Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The Tao of Equus
I am not a reader, but if it has to do with horses I am sucked in and can't put it down. I've been given another distraction to keep me from studying for my test. The vet gave me a copy of The Tao of Equus. I can't put it down.
Are there any other good reads out there that I'm missing? I've read Chosen by a Horse by Susan Richards. That book made me BAWL. It was such a good story. I've read a lot, but can't think of them at the moment. Comment with your favorite and I'll share them all on an upcoming post.
In Denali world I have started the search for a barn. Always a fun task. I'm so anal and obsessive that it could be a long search. I contacted a barn yesterday that is really close to Seattle and has HUGE turn out with a stall at night. It has everything she needs, but nothing that I need (aka: a trainer.) That isn't the end of my world. There is also a wait list (most of the good ones have one) so I figured if I can get on lists now then when she's ready we can move her. She needs good arena footing and turn out with at least a buddy for at least 8 hours a day. I'd also like her stalled at night and a round pen. I need to make a list of what I want so that it makes looking at barns easier. Anyone have a sheet that they want to e-mail to me? I know most of you are as anal about your horse as I am. You can e-mail me here.
I have also contacted a Parelli trainer. I think the idea behind Parelli is good, and the person I am going to be working with said she focuses on building the relationship with the horse and owner, using Parelli and other things. We are going to meet this weekend so I can grill her about her experience and references. You'd think I owned some $100,000 Olympic prospect with the way I drive people nuts. It doesn't matter she's worth that to me (because that's how much I'd need to pay for someone to take her. Not that I ever would.)
In other exciting news, I noticed that the last time she was running around her hind legs seemed set a little farther set apart. Before, when she ran she hit her hind legs together ALL the time. The last time she was running she didn't hit at all. I don't know if all the body work could change that, or if it was a fluke, but I'll take it at the moment.
written by Brooke (FBX Adventures - In Parenting) at 12:04 PM