After sharing my day-to-day experience of the Parelli Campus I wanted to share some of my inner feelings about being there.
I was absolutely amazed at how the instructors of our course met each and every person participating, right where they were. It was a level 3 Freestyle course and yet a few people slipped in that were not even level 1 students. Even at that, they learned what they needed to to be safe with the horses they brought to the course. I enjoyed watching them see how Parelli can help them even when ‘just’ trail riding.
Being at the Parelli Campus is an amazing experience. Talking about horses from morning to night is a dream come true. I felt like I had something in common with every single person there. People were dedicated to being better humans for their horses. The instructors were there for us every step of the way.
When I had my break down on Thursday not only did the instructors step forward and support me, but so did my fellow students in the class. Everyone was so supportive.
I found it very difficult to be there without a vehicle. I wasn’t able to visit one of my friends that I had really hoped to get in touch with because I couldn’t get away from the ranch. When I needed something I just had to make do or borrow from my new found friends. It was hard on me. I’m not used to having to rely on others in any way. I usually take care of myself. I suppose that was a lesson for me.
The ranch is so beautiful and peaceful. I loved my quiet time in the mornings after I finished my chores and before class started. Sitting on the front porch of the lodge reading my book and drinking my morning coffee.
I loved the quiet evenings when everyone was out and about and I was alone up by the horses. I had finished my chores and was heading down to the showers. The sunsets were beautiful.
It was a peaceful time for me, even though things didn’t go as planned and I had more work than I bargained for. I enjoyed all my alone time.
Next time I go to Pagosa I plan on driving down in one day, staying for two weeks, and maybe even putting a topper on my truck so I can just sleep in the back of it.
I can’t wait to go back!