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. The program is
pretty kicked back- you don’t really know what you are going to work on from
day to day… so if having every second of your day planned is your modus
operandi, it may be a bit unsettling
I was a bit skeptical and stressy in the beginning, but I’ve
learned so much and both of them know my goals and know what they are doing, so
I trust them to help me fill the holes in my foundation in preparation for my
future. I may not get everything perfect at their place, but that’s not as
importation as knowing where I’m headed afterwards.
They throw a lot of information at you, and they don’t tell
you what to do every moment of the day. But in the stage I’m at it doesn’t
bother me that much, as I’ve been working a long time on my own, and have a
pretty good idea of what I’m looking for. They are most always around and
always ready to answer questions or help you out with problems. They are very
giving of their time and knowledge and I’m so grateful to be able to
participate in this program.
Welcome to horsie bootcamp, and I’m lovin’ it! I’m tired and
sore, but who cares…
Being in this environment has helped me see how I’ve limited
my horses. How much more particular I need to be, and how much they are
actually capable of - mentally and physically. When you home study you really
don’t have anyone to push you into taking your horsemanship to the next level,
and many times that’s why things so south - you horse is sick and tired of
playing in kindergarten. I had a down day this week in that I felt lost in what
I was trying to accomplish with my horse, and was tired of working so hard to
get so little. Kinda took the day easy and today I watched both Mattie and
Jamie work with some horses that really helped me understand what and where I
needed to go. I’m excited to see what I can do with this new knowledge.
Last week Mattie and Jamie also helped me deal with an issue
I’ve been dealing with for over a year with my horse - not trailering because he
wasn’t accepting being locked in the trailer. I had done all I knew to do with
approach and retreat, in, out, and around the trailer, extreme friendly - you
name it. But my horse would still blow up when locked inside. Mattie and Jamie
took time out to help me several times with him, showing me the missing piece -
namely allowing the horse to learn to think his way through the
situation on his own. This week I can see that’s exactly what was missing and
it’s transferring to other areas of his development as well. Exciting!
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