Just got back from day one of the Horse Symposium that our local 4-H located and thought you all might be interested in what was going on there.
For session one there was "Centered Riding - Dressage". Mainly where it teaches how to get a good "seat" (or balance point...whatever you want to call it), and learn how to bend your horses by just using leg and such.
Pretty interesting, but the freezing cold arena made it almost unbarable.
For session two there was "To Shoe or Not to Shoe" giving by Sonny's awesome farrier Joe Skipp (http://www.nchoofcare.com).
He mainly covered that it's healthier for the horse to be barefoot, but shoes can help some horses with injuries and so on. He also covered the different types of horse shoes, some of the different types of trims, and then parts of the foot.
Then was lunch. Icky lunch which smelled HORRIBLE. I'm surprised I didn't get sick off of it haha.
Sesson three was on Natural Horsemanship and how to bond with your horse.
The lady who presented this was great. She showed how to help a fearful horse, and to grow a deeper bond with your horse. Then also rode a young mare (fairly green and spooky) bareback and bitless (something you'd never see me do).
Last was Session Four which was "Centered Riding - Western" and it was exactly the same as the dressage one...which I didn't realize until after we signed up.
Session Two: no pictures, sorry
Session Four: no pictures, sorry...but I'm sure your tired of pictures by now