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post #1 of 10 Old 04-09-2010, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Clinic! Which horse to take??

I have almost zero experience going to the -professional- clinics, so I want to hear the opinions! I have a dilemma here...

I signed up for clinic while I was at the Expo (it'll be mid of May). It's an obstacle clinic (meaning lots of scary things you have to negotiate, including may be guns etc.). So now I can't decide, which horse to pick to make it mostly effective for BOTH of us.

Jemma (the QH) went to lessons in different barns, rode on trails quite a bit, went to the team penning clinic (didn't go very well though, but still), etc. She's also more on laid back side. Which means of course it'll be easier for me to deal with the clinic (at least I think so ), but not very positive how much she'll learn. Also she may go to the english riding clinic end of this month (it's about better balancing horse and rider).

Kiara (the paint) doesn't have nearly as much experience as Jemma going out. She's also very easily overexcited (and you can't do much about it, just type of a horse) and spooky and didn't have much experience dealing with other horses since I got her. So I'd think for her it'll be a really big experience, but I'm not positive it'll be all that pleasant for me to deal with too nervous/excited horse all day long.

So... What do you think?
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post #2 of 10 Old 04-09-2010, 08:46 AM
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I think it would benefit Kiara more but I know what you mean about having to try handle a spooky horse all day but with the clinic they will help you handle her spookiness. Have fun whoever you take:)

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post #3 of 10 Old 04-09-2010, 09:13 AM
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I think a clinic like this would do Kiara good, you say she is not as experianced as Jemma and spooky.

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post #4 of 10 Old 04-09-2010, 09:18 AM
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I vote for Kiara as well. I think you both will get more out of it than if you take the easier going horse.
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post #5 of 10 Old 04-09-2010, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you, guys. I'm leaning towards Kiara too, but will see if she'll be in heat that period (she's a nightmare to deal with then).
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post #6 of 10 Old 04-09-2010, 11:51 AM
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Id say take Kiara as the people in the clinic will show you how to deal with her problems before your in like a very large field and a gun goes off!
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post #7 of 10 Old 04-09-2010, 05:38 PM
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Kinda off topic, but could you tell me what english clinic you are going to later in the month? I know its a long shot, but one trainer that I work with teaches a clinic in Baltimore every month, just curious if its her.

As far as horses go for your first clinic, its easier for you to decide. If Kiara is really spooky, she won't get much out of it because she'll be in defensive mode, where Jemma may give you a chance to refine your skills a bit more in preperance for working with Kiara. However, if Kiara is pretty receptive and just a bit skittish, she would be getting a lot more out of it in the long run, but her mind has to be with you more than on whatever is in question, or she may go into overload.
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post #8 of 10 Old 04-09-2010, 05:40 PM
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Kiara, if you feel you're ready. Don't go with her if you know you are going to be excessively nervous.

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post #9 of 10 Old 04-09-2010, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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Kinda off topic, but could you tell me what english clinic you are going to later in the month? I know its a long shot, but one trainer that I work with teaches a clinic in Baltimore every month, just curious if its her.
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As far as horses go for your first clinic, its easier for you to decide. If Kiara is really spooky, she won't get much out of it because she'll be in defensive mode, where Jemma may give you a chance to refine your skills a bit more in preperance for working with Kiara. However, if Kiara is pretty receptive and just a bit skittish, she would be getting a lot more out of it in the long run, but her mind has to be with you more than on whatever is in question, or she may go into overload.
It's hard to explain. I'm not very positive skittish or very spooky are the right definitions. She just gets overexcited up to the point even her leg starts to shake. And it takes a long time to calm her down (last time 30 mins or so). I don't think I'll be nervous myself, but I don't think anyone will wait 30 mins on me to calm down the horse. So will see how she'll behave week before the clinic.
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post #10 of 10 Old 04-09-2010, 11:50 PM
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defs Kiara ;)

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