Saturday, June 12, 2010

Harry Whitney... Here We Come!

Mom and I are officially packed and ready for camp. Well... almost. We have the horse's suitcases packed, our suitcases packed, and everything ready for tomorrow. Terrie is arriving at ten to help us load the horses, and hopefully that will go by quickly and smoothly. We will then hit the road and head on up to Rodgersville, TN to Mendin' Fences Farm for the week.
We are in the "mother-daughter group" week, so two other mother-daughters are going to join Mom and I. My list for Harry is pretty short and subject to change. The main thing I would like to address is Woody's trailer loading. Though he goes in, he is very inconsistent and he is not truly ok with it. Hopefully Harry can help me help Woody feel better about the trailering experience. Also, I hope to work more on Woody's canter, and held him maintain the gait for longer distances. Other than that though I just want to have fun, learn from all the horses, and increase my horsemanship. I think Mom and I might switch horses for a day and I'll work with Charlotte while she plays with Woody. That should be interesting and I'd love to get Harry's feedback on my relationship with her.
Unfortunately for you, my reader, there is no internet access at Mendin' Fences. Therefore, I will not be able to update with posts of the day. However, I will be taking notes, and I believe I saw my mom searching for her audio recorder earlier, so there will be eventual updates on camp happenings, but not until I return on Saturday. I hope everyone has a lovely week in my absence... I know I will!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Welcome to my new and improved blog! Though this blog may look similar to my previous one, many changes have been made.

The main reason for the change is in concern to the web address. My previous web address was I decided to change my address to "horsemanshipjourney" because I don't want to attach myself to any one particular program. I believe that each specific "program" or "system" has something good to offer. I have taken ideas, concepts, and exercises from many different programs to build the amazing relationship I have with all of my horses. Though many people say its best to find a program and stick to it, I say that by doing that you miss what other horse masters have to offer as well. Therefore I have removed "Parelli" from my name.

Parelli used to be the main influence of my horsemanship, and I still believe it is a wonderful resource and program. However, I feel I have graduated to another level of horsemanship: one in which all that matters is my horse's well being, both mental and physical, rather than the levels we can achieve and the things I can make him do. My goal with my horse is to teach him to let go of his worries and trust in and depend on me to protect him, be considerate of him, and make his job as easy as it can be.

This blog is open to all influences. Its main purpose is to document my sessions and thoughts and keep my fellow horse lovers updated about my life. Poke around, ask questions, and enjoy!