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Partnering with Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center

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When I moved back to California in February I made the decision to keep my horse, Quest, at a facility in Loomis which is approximately 30 minutes from where I live. Although inconvenient, there were several reasons why I made this decision. I knew the financial investment of boarding him somewhere else would hold me accountable to making him a …

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A Clinic with the Master

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Last weekend my Dad and I had the honor of riding in a two day Master Class with Pat Parelli! To be totally honest, my favorite part of the whole weekend was having quality time with both my Dad and Martini. My love of horses, and now career with them would never have taken off without his support and shared …

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Going For The Gold! Again………

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LATE NIGHT REFLECTIONS OF AN AWESOME DAY:

I just returned from a “launch party” for dressage rider and Para-Olympian, Lauren Barwick.

I first met Lauren in 2009 while studying with Pat Parelli in Pagosa Springs, CO. This was just one year after Lauren won gold & silver in Beijing with her beautiful mare, Maile. There was no time wasted for Lauren! She had hitched herself to Pat and was gearing up for the next Olympic games.

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A Lesson with Herwig Radnetter

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For over a decade Valhalla Farm and Herwig Radnetter, of the Spanish Riding School, have been in cahoots. I never got the exact story of how the two came together, however, it was reasoned that this distinguished teacher has been making his way across the Atlantic to Wellborn, FL for the past sixteen years!

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Lana April Update

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I have been having so much fun with Lana! If I could assign her a Valhalla team award it would be “most improved player”. She has come such a long way since I started with her in December and has shown the biggest shift from extreme to centered.

When I first started with her she had the least handling, and, due to her extroverted nature, was very pushy/impulsive. Now, she is grounded, thoughtful and so connected.

We have been beginning to play at liberty and I had Jerome document our initial introduction.

Enjoy,

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DASHING UPDATE: (VIDEO)

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Hello!

It has been too long since I sent updates on the “babies” here at Valhalla Farm, so forgive me for the gap! The lull in cyberspace is not a reflection of our real life happenings. The babies are all doing great and working hard to become big fancy dressage horses:)

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WEEK 5: LANA: RBE

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DAY 20: Lana has had five days off…

We started back in the round pen and revisited her hindquarter and forequarter yields, as well as her ability to transition between gaits on the circling game. The past couple of rides she has shown opposition in both the halt and back up. This is completely understandable as she is an EXTROVERT and those aids can cause her to feel trapped. With this awareness I have been finding creative ways to use the squeeze game where pressure is added in front of her (zone 1).

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Proud Ambassador of Goode Rider Clothing

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I am proud to announce that I have recently been selected to act as an Ambassador for the equestrian fashion brand, GOODE RIDER!!! If you know me outside of the barn, you know that I have always had a passion for fashion. With Lorna Goode and Kristin Calandra’s mission being to create clothes that you take you “from the barn …

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Going For The Gold! Again………

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LATE NIGHT REFLECTIONS OF AN AWESOME DAY:

I just returned from a “launch party” for dressage rider and Para-Olympian, Lauren Barwick.

I first met Lauren in 2009 while studying with Pat Parelli in Pagosa Springs, CO. This was just one year after Lauren won gold & silver in Beijing with her beautiful mare, Maile. There was no time wasted for Lauren! She had hitched herself to Pat and was gearing up for the next Olympic games.

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A Lesson with Herwig Radnetter

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For over a decade Valhalla Farm and Herwig Radnetter, of the Spanish Riding School, have been in cahoots. I never got the exact story of how the two came together, however, it was reasoned that this distinguished teacher has been making his way across the Atlantic to Wellborn, FL for the past sixteen years!

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FILIGREE: LBI/E: WEEK 3 (VIDEO)

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Another great session in the arena! Filigree is becoming understanding about what I am asking of her and what our relationship entails now. She definitely has more opinions on-line in the arena thank she does in the round-pen. She does not do anything extreme. However, she will teeter between shooting out on the circle and doing mini bucks while simultaneously shaking her head in the air as if to say “your not the boss of me”! She does it in such a manageable way to me that it honestly brings me entertainment. I feel like I can have a conversation with her and as long as I am persistently asking nicely she has always come through seeing that it really isn’t that bad after all. When I am dealing with these “opinions” I remember Linda’s idea of “zero brace” for Left Brain horses. If Filigree goes out on the circle with some extra oomph, I encourage her. If she shakes her head when I ask her to go forwards then I say, “that’s ok”, we can go slower or even backwards if you want. The number one things is that my intention remains friendly and that I don’t get frustrated or macho with her. After playing our games on the 45’ line and introducing squeezing between the barrels we had a wonderful ride!

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LAMARCK: LBE: WEEK 3

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I was really happy with the progress we made and feel like I was the one who learned a ton this week.  Lamarck, and all of the babies continue to challenge me and cause me to revisit or dust off things I KNOW, but maybe haven’t had to apply in my horsemanship for awhile. When I was studying with Linda and hit a road-block in my horsemanship she would always say “frustration begins where knowledge ends”. This was not intended to be demeaning or negative. Actually Linda would always say it in the most positive way. Like, “yippee! Now you have an opportunity to learn even more”!

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FILIGREE: LBI/E: WEEK 2

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“Filigree is by Stiletto “Pg” out of Fasta by the Swedish stallion, Master.  Kyra Kyrklynd said Master was exceptional to train, very easy and of course, she had a great Grand Prix career with him until his injury. We bred Master to Fiesta (by the Swedish stallion, Johanniter0, producing Fasta, a 4th generation mare for us. Fasta is a truly exceptional producer, making seriously talented offspring no matter who she is crossed with but we particularly like the Stiletto cross, which has produced both top hunter and exceptional movers for dressage. Filigree has been a head turner from birth with her expressive gaits and as is true to the “F” line here, exceptionally brave and forward thinking in training. Her “F” relatives have been herd leaders, often leading the group to explore anything new in the pasture and to jump any obstacle in the way. I always thought the line would produce eventing prospects, but their gaits made most of the them dressage horses.   Still, Filigree could be that top eventer as she also has a super good jump!!  I should also note that
Filigree is a 3/4 sister to Felisha (Piper), owned and evented by Amy Bowers, 4-Star Parelli Professional. Felisha certainly demonstrates the brave, quick thinking that comes from my “F” line, which started with a Thoroughbred mare that raced until she was 8, competed in jumpers until she was 12, then came to us where she evented with Shannon Brinkman until her retirement to the broodmare herd. She was of the Fern Dancer line, which produced great steeple chase horses and Fern Dancer was a Native Dancer son.”

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LAMARCK: LBE: WEEK 2 (VIDEO)

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“Lamark is an offspring of one of my earliest lines, in fact, the first Trakehner mare I bought for breeding making this the 6th or 7th generations of my breeding along the dam line. I picked Donaufurst to breed to Lalik and got the very lovely Lalique, powerful mover with the sweetest disposition.  I bred her to Platinum von Rappenhof “Pb”, feeling the two were very well suited to continue the athletic qualities always present in that wonderful mare line. Lamarck did not disappoint.  He has super gaits, lots of confidence and plenty of power to do anything in any sports field, so no decision has been made for his future.   This line is pretty brave, full of humor and will keep Micaela on her toes as they progress!”

~ Jean Brinkman

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Dirty Barn? Clean it up with this months EO blog!

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Dirty Barn? Clean It Up! A natural horsemanship barn needs natural products for themselves and their horses, right? Well good news, you’re reading the right article! Here are some ways to clean it up; literally! Use Thieves Household Cleaner for:  •    Cleaning buckets, brushes, barn tools •    Bath time – Healthy Coat Shampoo Recipe •    add 1 cap Thieves Household …

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Essential Oils – DIY Fly Spray

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Do It Yourself – Natural & Safe Equine Fly Spray The fly sprays available through our favorite equine supply companies contain chemical substances meant to kill and repel insects that are constantly being reformulated to keep ahead of the resistance these buzzing buggers keep building. With increased potency of these synthetic components toxic chemical reactions occur in ourselves and our animals. …

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Putting The Essential In Essential Oils: Thieves

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In the world of essential oils and natural healing, nothing is more synonymous with winter than Thieves®; for people and horses alike.

Young Living’s Thieves® essential oil was created from research based on legends about a group of 15th century thieves who rubbed oils and aromatics on themselves to avoid contracting the plague while they robbed the bodies of the dead and dying. When apprehended, the thieves were forced to tell what their secret was and disclosed the formula of the herbs, spices, and oils they used to protect themselves in exchange for more lenient punishments.

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A Costa Rican Adventure

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  There are only 2 spaces left on this year’s Costa Rica Horse Trek! This will be my 2nd year partnering with Sabanero Horse Ventures to bring Natural Horsemanship to their 10 day excursion. I will be facilitating the “matchmaking” between horse and rider. Then, offering a 2-day clinic to make sure everyone is not only safe and connected with …

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Partnering with Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center

In Education, The Salt Block by Micaela Love1 Comment

When I moved back to California in February I made the decision to keep my horse, Quest, at a facility in Loomis which is approximately 30 minutes from where I live. Although inconvenient, there were several reasons why I made this decision. I knew the financial investment of boarding him somewhere else would hold me accountable to making him a …

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A Clinic with the Master

In Education, The Salt Block by Micaela Love1 Comment

Last weekend my Dad and I had the honor of riding in a two day Master Class with Pat Parelli! To be totally honest, my favorite part of the whole weekend was having quality time with both my Dad and Martini. My love of horses, and now career with them would never have taken off without his support and shared …

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Going For The Gold! Again………

In Education, General, The Salt Block by Micaela LoveLeave a Comment

LATE NIGHT REFLECTIONS OF AN AWESOME DAY:

I just returned from a “launch party” for dressage rider and Para-Olympian, Lauren Barwick.

I first met Lauren in 2009 while studying with Pat Parelli in Pagosa Springs, CO. This was just one year after Lauren won gold & silver in Beijing with her beautiful mare, Maile. There was no time wasted for Lauren! She had hitched herself to Pat and was gearing up for the next Olympic games.

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A Lesson with Herwig Radnetter

In Education, General, The Salt Block by Micaela Love3 Comments

For over a decade Valhalla Farm and Herwig Radnetter, of the Spanish Riding School, have been in cahoots. I never got the exact story of how the two came together, however, it was reasoned that this distinguished teacher has been making his way across the Atlantic to Wellborn, FL for the past sixteen years!

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Lana April Update

In Education, The Salt Block, Video by Micaela Love1 Comment

I have been having so much fun with Lana! If I could assign her a Valhalla team award it would be “most improved player”. She has come such a long way since I started with her in December and has shown the biggest shift from extreme to centered.

When I first started with her she had the least handling, and, due to her extroverted nature, was very pushy/impulsive. Now, she is grounded, thoughtful and so connected.

We have been beginning to play at liberty and I had Jerome document our initial introduction.

Enjoy,

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Lana April Update

In Education, The Salt Block, Video by Micaela Love1 Comment

I have been having so much fun with Lana! If I could assign her a Valhalla team award it would be “most improved player”. She has come such a long way since I started with her in December and has shown the biggest shift from extreme to centered.

When I first started with her she had the least handling, and, due to her extroverted nature, was very pushy/impulsive. Now, she is grounded, thoughtful and so connected.

We have been beginning to play at liberty and I had Jerome document our initial introduction.

Enjoy,

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WEEK 5: LANA: RBE

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DAY 20: Lana has had five days off…

We started back in the round pen and revisited her hindquarter and forequarter yields, as well as her ability to transition between gaits on the circling game. The past couple of rides she has shown opposition in both the halt and back up. This is completely understandable as she is an EXTROVERT and those aids can cause her to feel trapped. With this awareness I have been finding creative ways to use the squeeze game where pressure is added in front of her (zone 1).

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WEEK 5: LAMARCK LBE (VIDEO)

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Lamarck is doing really well! Like the others, I can see him maturing and becoming more and more confident as a learner each and every session. He is much less reactive and feels like he is settling into my leadership and the dynamics of our relationship.

DAY 20: Lamarck has had four days off. Regardless, we went right back to it and proceeded with our grooming and saddling in the barn. It was glorious outside so we played in the sunny pasture on the 22’ line. This is not a field we have played in before. So, I began with the touch it game and allowed him to become accustomed to the new place. Once he was calm we played with our sideways game along he fence and then I used the trees to reinforce his ability to “follow a feel”. The biggest hole I feel with Lamarck is his brace in Zone 1 (hi nose/mouth) and thoughts to have opposition reflex when pressure is applied here.

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WEEK 5: DASHING RBI (VIDEO)

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Once we picked up the trot he began to blow out immediately and was more connected to the pattern. This is day 3! His halts where dead on in the center and I really felt like he connected to the sweet spot. There was one time that he blew past the center but instead of pulling on his face I just backed him up the 10 or so feet until we were in the center of the cones.

BELOW YOU CAN SEE DASHING AND I RIDING THE CLOVERLEAF PATTERN

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WEEK 4: A TOTAL FUDGE

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Week four was a total fudge on my part and I did not journal AT ALL! So, I am going to give you an overview instead of a step by step on each of the horse’s progress all in one post. Like I said before, I am hoping and planning to do more videos each week! As you can imagine, this takes a lot of time and effort, not just from me but from my amazing husband/camera man/web designer & supporter in all things.

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LANA: RBE: WEEK 3 (VIDEO on water crossing)

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DAY 11: Today I decided to test our relationship by doing our saddling in the outdoor arena. This was an event to say the least! She would neither tolerate nor accept the saddle and wanted to MOVE her feet. I used the strategy of “let me help you with that”! Every time she moved off of her post I would set the saddle down and move, move, move, move, move, move, move, move her FAST. Then, have her halt right next to saddle to catch her breath. This creates the saddle as the sweet spot. We had to do this about four time before she decided that with the saddle was actually a good place to be.

 

Day 13: Revisited the saddling issue in the round pen. Only had toMOVE her once and then she stood still. Played games on-line. Mounted her in the saddle for the first time! Short sweet and successful session!

 

Day 14: revisited saddling issue in the roundpen. DID NOT MOVE OFF ONCE! Yippee. Played with the Today we had a ground pole in the round pen and it was great to watch Dashing figure out how to maintain gait, direction and look where he was going. Once this was working we went into the indoor arena and played on the 45’ line. It was a very crisp and windy day and Dashing was tight. Along the way we played in the puddles. Squeeze game. Take advantage of what nature gives youJ Same as me! We found a good place regardless and went back to the round pen where mounted for the second time in the saddle and moved him off at the walk each direction with a change of direction. He was easy to guide over the ground pole as well.

 

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FILIGREE: LBI/E: WEEK 3 (VIDEO)

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Another great session in the arena! Filigree is becoming understanding about what I am asking of her and what our relationship entails now. She definitely has more opinions on-line in the arena thank she does in the round-pen. She does not do anything extreme. However, she will teeter between shooting out on the circle and doing mini bucks while simultaneously shaking her head in the air as if to say “your not the boss of me”! She does it in such a manageable way to me that it honestly brings me entertainment. I feel like I can have a conversation with her and as long as I am persistently asking nicely she has always come through seeing that it really isn’t that bad after all. When I am dealing with these “opinions” I remember Linda’s idea of “zero brace” for Left Brain horses. If Filigree goes out on the circle with some extra oomph, I encourage her. If she shakes her head when I ask her to go forwards then I say, “that’s ok”, we can go slower or even backwards if you want. The number one things is that my intention remains friendly and that I don’t get frustrated or macho with her. After playing our games on the 45’ line and introducing squeezing between the barrels we had a wonderful ride!

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LANA: RBE: WEEK 2 (VIDEO)

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“Lana:  (Remember the screen star Lana Turner?)  Lana is another Stiletto “Pg” daughter, (out of Lily Creek My Secret) outstanding in movement and out of a mare that combined TB and a top Trakehner stallion line, Lafayette. Lafayette sold for very high dollars out of stallion approvals in Germany to  Russian buyers, one of the best movers, but seems to have been lost to the stars, as he has not appeared in competition.  Still, his sire was the very good producer, E.H Sixtus who was sired by Habicht, Martini’s *Pg E* grandfather. Just outstanding movement in this line all around. Lana is a tall, leggy mare, not sure when she will stop growing but has been an eye catcher with her movement, so I’m thinking dressage all the way. 
Since the line is new to me on the Dam’s side, but one that impressed me enough to buy, I bred her to my most reliable sire line, Stiletto, who is probably the most clear minded horse of my lifetime, capable in all sports. Lana needed time to grow and mature,  but time is right now and she has met a trainer who will develop her confidence and appreciate her sensitivity”.

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