My starting point: it’s a Parelli journey

After a year of typing my daily-ish “Rocky Report” in various IM, email, and txt windows to various recipients, I’ve decided to start a blog to chronicle my horsemanship journey. Now I’ll just have to send URLs to y’all. Heh. This also makes it easier to share photos and videos.

I am starting this as I enter Parelli Level 2 on the ground, using both the blue-box Level 2 home study packet and the new Parelli Patterns. I’m also just starting the Level 1 riding portion.

Here is a picture of Rockstar, taken by Seth on our first day at the new barn:

I recently chose a long-term goal with an endpoint, a specific action I’d like to achieve, to go alongside the goal of lifelong improvement of my understanding of horses. My goal is to be able to canter bareback on Rockstar. (Well, on a bareback pad; let’s not get too crazy here.) It’s years away, and that’s just fine. I’ll take the time it takes and it will be all the sweeter.

Thanks for coming along for the ride.

Categories: First Post | 5 Comments

Post navigation

5 thoughts on “My starting point: it’s a Parelli journey

  1. You will be able to canter bareback–pad or not! You just need to develop a balanced seat, have confidence, and a great relationship with your horse. I am in my thirties, not in the best shape but balanced and have been able to canter my TB bareback (with and without the pad) and gallop my Arabian the same way. A few years ago I’d have never thought it was possible again as this was something I did as a fit teenager. Best wishes to you, you can do it!

  2. horsegirlonajourney

    Thank you for your faith. LOL

    I never have ridden bareback before Rocky, and I never galloped as a kid or teenager. That’s why I think it’s going to take me a while to get there now… I don’t even have a memory of what it “should” feel like. But, I’ll create one!

  3. Hi –

    I’m one of Michelle’s (arabhorselover) friends. I too have never galloped (intentionally), although I’ve been riding for years.. Of course, I’ve never had an appropriate partner either! Maybe we’ll both be able to achieve this soon? I’m in my early 40s and studying L2. 🙂

  4. horsegirlonajourney

    Clare, thanks for the encouragement! I’ve been reading about Guiness baby and the two older ones – sounds like a great balance of fun and hard work. What a cute baby he is!

  5. Hi,
    Great job. But not enought info. Where can i read more?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: