Thursday, June 24, 2010

June 17-24 2010

I have a lot of pictures from my phone since the last time I updated the blog. Let's get started...

Here is a video I took while still at Shasta the weekend before last. I've been editing a new clip that will be aired on HorseTalk TV in Australia and the US in September alongside a clip featuring Alexander Nevzorov. The pony (Zippy) and woman (Jamie) who are in this following video will be part of it.

Patrik has plenty of the flowers he likes to eat in the pasture right now.

Last weekend a crew of us moved the pipe panels to a new location. Now the horses are out on the pasture all the time. So far so good.

No respect for the huge truck that could run him over...

Sofi, coming for a scratch...

Ok, here's what you've all been waiting for...

Here was the mystery plant on June 19th...

...June 21st...

...a beautiful sunset...

...and..., June 24th!

A hidden sister in the blackberry bushes.

One last look for today.

And here are the other flowers in the garden, enjoying a watering.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Moments in the pasture

Here's a picture from the clinic. Ladybug and the ponies joined us for some carrots and apples through the kitchen window.

When I got home, there were more flowers in bloom...

Today I captured some precious moments with the horses in the pasture.

After I switched the video off, Sundance laid down and then I turned the camera back on...

Sundance standing guard as I sunbathed in the grass

On my way back up I checked out the mystery plants. Here's one of the buds that didn't get eaten.

Another mystery plant hidden amongst the berry bushes.

The blackberry bushes are in full bloom...

Monday, June 14, 2010

The entire experience

I've just arrived home from the NHE clinic and want to post this one picture, taken right before I left. I'm not sure how much I'm going to be able to tell about the clinic in words because the entire experience was a forevision of what is possible when a group of people come together with so much love and sincerity and honesty that nothing more is needed.

Maybe the picture will say more than I can...

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The clinic begins

Yesterday was the first official day of the NHE clinic at Mount Shasta. Cathy Scott has been a wonderful hostess with the huge support of her jack-of-all-trades husband Gary. Her daughter Jamie and grandkids Layla and Ian have added so much to the scene here too. Maurizio and I have been here since Wednesday and have settled in and have greeted each of the participants as they made their way here from Colorado, Arizona, and parts of California.

Align Center
Cathy's place, at the foot of Black Butte, who stands beside Mt. Shasta

The Lovely Mt. Shasta herself, shrouded

Maurizio and I helped Gary put the finishing touches on the ranch.

Maurizio screwing in the gate

This is Paisley, Cathy's newest addition, a BLM mustang filly

This is a video from my phone that I took yesterday of when Maurizio broke through with the Quarter Horse "Ladybug" and the two ponies, "Zippy" and "Patch"...the tiniest one is Allie. This was after a few tries of enticing them into wild games. We all were having a lot of fun.

(I can't tell if this video has uploaded correctly, will someone please comment?)

Yesterday morning I walked into the kitchen as everyone was finishing breakfast. I quickly became immersed in a conversation about how we are perceived as "people who don't ride". It was amazing to be in a room full of horse lovers who have horses and choose not to ride. A first for me. I pulled out my video camera and started filming with the hopes of being able to share this conversation with others who weren't able to be here.

Then we watched the Horse Encyclopedia 1 video by Alexander Nevzorov and paused between the two sections for a discussion about hooves (we have at least 6 barefoot trimmers here).

After a break for lunch we were ready for the horses. Maurizio spent a lot of time with Ladybug who has a history of extreme cowboy abuse and then some well-intentioned "natural horsemanship" that traumatized her more. He showed such love and gentleness towards her and he also had fun kicking around a soft ball and swishing a twig to help her have a different experience of a whip-like object. Next, it was time for the two ponies to have a turn. They roughhoused together and were interested in the ball and completely non-reactive to the twig-whip.

At the end of the day, both people and horses had come closer together. We've been sharing our stories and learning to listen to the horses and each other.

At the end of the day yesterday, the mountain glowed so brightly that my camera couldn't capture it.

I experienced the day flowing along with everybody giving their best presence, attention, questions, sincerity and openness. It has been a model of how life could be if we all brought our best selves up. Of course it is only a beginning.

The campfire burned brightly long into the night.....

This is the next step happening right now. As I write this, the group of us are gathered in the living room watching Alexander's Principles DVD.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Nevzorov Haute Ecole clinic this weekend

There will be a Nevzorov Haute Ecole clinic happening this weekend (Friday-Sunday, June 11-13, 2010) in the beautiful area of Mt. Shasta, CA.

There are 4 spots still available for anybody who feels the call to attend. It will be led by the NHE representative from Italy, Maurizio Patti and I will likely be there as well.

Visit Catherine Scott's blog to get the details and email her ASAP if you would like to attend.

Catherine's email: