12/30/2007

Marshall goes to the moon


I made a similar post yesterday on Jerrific, but knew everyone here might like to see it too.

Marshall is ready to walk on the moon in this outfit!

Sniffing Curiosity

Since I know 'officially' own Parelli Level 1, there are some pieces I have missed along the way in terms of learnings and exercises. One of the first recommended exercises is to go out and sit down for 1/2 an hour, no talking and see how long it takes for your horse to touch you.

After spending some time with the horses, treats, and my carrot stick in the pasture I brought my horses into the outdoor arena. I squatted down and just waited. The boys were all over me in just a minute or so, sniffing me all over, sniffing my stick and being close. It was an amazing experience and I have to say in the 6 years I have owned a horse, I have never let them do that. What a shame! It brought a great smile to my face and they enjoyed it to.

Precious was more interested in her 'friend' in the pasture, my mom's gelding Lucero. But she drive them away from me a couple of times, so that was interesting to watch. I know she feels neglected, I swear the more knots her her mane, the more knots in her personality, so I spent twenty minutes untangling it today and then we had a ride. She was a great girl under saddle and she worked well for me even after weeks of no riding.

Tesoro and I worked on 10 meter circles at the corto, trying to use only my upper inner thigh to cue him to change directions. It was a nice short ride, but I feel very productive for both of us.

It was a good day on the farm, things are starting to feel normal and I am glad to be here.

12/26/2007

Life on the Farm

I have spent a lot of time on blog silence, much more than I would like because the last few months have been dedicated to:

1. Remodeling work in the barn
2. Traveling for work
3. Preparing our new house
4. Traveling for work
5. Packing and moving
6. Traveling for work
7. Settling into new house
8. Traveling for work.

Tonight was the first night I went out to the barn worked with horses and did chores since we moved in on the 15th. Slowly but surely things are coming together and I have even found the charger for the camera so I can start to take and post some pictures.

In other news:
1. Zapa is working on a new home. I have found a young woman who is interested in buying him and she is coming to work with him to make sure he is the right horse for her. I want her to come several times before she makes her decision, so I'll let you know how that goes.

2. Uriah got all A's! Yes, my honey is a super student and even earned a small scholarship for next term.

3. Marshall was hit by a car. AHHHHH. . . .It was horrible and happened last Saturday but he is going to be OK. He is now my Miracle Marshall with no broken bones, just lots of stitches and road rash. I am so grateful that he is OK. We still have a long way to travel, but I pray and kiss my baby several times a day.

4. I'm looking for my next horse. I want to lease a horse, so if you know of one I could care lease for six months to a year that is sensible, could do some dressage work and basically give me a lot of tutoring in trot and canter, let me know.

5. Parelli center here I come. Ok, I haven't paid for it yet so it isn't official, but I am going to take the Liberty and Horse Behavior course at the Colorado Parelli center this year. Yep, I want to kick start my path to being a professional learning facilitator (helping humans learn about horses).

6. Tonight I saw the stars. We have had rain, exhausted by the move, overwhelmed with Marshall's accident, floored by Christmas, but even though it was freezing tonight it was great to be on the farm with the milkyway glistening in the background and warm fuzzy horses munching hay in their stalls. Welcome home Jerri.

12/19/2007

Singing Horses

Singing Horses. This is SO funny. I'm not sure why, but it really amuses me and a bunch of people in my office who don't care anything about horses. Thanks Kelly!

12/18/2007

OCEAN Obsessive Compulsive Equine Attachment Neurosis Syndrome

Thanks to my friend Diana for this one. Funny stuff.

Living with O.C.E.A.N. Syndrome - By Scooter Grubb

Just recently, after years of research, I have finally been able to give a name to what my wife and I have been living with for years. It's an affliction, for sure, which when undiagnosed and misunderstood can devastate and literally tear a family apart. Very little is known about O.C.E.A.N. Syndrome. But it is my hope this article will generate interest from researchers involved in the equine and psychological sciences. You will, no doubt, begin to identify similar symptoms in your own family and hopefully now be able to cope.

Obsessive Compulsive Equine Attachment Neurosis Syndrome (O.C.E.A.N.S) is usually found in the female and can manifest itself anytime from birth to the golden years. Symptoms may appear any time and may even go dormant in the late teens, but the syndrome frequently re-emerges in later years.

Symptoms vary widely in both number and degree of severity. Allow me to share some examples which are most prominent in our home.

The afflicted individual:
1. Can smell moldy hay at ten paces, but can't tell whether milk has gone bad until it turns chunky.
2. Finds the occasional "Buck and Toot" session hugely entertaining, but severely chastises her husband for similar antics.
3. Will spend hours cleaning and conditioning her tack, but wants to eat on paper plates so there are no dishes.
4. Considers equine gaseous excretions a fragrance.
5. Enjoys mucking out four stalls twice a day, but insists on having a housekeeper mop the kitchen floor once a week.
6. Will spend an hour combing and trimming an equine mane, but wears a baseball cap so she doesn't waste time brushing her own hair.
7. Will dig through manure piles daily looking for worms, but does not fish.
8. Will not hesitate t o administer a rectal exam up to her shoulder, but finds cleaning out the Thanksgiving turkey cavity for dressing quite repulsive.
9. By memory can mix eight different supplements in the correct proportions, but can't make macaroni and cheese that isn't soupy.
10. Twice a week will spend an hour scrubbing algae from the water tanks, but has a problem cleaning lasagna out of the casserole dish.
11. Will pick a horse's nose, and call it cleaning, but becomes verbally violent when her husband picks his.
12. Can sit through a four-hour session of a ground work clinic, but unable to make it through a half-hour episode of Cops.

The spouse of an afflicted victim:
1. Must come to terms with the fact there is no cure, and only slightly effective treatments. The syndrome may be genetic or caused by the inhaling of manure particles which, I propose, have an adverse effect on female hormones.
2. Must adjust the family budget to include equine items - hay, veterinarian services, farrier services, riding boots and clothes, supplements, tack, equine masseuse and acupuncturist - as well as the mandatory) equine spiritual guide, etc. Once you have identified a monthly figure, never look at it again. Doing so will cause tightness in your chest, nausea and occasional diarrhea.
3. Must realize that your spouse has no control over this affliction. More often than not, she will deny a problem even exists as denial is common.
4. Must form a support group. You need to know you're not alone? and there's no shame in admitting your wife has a problem. My support group, for instance, involves men who truly enjoy Harley Davidsons, four-day weekends and lots of scotch. Most times, she is unaware that I am even gone, until the precise moment she needs help getting a 50-pound bag of grain out of the truck.

Now you can better see how O.C.E.A.N.S. affects cou ntless households in this country and abroad. It knows no racial, ethnic or religious boundaries. It is a syndrome that will be difficult to treat because those most affected are in denial and therefore, not interested in a cure. So, I am taking it upon myself to be constantly diligent in my research in order to pass along information to make it easier for caretakers to cope on a day to day basis.