Flowing with Flow

The fatmare has been lonely without me! I’ve been busy with several other projects so the new horse, Flow, has been a bit on the backburner. I’ve played around with her some but nothing more than hanging out, grooming her, playing at liberty or going for a walk. She seems to love the attention! Here’s a quick video of her meeting the 2 year old Flutter for the first time so check that out:

Just Waiting…

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Dancing White Horses

I’ve been waiting and waiting for the new girl to get here. She is coming from Wisconsin so that’s about 950 miles. I had a hard time finding a horse hauler so weeks have gone by but the good news is she is coming on Wednesday!!

I plan to throughly document working with her. The best part is she is almost four years old and has basically been out in a herd for  years. That means that she has had very little training. Some might see this as a negative but not me. I will start her using my own method, which I call Dancing with the Divine.

Since she is a Lipizzan horse, she will fit the bill for the divine. I can’t wait to dance with her!

The New Fatmare Cometh!!

Here’s the new girl!

The fatmare is gearing up!

Today I bought another fat mare! Apparently, I can’t be without one! This time she is a Lippizan horse.

I have always had an obsession with this breed. It must have to do with the fabulous White Lippizan Stallion tours I saw as a kid. I remember being so impressed with the symmetry and dance-like quality of their performances.  Plus watching the Disney movie, The Miracle of the White Stallions, added a historical overview that hooked me to this rare breed. Can you believe that there are only 5,000 Lippizan horses in the world?

Last summer I rode my friend’s Lippizan mare appropriately named Lippy. She was like riding a fast-moving cloud. I loved her power, connection, and grace. She was very different from any other horse I had ridden before. She seemed almost like a unicorn.

The ‘new’ fatmare is only four and has lived with her sisters out on a large acreage. So I will be training her from square one myself. I figure that her lessons and my lessons will merge to create a fabulous co-creative dance. I can’t wait to share this new chapter with you. She will arrive on January 1, 2012…so stay tuned.

Holiday/Birthday Spirit!

Today is my birthday so to get into the birthday/Christmas mode, I decided to share some pics!

Here’s Flutter’s first Christmas:

Getting into the holiday spirit..I love the whiskers!

Next we have Aspen wondering if I have lost my mind with all the horse decorating!

Aspen thinking...Just a little over the top!

One of my fav pics of my wonderful hubby with Aspen. We don’t have winters in South Carolina like that!!

Snow Meditation!

Lesson Nineteen – Just Being There

Aspen Back in Her Jumping Days

November has come and gone and the fatmare has just been sitting here alone since my short post about Hickstead.

My black mare, Aspen, colicked a few nights after Thanksgiving. It was a strange evening. I came back from dinner with the hubby and decided to give the horses hay before going in the house. I normally wait until 11pm or so but that night I went as soon as we got home.

As I approached the front field, I heard a nicker from Aspen that sounded different. I grabbed the hay and went to throw it over the fence. It was a moon lit night so I could see the outline of her body lying on the ground. It seemed odd that she was laying down. I gave her the hay and she got up but then laid down again. All I could think was colic!

I ran to inside the house in a panicked state and got my husband to call the vet. In the meantime, we gave her an injection and took her vitals. The vet was wonderful and ended up spending a few hours here. She recovered fine after days of monitoring and a special diet.

The biggest lesson for me was how we all worked together to help her. It was so seamless. I felt like Aspen knew she needed us and we showed up!

 

Lesson Seventeen – Letting Go and Feeling Great!

Nootka ready for greener pastures

Nootka is off to new green pastures. She walked right on her new owner’s horse trailer and stood there looking back at us as we closed the door as if to say, “Hurry up! I’ve got places to go and horses to see!” I think it really shocked her new owner how easily she loaded on the trailer.

I’m usually terrible at good-byes but this time I felt good. I was surprised that Nootka and I seemed to be so clear and happy at her transitioning to a new home. I know I’ll see her again at a horse show or somewhere and it will be so good to say, “Hi friend! – How’s the teaching going?”

My other mare, Aspen, did whinny for her several times but then went back to grazing. By the next day she seemed different too. When Nootka was with her she bossed her around and her life was controlled. Nootka was like you stand there and if Aspen didn’t want to, Nootka would chase her or kick at her until she was where Nootka wanted her. It reminded me of a boss I once had 😉

Now, Aspen is very relaxed and seems more engaged. She has been a delight to ride and even decided to show me that she still has her fancy dressage self in there!

For me it was so wonderful to feel good about letting something go. Try it today…let go of a belief or object or a limiting thought…just let it go.

Lesson Ten – Growth vs Protection?

Rasping the trimmed hoof level

Farrier rasping a hoof

Perception is a tricky thing! I had a new farrier come out to trim Nootka’s hooves and put new shoes on. My usual farrier didn’t return my calls and missed an appointment so I had to find someone else on the fly.

The new farrier (let’s call him ‘Bill”) reminded me of how much as a child I hated when the farrier would come to do my horse’s hooves.  I hated that if my horse didn’t do exactly what the farrier wanted, he would grab a tool and smack him real hard and yell. I never understood the yelling and hitting before even trying something else.

So fast forward to ‘Bill’. Nootka swatted her tail and hit him in the eyes. He automatically assumed that Nootka wanted to hit him. He decided that there weren’t flies on her and that he needed to show her who was boss. This all happened in seconds. He hit and screamed at her.

Does this make sense to you? Horses don’t think, “Oh, I’m a bad girl for hitting the human in the face- I better be good.”  All that happened was Nootka went on high alert because she thought she might get hit again.

It made me wonder why people can automatically jump to a conclusion that someone is out to get them?

I think there are two states that people function in. One is growth and the other protection. If you are in protection, you wack the horse and assume it was out to get you. If you are in growth, you think okay I can do something different. You think about tying the horse’s tail in a loose knot or putting on some more organic fly-spray.

With my iPad application, I feel like I’m in growth most of the time but I do have moments of protection. This weekend I thought our artist was falling down on the job. My first reaction (one of protection) was to write a demanding sharply worded email. I scrapped that idea and thought I needed to give her more detail and direction. She sent much better work today and I felt nothing but good vibes.

Lesson: Don’t ‘wack’ the horse…stop and try something different.