Our clinic in Silver City this past Saturday was great. We had a wonderful time with some folks who really wanted to work on their horsemanship. It started out kind of rocky though. On the way to the clinic our truck over heated and in the diesel it reduces your power in the engine. So we had to stop in Deming NM to get a new hose. Thank goodness it did not do any other damage to the truck. So we were an Hour late to the clinic but it was all good.
We spent our time working with each person, one on one, answering questions that they had about their horses and then Kathy and I got a chance to watch them work with their horses. After that I would recommend things that they could do to improve their relationship with their horse and things that they would need to do in order to continue to be the best leader they could be for their horses.
One of the things that I noticed, a common thread, was the need for the owners to be better leaders. Often we are not sure what that means and we are a little nervous about pushing our horses beyond where they are now. We get comfortable with how they are and how they are working and choose to over look some of their behavior because we’re not sure how to deal with it or we just don’t want to deal with it. The great thing about having me work with them and their horses is I don’t care. I mean I care, but I don’t care about the behavior. If it’s good behavior I encourage it. If it’s bad behavior I try to help the horse with it and fix it. I don’t know the history of the horse, or at least I don’t know it as well as the owner does, and to me that is an advantage. See I won’t make excuses for the horse. If I worry to much about where he has come from, I won’t ever be able to help him with his behavior issues. The bottom line is bad behavior is bad behavior and once the horse knows you will not allow it he will be quick to change.
So we took a look at what they were all doing with their horses and I got a chance to share with them how I have fixed these problems in my own horses and in horses that have come to me for training over the years. It was a great time.
I want to thank Mara for putting it all together for us and her husband Ted, who, by the way, was the only man there. Makes me proud when I see a man who is willing to put him self in front of a group and allow someone to poke holes in his horsemanship. He did a great job, and, he got to hang out with some pretty nice ladies all day long…
Andrea and Stephanie were also great. These women, all of them, have a real love for their horses and their horsemanship. I can’t wait to get a chance to work with them again sometime down the trail. We only had on Rail Bird at the clinic and that was Sue. She asked some great questions and was a great addition to the group.
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