Erica Olsen

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About Erica Olsen

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  • Birthday 12/31/1985

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    Brooklyn. N.Y.
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  1. You may be a little young but with the proper education you can get a more respectful horse. i suggest you do a lot of reading John Lyons The making of a perfect horse is a series of wonderful training books. Anyone who owns a horse should to some extent understand horse Psychology. There are three facets to the horses mind, which once understood, help us to get along with him. 1 his instinctive timidity 2 his ability to put aside his fearful instinctive responses once he learns that a frightening stimulus is harmless. 3 his ability to accept domination. Horses have extraordinary memories so being forceful is not the ANSWER- patience and consistency is the answer. a good trainer will not only train your horse but to some degree also train you how to handle the horse as well. Keep up the Enthusiasm it is awesome!!! ALSO remember you can't get hurt and the horse cant get hurt in the process
  2. here she is enjoying her birthday balloons. An absolute ham once she figured out how to pop them there was no stopping her lol
  3. I have the same concerns with my filly. I've been to this amazing holistic health food store in NYC and after a bit of debating, have come up with a few different formulas. The best thing is I've seen an improvement. it is best reapplied every day or two. Citronella oil, eucalyptus oil, lemon grass oil, white vinegar,and water sometimes I substitute the eucalyptus oil with tea tree oil also this may be an old wives tail but I splash a bit (1/8 cup) of apple cider vinigar in her grain three time a week. In a standard 32 oz spray bottle I mix .5 (1/2) FL oz of each oil (no more than 3 types of oil) then half bottle with water and white vinegar till almost full, leave room to shake, for an emulsifier a single drop of dawn dish detergent one drop any more and you will end up with a dull dry coat of hair. It costs about twenty bucks for everything and lasts a few weeks to month. I must say that other than the constant shaking of the spray bottle It works well, my mother however hates the smell I don't mind it, try see what you think.
  4. Its almost like she knew what was about to come next. Stood her ground and was a complete lady for her first backing. After 11 months of training and a lot of patience it was well worth the wait. We still have tons more to learn but Ali always puts her best hoof forward. At two years old i only ride her once a week for about twenty minutes and continue practicing lots of groundwork.
  5. Great idea I'm definitely starting a ground driving lesson next week right now she's perfecting "bringing along" her barrel I set up cones and she drags it thru my makeshift obstacle course then turns facing it and backs up. these lessons are ten to fifteen minutes in length so far then a little lunging without the saddle so she doesn't think that the saddle is going to be permanently on her.
  6. Thanks thats the tough part. But ill keep it simple and let her take a break for the winter. Ill count my blessings that she's such a willing animal now its her time to grow :)
  7. Lets see Ali is seventeen months old now and so far so good- its just we are both getting bored. I've been lunging her with a fifty pound western saddle and leg polos, she loads in and out of a trailer, we go for long walks in the trails, I've spooked her every way possible-tarps, buckets, she even chases away deer and now nothing gets to her. Today I tied a rope to the horn of her saddle and at the other end attached a 55 gal empty plastic barrel she dragged it thru the dirt over gravel, all around the barn for fifteen min, I told her to "bring it along". And she does everything so willingly I'm tempted to get a small pony cart but is that to much at her age (I wouldn't be sitting in it just let her pull it while I lead her?) She's close to seven hundred pounds and stands fourteen hands high.
  8. I think that smoking in cars can be a driving hazard- lighting it, ashing it, possibilities of dropping it into your lap.These are all things that can take a persons attention away from driving and cause car accidents. And I am a smoker so I'm not being a prude; just realistic.
  9. Im in one of the most precarious situations because of my dedication to my American bulldog pit mix. randle is his name and a year and a half later I'm on the brink of a law suit and my dog has done nothing wrong except being a pit mix there is no horrible vicious dog in my apt but a four year old miniature poodle who is smart as a whip and a 16 yo African grey parrot who could rival any two year old in speech these three have lived harmoniously for close to a year. The co-op has deemed pits a vicious breed a few years ago but i have lived here close to twenty years Ill get a lawyer but seriously it's racism in the worst way Ive already payed close to fifteen hundred in fines in the past year call me crazy but I'm not backing down its not the breed its the owner. I've placed him twice in new homes only to be sadly disappointed by the care given and each time he's had me watching after him ready to start again with my neighbors and co-op board as a last ditch effort I've asked if he can get a cdl and prove his obedience but they are so hesitatent and another eighteen hundred for a "street" dog to have his life is worth every penny I pray to St Francis that ill judgment of gods creatures ends.
  10. i feel it is the owners that are responsible for their horses behavior. research rethink and have realistic expectations of what you want out of your horse learn the seven P's prior proper planning prevents piss poor production.( I don't mean production in the sense some people may think) If I have learned anything with owning a horse is that patients is a virtue - it must be learned and practice it takes a lifetime to perfect. Understanding that horses are willing to do so much but you have to have a clear set of cues be respectful when they don't understand find your own faults and be consistent. Don't let a horse bite and get away with it but they have a short time period in which you can reprimand them and learn to read your horse they send very clear signals as to their moods
  11. This is a blatent disregard for nature! And more proof our next generation is doomed for idiocracy. Unless he is getting an Ark ready too
  12. I've had an argument going whether or not handball is worthy of the Olympics that's a straight up Brooklyn sport lol
  13. My mother had gastric bypass surgery six years ago and to this day she still has to take it a day at a time. Its hard in this day and age with convenient fast food but I have a crazy theory that the process in which livestock has been pumped with hormones and antibiotics has an effect with us as the consumer. try organic and free grazing meats. good luck to us as a society on the verge of becoming completely detached from mother earth.
  14. I have the same concerns with my filly. I've been to this amazing holistic health food store in NYC and after a bit of debating have come up with a few different formulas. The best thing is I've seen an improvement but it is best reapplied every day or two. Citronella oil, eucalyptus oil, lemon grass oil, white vinegar,and water sometimes I substitute the eucalyptus oil with tea tree oil also this may be an old wives tail but I splash a bit (1/8 cup) of apple cider vinigar in her grain three time a week. In a standard 32 oz spray bottle I mix .5 (1/2) FL oz of each oil then half bottle with water and white vinager till almost full, leave room to shake, for an emulsifier a single drop of dawn dish detergent one drop any more and you will end up with a dull dry coat of hair. It costs about twenty bucks for everything and lasts a few weeks to month. I must say that other than the constant shaking of the spray bottle It works well my mother however hates the smell I don't mind it, try see what you think.
  15. If and when I have children I'm sure to support them in what they choose however I was never handed anything from my grandparents they let me earn my own money since I'm thirteen I used to make three hundred a week walking dogs* when I went to college I was eighteen and took out student loans and paid them off myself . As my gardians they always encouraged me and allowed me every opportunity to grow and learn as a person but I earned my own way and my grandparents were not poor they lived fairly modestly .now I'm twenty six and am finally settled in a career my grandparents passed on six years ago but I'm positive I've made them proud. Not everyone's parents can provide such luxuries and in some cases some parents can't even care for their own children.