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Monday, November 26, 2012

Kaspin goes to Columbus MI

for a fun Parelli workshop last weekend in Columbus MI!! I was taught by Jake Beirbaum Parelli Professional. But there basically was a team all day of 4 Parelli professionals all from MI. There was also Meggie and Steve Andrews, and Courtney Trares along with Jake all helping. How cool to have 4 Parelli instructors all in one place at our disposal all day!!!! I also am so grateful to my friend Kim who once again used her truck and trailer to pick Kaspin and I up again and take us to the event that day. Kaspin still hates the trailer, so we were really hoping that having her horse Shadow on the trailer would help Kaspin out. It helped, but again it took us about 20 mins to load that AM. Argg, we will keep playing with this!!! Once at the event Kaspin's nerves showed once again, but Kaspin's nerves are nothing too crazy ever to handle. Kaspin usually screams out to any horse that will answer him back. Pretty funny actually and Kaspin usually cannot keep his feet still. Kaspin will usually pace/walk circles around me. Which is ok with me. The day was mainly about the Parelli 7 games in depth. Very cool for me and super cool for Kaspin. It's been so fun taking Kaspin all over to different places and to experience different things. I think we both walked away doing lots of licking and chewing! Afterwards, I got a free lesson from Coutney Trares for 1 hour. We worked on Kaspin's trot on line on the circle and a little bit of canter on line on the circle. Kaspin really braces when he thinks canter is coming up. So Courtney showed me how to help Kaspin relax and remove the brace before asking for the canter again. It really helped. I love Courtney's opinions or should I say savvy arrows, since she too owns a RBI horse and has some great arrows to hand out. I also had a few more in depth talks with Meggie and Steve Andrews. Ok, final answer.....Kaspin is a RBI and when he is confident he is a confident RBI. Some people including me would think it was LBI. Kaspin still might show a tiny LBI, but innately Kaspin no matter what, is an RBI. I think I just wanted an LBI so bad, I was really hoping. But my cute little chicken is my cute wall flower and really is truly RBI. I will figure it out and embrace my RBI. Here are a few pictures from our fun adventure. I am am really looking forward to spring already. Since I know I will be able to get Kaspin out even more! Stay warm and embrace the cold for now. Janine, Kaspin, and us missing Enzo

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  1. Fun! Kaspin is sure getting a lot of experiences that will just make him a better horse :)

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    1. I agree! I wish I could keep going, but I will have to wait till spring, sigh. I hope your having fun also!

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  2. This is just awesome! I agree, all this exposure and soon Kaspin is going to be a king of a horse! Spring time trail ride together, I know it!! :) I can't wait to ride with you.
    He is such a beefcake too, I love how big he is, lol
    Hugs

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    1. I sure hope so:) Kaspin sure is nervous with new things. I hope to get his confidence up more and more. That soon he won't mind all the different things so much:) Thanks!

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  3. Janine, can you message me what Courtney said to do for the circling? My RBI is the same way and it is getting better but she still puts a lot of tension in the rope indicating the canter is not as comfortable for her. Also, what kind of saddle is that? :)

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    1. Well I have no idea how to explain it. That is really why I didn't say much in my post, LOL. BUT, I might get some time and try to tape it and post it??? I'll try? The saddle is a sensation harmony element treeless saddle. There are so many really nice treeless saddles out there now. Biggest thing is they really do need a really good pad! The parelli pad is awesome or many of the treeless companies sell their own versions. I love my treeless. I have had a Ansur. I sold it, because I didn't use it enough to have an expensive saddle laying around. And I also have a Barefoot for trail riding. It was cheap and my one horse use to play in the water and roll a lot. So this way, I wouldn't get upset if he did this, since the saddle was cheap. I still want to buy a used Parelli Fluidity. I tried one once and loved the way it sat on Kaspin and where the leathers hung. Kaspin is built downhill. If I feel I love the Fluidity more. Then I probably will sell one of my treeless. Since I don't need 3 saddles. I'll keep you posted on the saddles. Smiles!

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  4. Shame you don't live closer, Camryn has ballz of steel on the trail. She'd be a good solid horse for him to go out with. I imagine you know several people with good solid horses who's calmness coould help him when out and about. By the way Camryn would say "hubba hubba" if she met Kaspin. He's so handsome :)

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    1. Yes, would be cool if you guys were closer! Shadow is super with trailers, but Kaspin thinks Shadow is nuts, LOL. Thanks!!!

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