My name is Britt Jacobsen, and I am an undergraduate student studying journalism, English and business. I am an avid student of the horse, and I am passionate about Parelli Natural Horsemanship.
I am committed to honing my craft by learning from the best horsemen in the world, and then using that knowledge to inspire and educate others to become excellent with their horses. In my career, I aspire to use writing and teaching as a means of encouraging people to reach their dreams with their horses.
Some of my passions are family, scratch cooking and waking up before the crack of dawn. I find my heaven on Earth in a hidden valley in the wilderness of Montana.
Through this website, I aim to provide support, encouragement and education through my and others’ experiences and insights. I will write about my journey with Savanna, and I will also write of the wisdom and insights of natural horsemen.
Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and I will do my best to help you or provide you with direction. Blessings to you and your lovely horses!
Savanna… this girl stepped into my life unexpectedly. Skinny, unfriendly, broken, she somehow found a way into my heart and will dwell there forever. When I first met Savanna, it was not love at first sight, I must admit. I had imagined my dream horse as that beautiful, perfectly-trained horse galloping across a moonlit beach. However, Savanna was far from that dream. Her fur was grungy and matted, her bones protruded from her body, and she did not gallop her way across a moonlit beach. Rather, she stood in the paddock, hunched over, avoiding humans at all costs.
Savanna spent her youth in extreme starvation, neglect and pain, giving all her strength to her two foals. As I began spending more time with her, I gradually saw the beauty that was prevalent in this unassuming animal, and Savanna succeeded in making her way deeply into my heart. I adopted Savanna, and shortly after, we began studying Parelli Natural Horsemanship. Though Savanna made her way into my heart, I had much growing to do before earning a place in hers.
My relationship with Savanna began by her running from me when I tried to get her from the pasture. She refused to move any faster than a snail’s pace, and I became frustrated quickly. I frequently took my emotions out on Savanna by getting rough in my communication and forsaking the principle of mutual communication. On many days, I would curl into a ball in the arena sand and sob for twenty minutes, for I could not get through to her.
We have come such a long way since we first began. Savanna has been a patient and forgiving teacher for me, and I owe her immeasurably. In our nearly four years together, it has been my great joy to see Savanna let go of the burdens she carried with her for much of her life. Savanna and I have spent thousands of hours developing a language, and as I have grown in understanding, she has become increasingly lovely of spirit. She used to be untouchable, emotionally wounded, hesitant, stubborn, unwilling to move and untrustworthy. She was a shell of the horse she is now: forgiving, vibrant, trusting, transparent, quirky, motivated and willing.
Savanna has surpassed my dreams, yet we still have our sights set on greater levels of unity and communication. I have been blessed with the greatest of partners, a horse who teaches me her language with the perfect balance of grace and honesty. It is my great honor to have Savanna in my life, and I strive every day to be the partner that this beautiful girl deserves.
Here are the links to my Parelli Level 4 On Line and Freestyle Auditions. I passed both auditions with a L4+. Savanna and I look forward to completing our liberty and finesse auditions in the near future.