LESSONS FROM MY CORNER OF THE ROUNDPEN
The Beginning of an Adventure and BACK TO BASICS...
I have enjoyed my first two weeks here atAtwood Ranch Naturallyas the Head Horse Development Specialist. The weather has been much warmer than at our new Starr House in Pagosa Springs, CO, and the 6,000 acres of the Red Bluff, CA, Atwood Ranch are beautiful - the rolling grasslands are surrounded by the mountains here in northern California.
The young horses here - my projects are weanlings, yearlings, and two-year-olds along with a few older riding horses - are fantastic.
Lessons from Behind the Team:
Article 5 "Is Causing Making?"
Hello everyone! I'm hoping today to give
you a mental puzzle and something that I want you all to debate about with all
like to use one of Pat's sayings: "cause your idea to become you horse’s idea". I told this to a
student the other day and she seemed confused, so I continued to try and
explain it further. And finally she said, “I understand what your saying but at the end of the day
isn't your job to get the horse to do it?
Lessons from Behind the Team Article 6
Things to Keep in Mind - Part 2
“Believe in your horse so
your horse can believe in you"
I have a special place
in my mind for this saying, because there is also a Pat story attached to it.
I’ll give you guys the short version. I’d like you to rewind your clocks to
2009, summer season Colorado: simply breathtaking. The ranch crew was cutting
hay; some Externs and Interns were helping too (I was an Intern).
Lessons from Behind the Team Article 6:
Things to Keep in Mind - Part 1
These are some of my favorite quotes. These things often fly into
my head right at the correct moment to save the day! And often I'll be
struggling to find an answer and unconsciously one of these quotes will appear
and 9 times out of 10 it's right for that situation and that horse. (The *
after people’s names is just saying that it's not just that person who said it
--- most of their mentors and students will have said it to.
This blog is by one of our ISP students for April/May 2012. Enjoy her thoughts about weeks 1 and 2!
What an amazing week! This is totally what I needed for the
stage I’m in in my journey (working in level 3/4, getting ready for a fast track, in
hopes of qualifying for the instructor program). It’s the missing bridge
between home study and delving into actual ‘training’ Parelli style.
Mattie and Jamie are the best - two totally different
personalities that give you the opportunity to learn from and understand
different ways to approach your journey and horse development.
FROM MY CORNER OF THE ROUNDPEN
"It's what you learn after you know it that means the most." I have
heard Pat say it thousands of times before. He has said that the first
horse you have is your sacrificial learning lamb --- and the next 300
are also your sacrificial lambs.
Yes, that is true, but I also have found that each of my long term
partners, Kami - Sterling - older horses such as Reddy and Dancer, where
there as some of my best teachers - and they came to me when I needed
to learn new or different lessons.
Yesterday we had an incredible day of lessons with Mattie.
In the morning we packed our lunches and headed up to
a near by Arabian farm, called Mountain Magic Arabians,
owned by Helga Etscheidt. The farm is located on top
of a mountain, off the grid in the middle of nowhere. We
actually got a little lost trying to find the place, but the
views we saw along the way were breathtaking. There
were aspen meadows, turning golden and fiery red. There
were herds of deer and a beautiful double rainbow coming
up from behind the mountains.
My ISP time, is over. The last two weeks have been pretty intense, we worked on so many different areas of horsemanship.
One day we went to another facility to learn about first contact with a horse and evaluation, reading diferent horses and play with no parelli horses....it was just amazing. Mattie was leading us through it....we could see what "savvy" means and change mi mind about reading/horsenalities from somethig I need to improve my horsemanship to my favorite topic. We saw a lot of things.
INTENSIVE STUDY September 2011 - Beginning Overview
This month we have had a pretty exciting start to our Intensive Study. Our group has a higher understanding of horsemanship than I expected we would attract when we started this program. Because of this, we have had a lot of fun taking their higher understanding of principles into purpose and in doing so, I believe they have gained an even higher understanding of the Parelli Principles and their importance in Horsemanship.
These are our Intensive Study Students for September 2011... we have
asked each of them to give us comments, and we are not editing the
comments in any way so that you can get the full feel of the Intensive
Study experience through them. This blog is by Manuel. Enjoy! ~Mattie ISP BLOG - Week 1
I have been at the ISP one
week today and the the education I’ve received in five days (two days off)
thoroughly surpasses the numerous classes and courses I’ve attended in the
past. Mattie and Jamie are the most talented, young instructors I’ve ever met.