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Joe
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 Posted: Sat Apr 19th, 2008 08:32 pm
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    YO know, I keep trying to master this Birdie thang, and then along comes this video.  I wonder what Dr. Deb thinks of this method?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f3_z6FjDJg


Cheers!

Joe

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 Posted: Sun Apr 20th, 2008 04:40 am
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Heh hooh. I can't hear the sound (speakers out) on Satchmo and cute horse too!

On your topic though, do you think you can be hasty with a horse and still be in the now?

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 Posted: Sun Apr 20th, 2008 11:10 pm
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We have a horse named Bubba here.
Bubba's birdy goes bonkers when he hears Blue Grass.
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 Posted: Mon Apr 21st, 2008 07:34 pm
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Miriam:

Not quite sure what you mean, but probably not.

Dave:

I'm like Bubba.  Bluegrass breaks my concentration, makes my feet tap and my fingers twitch (I used to play a bit of it).  MAybe I AM a bubba -- oh goodness -- what would Mother think...

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 Posted: Mon Apr 21st, 2008 07:58 pm
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Well, my horse will stand so nicely during saddling if I go real slow. But if I speed up, he seems to be more wide eyed etc. Still, Harry said that someday I just might need to go saddle him quickly, and that horse should understand that things are ok at a faster pace. I've thought that being in the 'now' meant we were to slow way down - but maybe we can still be in the 'now' and move along quickly. Any thoghts on how or if anyone....???

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 Posted: Mon Apr 21st, 2008 10:36 pm
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A common way to practice bringing your attention to the present is to dramatically slow down your actions. But that doesn't mean you can't be present while working fast. Speed and intensity of focus can go hand in hand.  Also worth considering is the subtle distinction between "working quickly" and "being in a hurry".
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 Posted: Tue Apr 22nd, 2008 01:58 am
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I started this horse about two months ago, using the instructions Dr. Deb posted.  "Lil" learned to focus on me for up to eight seconds at a time, which was good for both of us, but I'm assuming it was more difficult for her (the Thoroughbred).

We're making a lot of progress....We're both physically out of shape.  Last weekend, I really felt her Birdie was with me most of the time.

 

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 Posted: Tue Apr 22nd, 2008 06:36 am
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Miriam and Joe, I would also like to think you could move smooth and swift while doing things around your horse.  THink of being in the zone.  However if there is a feeling of pressure then your not in the zone. I think there needs to be consideration of the horse in this and if there birdie is still with you while you move quicker then hopefully all is okay, after all that is the ultimatte.

Regards Cathie

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 Posted: Tue Apr 22nd, 2008 11:44 am
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My mother used to say to me when I was all a-fluster: "More speed, less haste". I think the distinction is important and completely relevant here :)

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 Posted: Tue Apr 22nd, 2008 03:56 pm
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In the original sprit of this post I offer his link:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=hNpSTh6r1kM
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 Posted: Tue Apr 22nd, 2008 05:41 pm
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We're working for the sensation that they'll ride up a telephone pole or down a gopher hole with us, aren't we? Goofy's got feel at 6:57:)  

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 Posted: Tue Apr 22nd, 2008 10:46 pm
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Goofy and rider were not together...birdie gone bye-bye!

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 Posted: Tue Apr 22nd, 2008 11:09 pm
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That is a great little movie clip, David. 

Thanks for adding some humor to the mix! 

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 Posted: Wed Apr 23rd, 2008 07:40 pm
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Whadya think Bubba...er Joseph?

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 Posted: Wed Apr 23rd, 2008 08:09 pm
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Miriam:

Someone in the thread distinguished between haste and speed.  To my inexpert mind, that is the critical distinction.  One can build up to speed and be in the "now," but not in a hasty way.

Think about guitars.  You and I have speedy fingers, but we didn't get them in haste.  Clapton and the gypsy flamenco masters have blinding speed acquired over a lifetime.

Cheers!

J


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