Today, Wednesday, we had our last tests being Liberty and Finesse.
Those 2 Savvy’s went much better then I expected. I went with an attitude of “we’ll give it all a try and if it works fine, if it doesn’t we’ll have 4 weeks to learn!” and that seemed to work perfect for me and obviously my horse agreed.
I am very positive about the organization of those first 3 days, there were a lot of tasks to accomplish by 24 students and with only 5 instructors. So my hat off for the planning and organizational skills of the Parelli Professionals!
I must say that I found the tasks fun and challenging, it made me think about which area’s I can improve in and it gives me a very deep understanding of how particular level 4 tasks are. This is definitely not kindergarten and I love it!
My Liberty went so good that I was astonished. The first day I couldn’t even accomplish the same tasks online and now I was doing them at liberty. I did warm up strongly and always keeping in mind what I had learned from Michael Grohmann in our last course.
Fresco was pretty much stuck to me like glue and the one time he was eating grass and ignoring me, I did a very little flick on his nose and there he was again, all ears forwards. There was a little moment when he got unconfident during a circling game, but that was because I had to use a strong phase 4 to keep him cantering and I guess he’s not used to me being so firm. I did the appropriate thing by doing the friendly game.
I must say that today and yesterday afternoon I really had fun! Nobody would believe me if I said I actually had fun during a test or an exam :-).
The Finesse part was funny, as I haven’t even started Finesse yet. But I noticed that Fresco was way more flexible with concentrated reins then in Freestyle. I could bend him easier, move his feet more independently and I felt his mind more with me then with the casual reins.
So the Savvy (field of expertise) that I actually was avoiding for a while, now all of sudden caught my attention.
Another observation I had was that although the last 2 days all we did was being “tested”, I learned so much!
I really did, sometimes I learned by assessing myself on the task, sometimes by watching others, sometimes just by repeating the task afterwards. I also found out that I don’t even know half of what I should know and that the coming 4 weeks will be filled with personal goals to achieve.
When you pass the final exam by at least 70% , you are allowed to follow the instructor course and that is what I am desperately hoping for. If that doesn’t happen, I’ll be ok, I’ll just need to work on more things before becoming an instructor. I wouldn’t want to be an instructor that doesn’t know everything or can’t do all the tasks she is supposed to be able to do.
Tonight was fish and chips night with the entire team together and it was much fun. I can still feel the fish and chips in my stomach but at least I have tried some. I don’t believe I’ll be trying again though, it was very tasty but I paid the price afterwards and now I feel a bit sick. I’m not used to such greasy food anymore. That makes me realize that my eating habits have been completely ruined by the travel and the last 3 days here so I urgently need to get my act together and start eating healthy again. I even forget to take my supplements every meal and my squeezed lemon in the morning as well.
I hope I’ll be able to tell you later that my eating habits are back to normal!
Thanks for reading and hope to see you back here soon,