I got a great email from one of the ladies that attended the clinic we put on in the valley. She was emailing to say how much she was enjoyed the clinic and the DVD that we provided, for free, to all those that attended. She was amazed at how much the ground work was affecting her horse and how it was affecting the riding of her horse. She also wished that we would have spent more time doing the ground work but, would not have wanted to miss the riding part of the clinic. I was proud to hear that she was working with her horse every chance she got, even if it was for only ten minutes a day, has been very hot there.
I talk a lot about ground work at clinics and it is the first thing that we start out with. I know that most folks want to ride, and ground work can seem like a pain. I know some folks that love the ground work more then they love to ride. But I can not tell you how important ground work is. If your horse is pushy, disrespetful, piny eared or you think has been abused in the past, and mentally is scared, ground work will fix just about every problem. Ground work teaches a horse where his place is in the herd. And by herd I mean the herd of two, you and your horse. They must understand that you are the leader. Having said that, you have to be a good leader, and you can learn to be that when you do your ground work. I could go on and on, but won't. But I'm telling ya, if your horse is pushy on the ground, he will be in the saddle. So why do ground work? It's how you establish your self as a leader. There is so much that goes on in a horses mind when you work with him on the ground. Is hard to explain but is easy to see the results if you do it.
Kathy and I have friends here from the east coast. Don and Mary. They are going to take care of the place while we are gone to Kansas. They just got passed the hurricane back there just a day or so before they came out here. They did not have much damage, but they figured they could take care of all that later. They were not going to miss a chance to come out here and hang out.
Kathy and I will be playing at the Hillsboro Festival in Hillsboro tomorrow. That should be fun, then we head out to Kansas for the Walnut Valley Music Festival. That will for sure be a hoot. I'm going to try and keep up with the blog so you can see what that fest. is all about.
We broke the door knob on the back door yesterday. Not sure how that happened but need to get one ordered. Don and Mary will have to keep a chair up against it till we get home.. You would think that a door knob would last longer then three years... I need coffee.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.