So I am home form the Double Dan Horsemanship clinic (Ground control 101)
I quite enjoyed myself, met some great folks and visited with a friend , Linda ,of Starmryi Appaloosas Who kindly ,not only agreed to take the following photos for me , but also "horse sat " Cat so I could go home and sleep in my own bed, AND invited me to join her and a friend for lunch! The horse industry is full of good folks, great ones and well the not so good. Linda? she is a one of the great ones. I also have to give a nod to the gentleman parked beside , Steve, he and Rosie (his lovely little welsh mare were great company, and he stayed with a couple others the first evening to help set up panels for Cats pen. So nice for my first foray back into clinics after so long away to have such a great group around .
The clinic itself was very interesting, Dan James is a pleasant and personable fellow , with a great base of knowledge and a practical approach.This clinic seems geared mostly towards creating softness and responsiveness in hand to progress towards softness and responsiveness in the next levels , whether that be under saddle or at liberty . He broke each exercise down to simple and sensible parts to gradually build towards the end result. I was a little concerned that because Cat had been mostly untouched this spring she might bring out her well ,less than soft side (hence the nick name Whoa Dammit) But I was pleasantly surprised! She was a little worried the first part of the day on Thursday but she was listening and soft, not challenging the lead or pressure. As the time went on she continued to be a good girl living up to her actual name (FV Catch A Dream! )
It was a long couple of days, and my back does not love me right now, but it was so worth it !
Even without the knowledge gained , I got to spend 2 whole days with my horse, doing fun stuff and enjoying her company as well as the company of some great people!!!
I call that a WIN!
A little bonding time over lunch
We finished the clinic by putting our skills to work going through and over a few obstacles
Side passing over a rail
crossing over a tarp and rails
And finally our little jump , one way we jumped down off the bank, then back and jumped up .
If nothing else , Cat and I could rock an "in hand " trail class!
Anyhow, I am, as I said glad I went,I may have more to say about it , but as CutnJump said in the comments on the last post. I am tired and have a lot of info to sort through .
Have a great weekend , and as always , stay safe!