I went to the clinic. It was a training session for people with problem horses.
When I 1st walked in, I was encountered by a horse that greeted me like it knew me. Walked right up to me, sniffed my hand and let me pet him for awhile. Since I didn't seem scared of him, the owner let me baby it for a couple of minutes. LOL I actually got it to back away from me when I was done. She was there for a training session with dennis for yielding the hind quarters. I was impressed with this session which lasted about 40 minutes. Not only did he get it to yield the hind quarters, but before she left the round pin, she had him doing a spin or what every ya call it.
I talked to Dennis and my riding instructor for a few minutes. My instructor did the last part of the clinic. She's quite good at what she does. Since Dennis knew I was new to riding horses and taking lessons, every once in awhile, he would stop and come over to me to make sure I was understanding everything.
The most amazing part for me was this year 8 old boy that was riding a paint horse in the outside arena during a 30 minute break. He noticed me watching and asked "do you ride". I told him not very good, I'm just learning. He showed me how to lope, canter, and do the spin. He was very good. He said "If you want your horse to spin to the left, do your flexing to get him to turn his head like this, move your left leg away from the horse a little bit cause you only want to give him cues with 1 leg. Use your right foot to move him to the left and he spins around like this. Now when you want him to stop, just relax and release the pressure off the reins. Oh, and only use a little pressure on the reins cause you don't want to hurt his mouth with the bit." I asked him if he participated in the clinic and why. He sat up straight on his horse and said, "cause I wanted to learn to spin like the downunder horseman on tv."
I didn't see any of the parelli techniques in Dennis today. Or, maybe I haven't watched enough of parelli to notice it. But in all honesty, I have tried to watch parelli on RFDTV several times, I really tried, but I can never make it past the 1st five minutes. Craig Cameron and CA, I try not to miss a show.
I did get a free whip which he autographed and i didn't even help do any of the cleaning up afterwards. But he calls it a flag. Why there's so many names for 1 piece of equipment i'll never know. carrot stick, handy stick, flag, ect. To me it's still a stick with a string on it and I call it a whip. LOL