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with Sherry Jarvis
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I just read your newsletter where you talk about being committed to the horse you have and I really appreciated that. I think I may have mentioned to you at the Expo that I walked out of a workshop that was about getting back into riding as an adult because she spent so much time talking about how to pick the right horse for the novice rider.
I have also been encouraged this week by an article a friend gave me entitled "Un-Training" and How to Prevent It from a publication called Heartland Horseman. I thought the article was going to tell me about the mistakes I'm making in the training I'm doing. Instead, it talked about how novice riders buy well trained horses and then spoil them because they don't know how to keep their training up. It helped me to see that in some ways I may be better off with the horse I have because I don't just expect him to be already and forever trained, so I'm learning more by trying to train him myself. Since I've already been dumped off of 2 better trained horses, I guess I'll take my chances as a novice with a green horse! Anyway, he's the one I have and he's also not for sale now or ever! Carol

I really enjoyed the article you wrote on confidence and it reminded me of something that I have been doing that fits into tip # 4, optimism and emotional fitness.

Lately when it comes to doing things like worming or things of that nature that I might expect Simeon to bulk at, I simply, take a deep breath count to 10 and say to myself..."think like a cowboy".

Thoughts of my uncle who trained cutting horses for a living or my other uncle who has the most foundationally sound horses that I know, come to mind... I think, uncle Arlen would not approach this horse, hand out...slowly scooting in for what the horse would percieve as the "kill" he would simply walk up to the horse, put the syringe in his mouth and the deal would be done.

It is easy then for me to visualize what needs to be done, how to do it...and before you know it, the horse is wormed...and nobodies heart rate went through the roof!

So I just wanted to give you that little progress report and thank you for your help on my journey through natural horsemanship!
God bless you and hope to see you soon! Sincerely,Nita

Thanks so much for your time and encouragement, you really do have a gift, and I KNOW God brought you into my life.

There is SO much wisdom in your newsletters..not just about horses. I can tell you simply have incredible insights about life.

As of last weekend. I could have been known as the "45 year old saddle virgin".As a young man I had what I thought was a bad experience during a trail ride. What I hear now as barn sour, caused the critter to decide she did not want a passenger and wanted to go home.

After that if I sat in a saddle, it had handlebars attached. As fate had it 12 years and 3 days ago I married the luv of my life, a horse lover! We worked hard and fell into an acreage. Now we have a horse and 2 ponies.

I watched and stayed out of the way while my wife put her all into learning the needed knowledge and training so she could be a good and respected horseman. Then she ran into Natural Horse Human philosophy. Seemed really different and somewhat intriguing to even an handlebar man.

Long story short. When she arranged for our 12th anniversary to be some natural training and trail riding my heart pounded, for more than one reason. But as it worked out, the preflight (ground training- I'm in the aviation field) caused time to stand still.

Your skill as a respected horseman and teacher is evident by the results my wife and I produced. I met some new friends in Dolly, Sunshine, and Q-ball. Became very proud of my wife and myself for navigating the trail rides. And I'm starting a new relationship with Major, my Wife's Arabian. Thankyou and your Husband for your hospitality. And your commitment to the horse world and connecting it to our human world relationships. Your one of kind and are bound to succeed at whatever you decide to do.........
I enjoyed our time together IMMENSELY and your teaching reaches farther than you may think..I am amazed at how when one is all caught up in the "busy-ness" of the modern world, one becomes quite out of touch with themselves. Even removed from their true passions in life.

The time with you and my horse put me back in touch with something valuable I lost years ago. I am now searching for ways to bring nature and quality contact with horses back in my life. The summer is not a big problem, I have two months available there. I am usually hauling Wyki all over the place for her showing. The rest of the year I work from just before sunup to after sundown, leaving me hardly any time for the things that really matter at home. I admire how you have successfully made your passion your work. Thank you for helping me to begin discovering the passions that were lost somewhere in this crazy world.

Thanks for your poems as they were a big hit.I've so enjoyed following your emails, clinic notes, accomplishments, and womens' retreats! Some day I hope to meet you in person as you are such an inspiration to me!

I really love that we have formed a community of people who share so much- it really helps to not be alone in the journey. Also I feel these people support me and understand what I am going through and will not judge me which puts me so much more at ease. Who could ask for more? I certainly can't!!

In an atmosphere such as the one you have created for all of us, nothing but success and growth will occur! I can't thank you enough for this!

I really truly feel this is a lifetime journey so you are stuck with me until the end. I am excited about learning as much as I can about horses - they fascinate me and I feel that if I can learn as much as I can about them, maybe, just maybe, they will accept me, a human, into their life and give me the privilege of union with them.

When I look back I realize how far I have come, when I look forward I am excited to know how far I have yet to go and what amazing things I will witness and experience on my journey! I could not ask for a better teacher - I am so glad God has brought you into my and my horse's lives!!
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