Never Make Assumptions

As a Parelli student, I know that the second principle of horse training is to never make or teach assumptions. Easy enough, right? Or not? I would really like to say that I can follow that simple guideline, but Estella has, once again, proved me wrong. Yesterday I finally...

Crazy Gone Lazy

When I first bought Estella, almost six months ago, she was crazy. Hands down, crazy. She hadn’t been handled much (her “leading” experience involved herding her around with a chain over her nose) and her go-to when she wasn’t sure about something was to run. This lead to a...

Be Happy.

After three consecutively horrendous days at the beginning of this week, today and yesterday were great. I have finally found sometime (which may or may not have involved skipping class) to play with Estella and it has been wonderful! Wednesday I went out late after class and just wanted...

All About Attitude

Estella and I had such a good day; probably the best day we have had since I started school. I think this was a result of my attitude. Attitude is the first (of seven) of Parelli’s keys to success. Parelli describes attitude like this: 1.  Attitude – Keep it Positive, Progressive...

Lesson #3 With Juli

I am so lucky to have some really fantastic Parelli Professionals so close! Juli Piovesan came out for the third time yesterday to see Miss Estella. The lesson went so well and we were able to cover everything I wanted! Jackpot! I talked to Juli about Estella’s habit of...

Communication

The past few days Estella has been good, but not great. The other day I took her out of her field to play with her in the outdoor. Although she wasn’t whinnying or acting crazy, she wasn’t “with me”; she was with her friend in the paddock. Unfortunately, I...

Act Like a Partner

Even though I am innately LBE/LBI, I go through phases of being right brained, specifically RBE. These “phases” usually occur during school or when I am working a lot, so I usually chalk up my RBEness to being stressed out. Strangely, the past few days I have been very...

What do you do when spring rains flood your outdoor arena? You play in it, of course! We have been confined to the indoor for way too long so yesterday we ventured out! The arena was very wet, but luckily the thick sand isn’t slippery or sticky, so it is fine to play in.

It was pretty hot yesterday so Estella wasn’t feeling as extroverted as usual, but she still wanted to move her feet [obviously]. I set my camera up on a fence post and videoed what I described as our warm-up in this post. This was my second time trying this approach and again, I got phenomenal results!

After I warmed up with the above, I got this:

She was calm, responsive, and willing. She sometimes wants to show the “You can’t make me” attitude when I change direction from right to left, but as you can see in the video there are times whens she is so light and responsive I don’t even pick up my stick!!!!

Please ignore my waddling; it is hard running in sand in muck boots ;). I know we aren’t perfect and there are probably a million things I should be doing different (such as more exercising and less beer drinking), but we are having so much fun! If you listen in the second video, she blows out a couple of times and has continued to lick and chew so often! I am so incredibly impressed by how much she has progressed since our videos from May 15th, less than a month ago. Then she was slightly out of control, ripping my shoulder out of socket and dragging me across the arena. Now we are actually playing, using obstacles, and there is slack in the rope. So hard to believe! I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Success!!

Estella was so incredible yesterday; I couldn’t be any more thrilled. We are starting to figure each other out and she was the best she has ever been. As of Saturday I have officially owned her for a month and it is hard to believe how far she has come....

Estella + Tarp = Crazy

Yesterday I introduced Estella to the tarp. I figured she wouldn’t think it was scary, but she did surprise me a little bit. I had the tarp set up as a point in a triangle, the a barrel and poles as the other two points. I started out driving...