Sue using the double reins.
At our clinic last weekend, I shared with some of the folks there a method of teaching the concept of collection to a horse and rider. It is a method I have used for the past several years and I haven’t found anything yet that is better. It is a method I learned from watching Al Ragusin on t.v.. Al lives in east Texas and had a great act called Al’s dancing horses. http://www.dancinghorseshow.com/
I have not shown this method to many people because some folks get the hair, on the back of their necks, in a wad when they see you use any sort of device to teach a horse to collect. Trouble is with about 95% of the horse owning population is they don’t ride well enough or have good enough hands to teach the concept of collection to their horses. So, they spend, some of them years, trying to get their horses to collect and it never happens. They bring their horses to me asking for help, which I am happy to do. In less then 30 days I have taught the horse how to collect and the owners are tickled.
The method that Al had developed over the years is simple. Almost to simple. People just don’t believe it when they see it. I have recommended Al’s method to other more advanced students who really want to learn and they have really enjoyed the process and the results in their horses. I guess enough of them have called and bought Al’s double rein system from him that he felt compelled to call me yesterday. I have purchased Al’s double reins a couple of times so he had my name on his list, but I never expected him to ever call ME… What a treat to get to talk to him and to hear where he has come from in the horse world.
He called to tell me that if I wanted to use his name as a reference that I could. Now first of all, Al did not have to call and he sure did not have to offer me his name if I thought it would help us make a living, but he did. That’s the kind of guy that Al is. He really wants to help people with their horses, just like Kathy and I. So check him out, and if you have any question you can sure call him, he don’t mind or feel free to call or email us.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.