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post #21 of 42 Old 06-09-2013, 10:02 AM
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LOL, now I know, even though I felt stupid asking this.

No worries, I'm going to print this out and discuss it with her the next time I go for a lesson. I think I'll give her a call and schedule a lesson for next week. No other students are usually there when I take a lesson. I usually take a 1/2 day PTO time from work on Thursday's for a riding lesson. She's doing a clinic with Buck this weekend in Memphis, TN. I should go tomorrow since I have a few free passes and it's only 30 minutes away. But dernit, I want to go riding. Decisions, decisions.




GO TO THE CLINIC! It is important that you check this out and it will both help you understand where she is coming from and mightily confuse you. But, do not miss this opportunity. 30 minutes? People drive for hours to attend.

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GO TO THE CLINIC! It is important that you check this out and it will both help you understand where she is coming from and mightily confuse you. But, do not miss this opportunity. 30 minutes? People drive for hours to attend.
Ditto this! If I had the time and $$$$ right now, I'd drive to TN from OK just for the pleasure of attending this clinic.

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My brother lives almost 60 miles away and it's raining there. So I'm going to the clinic. She's already posting pictures on her FB page, Hillside Stables, of yesterday's show. Looks interesting.
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Corrections, the clinic is with Dennis Reis, not buck. LOL gotta stop posting while watching Buck's videos.
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Corrections, the clinic is with Dennis Reis, not buck. LOL gotta stop posting while watching Buck's videos.
Ehhhhhhhhh, BTDT re: Dennis Reis..........not all that impressed with him. Too much Parelli.

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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
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Sounds like a good day! : )

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Hi dlady,

I completely understand what your instructor is telling you, but it is a difficult concept to get as you are just learning to ride and work with horses.

Horses are very good at reading body language, emotions, and feelings. In the wild, that's how they stay alive. One horse gets nervous over a potential predator in the weeds, and the whole herd is suddenly on high alert. That is why the top trainers can do so much with their horses without just using cues. The way you move and the way you carry yourself are affecting your horses in and out of the saddle all the time, whether or not you are aware of it - some horses are more affected than others (the "hot" ones).



I would go back to your instructor with an open mind and give it a try again, you will probably really appreciate her skills as you get more advanced!

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thanks CK, I read that article and is already subscribed to your blog.
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No problem, I actually am really into this topic. I think so many people either use these concepts of energy and intention without ever thinking about it, or could take their riding and horsemanship a lot farther with just a little more awareness! So thanks for bringing it up on the forum! Caroline Rider is another well known clinician/trainer to look into, she does a lot of this type of work.
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