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post #61 of 82 Old 01-25-2014, 05:00 PM
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A man who feels the need to negate others is not a man in my books. Regardless of his upbringing we have fine professionals to help him with that. He is doing as his father. The pain of insult can be greater than physical pain.
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post #62 of 82 Old 03-29-2014, 01:44 PM
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I will be riding my 3yr old in the foundation horsemanship class in Red Bluff next month! I am so excited (and nervous) for this experience for both myself and my horse! It is my first time riding in a Buck clinic and I know that we will both be walking away with a boat load of new experiences and knowledge to build on!
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Day 1 of the Buck clinic was pretty incredible. I was so nervous, but actually relaxed pretty quickly because I was concentrating so hard. I've learned how much I haven't done with Snickers and how much work we have. I also realized how much time I have not taken consistently in order to accomplish certain basic riding elements. It's a whole different ball game when you are forced to work on something, that is very necessary, for hours at a time...compared to trying to do it for ten minutes and thinking it's just something you will never learn. It's also a completely different ball game riding in the clinic than observing. I didn't even see the other riders or notice the audience. I could keep my focus on what Buck was saying along with what my horse and I were attempting to do, but that was about it.

It is also quite another experience going to a clinic where it's not a complete marketing show. Doing his clinic is very intimate. He made the comment about not allowing video and his reasons. He included the fact that this is our time together and personal, not everybody else's time.

Snickers was not quite as fond of Buck...lol. She showed me a few tantrums, reminding me how spoiled she is and how much I have not made her do. After I watched the cow clinic, I went to saddle her up again to practice and do our homework for the evening. In the arena, twice, she did lines of bronco bucking in protest. The good thing is, that she is very easy to ride through this!! We just continued on and kept working for a good hour. She chilled out and I could really see the difference in what we were starting to learn together. I'm so excited to continue on this journey over the next three days.
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Ahh! I'm so excited, the buck clinic will be in my area in less than two weeks! Keep us updated about your experience, because I too will be riding in it in redbluff.
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Ahh! I'm so excited, the buck clinic will be in my area in less than two weeks! Keep us updated about your experience, because I too will be riding in it in redbluff.
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I hope you have a great time!!! He will give to the riders in the clinic, what respect they give to him....just like with the horses. He is very honest about that. Each clinic is different, and he can read what each group of riders are about. If they are respectful and listen and try...he will give more. If they aren't really trying and ignoring him, he will give that in return. It is a great experience and I can't put into words how wonderful it is to ride with him and get that 'feel'. :)
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and when one does a ton of clinics and gets burned out, one needs to step back and regroup. More damage is done and more people are turned off to the message when you ride or spectate a poor clinic. If you pay for a clinic no matter who it is and how much it was, you should walk away and feel like you got your money's worth. I embrace the crossover of natural horsemanship to more traditional methods of riding and driving but you must be able to present the information that makes people get it and recognize the value it would have in their chosen discipline. Most all of the big name clinicians are burned out IMO and the clinics reflect that.
And if he had cancelled the tour because he was burned out and needed a break, how much MORE nastiness would be directed his way for doing so? Guy can't win for losing with some people.
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Trying to visualize Snickers having a broncing fit!!!
That would have made a good video
I'm glad you're enjoying it and getting a lot of benefit too by the sound of things
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Thank you for sharing. I am looking forward to read about day 2 and 3. What did you work on in particular, if you could nail one thought process down?
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Thank you for sharing. I am looking forward to read about day 2 and 3. What did you work on in particular, if you could nail one thought process down?
Today was a lot of the same stuff. He pretty much judges what we are working on next with or sticking with by how we start off the day. Today we added one reins stopping and regular stopping to the serpentines and yielding of hindquarters and forequarters. Then you step it up and not only find where the feet are, but get them soft executing everything all together.
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Buck clinic Day 2:

Buck clinic Day 2......Completed exhausted. I hope I can finish this post before going to bed! Exhausted, but such a great day. Some really BIG stars came into alignment and feel very successful, even though it didn't happen until later in the day when I was practicing.

After Snicker's little tantrums yesterday, she decided to start out the day with them today in the clinic. She was being the total mare stereotype. I felt less confident today with what was asked of us, because I was so worried about her behavior. I asked Buck what to do if my mare was pinning her ears at others. He told me to get her moving. That was the last thing I wanted to hear, because I was scared of what that may lead to between us running into other riders or me falling off if she moved forward too much. But, I had to suck it up and do it! So, I felt like I was kinda working on her attitude and not the work at hand during the clinic. Almost felt like we regressed. But towards the end of the clinic, after hearing Buck complain about 'dull' horses and making them go, I began working on roll backs and then pushing Snickers forward through the feel of my pelvis tilting, then the slight movement in my legs and, if she didn't go, kick her. Oh, well she got it veeeeeery quickly. Some of these things I hadn't heard for the first time, and even had tried to work through in the past.....but I really didn't get it until Buck kept on about it, over and over. Some of the other things started to make slight sense too, but not that total 'aha' moment.

After watching the second clinic I saddled up Snickers to practice. Once in the arena, I realized that Snickers learned to go more forward from those earlier exercises and Buck saying it over and over, making me do it, over and over. It's such a true statement when it is said that the rider often gives up just before success. You have to stick it out and hang in there....not just for ten minutes, once a week. While I have no problem executing those things with groundwork, it had been very hard under saddle for me. When I found that she was listening to my seat and leg to go forward, I was able to then focus on getting her soft/collecting/bridling her up. And once my hands had purpose and I was focused watching for the opportunities to offer release to her, I wasn't scared of her forward movement anymore. We were moving out, at the trot, way faster than she has ever given me before, and instead of focusing on how scared I was of the forward movement, and instead focusing on her so I could release to her, it all fell into place. And when that happend, Snickers got better and better, looking for that and the misbehaving went away. So hard to explain, but so freaking cool. There were all kinds of things going on in that arena and outside of the arena, and we were just both going on like it was our own little bubble. She was happy she was in her rectangle and I was happy in it too.
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