Officially starting Level 3

It’s not like I haven’t been exposed to level 3. I’ve in fact completed, reliably but perhaps not with excellence, almost all of the tasks on the level 3 on-line savvy self-assessment checklist — we spent a few lessons doing that and identifying where the holes are. I’ve seen a lot of Parelli events and demos and the monthly Savvy Club DVDs.

But I realized that I’ve never actually watched the level 3 home study course. I have the 2009 version, which is not structured like a course but rather like a video of a demo or seminar with Pat.

IMG_3482

At least, the first DVD so far is Pat playing with Aspen and describing what he’s doing. No pocket guides, no lists of exercises that build on previous exercises, no troubleshooting tips. Just Pat and a horse, with Pat talking fast and interrupting himself and not finishing his sentences, as he tends to do.

But. By the time you’re watching level 3 you’ve got the vocabulary and the experience to understand what he’s doing, so it doesn’t need to be so structured like a course. In fact, as you enter level 3, you are expected to be a puzzle-solver, in charge of your own learning.

IMG_3459

So if I want a checklist of all of the exercises he shows with Aspen, then I can make one myself. If I think I didn’t catch something, I can rewind and watch again; they aren’t going to do a slow-motion replay.  The program makes all kinds of resources available to us for level 3, but it doesn’t hold our hands. It’s like they’ve taken off the halter and what’s left is the truth.

IMG_3466

 

 

 

 

Advertisements
Categories: Reflections | Tags: | Leave a comment

Post navigation

Leave a Reply

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

WordPress.com Logo

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

Twitter picture

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

Facebook photo

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

Google+ photo

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

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.