found the problem and can fix it now. Also played at liberty with small and large circles at trot, canter, and back up in huge open field that leads to the barn. VERY happy with his energy and his stick. Thank you Sundance, it's great to have my dancing partner back.


BEBE

Mariah Helms 1* Parelli Instructor Trainee with Both Eyes On Me "Bebe", (Finesse, 45 mins) Took up flexion in bosal and did the same patterns as I went over in freestyle, did some reining patterns. His canter is making leaps of improvement, he is very athletic and a joy to ride. Getting halt to canter to halt within 3 strides, getting less.... very nice to feel.

Mariah Helms 1* Parelli Instructor Trainee with Both Eyes On Me "Bebe", (Freestyle, 30 mins) Played freestyle to get some consistency in reactions and gaits, follow the rail, million transitions and figure eights in bosal.

Mariah Helms 1* Parelli Instructor Trainee with Both Eyes On Me "Bebe", (On Line, 120 mins) He helped me teach lessons today, good boy. Played On Line for Liberty preparation, getting a better and better draw each time.

Looking for Parelli Professionals to study with in the southern parts of North Carolina, please email parellilessons@hotmail.com if you could be of any help.

If you have any questions on our journey, progress, or anything you have seen here, please leave a comment or email parellilessons@hotmail.com.

Thank you!

Mariah Helms

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Trials and Beauties of Summer

It's been two months since I have been back from Marc's in Georgia and seems to have flown by like a week! Sundance has changed as a horse, for better in his progress in our journey but for worse in the physical so I have been fighting a dilemma as his back has something wrong with it. I am trying to get some good chiropractors, farriers, and massage therapists out here to help him and see what is going on. But I am determined he will be better soon, he has done so well with his progress and I am ready to keep on, I am ready to get back on the ball with him.

My poor mother has been off of her feet because of her back also, so I have been playing half-mom, keeping the house up as much as I can, and cooking. Mom's do a lot of work and I have developed a new appreciation and understanding of her position. I used to think I understood when a mother said her "job was hard but the most rewarding", now I am starting to understand just how rewarding the job really is! Being a horseman also will play a big part in motherhood, I feel quite prepared thanks to Parelli in most aspects of life. I look forward to seeing how big of a difference in my life Parelli will continue to make when I become a wife and a mother, a teacher and a lover. Thank you Parelli!

I have been teaching my students here in North Carolina, enjoying teaching my free hours which are just about up! Sometime in July I should be traveling to a couple of barns in Virginia, which I am looking forward to.

Reina and Bebe have taught me quite a bit as I have been working on their development even further. Bebe is one of the best minded yet insecure horses I have had the pleasure of working with. He is primarily an insecure right brained introvert, and I have learned to keep it slow and to not make him feel wrong all of the time. Right brained horses are quite different when it comes to perceptions and the way they learn, very sensitive to everything you do and very smart though most of it takes more repetition and quiet understanding on our part. I have enjoyed learning so much from him.

We are primarily working on slowing it down and creating a security blanket for him to feel during liberty, to find ME as a safe place at liberty instead of loosing his confidence and speeding up. I have also been playing with freestyle and finesse in sensitivity to my seat and energy, go and whoa becoming more equal and also teaching him to carry himself in a better manner for a smoother ride and a better build. He loves the ladies, I told him the more he worked with me the better he would look for the girls... I have had no problems with willingness after that conversation. ;-)

Reina has been quite the interesting case, she is really teaching me to stay patient, slow, and kind. She has a LOT of baggage from having raced for those years, and I can really tell the toll is has really taken on her mentally. She is the only horse in the herd we have that is not crazy about humans and doesn't come running to us for our company. So she has been very difficult but every moment of progression has been very rewarding. I do believe Parelli people are so attracted to difficult horses because they become responsible for that horses mind. They get to see what they are, how they started, the progress in between and the new creature they get to create and enjoy. The progress of the horses development, and the development it causes in you is really a magical unexplainable thing. I do feel very privileged to be one of the few people in the world that has the skill and knowledge to be able to develop horses in such a way, not just because of the beauty you are able to create but the beauty that the horse gets to create in you. I will keep all of you updated on these horses progress, I am very busy for the next 3 weeks with my family, playing with horses as much as I can in between but after that I should be posting every day.

I will be leaving early in the morning (Friday) to spend a couple of days with family up in Virginia about 7 hours away, will be a very nice trip. I will be back late Monday night, the chiropractor will be visiting on Monday while I am gone to do a check-up on Sundance and will be getting a call from her to try and figure out what needs to be done. I will let you guys know when we get a lead on something, hopefully it will be a quick fix, let's keep our fingers crossed.

Happy Father's Day to all of you Daddies out there! Kids, be sure to hug your Father today for what he does. My father will be getting some home cooked meals, baked cookies, and lots of love and hugs!

I'll talk with you soon, thanks for hanging in here with me guys! Would love to hear from you, please leave a comment so I can catch up.

Keep it Savvy!

Mariah Helms

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Late Night Liberty

Playing with Sundance and Bebe together in liberty session.

Thursday, June 2, 2011