CRIC Pony Picnic

Note: CRIC stands for Carolyn Resnick Inner Circle, a program she is offering (for monetary compensation) to provide Internet coaching and which I am currently enrolled.

While I discuss Carolyns’ methods (”Waterhole Rituals’) I am expressing only my opinion to materials – DVD’s, online YouTube videos, her public blog etc… and my impressions of it, as well as how I use it with my own horses, as a review. I am not trained or endorsed by Carolyn Resnick.


For the coursework of the CRIC I have chosen to work with the pony, Pandora. Of the three horses she will be easiest to see success with and that is apparently what Carolyn wants – an easy horse who we can see progress during the scope of the program.

After reading through some comments, it seems (and what I’ve already found out on my own) is that I need to isolate Pandora from the others horses where there is no distraction (read grass). The first time I did try her in the alley and there was too much grass demanding her attention.

Also from reading comments I think I’m approaching this, mentally, from the wrong direction, my usual Type A, goal oriented self. I liked that one participant saw the area where she was going to Share Territory as a magical place, so with that in mind I’ve decided to use the back Roundpen at the current stable. The roundpen at the back of the property is located in a field; it is too small to work a horse and is far from the other working areas of the barn. The ground is grass covered but the area is very contained – it will become my Sharing Circle.

I took Big Guy and did his Physical Therapy. He is definitely sore and off again because of the additional accident he had that slashed up his opposite hind leg (left), however, the flesh overall seems to be healing. After I worked him, I released to the field. At the end, when I was bringing everyone up, I saw that he had some damage to the inside of his ear so first aid was due it too. He’s going to drive me to drinking…

I took Pandora to the arena (which is inside the field) and played with the ball and encouraged her (through clicker training) to be far more aggressive with the ball: kicking and striking it, as well as cantering to it as opposed to trotting. That ball play I mixed with the commands to Leave Me and then Come Back so it put even more fire into the play.

I took Pandora back to the Sharing Circle and let her graze. Sitting on the ground in the Sharing Circle, gave me a real different perspective of my mini pony (39″ tall). She seemed to love it that she could tower over me and came over several times. When hubby showed up we continued to picnic with her and had to discourage her from trying out the fried chicken.

Very sweet day sharing with Pony today.

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