Not sure you should take your horse to that fancy dressage clinic?
Signs it might not be for you:
- Your horse has not been off property for 5 + years.
- You’re not ready to sweat. In front of others.
- Your horse is lame.
- You don’t like when there’s giggling coming from the peanut gallery. (Imagined or not.)
It will most likely work out excellent if:
- You’d love to try riding for a top-notch trainer with the ability to teach all sorts of riders and horses.
- You come with an open mind and willingness to try something new.
- Your horse is a ______ (Insert breed here – it really works fine to show up with any breed.
The 2016 Linda O’ Carrol Memorial CDS Adult Amateur Clinic Series is held in North, Central and Southern California. This year held with Melissa Creswick, – I had the chance for some auditing at the Northern clinic, at Starr Vaughn.
Riders and horses of all various background – Melissa honed in on their weakness within the first few minutes, all in an encouraging environment.
Talented riders, I’d love to test it out with my mare one day too.
I watched Melissa teach a beautiful well-built gelding, with a very nice strong hind end but with shorter front legs than rear. Within minutes she had him raising up from his inside hind, lifting his neck up, along with the forehand.
Some quick snippets from the clinic to various riders:
- Don’t always reflect, because there’s something going on. A dog. A flag. That’s the amateur way. Then we just end up doing less.
- You don’t have to reorganise, get going. (At a horse falling out of a rushing canter.)
- You’re riding tentative, own it.
- In shoulder in: Create the feeling of the inside hind stepping up and under your crotch.
- Pulling the longitudinal horse back from the hand will always make them want to go on the forehand.
- Engage the hindquarters, forget the wheelbarrow, and the forehand will lift.
- Ask for the trot, and if there’s no response – light a fire.