Monday, April 26, 2010

Star Wars according to a 3 year old.

This is a really cute video if you've seen star wars...

Sunday, April 25, 2010

"...but that which is good..."

Hello Peoples!
I'm heading to bed, today was a long yet good day...

A verse to think on: 

Ephesians 4:29 (KJV)

 29Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.



Friday, April 23, 2010

My Newest Creation

Hello Peoples!!
This is my newest sewing project, the skirt and the Vambraces (cuffs around my wrist). It was meant to be medieval, warrior princess, and a bit Lord of the Rings like, I think it turned out well. I used Brown Corduroy and Blue Denim. It was all from scratch and without a pattern, I made it in about 3 hours. 

Thursday, April 22, 2010

If you think fast food is yucky...

then you'd know that *leftover* fast food is worse... :)

:) :) :) :)

Hello Everyone!

We had the Posts at our house from Sunday night to this morning. It was an amazing time and such a blessing! :) We don't get to have people over very often and if we do it's usually people that we don't know very well.
The Posts are our dear friends from Alaska but they are moving to Virginia now. Mrs Post is having a baby, it's due in May and it's really exciting and I can't wait!!!! :) :)

They brought their dogs with them in the back of their truck, they are lovely animals even when they're hyper. They both used to be our dogs at one point, Lottie had a litter of puppies and they wanted one, so they got Chuvak (Chuvak means "Dude" in Russian, he is a purebred Siberian Husky). When we were about to move from Alaska to Colorado we realized that we wouldn't be able to talk all of our dogs and we asked them if they wanted another one and we told them about the others, Suzie must have sounded appealing (she is 1/4 Pharaoh hound and 3/4 Siberian Husky, neat mix huh? She is SO quiet and beautiful!!) and I don't remember all that happened but she was theirs before long. She is really shy because she was a neglect case and was never around humans much as a puppy. (*I have no clue why I'm sitting here telling ya'll about their dogs.. Maybe it's because I'm an animal lover*)

Anyways..... It was really fun in case you didn't notice!! :) *grin*

Shalom, Peace out, and Toodles!



Wednesday, April 21, 2010



1. a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Touching Picture

This is a picture of a girl who was in an attack by a suicide car bomber in Somalia. I made me want to cry it was so beautiful!! <3 :) 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

".... setting me free...."

Letting Go
(Katie Drake)

"If you could see beyond these walls that I’ve erected
You might see a heart that’s longing to be loved

If you could just stay long enough to really know me
I might just be ready to fall

Setting me free from all of my shame
Letting go of all of this pain
Break away from all that has kept me locked inside

I don’t know the answers to all of life’s questions
When my hands in yours I can take on the world

You see me through my trials conquer all my battles
You’re my rock you’re my everything

Come tear down these walls that
I’ve built around my heart
Now I’ve fought long enough
And now I’m ready to fall"

That is a song by Katie Drake, it can really speak about horses. That's why I like it. 



I have an Idea:

Here goes...

Ok, I was thinking. If any of you horse people were to have a question about anything horse related (ground work and riding), you could ask me by writing your question in the comments. 
I could answer you by making a video and demo, I'd try the best of my ability to answer...

What's your input, good idea or bad? 



Sunday, April 11, 2010


Super pony power!
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Relationship with Leah-- Next level 3 horse?

Hey People!

I had a small session with Leah today.
She had trouble with things being around her legs and her stepping on her lead rope, this is one usual problem she has had. I found out when she went into panic mode, I calmed her quickly and got her away from the rope. I did approach and retreat, she calmed nicely. I then taught her to back when ever I laid the rope around her back legs and sent steady pressure down it.

She has always had trouble making and maintaining canter transitions (Cricket had the same problem).
I sent her into a slow trot, then made a down-ward transition to a walk. She was calm, then I sent her into a trot again, then asked for a canter and she went into a faster trot ("Good girl!!!"), I rewarded her try and let her be for a lap. When she came around for another lap I asked for a canter again, boy did I choose rightly to reward that faster trot for low and behold she gave me one stride of the canter!! Major good girl, I let her be for another lap. Next time she came around I asked for another canter and she gave me about 5 strides... Great girl!!! Wait for it!-- Next lap she came around I asked for another canter and she gave me a sweet whole lap!!!! All in 20 mins!!!! Major success!! :) :) :) :) :) (On the whole, the session was about 45 min)

This has motivated me to have Leah be my next level 3 horse (that is if Emily will let me). Cricket and I are near our audition and I really want a challenge after that (not that Leah is in any way is a challenge). This past summer I took Leah through level 2 this summer and I feel I'll need another horse to work with when Cricket and I are in level 4.

Toodles for now!



                                                          ~~Parelli Riding~~

Parelli teaches you to sit on your pockets and move with the horse, this is SO against classical riding (heels down, toes forward, sit up... etc).  
I ride with my horse with a comfortable slouch and going with the flow, people that teach classical riding fight the flow to look good (many people have good intentions, please don't take me wrong). 
Some people think I'm flapping around when I'm not! Look at an old video I have on my blog under "Squeeze game" (it's in the November 2009 archive), ignore my riding and focus on Leah. Does she swish her tail continually with exasperation? No. Does she stumble over a jump because she doesn't have enough help? No. ---She is connected, calm, soft, and mildly playful! What more could I want? Nothing. I am happy with that! (Please observe, I'm not saying I have nothing I need to improve.)  

I can ride bareback and with out a bridle because my wonderful riding teacher [Mr Edwards] told us about Parelli and we bought the DVDs and began watching. 
I have been praying every night this month for God to mold me into the best rider, teacher, learner, and instructor I can be (I know I should have prayed sooner but I didn't think of it then). 
I'm deeply grateful that I haven't fallen and broken my head sooner! *grin*

Conclusion: When I'm flapping, I'm flapping with and for my horse. When I'm jumping, I'm jumping with and for my horse. When I'm galloping, I'm galloping with and for my horse. I'm steady because my horse is steady. I can stay on without any help from my hands or legs because I am fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of my creator.      

That's it for now!




Psalm 139:14~ I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made

Friday, April 9, 2010

Yet More coolness pictures!!

Some more super coolness pictures! Enjoy but be sure to look at the previous posts to see some more pictures!
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More play session pictures-- Amazing

These are some more pictures of our play session-- God has truly blessed us in this wonderful journey of horsemanship!

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Level 3 online playing

1) Cricket and I playing friendly game after she did a lot of cantering online
2) Hanging out...
3) Some serious play-drive going on, look at that head and rearing! This is my all time favorite!!
4) Cantering back to the camera




Thursday, April 8, 2010

Level 3 Online, Liberty, and Freestyle Auditions

I'm planning on taking a bunch of Level 3 auditions this week, after I take them I'm going to see which ones I like the most to send them in. I have to remember it has to be under 10 mins.

Things I will be doing in the Online audition:

1) Extreme helicopter friendly game-- slap ground 6 times hard with carrot stick and string

2) Massage inside ear (not deep)
3) Hold tongue
4) Stand on pedestal
5) Lead by mane and tail
6) Stick to me (move fast and slow)
7) Drive from Z5; one rein
8) One foot on a pole
9) One hind leg and and one front leg over a pole
10) Sideways towards you slow
11) Sideways over barrel or log
12) Sideways along fence keeping feet still
13) Trailer load
14) Figure 8

Extra: Spanish walk
Foot on a barrel
Transitions: walk, trot, canter, trot, walk.

I'll get Freestyle and Liberty up later!




Monday, April 5, 2010

Cricket and I make a great pair! :) --Dreams

What's up?

Ok, I'm going to talk about the plans I made at the beginning of the year. I planned to graduate level 2/3 by June (I didn't name a date in the blog post), that might not happen because I'm taking my time and having more fun than I've ever had in a while. :) I know I'm out of level 2 for the most part and level 3 is looking good. I get a phase 1 with most everything, even riding. Responsibility is something Cricket struggles with and she is getting better, but reallllllyyyyy slowly. I've been looking at Parelli Clinics in our area and they look promising but I need to talk with mom and dad about it more, it was their idea. A clinic would have someone who knew what they were doing, look at my riding and playing and tell me what needs to be better and help me fix it. That would be awesome. I'm very critical of my riding and playing (I take videos of us together and it helps a lot) but sometime I'm going to need some professional help, not that I'm in *deep* trouble or anything, I just plan to pursue horsemanship to the highest level, in other words I'm a treasure seeker! lol... he he... :)

Speaking of my future, I haven't told you all the particulars of what I plan to do when I grow up. Here goes!

Extra: This is far-fetched, but if I go to collage, I'd really like to go to Parelli University (yes, it's a real collage, I don't think I'd want to go to any other one).

1) Have about 10+ acres around my house
2) On those 10+ acres set up about 5 round corrals of all different sizes, have a large [inexpensive] play yard, have many "grade ponies" for lessons- Mr Edwards is screaming (maybe not)-- "Super horses" I should call them (Corollas, Mustangs, Quarter horses, Haflingers, Mutts, etc.. After all, those are the best!) .  :)
3) Give lessons that kids can afford
4) Gradually build a very nice -yet inexpensive and simple- place

I'll have a lot more particulars but it would take forever to write them all down. :) :) I also want to say to all my friends and family, if this dream/goal ever comes to pass you will always be welcome at the horse facility-- either as a teacher or a student. 

I'm still working this out but thanks for reading!



Saturday, April 3, 2010

Oil Paintings

Hello Peoples!
This is my profile picture in oil painting, I really like it that way. I downloaded a software called FotoSketcher that will do Oil paintings, Water color, etc... So I used it for this picture! :) 




Friday, April 2, 2010

What's been happening:

Here is a list of things that have been and are happening around here.

1) Ian and I have been repairing the loafing shed. You know, that thing the horses loaf in!? *smile*
2) Repairing the white fence and replacing posts "Ian! Can you help me with this post? It--won't--come--out!"
3) I'm doing spring cleaning in the dog pen... Ewww
4) Giving dogs their daily workout.. "Come on Sandy! You can do it! GO FIGURE!--*pant pant pant*"
5) Doing just about everything unpleasant there is to do around here! *lol, how you envy me!* jk... It's not *that* bad!

Okayyy... I'm getting really tired, gtg!

Toodles! (how I love that word!)