Words get in the way. At a demo at a horse rescue, I struggled to find words to express myself to the crowd to be truly understood. I didn’t want any misunderstandings of what I was doing and why. Horses help me focus, so I relaxed into the rhythm of the horse in front of me, and spoke freely to the spectators. The terrified horse ran frantically back and forth in the round pen, crashing into the panels, trying to escape the predator who was in there with him, me. I spoke of how I listened to what the horse was saying: about me, about his past, about the horse he was born to be. I read him, breathed with him, looked into his soul. He calmed down and finally stood with his head down, licking his lips beside me. There were no words between us. I worked with him for an hour while he freely told me his story. And I listened.Details
How one woman and a small group of volunteers found homes for more than 900 horses… Elaine Nash and the Hallelujah Horses. Elaine Nash didn’t know that the call she received in October 2016 would take her away from home for nearly a year, requiring all her professional skills and a healthy dose of fortitude. But even if she had known, she still would have taken it.Details
I’m fascinated with the concept of leadership. Some people believe that great leaders are born with the inherent skills and personality traits that predispose them to becoming effective leaders. Others say that leadership is a skill (or set of skills) that can be learned, and thus taught. Perhaps there’s some merit to both theories. But my horses have shown me there’s something much more important than either, and it’s simply this:
In order to become an effective leader, the individual must have a compelling REASON to lead.Details
“I dream’ed a dream to-night,” said Shakespeare’s Romeo: a dream of love reviving life. When Kim Meagher came across Romeo, a terrified three-week-old sorrel bay with his dam at a kill auction, both with gaping wounds, she too dream’ed a dream – that the safe haven she had previously provided for 200 horses would give them both a chance for a future.Details
If someone were to ask my horses the question, “What does it mean to listen?”, I’m pretty sure they would say: “Everything. It means everything.” Although horses have the ability to vocalize, their primary modes of communication are behavior, body language, touch and energy. We humans, on the other hand, tend to rely almost exclusively on spoken and written language to communicate. Because horses cannot speak or interpret our complex spoken languages, those of us who want to train and/or ride horses must learn to use body language, touch and energy to communicate with them.Details
Lori Northrup, president of the Parelli Foundation Board of Directors, has been named New York State Horse Council’s “2016 Horseperson of the Year.”Details
The experts agreed that burnout does occur in therapy horses and identified several situations where it was more common. Symptoms of burnout were recorded as were situations which increased the likelihood of symptoms occurring. A variety of recommendations were made to minimize burnout in therapy horses.Details
While there is no specific Parelli Nartural Horsemanship curriculum currently designed for 4-H clubs, with a little guidance and modification the materials available can be made appropriate for teaching kids. I’ll now share some things that I have observed to be successful in the Partners with Horses club.Details
There are lots of good reasons to attend a college or university, but impressing a potential employer in the horse industry with your degree may not be one of them. In general, horse industry employers are much more concerned with practical experience than with a college degree.Details
3-Star Parelli Professional & Horse Development Specialist Mattie Cowherd has partnered with “Daisy” in the new Rehoming for Life Challenge.
Daisy is a a beautiful pony mare. Mattie will give her the opportunity to have the brightest future as someone’s perfect partner!