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    09-25-2012, 07:56 PM
How to prepare for clinic?

I'm not sure if this is the right spot to put this, but here it goes! ;)

So I have a big opportunity to ride in a clinic by Hawley Bennett (who happens to be my hero!), which actually has a huge chance of happening! I've never ridden in a clinic before, so I don't know exactly what to expect!

What would the appropriate attire be for a clinic? What equipment should I bring? Anything I should know/be prepared for? Any other advice?

I want to be as prepared as possible, and make sure that Mudpie and I are ready to learn as much as we can!!

It's a two day clinic on jumping. :)

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    09-25-2012, 08:17 PM
Show up in workmanlike, clean and conservatively coloured fitted attire with the tack you usually ride in There really is nothing else you need to prepare, treat it like a normal lesson.

Good luck!
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    09-25-2012, 08:22 PM
I attend quite a lot of clinics with Dressage coaches.
The expected attire is neat and tidy. A clean, crisp shirt with a collar, tucked into a pair of plain coloured, clean breeches.
Make sure you're tack is well cleaned, as you would if you were attending a competition.

Some people get a bit excited about using bandages in clinics - if you don't know how to bandage immaculately, don't!

Make sure your horse is clean, give him a wash if weather permits, otherwise as good a tidy up as you can manage - no mud hanging off him, or matts in the mane and tail.
Generally plaiting is not required.

Also note, that there is a certain ettiquette expected when you attend clinics. If you don't know the person well, you should be respectful, listen to everything they tell you and try their advice unless it is blantently dangerous or you are terrified. No back chatting, or "Well MYYYYYY coach says to...."
If you don't get as much out of the clinic as you'd hoped, that is ok. I think you can learn something from every person you go to, whether it is useful training advice, or deciding on a method that you now know NOT to try with your horse.

Have fun!!!
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    09-25-2012, 08:28 PM
All the above advice is great, all I have to add is that I always pack some different bits. When I did my working cowhorse stuff I always packed what I would show in and also a plain snaffle as well incase there was something inparticular I needed to work on.

Depending on what the clinic is for sometimes you need to have some basics down. Usually just a walk, trot, canter and solid whoa. Unless if course its a colt starting clinic! LOL
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    09-25-2012, 08:45 PM
Take spare gear in case something breaks. Some clinicians insist the horse be in a snaffle so have one ready in a bridle if you don't usually ride with one. In case.....
    09-25-2012, 09:17 PM
Thanks, guys!

I usually use polo wraps almost every time I ride, but I currently only have one pair, and they're... cheetah print. XD Would it be better for me to go without? I'd like to be as respectful towards Hawley as I can be, and I don't want to appear like I don't care by using my festive wraps!

I have Pony Club polos, but that's all I have. Would that be acceptable? They're light blue.

Also, I don't yet own tall boots. I have black zip up paddock boots and black half chaps, but neither of them are very expensive. Obviously I would clean them immaculately, but they're all I have. I'll attach a picture of me riding in them. Are they alright? (The picture also has my polo and breeches)

This would be a DREAM COME TRUE, so I am super excited about the OPPORTUNITY!

I always ride in a snaffle, so there's no problem there. :)

Thanks, guys!!
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    09-25-2012, 09:23 PM
I'd either go with the light blue polo's with a matching shirt, or go without.
The rest of your turnout looks absolutely fine, and don't worry about not having tall boots - well maintained paddock boots and gaiters/half chaps are acceptable. To be honest, I tend to ride more in my zip ups and gaiters than in tall boots, even in competition under medium level :)
    09-26-2012, 12:25 PM
Be sure to eat a good breakfast and get plenty of sleep the night before!
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    09-26-2012, 01:32 PM
Thanks, guys. ;)

How should I get ready for each ride? Should I be on 10 minutes early? Or... what?

Mudpie will be staying in a stall each night, so should I bring my own shavings? I've totally figured out how to feed when we're away from home, and he's a pretty chill guy who tends to settle in quickly, so I'm not worried about that. :)

Also, I only own one pair of gloves, and they're purple. My hands are covered in cuts, scratches, healing blisters, etc., so I ALWAYS ride in gloves. Should I try to get another, black pair, or will the purple ones be okay?

Thanks for answering all my stupid questions. I want to make sure that I'm prepared!
    09-26-2012, 01:53 PM
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Your clinic ride time is when your lesson starts. Do not go in with a cold horse. You will spend valuable time warming up. Make sure you give your horse whatever warmup you need to enter ready to work.
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