Saturday, January 29, 2011

Fun inflight!

Met a new friend while traveling to Orlando. My new gal pal, Margaret & I are having fun trying to watch TV while on the plane! Of course we would. We were able to watch 3 mins of the comedy Two and A Half Men. And every once in while we holler back to Margie who is sitting behind us! You can imagine all the giggling and carrying one three gals can do on a long flight. ;) Needless to say I don't think the guy in the window seat is too pleased. I think he'll be alright though he came equipped with an iPod.

We do have a rather stern, all rules kind of flight attendant, who frankly scares us a little. We may have to wait until we land to get out of our seats. LOL. She has been heard barking at someone that they were in her way.. Oops... Better explain the friendly game to Margaret in case we need to visit the powder room. PNH to the rescue! And then there was the incident when Margie dared to ask for a spoon for her Starbucks oatmeal. Of course she is a fellow Parellli student and used her savvy. She came back with the spoon in the end.

Well friends time to try the TV show thingie again.... It's a long flight.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Off to visit the "enchanted" campus

This week has been Busy with a captial "B" getting ready to fly out to Florida tomorrow morning for 2 weeks. Uh yea baby TWO WEEKS! I am quite excited about attending the 1 Star Instructor course at the "enchanted" campus and getting to reunite with my former Fast Track mates. I still managed to find ample time to goof off with my ponies though. All work and no fun make Kimmy a dull cowgirl! In the beginning of the week we played with obstacles at my friends ranch and today my Mom came by so I promptly put her skills with a camera to good use. Thanks Mom!! xoxoxoxo

TTFN (tah tah for now) ~kim

My Sweet & Playful Gelding Chero

Miss Fancy Spice Girl

My Rockstar Dove

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Positive, Progressive and Natural

Well friends I have been enjoying the suddenly warm and sunny weather here in California. Couldn't have happened at a better time (if you read my last post). Nothing like a gloriously sunny day to help me get my nose out of a book, or put the vaccuum down and run outside to play with horses. It can also really brighten your attitude. ;)

So this past week found me doing just that... really PLAYING with my horses versus tweeking tasks or isolations or worrying about goals. Looking at my horses with POSITIVE appreciation for where they are at in this very moment in time... and where I am at too. Talking to them about the little things that make the biggest difference. Jane (aka Twinnie a fellow blogger) posted on my blog a great reminder comment from our Fast Track experience.

"The words of John Barr keep coming back to me - 'you are exactly where you are supposed to be right now'... "

Jane is also struggling with submitting her L3 Freestyle audition. That is another beautiful part of PNH, the sense of belonging to a family, that you are not alone in your frustrations nor are you alone in celebrating your successes! Pat's saying about having an Attitude that is "Positive, Progressive, and Natural" was running through my mind and caused me to search for the article that one of my Fast Track coaches Molly Sanders wrote on this very subject.

" I decided to be ok with where I was and turned the knob with conviction. It was much like taking off a pair of sunglasses and having the world take on a brighter hue. I felt free to experiment, free to acknowledge the things my horse offered, I felt natural. The only place I could be in my journey of horsemanship was where I was… and that’s when things really started clicking together for me."

I also remembered a few more good old PNH phrases such as "Personal growth is rarely convenient or comfortable." Whether it's learning how to remain positive, or struggling to be progressive enough, and above all else staying natural in the pursuit of my dream. And another good one I heard several times during Fast Track that I may not quote just right but I think you'll get the meaning- "we (coaches or your horse) may not teach you what you WANT to learn but rather what you NEED to learn." Oh boy isn't that true.

So early last week with Dove I slowed way way way .....way... way down and took 30 -40 mins to hang out, exhale, relax, rub on her, ask ever so small for her to put her head down, or "think" about taking one step backwards before doing ANYTHING else. Anyone watching may have thought we were just standing there doing nothing. ;) My little RBI needed to reconnect at this level after all we learned last year. Phew, I think I needed this too. The result? By the end of the week we were really playing even with the tough stuff like being particular about FQ yields and the quality of response when porcupining Dove's chest (her confident & dominant nature shows up in her Zone 2! LOL) We found the path to positive progression in a natural & FUN way.

And isn't it funny how that change in my attitude flowed over to my other two horses as well! ALL 3 of them offered some of the coolest stuff yesterday EVER! Just when you think you are being positive or progressive or natural, your horse teaches you how much more there still is to learn.... and if you step up to the challenge then they reward your slightest try!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Good, Better, Best, Never Let it Rest, Get your Good Better and your Better Best!

It's already two weeks into the new year and I am still planning (ok plotting really) my goals, aspirations, and dreams for 2011. What are my horses and I doing Good.... what can we do to get it Better ......on our way to doing it Best? Now mind you I gave up making "New Year's Resolutions" long ago, instead I greet the New Year with a blank slate and promptly start making lists all over it. LOL. And I am a serious list maker my friends. I am even prone to buying new stationary and cute little purse books so I can make lists wherever, whenever the opportunity arises. Oh just look at the colorful stuff I found at the supermarket! It even has bling so of course I could not resist putting it in my cart next to the eggs, ortega chiles, vegetable broth and water chestnuts. Uh yeah I had a weird little shopping list yesterday. All the more reason I had room for the diva-like stationary! It is a serious addiction I have... making lists. I think the reason I do it is that I get alot of satisfaction out of crossing the items off! So there you have it..... my confession for the year. Phew glad that is over with, now we can get on to horsemanship goals, aspirations and dreams, the stuff a brand new shiny year is made for.

As I sat down and started writing my horsemanship goals what came out surprised me..... what sat before me was a list of house and garden chores. What? ... where is all the fun horsemanship stuff? Hmmm... my list contained those naggy things...... like decluttering an overflowing clothes closet (because you bought some new riding jeans!) ordering a part for my truck, or the piles of papers that really need to be tossed or filed away. Am I to take care of those nagging responsibilities before Kimmy can go out and play? Funny how the brain works at times. Alrighty then, I created my "to-tackle" list. LOL I am in linebacker mode. This is the side effect of Sunday football playing in the background yesterday. So wouldn't you know it, while I was decluttering the office this weekend I found the latest Better Homes and Gardens magazine- what was the headline article? "Cool, Calm, and Decluttered: 25 Ways to Pare Down and Get Organized for a Fresh New Year." How did they know? ;)

While I was knee deep in office debris, I also realized that sometimes I can feel this way about my horsemanship goals too. Are there tasks, or areas that are calling out to be worked on first before we can get to our fun list and become in the words of BHG- cool, calm and decluttered? And don't misunderstand, my horses and I have no problem ditching our plan for the day and have some good old fashioned fun spontaneous play. And I don't mean that I am putting goals before principles but rather that I need to take a moment and really look at where we are at in relation to the bigger goal. Embrace where we are at instead of thinking about what we still haven't accomplished. And begin there. Perhaps it is all these books I am reading in preparation for the 1 Star Instructor course that's got me thinking about truth, transparency and trust, or my own desire to be super prepared and get the most out of that adventure, my old damned determined ambitious side was poking her head out! LOL. She really craves knowledge and organization. And she can sometimes be a real pill. :P

So I had to ask myself, what is hanging me up or holding me back? What am I secretly obsessing over? Ok here it is...... submitting our Level 3 Freestyle Audition. There I said's out there. I admit that I would liked that to have been done, passed, checked off by the end of 2010. I felt I had plenty of time..... ah but that was people time not my horse's time. And my friends, there is my second confession, treating my horsemanship like a "to do" list that I was longing to check off! Good grief! I know that my horse & I have some rather important mental, emotional and physical things to sort through in regards to riding truly in free-style... the kind of free-style that I dream about .... riding bareback and bridleless ....on the beach no less. Now I know that is not part of the audition, but it is part of the pursuit of my dream. Some of the important ingredients surfaced during our Fast Track experience last June while others have been around for awhile and thankfully my mentors help me sort through them and have really given me permission to slow down and become fascinated by them. Really it's just a little nagging feeling of falling behind the goal of the "green string", with a bit of impatience thrown in -w
hen will I get back to the recombine part and play with our freestyle audition?

So I acknowledged that with a little re-org of my time I could satisfy my desire for more knowledge, tackle some of the more glaring organizational needs which would result in more relaxation and free up my playful imaginative side..... and then I'd be in the right attitude to start to write down my horsemanship goals, aspirations and dreams for 2011. Yes that's right.... the first Key to Success...... Attitude. It's the process not the product.... it's not about the goals. LOL! The list can go on. What my friends have you learned about yourself, your attitude, your feelings, your response to writing down your goals, dreams and aspirations for the new year?