Kathy's Art Work!
Had a really great day yesterday working with Sue. You will remember that she is the lady that helped Kathy and I put on the clinic in the valley. She has asked me to come over and work with her and her horses. So we have put together a program for both of the horses and for her. Now this woman has tons of experience with riding and lessons and taking her horses to different events, as a matter of fact, she is heading to Portugal to work with one of the more notable dressage trainers in the world. So for me to get a chance to work with her and her horses is a treat. The program that we are focusing on is basics. Seems like whenever things are not going the way we want, in no matter what sport we love, seems like good coaches always have us go back to basics. For example in golf. I have a neighbor our here on the ranch who is a retired golf pro. I golf with him from time to time and he likes to teach. So he is always trying to help me with my game. When things start to go south he reminds me to pay attention to the basics. My grip, my stance to the ball, my rhythm and, for me, the list goes on and on. So I try to focus on the fundamentals ofmy game. I still put it in the trees, but it give me something else to focus on rather then cussing.
I think that probably most folks, if they would just go back to basics, could fix a lot of problems they are having with their horses. Ask yourself, how is my ground work? Does my horse show me respect by not pushing into my space, etc. If our horses basics education is lacking it will show up somewhere down the road. And if we are going to stay safe we really need to make sure that our horses have a very good foundation.
Tim and his girl friend.
I think that, at times, we are asking more of our horses then they can do, with the education they have. When we were working on circles yesterday Sue would ask why her horse was leaning in on the circle. My answer was, I have no idea, but it really didn't matter. We were working on keeping his nose inside the circle. I didn't care about anything else. But Sue wanted her horse to make the circle perfect, and I did too, but it did not matter to me if it happened today or tomorrow or a week from now. This horse was being given a chance to learn that he could keep his nose in the circle with out being helped to keep it there. Once he had a chance to figure that out all the things that were going on, the falling inside the circle with his front end went away. And in less the ten minutes he was making a ten meter circle without all the thing that she was worried about before. So we were learning to let our horse find the place that is the most comfortable for him. Once he found that place it was amazing to see the change in the horse and in the rider.
So focus on what you are doing, not on what you want. If you focus on what you are doing what you want will happen and, with horses, it will happen a lot faster then you think. It all takes the magic pill. But we have to be willing to swallow it...
Time for a swaller of coffee
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.