Originally Posted by katbalu
That is exactly what I was looking for. I spent the weekend at a clinic with 3 trainers riding with us. We did so many things. My horse started with no backup and no willingness to give to the bit. By the end, I had him yielding to pressure, stopping off my seat, backing, sidepassing, walking in a 'collected/connected' way. But all of those things are a lot easier when you have someone riding beside you talking you through it. And I got home, and got on my horse, and my brain did that thing like when 2 wrong wires touch, and spark, and then a little puff of black smoke goes up into the air...
So I got out my notebook to write some goals down, and realized that, while I did infact accomplish those things, I didn't quite understand them all, or even remember quite how I accomplished them all. But how you described is how they got me stopping with no reins and backing up as well. I guess some details didn't quite make it to the front of my memory. And the details that did make it, I still have to make sense of. So anyway, while sidepassing was fun, it will be awhile before I'm working on that! But oneday...
LOL! I understand the crossing wires...tee he!
Clinics are great, but for me its a lot of info to absorb in a little amount of time. I am a little slow on the uptake so I have to be shown, then I have to play with it for a while until I get it, then I can be shown something else. Otherwise I get brain fried.
Did you go to a cowhorse/reiner style clinic?