Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Joy of Freeplay

Freeplay with your horse is an awesome feeling! The human and horse that play together Stay Together! For those who have experienced it, the invisible connection to your horse during freeplay is a true joy. How do you get to that stage of your relationship? It isn't as difficult as you might at first think! In my groundskills clinics, we are exploring Freeplay during the first day ... testing the bond by taking those first few steps toward developing communication with heart, not with ropes. What you need is a few skills first - nothing fancy - just a some moves you can use to establish yourself as your horse's dominant playmate. Once they see that, you are on your way to mutual understanding. Then, using assertive body language (and as much self-belief as you can muster!) you show your horse that you 'speak their language'. Get the moves right first, of course, online. Then take those baby steps slowly and you'll see big results!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Being a Good Clinic Attendee

Horsemanship Clinics are a great way to meet other like-minded people, get inspiration, education and experience in handling your horse in different environments! Even if you are a spectator, you'll learn plenty! My own clinics are small, personal and friendly. Being a good clinic attendee and getting the most out of your investment of time and money involves asking questions, writing down ideas, and having an open mind. If you plan to bring your horse along, ensure that you have practiced your float loading, including a trip in the float and an uneventful unload. If you would like me to come to your area, then ask me about Hosting a Clinic - Great Benefits for Host and a fantastic learning experience.