Well, I wasn't sure where to put this, I guess it could go under shows but here it is!
I took my five year old to a Philip Dutton Clinic at The Ark in Monroe, NC. I warmed him up and then all the riders were called to the ring. Philip discussed with us that you should know what you want to work on with your horse every time you go to ride, we worked on bending the horses and control over jumps. We did walk, trot, and canter. When we got to the canter my little (big) boy was terribly unbalanced and would NOT pick up his left lead canter. Philip asked to hop on my horse and of course I had no objection to that. Philip got a crop and straightened him out for me, he even got him to sidepass and do lateral movements like a pro! Everyone eye's were just gleaming and I just felt so lucky. I got back on and he was fine, Philip had me canter him and just let him go he said that I was fighting with my horse and I needed to let him decide when to slow down because it was just going to be frustrating if I held him back too much. Philip set up a gymnastic line of a one stride to an oxer (after warming up over x-rails) and Rum did so well. I just stayed out of his way over the jumps and he took care of me. We eventually had to jump a whole course with lot's of twists and turns and even a skinny that Rum took a second look at, haha. We jumped probably about 2ft9in to 3ft and Rum didn't hesitate at any of the jumps. Everyone said he was a very talented horse and that if I stuck with him then we would go very far. I've never been prouder of my little baby, he took care of me and confidence is on the rise! Cross-country is today so I'll tell everyone how it goes.