Monday, November 17, 2008

Parelli Clinic

I audited a Level 2 Advanced Parelli clinic this weekend up at Kozy Manor in Ridgefield, Washington. I would like to get back on track with my Parelli work. As some of you know, the day I received my Level One certificate, I first noticed Maddy "hop" on the lunge line. X-rays revealed that she had fractured her coffin bone and things and life got put on hold for awhile. The Parellis are changing their teaching format from levels to patterns in on-line, finesse, liberty and freestyle. By going to the clinic this weekend, I was hoping to get re-inspired and I am. While I was there I met this woman, Wendy, who owns Curly Horses. She was doing all sorts of cool stuff with her horse, Dan. I have read about Curlys, but have never seen one. They are compact, with spiral twists going thru the mane and tail. Their bodies have whirl patterns of fur and the fur on their fetlocks is so thick, it looks like they are wearing hand knitted socks. Wendy chose this breed because her husband has allergies. The Curlys don't have the dander that other horses have. Another cool thing from the clinic....three men. I have never done a Parelli clinic with a man much less three. Nice to see guys out there. Although Ann Kiser pointed out, they are much less chatty than the women:-) The photos posted are of Wendy and Dan doing their thing at the clinic. It was a perfect weekend. It was hard to sit there knowing I could be out on the trails, but I got a lot out of it and ready to work towards passing Level 2.

11 comments:

Pony Girl said...

So cool! I love auditing clinics. I would love to ride in them preferably, but can't afford it right now and getting my horse there would be challenging as it'd require my sister's help and she usually works on the weekend. I think a lot can be learned from watching, too. Did you take notes? I need to remember to take notes, I think it helps one remember what the clinician is saying! ;) I always have these "a-ha" moments at the clinic then go home and can't remember what was said!

projectjasper said...

You go girl! What do you think of the new Parelli Patterns? Personally, I think they are bit overpriced for what you get.

Esther Garvi said...

I didn't about curly horses until this post. I know of a few people who loved being with horses as young, but then had to quit because they suddenly developed an allergy. I wonder if there are any curly horses in Sweden? Must found out!

Grey Horse Matters said...

Auditing clinics is always fun. I hadn't heard about Curly horses until now, I'm going to check them out, they sound interesting.

allhorsestuff said...

Jules,
I had the priveledge of meeting a wonderful Curly Stallion- that -to this day, I think I'd like to breed Wa to. He was awesome!
People with allergies can have them...hypoallergenic horses!!!
Glad you had fun with the clinic!

Wanna trail ride SAT 22nd?
KK

manker said...

my trainer says sometimes you get more from auditing than the actual riding.. tho i prefer to ride :)

rock on
gp in montana

Equine Body Work said...

Those are beautiful horses. I think auditing clinics is the way to go. I really want to be a spectator at the George Morris Clinic in December. I would love to see him in person. Can't wait to start riding again. Hope you are enjoying the dry Oregon Fall, I hope the rain holds off another day.

Tracey said...

I swear Sandy has curly in him. There's a woman who lives a couple miles up the highway here; she adopted a mustang a few years back but also was given a curly. He's got curly ear hair, lol! Too cute.

Flying Lily said...

So glad you are getting to audit this. Curlies are amazing - I sold a Brenderup trailer to a Bashkir Curly owner who lives on an island off the coast of Washington. Funny coincidence.

Rising Rainbow said...

Geez, I know a couple of guys here who do the Parelli thing......actually thinking about it, I actually know three.

I'm glad you were able to get re-inspired.............is that a word?? LOL

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