What is good horse people!
With the mud and rain and Christmas coming up, riding is effectively on hiatus. For want of something to do I started going through all the footage we've shot this year and by sheer luck, the camera was there at times to catch some pivotal moments where important lessons were learned! So I've decided to make a DVD out of it. The whole thing is gonna be free on youtube, of course.
Previous videos have been removed for now, so that I can re-edit a lot of stuff. No sense denying that putting a bunch of raw footage up as a finished product was kinda lazy, so it's time to get a little more organized. You guys who sat through some of those long segments, my hat's off to ya. The next thing that comes out will definitely be new and improved.
DVD Segments (in no particular order yet)
Rider Confidence: How I re-learned to walk, and then ride again after a life-altering motorcycle accident. Overcoming fears, re-discovering your physical confidence, and a few outside-the-box training techniques to develop balance, coordination, and a more confident mindset for riding.
The Anatomy of a Wreck: A detailed break-down of why I got bucked off my colt, and the infinitely valuable lessons learned from that experience. I intend to UN-ashamedly point out where I missed some key indicators of IMPENDING DOOM, so that you may all be spared my UN-fortunate fate!
Off-The-Ropes: A term sometimes used out west, it means to take a horse out of a ranch's cavvy and go do a job on him (in this case her) without the luxury of time. For her first ride of this past season, I took my mare out of the pasture and just threw my saddle on and used her to gather loose horses. She was distracted, just wanted to run off with the others, and nearly took me off at the gate. Some tips on how you might survive a similar experience, should your horse ever act a fool out on the trail.
Colt Starting: I use this as a general term to mean any un-broke or green-broke horse no matter the age. I'll show you how I started this 8-year old, un-broke, slightly spoiled pasture puff and got him on the road to becoming useful.
How To Make Your Horse Better Than Average: Some ways to work with your horses which will get people saying "Wow, you have a really nice/well-behaved horse!". Of course, they'll just think that it's the horse. You won't get any credit for it, but that's okay. You'll know the truth. ;]
That's about all I can think of for now! Gonna be poring over footage for about the next month, sequestered on these rainy days in the familiar and welcome dryness of Cameron's Pub. If anyone has any requests or ideas for anything, I'm interested! -Ian