Friday, July 31
Eddie has been doing so great. I rode this morning and we went for a walk in the track. No spooking, YAY!!! Then we went in the pasture and we did Patterns. His Sideways was AMAZING. We did it over barrels and he was so light. All I had to do was shift my weight and he went right over. Then we did the weave and he was still so light. I basically just had to use my legs. Then we did a big bullseye and I only had to correct him a few times. I'm so proud of him! Then we trotted to different point-to-points. *happy sigh* Life is good. God is good. Hooray for savvy play days!!
Today I'm going out to Rebecca's again so we can play with the ponies. I have a few things to suggest to Rebecca for her to work on with Savannah. Transitions, change of direction, weave, touch it, figure eight, stick to me, and sideways. They are both doing so great!
Here are a few pictures from this past week.
And you know what? Tomorrow is AUGUST!!!! AH!!!! That's so crazy!!!
Rebecca holding Eddie and Scout:
Me and Eddie jumping!! Yahoo!! It was so much fun!
My Eddie - <3 I love you Eddie! More than words can explain!
Me and Eddie on Wednesday:
Playing with collection a little bit!
~Lea & Eddie~
Wednesday, July 29
Let me just update you guys on what I've been doing!
Eddie and I have turned such a HUGE corner!! We rode for 2 hours yesterday and he was amazing! We cantered, jumped and went for a walk on the track. I cannot explain how much I love him! =-) <3 Diesel has turned such a corner too. He is SO friendly now!!! LBI/LBE. I'm so proud of both of them.
I also have been working on long reins with Eddie. AMAZING! Level 4 quality. I love you Eddie!
Well my time on the library's internet is about to expire.
I just wanted to say that Eddie and I have been doing some amazing things. I'm so proud of him.
Talk to you soon!
Saturday, July 25
I'm so happy!
When you eat the labor of your hands,
You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
~Lea & Eddie~
We're living our dream!
Thursday, July 23
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
Wednesday, July 22
Scout and I played with his freestyle again and it was so much fun! First we had reins and we did a few Patterns, then I took his halter and reins off and we were bridleless! We did the question box and the clover leaf pattern. It was a lot of fun! It was really the first time I have done it, and we were bridleless! Yippee! We also worked on sideways, follow the rail, clover leaf, question box, figure eight, weave and 180's. They are all so much fun! I love Patterns! =-D Scout is so much better now with mind exercises. He's so polite and calm now! I love working with him. =-)
Then I groomed both Eddie and Diesel and I did Diesel's toes. I got to rasp them all off! Yay! His feet are doing so well. They are right where they should be.
I played with Eddie before dinner and it was fun! It poured earlier, so everything was wet and I was barefoot! lol! Haha, I love muddy feet! lol! Anywho, Eddie was so concerned with bugs/his herd/mud/wet grass he wanted nothing to do with me. My plan was to do zone 5 driving with two reins, but I remember Jerry Williams' article about putting the relationship first and I dumped that idea and worked on him wanting to be with me. Let me just say that the play session went amazing. He was interested in me, and he totally forgot about everything else! Then, get this! We actually got to do our zone 5 driving!!! We did the circling game and change of direction and point to point and we did a faux trailer load into the stalls! lol! YIPPEE!!!!
Well I have to say that when you put the relationship first your horse will give you even more then you expect.
By your patience possess your souls.
~Lea & Eddie~
My amazing partner that teaches me every day.
Tuesday, July 21
Yesterday's play session with Eddie!
There! HAHA! Then we walked over the log! I thought we was going to jump it! Silly horse!!
When I played with Scout a bit!
These are from today when Eddie and I did long reins! His expression was a lot better!
Now on to two!
Lately he's been very... naughty. I thought it was just disobedience, but now I've realized that it was total boredom! He was so bored with all the things we were doing online! So I thought and realized that the next thing to work on was our zone 5 driving. Duh! Why didn't I think of that before?! So, now we're playing with all our zone 5 driving and taking it to new heights! He did so well with it earlier. He was really ready for it and he finally got my attention! lol! Yay Eddie! You're teaching Lea!! =-D I love learning!
So, having said that I learnt and then I taught! I gave my sister a good 30 minute lesson on what I've been doing with Scout. They did so good! I'm so proud of you Al!
Yes, yes. It's been a very fun last couple of days!
Keep the savvy!
I have chosen the way of truth;
Your judgments I have laid before me.
Lea & Eddie
Sunday, July 19
This morning I also rode Scout. We played a little beforehand and he was so forward-aholic/mouthy/over reactive! AH! So I got on and we did super patterns! We did the figure eight, bullseye, ovals, follow the rail and transitions within gaits. We did all of those until he relaxed and asked if that was what we were doing. He really caught on quick. It was so much fun, I got to test my savvy and his transformation was AMAZING! My mom was watching and she said that at the beginning he was a RBE/LBE then by the end I saw he was all on the positive charts. The power of Patterns are AMAZING! =-) He was a completely different horse! I love doing this ~~~ Horses are my passion!
Speaking of that, I really found out what I can do to earn my income. Instead of working at a store or something (YUCK!) I'll trim horses! I trimmed up Rebecca's horse's front feet and I was so in my element. So, when I'm 18 (or if KC comes around here) I might take one of his courses and get certified as an equine podiatrist. Because you know, there aren't that many trimmers around here and there is always a shortage of them. I'm just so glad we found Mike or else Eddie would still have surface cracks. =-)
That's it for now!
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Lea & my amazing partner Eddie!!!
Saturday, July 18
I will praise You with uprightness of heart,
Thursday, July 16
Tuesday, July 14
Monday, July 13
Guess what!? Guess what!? Guess what!? Guess what!? Guess what!? Guess what!? Guess what!?
Yesterday I rode Eddie around the WHOLE track!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YIPPEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had a goal that I would do that by winter.... well I did it yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm so happy! Eddie did so good and he didn't spook at all. Not even with the south line which he hates. I'm so proud of him. He looked like he enjoyed it and I had a lot of fun. I'm so happy! I'm so happy! I'm so happy! I'm so happy! I'm so happy! I'm so happy! I'm so happy! I'm so happy!
Hooray!!!!!!! I couldn't have asked for a better 2 year Parelli anniversary.
Sunday, July 12
Well this time two years ago we were watching Pat and Linda Parelli at the 2007 Parelli Tour Stop. We bought the Level 1 kit and at that time they were giving the Level 2 dvds with the Level 1 pack for free. So the beginning of the journey began. We had played with the 7 games a little before hand with the 7 Games VHS, but nothing as in depth as the Level 1 pack. We learned so much and I was thrilled with the results. By the fall we were already seeing a change and I dived into the Level 2 DVDs excitedly.
I can't believe that was only two years ago. It feels like I've been doing Parelli forever! lol! I've classified myself as a Parelli sponge, I soak up everything!
I'm so glad God led us to Parelli. He always knows what He's doing.
~Lea & Eddie~
Saturday, July 11
Friday, July 10
I saw this and I instantly clicked with it. Now, that is what my dream is. Exactly that. I've been looking for a video that shows exactly what my 'that' is and this is it. I know it will take a long time to get there, but that is my dream. My ultimate dream...
It gets even better! My sister had been playing with Scout a little bit and because she's sick, she handed him off to me for me to play with both of them together. This was the first time that I played with them and they were actually listening to me. We did the circling game, sideways, squeeze and yoyo. All were amazing! I think sideways was the most fun. I had Eddie sideways towards me (which he did beautifully) while Scout sidewaysed away form me. It was so fun! Then I got them to jump together (jump the cavaletties stacked) and it was so cool! Eddie was listening to me, Scout was listening to me. We all felt so connected! My sister video-taped all of it, so I'm going to make a movie in a bit. Check back here for when it's done!!!
I can't believe how FUN it was!!!!!!!!!!!
~Lea & Eddie & Scout~
Wednesday, July 8
Three laps to be percise! I rode Scout and ponied Diesel while my sister lead Eddie. It was weird not to lead Eddie or be in control of him, but I think my sister did a very good job with his LBE/I behaviour.
It was cool, I had my hat on, and my big 'ole muck boots while I ponied Diesel and I felt like a cowgirl! *says in a southern accent* --> Bringing in the horses from the field. hehe!
Well tomorrow it's supposed to be sunny! Yay!
Talk to you tomorrow!!!
~Lea & Eddie~
Tuesday, July 7
We took the horses out for a walk in the track, I lead Eddie and Diesel and Rebecca rode Scout. We did three laps and then we rode around and played in the pasture. Then we went inside, and after a quick rest we went out, groomed them, and we both rode around in the paddock/outdoor. We stood on the pedestal, trotted around and we even sat on Eddie double! =-D He didn't care at all! It was funny!
I'll post pictures soon!
Well with Eddie, we're right on the verge of doing something new. All the things we've been doing are now at a pretty good quality, so we're moving on to new stuff. We're still working on cantering on the circle and having 'good' circles and trotting sideways. I'm going to look at the self-assessment sheet and see what we can improve on. We're also going to get the Patterns from GiddyUpFlix, so I'm super excited about that! We got the Freestyle Patterns in the mail yesterday, so I'm looking through those. Lots of notes!!
TTYL! Pics are on the way!
~Lea & Eddie~
Saturday, July 4
Friday, July 3
At 9:45 we went out to get the horses from the pasture so we could play before Mike came. Eddie and I did canter falling leaf, transitions, gaits withing gaits (at liberty) spins at liberty and independent circles on line and liberty close and far away. So yeah, he was very tired after I was done playing with him!
Mike came around 11 and Scout was first, then Eddie and then Diesel. Diesel did a lot better this time then last time. He would jump around a bit, but he always came back. Mike did a fantastic job with him. I would rather have him, a Level 3 grad, get him used to different people (men) then anyone else. Say a vet. Thank you so much Mike for taking the time it takes. I know, it's not exactly to the girly way (carrots and kisses), but Diesel has to learn to trust others. =-) He showed me how to rasp off the backs, so that's my homework for this month. It will be easy.
Mike also brought the Theraflex for me to see. It looks good, but it's... *heads off to check* $300 and that's my whole bank account! Plus a saddle whenever I save up for that. No thanks. I'll wait and see. Good things come to those who wait. ;-)
But it was so nice. It was after lunch and we got done with the boys, so Mike stayed and ate lunch with us. Subs, yum! Get this -- He said (I didn't know this yet) that Mark Weiler bought out 'Parelli' from Pat. It happened some time ago. It really opened my eyes though. I mean, it's so easy to get caught up in all this stuff and how expensive all their stuff is when there are equal things out there that are cheaper. I know God gave me this gift, and I want to use it by pleasing Him. I absolutely LOVE Parelli, the Horsemanship side. I think what Pat has done is revolutionary. But the prices and the corporation are what get me. There are amazing students out there - Hannah Willis! Fran Latane! Keri! Grace! Kayla Wells! Lina Brandt from Sweden! Katie Oostman! Miranda! You know, those are the girls that deserve to ride with Pat. Not pay. How hard is that? Dave Ellis who taught Pat how to play the guitar and he became an instructor. You know, I don't think you should have to pay to do what you love.
That's just what I think. My mom has really helped me realize that. The underdog students are the students that deserve to be recognized, not the ones who have thousands of dollars at their disposal and are proud.
Anyway... Tomorrow is the fourth of July!!!
I cannot wait until we can get the track in tomorrow. Yep. For the fourth we're putting in the track! Finishing it! Yay!!!
Well, I'd better stop before this turns into an essay.
~Lea & Eddie~
Thursday, July 2
Well yesterday I did exactly what I said I would. I took the time it took and it took WAY less time. ;-) Yesterday I rode Eddie in the outdoor/dry lot and if I hadn't taken the time (a very long pre-flight check) I won't have been able to ride. But Eddie was calm, I was calm and it was a relaxed, Level 1 ride! Yippee!!!!! I didn't push myself, I new that if things went wrong, I either get off or go back to the friendly game. Which really helped. We did the friendly game all the way to Level 3 and it helped me relaxed and he just about fell asleep! So, I was super excited!
Today I played with Eddie in the round pen. The bugs were really bad and he was a bit scatter-brained, so I decided not to push it. We dragged a cone, did the circling game (he did really good) did sideways away and towards and took silly pictures. lol!
We have started the 'drag a cone' task. It's funny, he sees no point in it! I could just picture seeing him go, "And why is there a cone attached to me???" hehehe! The next thing to drag is a tire! Woohoo! ;-)
Lea & Eddie
~Partners till the end~