I've been on such a high for the past week I couldn't really think of what to say concerning what I learned and gained from watching Leslie work. Her knowledge clearly runs deep and covers a broad range of horse-related subjects from traveling, studying and riding all over the world. Her individual expression of the art is inspiring to watch. The horses she worked with quickly became at ease in her presence as she consistently radiated a peace and clarity which was reflected in them. Their expressions were what made the biggest impression on me. She pointed out subtle signals in the horses' expressions that I've seen other trainers omit or gloss over as they're usually related to man-made stress, the same things which I've seen in my own horses.
At this point I feel that the biggest benefit I gained from being around her was that it sharpened me up. I had begun to think that I had gotten fairly good and then I saw how much farther it's possible to go. That's what I'm into though. The pursuit of horsemanship as a way of life. Overall I would say that her deal is well-suited for me. It was a pretty small group, kind of like the groups at Brannaman's clinics when he isn't so famous as he is right now.
Been filming every day for the past week trying out some new stuff.