This is the place where I record my current learning experiences with horses. I’m personally aiming to become an excellent horsewoman, but the nature of horses is that they are truly catalysts for personal development. So, while half of my musings will be from a point of observation and communication with horses, this only reflects the way that I am personally developing. Because of this, it is my hope that you can relate to my blog on whatever level you wish. If you are a fellow horseman-in-training: good to meet you, it's wonderful to be on the same journey! But at the same time, if you are a complete stranger to me or to horses, you are just as welcome. Hopefully this blog will bring you some amusement; even if it is just laughing at how mad we horse people can be!

In this blog, you can find pages about my life so far, mentors, and of course, horses and my adventures with them.

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory..."

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ice cream. Horses. Fun times.

Ice cream face....

Everyone has an icon, a trademark. I'd like to think I go a lot deeper than food, but I have to admit that eating ice cream out of the tub is one of my best habits... its just one of those Kerrin things really. I mean, c'mon, ice cream HAS to be eaten in large measures, right? And obviously, buying a *BIG* tub of ice cream, grabbing a spoon, and just digging in is the ONLY way to eat ice cream properly....

I even took my trait over to Tanzania,
where I made my cousin eat Chocolate ice cream with me..around midnight!

Anyway. So last night was one of those exciting nights, where we bought a tub of ice cream, and Gina, Sharon, and myself gathered around with spoons and dug in. Of course the couple of ladies hanging around in the lodge soon noticed us, and couldn't help but join us. And there we sat for a good half hour, with strands of hay dotted around our clothes, a bit of horse snot on our arms, dirt under our fingernails. Munching away. Content. Properly horsed for a change.

YES, I did just say properly horsed. I now have a horse... at the Parelli campus... this is really what dreams are made of! Anyway, I guess I'll have to tone down my excitement, and backtrack for you dear reader... the last time I wrote, getting a horse was still pretty much only an idea...

I've been amazed at how many horses I've been offered over the past week, but I narrowed my options down to using either Renee's horse Boltar (whom I've played with a couple of times and have really enjoyed) or Sharon's second horse, Beau. I couldn't quite decide over the two, so we decided that I'd choose after playing with Beau. We spent last weekend in Las Vegas, picking up Sharon and Gina's horses, as planned. I really enjoyed the drive, and it was great to see where Sharon comes from, and of course meeting her horses was awesome! Everyone at the barn (where Sharon boards Sienna and Beau) is really friendly, and as I was saying to Sharon, its like having one big happy horsey family! As we got Beau out for me to play with, we noticed that he was limping quite badly. It turned out to be pretty serious, so that decided things for me. Beau would be staying in Las Vegas, and I'd be borrowing Boltar (who was kept only 20 minutes from the campus in Colorado). I'm so glad that I had Boltar as a back up, but I feel sorry for Sharon, she's been through this with Beau before.... anyway, to read more about our Vegas adventures, take a peek at Sharon's blog!

I had my down day on Monday, where I was really missing my horse, Blaine. Of course it didn't help that the other two girls had their horses, and were obviously very excited, but they were great and very understanding! By Tuesday (yesterday) I couldn't afford to be down, as the excitement started creeping in....Boltar would be arriving at the campus in the evening!

Pat Parelli was just finishing off something as Boltar arrived at the campus, and he happened to come over and say hello. What amazing timing.... me, with a horse, greeting Pat. I couldn't help but feel that there are exciting things in store for me.

Its useful that Boltar has had lessons at the campus before, because he was pretty relaxed, and I spent the evening playing with him. Gina and Sharon had their horses too, and our friend Mackenzie came out and took some awesome pictures! The evening was beautiful, and even more complete with horses.

Sharon & Sienna - Excitement!

Gina and her horse, Titan

Me & Boltar


  1. Rejoicing with you Kerrin. Keep us informed of how things are progressing. I am sure the challenges this new horse gives will not be like the one you hold so dear to your heart. But you have played with many horses and I know you will be a blessing to this one, as this one will in turn bless your heart and teach you much. You are such an inspiration to all of us watching your progress. God's blessings, Rose.

  2. Love it that we all have our horses here and can play together. I also feel like there is plenty of good things in store for us here, and I know we will all make the most if it.

    Whoop Whoop!!!

  3. Yay!! Its so hard to be without a horse, especially someplace where everyone else has one! Glad you got a horse, even though he's not "your" horse. :)

  4. How exciting that you have a horse to play with now! Can´t wait to read your updates :)))
    Lovely picturs btw!

  5. Such a lucky girl. Blessed beyond measure. But you have also earned it sweetie; you have always grabbed hold of life with both hands, even when it has been the great and scary unknown. I doubt many people know by your adventurous life that change is difficult for you!!!
    I am so happy about Boltar, and I am looking forward to hearing all the REGULAR updates - with plenty of photos please :-)

  6. Thanks for the support guys! It's wonderful to share the excitement with you all....

    I'm really enjoying Boltar so far, and I'm looking forward to building a quality relationship with him. Each new horse tests my horsemanship in a new way, and its great to have these sort of opportunities!

    I'll give you an update soon...:)