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    08-08-2009, 09:01 PM
Clinton Anderson saved my butt ...

...and I've never even met the guy! My horse has been feeling good lately. He's been more than a little happy to the barn following our trail rides. Yesterday I started down the final hill toward the barn and he decided to try running off bucking instead. I quickly pulled him up, but then had to spend the next 5 minutes or so (felt like an hour) keeping him from bucking me off while trying to get down the hill. I realized after I got safely down that I was saying out loud to myself (in Clinton's accent even) "Ya gotta keep his feet movin'. Ya can't let him get straight. All the power's in the rear." While it was not a fun few minutes, I spent the whole way down just keeping him moving forward while not letting him get completely straight so he couldn't buck. (luckily he's not a talented bucker) I've seen Clinton in person once and watch his shows on RFDTV every now and then. I always felt he was a bit redundant, and actually found it a bit annoying how he drives his points into the ground. Silly me. If he hadn't overloaded my head with the concept of keeping his feet moving, I'd probably have been launched into next week! Guess there's always the opportunitly to learn something new.
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    08-08-2009, 09:23 PM
Glad to hear you got through your horse's 'fit' okay!

I know what you mean about CA driving his point into the ground. My dad mimics the way he leaves concepts hanging for the listener to fill in, and he compares it to the "Bueller... Bueller... Bueller..." scene in Ferris Bueller's Day off, lol. It does help thing stick, though!
    08-08-2009, 09:37 PM
Yes! That drives me nuts. He did that at a clinic I saw. He kept saying, "Ya gotta move his...." (waiting for all of us to answer feet) It drove me nuts...but apparently kept me safe. I guess I'm one of those thick headed people who has to hear it 1000 times before it sinks in.
    08-09-2009, 12:16 AM
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I am glad you are ok!
I must be a slow learner but I like how he repeats himself, it helps me remmember it. Lol!
    08-09-2009, 02:17 AM
For most people it takes more than just a few times for the actual lesson to 'stay' long term in the might think you've got it after the first couple times, but then, when you need it most, you just can't remember it...that's what I like about trainers that repeat simple concepts; you WILL remember them!
    08-09-2009, 08:57 PM
Originally Posted by mom2pride    
For most people it takes more than just a few times for the actual lesson to 'stay' long term in the might think you've got it after the first couple times, but then, when you need it most, you just can't remember it...that's what I like about trainers that repeat simple concepts; you WILL remember them!
To teach someone some point you tell them once. You then tell them what you just told them , that's twice and finally you tell them one more time. That makes 3. That is the only way to drive a point home. To pass over it once and then move on is to loose that point.
44 years of teach here.
    08-10-2009, 06:04 PM
Sounds like there was some rider talent involved there, too! Glad you were able to control the situation - that would not have been a good way to end your ride!

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