So last week I rode Kaspin in a halter again for the first time since I bought him(he normally drags/hangs hard on a halter and won't listen at all. That's why I put him in the Parelli cradle bridle for a while). But Kaspin did super well in the halter last week!! I was sooo happy with that. He still isn't that soft on the Parelli porcupine game with his nose. So I am going to really work on that. And now that winter is here and I will be mostly indoors with him and doors shut. I will continue to practice with the halter on. Kaspin should be super by spring for sure. I am OK!!! But I did fall off of Kaspin last week. It was actually a bit funny. He spooked and bolted forward about 4 to 5 steps. But enough for me to loose balance and I just couldn't say on. I fell on my right hip. But actually both my hips feel fine now. Anyway, we have raccoons that come out of the walls in the indoor arena at night and hang on the rafters in the arena and watch us ride. Kaspin has not seen them as of yet! But he did last week and took off! After I fell off, Kaspin turned around and came back to me and looked at me on the ground. Like what are you doing down there(I love horses that don't leave you). I got up and told him..... don't you know I cannot fall of off horses kaspin(I have bad hips)! Like he would know, right!!! Anyway, I took him over to the mounting block and got back on. He was fine and we ended the night fine. Enzo has already seen the raccoons many times and just thinks they are interesting and even likes to watch them. But this was the first evening since it got dark early that Kaspin got to meet one last night. Since the raccoons come out at dark of course. Since then, Kaspin has been all freaked out in the arena even in the daylight. When my friend watched him last weekend. Kaspin basically bolted 3 more times in the arena with me on him(I stayed on these times). Kaspin hears any noise in the arena and thinks it's the raccoons coming out!!! My friend said, it seems he is scared from zone 5. Ahh haaa, the last owner sold him for bucked her off!! Makes sense now. Kaspin is super timid and super un-confident and not brave at all. I am really thinking Kaspin is a Right Brain Introvert!!! Instead of a Left Brain Introvert, which I thought at first. So my new plans are getting Kaspin more confident and trusting me more. I took my friends advice and decided to test out the zone 5 thing. I decided to take a Pareli carrot stick with a bag on the end. Kaspin thought I had pulled out the boggy man!!! Wow, what a different horse! Eventually, with approach and retreat I made it to the back legs. WOW, was my freind correct! Kaspin bucked like there was no tomorrow at the carrot stick and bag! So I do have my work cut out for me!! I am not going to ride Kaspin anymore until I can get this fixed in our relationship. I don't need more falls and Kaspin can buck sooo high, when he is scared! And I know I won't stay on, since Kaspin is all freaked out in the arena right now. I better stay safe and stay on the ground on line. But I am very interested in learning Kaspins right brain!!! How interesting!!! Keep it savvy!! Janine and Kaspin!!!
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Friends are so great to have and Parelli friends are even more awesome.! Yesterday my friend Kim and her Tennessee Walker came over to my barn and we had our own Parelli fun day! Lucky for us, I also had my video taper and got some fun of us playing yesterday. I combined some parts and made a small video to share with all. We played on many things, but this video shows us playing the Parelli circle game, Parelli squeeze game over barrels, and Parelli yo yo over a pole on the ground. We really enjoyed to see the 2 horses working together. They are both Left Brain Introverts on the cusp of being Left Brain Extroverts. You would think they both came from the same mother, since they both act soooo much the same!! Have a Savvy day and enjoy! Janine and Enzo!
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Wooo hooo, my plans changed and I get to stay home after all. Why am I so thrilled? That means I get 3 whole days to play with my boys!! Yeah, I have to work Friday. But that's ok!! It keeps me also from spending any Black Friday money! Of which, I don't have anyway, LOL!! I am just so thankful I get to stay home this holiday and have so much free time with my furry hoofed kids!! Yeahh!! I hope all of you get to hug and kiss your equine partners on Thanksgiving as well!
Happy Holiday, Janine, Enzo and Kaspin!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
What are you doing this Thanksgiving? I am going to NC to visit with family and of course eat way too much food! What are you thankful for? I am thankful for so many things! Great family, great friends, 2 great jobs, 2 super horses, 1 super cairn terrier, and 2 funny cats. I also want to send a SUPER THANKS to Kristen and Laz for their recent contest!! You can read here http://sweethorsesbreath.blogspot.com/2011/11/contest-winners-announced.html I just love the way Kristen had Laz pick the winners! Very cute and thank you both again! Either way, I am very thankful for my life and try to appreciate it everyday. I hope you all enjoy the holiday and get some extra time in with your equine partners as well!
Keep it Savvy~Janine, Enzo and Kaspin!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Yes, more pictures!! Well, I played with Parelli games with the boys on Saturday! On Sunday, I had my best friend Holly come out and play with photography! Holly is a photographer and she has her own photography company http://www.focusequine.com/. She had gotten a new lens and wanted to try it out! I think she could use an old style cardboard pinhole camera and still take awesome shots!!! I will only post two of the boys. Since I really hadn't gotten permission as of yet. But man the fall colors are just sooo awesome! That is why I posted these two pictures. I love the colors, the trees, the pond, and the leaves floating on the pond!!!
Keep it natural~Janine, Enzo and Kaspin!!