I have an opportunity to go to a 10 day CA clinic (free) this fall.
Has anyone here ever gone?
What was your experience like?
What would you recommend for getting prepared? Both myself and my horse? (Oh, and he'll love her- an Arabx Pinto XD)
What skills does my horse (and I ) need to know beforehand to get the most?
My horse is reliable, knows the basics, but I would still consider her green (though I have plenty of time to work on things). She doesn't give her front end to any real extent, and doesn't side pass worth a crap- both of these things I think can be accomplished in the time frame. She rides on a loose rein, but at this point doesn't neck rein (better on one side than the other, but by no means consistent) Is that expected? What else?
What did you get out of it?
... I'm am not throughly familiar with all of his work (didn't know who he was till about a year ago when I was given tickets to his tour).
His "method" seems to be synced with my own "ways" and philosophies I had developed over the years with various experiences (though I will say he is much more efficient, and when I apply the differences I have learned, it does make a difference) and that's what impressed me initially over other big-time trainers (I by no means think he is heaven sent, but he makes sense and has had years to perfect what he does, I have not).
Obviously, I have to get the "fundamentals" package and get the gear he requires (I like my own halter and stick, thank you very much, but considering that I have the opportunity to do this experience for free, I can't complain too much about the investment, though I am, indeed, very broke, and not in the horse sense).
Any input would be helpful, as I really don't know what to expect, and I don't want to go in like a complete idiot and get nothing out of it because I'm not prepared.
All the reviews and such I've read seem to be from people who worship the ground he pees on, so... I would rather have some less biased opinions :)