Well hey there. It has been an enjoyable couple of weeks. The human has been around, and we have done some playing in the ring with fun trail rides in between. Yesterday she only played with me for fifteen minutes, then took care of all my bug bites, what a day. Those darn bugs are bad with a capitol B. I don’t know about you folks out there but the biting bugs really ruin my day. No matter what my little human says, those bug sprays are just not working out. She says she has a new one for me tomorrow, but she couldn’t test it at night because she is worried I might have a reaction. Well, someone tell her I am having a reaction right now, to those pesky bugs! The rain today is sometimes helpful, at least it keeps all but the hardcore bugs away. Yesterday in our short session the human seemed to have a plan. I don’t know where she was all day, but she seemed really excited to see me, she even said she missed me AND gave me a treat. It is nice to know you are loved 😉 She set her boundaries gave a couple scratches and then just hopped on. She didn’t even tie the lead rope. She had some new ways of working that rope but it all made sense to me. We walked, trotted, cantered, and backed up all with that one rope. I have to say it was kind of cool. Not sure why she had to try it at 8:00pm, but it was fun none the less. The grass is green, my friends let me boss them around, and my human makes sure I am fed. Life is good.
Haha! Ymir, I have been learning and learning and learning. He will be so impressed when I show him all I have learned 🙂 After our weekend clinic, I finally filmed and submitted my level 3 liberty and freestyle auditions. Fingers crossed they they will come back accepted. The last couple of weeks I have also been working on Henry (the trailer). He has gotten new break shoes, tires, grease seals, and I am on the search for a new latch for the screen door (harder to find than anticipated. Whew, running all over to find parts and only having a couple hours after work has made this a slow process, but I am hopefully that Henry and the yet to be named truck will be ready in… wait for it… 24 days. I can’t believe that in three weeks and a day we will hit the road for Pagosa Springs, and start the clinic officially 6 days later. I now know the process behind replacing the break shoes, how to pack the bearings, and then put it all back together again. However, I think I will let dad do the actual work; Ymir’s life depends on these wheels and now is not the time for me to practice!
Yesterday I went to audit a 5 star parelli instructor teaching a clinic in NH. It was phenomenal. I came home yesterday night with 5 pages of notes and an ache to find out how Ymir would do. There are so many little basics that you build your skills on, and it is nice to have a reminder. It is also easy to get complacent with what you are doing and say “well that’s good enough”. But is is really good enough? The clinic is a level 3/4 clinic so all horses and people are confident with each other and the basics of parelli training. Adding on the subtleties and making sure the horse is really connected and responding is so fascinating. On the ground I learned how the 8 principals and 7 games are tied together, as well as different ways of playing and understanding those games. In the saddle I was reminded to play with my horse with a single rein. Does he follow my lead, or am I just pulling him in the direction I want to go? Am I having a conversation (principal 3: Conversation is mutual) or is it one sided with me doing all the talking? So home I went with a million things to try, and by golly don’t you know it, Ymir flies through everything I throw at him! I was so impressed with how he responded and it was such a pleasure to know all the work that we have done is paying off! I continue to learn, and as our journey across country grows nearer I am more eager than ever to take this course, and be immersed in the language of horses.
PS: I am still looking to raise a bit more money for fuel and places for Ymir to rest on our way. If you haven’t already seen our gofundme page here is the link: Amy and Ymir gofundme
I also did a video of our journey 2007-present here is the youtube link: A Pony’s Tale youtube