Jennifer, I don't know if you read the blog post about "Tummy Out". For some reason I am getting the feeling that this technique might help you ride Oliver bareback. The exercises she gives sound like they will help prepare the pelvis for following the motion of the horse's back and make you more secure.
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If you can't get Oliver to move you could just let him stand there and practice those tummy-out exercises on his back. You might get surprised and find him moving under you after a few minutes.
Thanks for the comment. I can't help but enjoy 'The Squirt'... he's just so much fun! :)
I read that you are doing some 'in hand' work with Oliver. You can accomplish a lot with groundwork. If you are firm and clear during your work, and assert yourself as the leader, then your relationship with Oliver will become stronger, and your confidence in one another (and thus your confidence in general) will also grow. Have fun! We're having a blast with our groundwork, and are in the process of introducing ground-driving. Riding is only one aspect of enjoying horses.
Got another Savvy Club DVD again today. I just watched the last one a couple of nights ago.
Good thinking on your part to not watch the "Cloud' taping till you are feeling better.
I found myself feeling very serious and sad as I watched it....and mad. And Depressed!! Somehow I have to try to not allow it to disturb me so much so I can get busy on the phone and mailings. I want to let the light shine so people can see the issues and act to help...not get snuffed out with gloom and doom.
But, but, but, did you see my other message? We got out of the arena and around the barnyard?!
Did you see the new show on Clouds Herd tonight? it's suppose to be on again several times in the next two weeks if you missed it. It was VERY interesting what Ginger has been able to catch on video and share and explain about mustang life in the wild. I was soooo touched. You are going to have so much fun yet ahead of you....on top of what you've already had watching him grow up with you.
Almost forgot! I did watch the Savvy Club DVD late last night and even though I didn't really think it would be too useful but it was interesting. It would be especially good for someone just learning with a horse. The idea of stroking/combing the reins to help relax the horse was very cool and then the little technique of how to hold the reins to back was different then how I'd been taught. I used it on Cash tonight and he liked it. He's always backed good but he was more responsive and faster about it tonight.
I am very happy and very sad tonight.
I am very very happy that Cash and I rode around the barn yard tonight....all by oursleves and it was b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l! Yes! Beautiful!! He was such a good boy and all went very well.
The sad part was watching the PBS special tonight on Clouds herd. If you didn't see it, I think it was the first showing of this part 3 of the series. The show was a delight but made me all the more so sad at what is going on with not just this herd but so many of the herds and the individual horses. I'm thankful that so many are getting homes (like your Oliver) rather then being added to the ones held in pens but the freedom that is being lost by so many and the families that are being broken up. I fear this is not being done for the protection of the horses at all but is totally due to greed on the part of many men that stand to profit in different ways by destroying these most beautiful animals. These animals have a loyalty to each other as shown by the program. I guess it's just time to really get down to business and get all these phone numbers and addresses together and really get busy stirring the pot.
Hope you and Oliver are having lots of fun!
I see two pictures by you in Wild Horses from the Sanctuary....Is that it? Sounds interesting & fun. I'm all for anything that helps the wild mustangs!
I just posted a video of Cash and I if you want o take a peek.. It's just under the videos, I didn't see how to link it to my page. But if you look at the ones that came in today, I think you'll see it.
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Yes, I would be great to see. Did you get the Sept or Oct. DVD for the Savvy club? I can't believe I haven't watched mine yet. Maybe too much time chatting on barnmice.
Where have you been.~~ Haven't heard from you in a while? I was out on vacation to florida and still itching from some beach bugs after 6 days home. Other then that it was a very nice trip. Can't believe I've been home that long.
Been riding? Hope you'll fill me in! Cash and I are at a good place. Hoping for some peace at the barn for a while.
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Horses certainly do have a lot to teach us! I have a very smart lad myself (he's too smart sometimes!) . He is the first young horse (under 4) that I have ever had, and we are taking our time learning together. I'm in no hurry since we hopefully have many years ahead of us. He's just a baby (two) so it's lots of groundwork for now... and we're having a blast. He is a fun and curious horse, with an awesome sense of humour!
If nothing else, my horse can always make me smile! :)
Hi again, I was browsing through your photos - Oliver is such a cutie! Toby looks sweet too. Bareback is a great learning tool - you not only gain balance, but you can really feel the horse. A couple of my coaches have given me lunge lessons in which I would ride bareback with my eyes closed and focus on what the horse was doing (which leg was moving up etc.). I love being that 'in touch' with the horse (you can more easily feel the muscles prepare for a transition, sense if the horse is relaxed or nervous... you really get to feel what's going on with your mount). Plus bareback riding is simply a lot of fun. ;)
... and if it happens to be cold (a common occurrence in Canada) being close to your horse provides a bit of extra warmth! :)
Hi Jennifer. I saw your question about the rope around the neck of the horse being ridden without a bridle. I also like to ride bareback with just a neckstrap... I've done so since I was little. I have used a soft rope, but generally I use a long stirrup leather. On a larger horse the leather sometimes sits a little higher than I would like, so I am hoping to have a cordeo made, or possibly get one here: http://www.equihof.be/catalog/index.php?cPath=183_61
The cordeo is long enough to fit low on the neck, which is best. A cordeo isn't meant to exert control, so you will develop good balance, seat and legs riding with one, since your aids primarily come from your seat and legs. You should ride in an enclosed arena (and with your trainer there) when riding with a cordeo... even after years of riding my pony that way, I always used a bridle (hackamore) when hacking in order to have more control.
Hi Jennifer, I'm forwarding this to you from my Parelli Newsletter.
I wish I'd seen this in action. Maybe they will do one of their monthly DVD's on it during the year. Pat is doing a rescue horse at each Celebration this year but this is a MUSTANG success story.
Parelli Celebration Highlights Humane Society
of the United States Rescue Horses
This weekend at the Ft. Worth Celebration, Pat played with Thistle, a sweet-natured five-year-old mustang who was rescued during a large-scale neglect investigation in Nebraska earlier this year. Since the rescue, Thistle has been under the care of the Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center until he arrived in Ft. Worth on Thursday. Each day of the Celebration Pat played with Thistle, and by the end of the third day Pat was riding the mustang without reins leaving many saying this was the best training session they have seen Pat lead. It was truly amazing to watch, and the experience is first hand proof that the Parelli method can help any animal if you put the relationship first. Read more about the Parelli Humane Society of the United States partnership here. Following the event this weekend, Thistle was made available for adoption to a selected, loving home.
Are They Still Real?"
A young girl's question rings true as we continue to lose our herds of wild mustangs to uncontrollable mismanagement by our own government. Here is an update on Cloud's capture and release and what you can do now. Plus a preview of the new show!
Dear Friends of Cloud and his herd;
On September 9th six of us stood atop a low hill near the corrals where the Pryor wild horses would be set free. The first band to be released was Cloud’s. But, the family was missing the young members of the band and Cloud knew it. Instead of racing to freedom as he has done twice before, he dashed in a circle around his mares and lone foal, Jasmine. Again and again he tried to snake them back toward the corrals where part of his family was held captive.
It is the stallion father’s job to keep the family together and we saw a display unlike anything I have ever seen as Cloud swept past his band trying to keep them from returning to the mountain top. The whole time wranglers on horse back drove the band and yelled at the horses, trying to get them to leave. Cloud paid no attention to the riders on their tall horses. Instead he tried in vain to reunite his splintered family. In the end the mares won, racing away with Cloud grudgingly following. With tears in our eyes, we watched him disappear into the desert.
Two days earlier we had stood on high hill over looking the corrals watching as bands were driven in from the mountain top through the desert. My heart dropped as I spotted the pale horse in the distance with his band. It was Cloud. The helicopter pilot dipped and swerved, doing its best to bring his family in through the desert foothills. With the Black in the lead, the band broke back time and again, as if knowing what lay before them. Finally, the helicopter was able to press them into the wings of the trap and Cloud took the lead. The Judas horse was released and raced past him. What happened next was a first for me. Cloud completely ignored the lure of the Judas horse! When the corral came into view he slowed and the band pushed in around him, trying to run away from the helicopter. Dust swirled around them as Cloud stopped and turned to face the chopper and stood still for a few seconds. Then, he turned following his family into the corral. I have never seen this kind of defiant courage . . . ever.
And so, I ask that we take his lead. Courage is what we need now. Courage and tenacity.
We must keep up the fight.
photo above: Living Images by Carol Walker
SHOW PREVIEW HERE. The new PBS Nature Cloud program, "Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions" will premiere on Sunday, October 25th - many of the horses you will meet in this third chapter now sit in pens at the base of their mountain home. Please help us lobby for the release of the older horses immediately. You can read and follow our frequent updates on The Cloud Foundation blog here.
TAKE ACTION NOW:
Ask for the release of the older horses from the Pryor Mountain roundup, it is cruel and nonsensical to remove Grumpy, 21 year old mare, Conquistador, a 19-year-old band stallion, and the 11 other horses over ten years old. Ask for the immediate reform of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program, call daily and fax your comments as well!
1. White House Switchboard – 202-456-1414 (fax: 202-456-2461) -- Ask for Senior Advisors: Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod. Ask for Michelle Obama too, her office is receiving a tremendous number of calls and they need to continue.
2. Call your Senators – switchboard 202-224-3121 and ask that they support S1579, The Restore our American Mustang (ROAM) Act
3. Call the Senate Committee of Natural Resources – 202-224-4971 (fax 202-224-6163) Email here. ask that they push the ROAM Act through immediately– it must go up for a vote soon in the Senate
4. .Join us for for the next Advisory Board Meeting and "Mustangs on the Hill"- Sept. 28 & 29th
Please join me and many others at the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting in Arlington, VA on September 28th (click here for information). Make your voice heard – and then join us in DC on the hill for meetings with key members of the Senate as well as upper-level whitehouse and Department of Interior staff the following day. Our wild horses' hoofbeats need to be heard in Washington DC! More details to follow to be posted on our blog soon.
Our mailing address is:
The Cloud Foundation 107 South 7th St Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Copyright (C) 2008 The Cloud Foundation All rights reserved.
Both my foals appear to be grullos now that they shed out their baby fuzz. I'll try to put up new pics soon. Wait till you see LACY's little girl. "LOBA" She's only 3 months and already outgrew her 5 month old brother "Silver"(she's 37.5% percheron) sort of has the looks and build of a Grulla Friesian (kinda heavy but not like a perch)