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post #1 of 8 Old 09-10-2010, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Cool What are some ways to make the most of a clinic?

Next weekend I have a 45 minute slot for a private during a clinic with Sarah Martin. This is the first clinic I have ever attended, let alone ridden in. Does anybody know what things I should do to make the most of my time with Sarah? I am assuming that when my time hits Cinny and I should be warmed up and ready to work...but that's all I know.

Thanks for any tips or tricks you may have.
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-10-2010, 08:40 PM
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Well, Definitly be warmed up and ready, but no too warmed up. What type of clinic is it? Remember 45 minutes is a lot, and in a clinic, you are definitly getting much info, but you dont want your horse to be too tired. as for getting as much as you can in, well thats up to you and your instructor

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post #3 of 8 Old 09-10-2010, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, I forgot to mention, it's a Dressage Clinic.

I'm not so worried about trying to cram as much exercise and info into the 45 min session as much as I want to make the most of it...quality over quantity I guess kind of explains it.

I think Cin would go nuts if we tried to cram a lot on him all at once, he seems to be a "learn one thing, learn it well, then move to the next thing" sort of horse. If you introduce two different things in one day you can see his little brain have a melt down ha ha.
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-10-2010, 08:57 PM
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get someone to video tape it! i find it helps a lot!
and when your not riding, take notes from other peoples ride!

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Haha im taking a dressage clinic this sunday with my little wp horse. lol. well have fun, and definitly video it, i know i am going to video mine(or i guess my mom is)

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Have someone videotape the lesson. You will likely get thrown a lot of information, so it's nice to be able to re-visit the lesson at later dates and really absorb everything you learned... again. I do suggest treating the clinic a little like a show. Dress well (clean breeches, nice shirt tucked in with a belt, clean boots, hairnet, gloves, and helmet), have your tack and horse clean. Some clinicians are more sticky on appearance than others; it's best to play it safe. Don't wear anything baggy; the clinician will want to be able to see your pelvic rotation and back. Warm up for 10-15 minutes before the lesson, get your horse's muscles supple and warm. Most of all, enjoy, and learn lots!
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Yes, definitely warm your horse up before your ride time. Get your horse nice and loose so you can work on the stuff you are there to work on. Most clinicians will ask you to ride a bit for them first so they can see assess where you are with your training. Dress respectfully and nice clean horse like others have said and have fun!

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post #8 of 8 Old 09-10-2010, 09:35 PM
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Just go with the flow of the clinic. Remember that not everyone teaches/explains in a way you can learn things(everyone learns differently), so be ready to ask questions if you don't understand. ASK them! Be honest about your horses ability, and if you have problems with certain movements. Also be ready to perhaps to do some weird excercise.... (I rode in a clinic last fall with Chris Delia and he had us cross our arms and steer that way. This was to get us to steer more with our bodies and not with hands. He had seen a girl in Florida with no arms, and she had a harness on her upper body that the reins attached too and she turned her upper body to have her horse go where she wanted. He uses this to teach all of his students and uses it himself.)

Have fun. Take notes. Take videos/pictures. You are there to learn, so don't argue with the person. Just because you learn from them that day, doesnt mean you have to apply it to your everyday riding. Take what YOU and YOUR horse need from the clinic, and leave everything else behind.
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