2020 taught me a lot about clinics - mainly they don’t have to be done in person. I would never have attempted a virtual clinic if not for the pandemic. The virus pushed me into them - but now that I’ve made the shift, I’ve discovered what a wonderful learning opportunity they are.
I get to work with you and your horse in YOUR home environment. No more - “he never does that at home!” Geography no longer is the impediment that keeps us from working together. So this year I am going to continue to give virtual clinics. Once travel becomes safer, I’ll decide what I’m going to do about doing some in person clinics in the fall. For the spring all events will be virtual.
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YES! To Virtual Clinics
Here’s what people saying about the virtual clinics:
"Thank you! Your enthusiasm and passion was infectious. It’s the middle of the night and I can’t sleep. Thinking about so many light bulb moments that will help me to make changes to my training.” Julia Field
"I have attended many in-person clinics ranging from 2 to 5 days. I honestly think I learned more from this virtual clinic than from any of them. I puzzle out why, and one reason shines above all others: no distractions! No logistics for travel, overnight stays, strange place, new people, horse concerns. Entire clinic time 100% focused on the material to be shared. 110% of my time and focus on what you were sharing. Easy to ask questions, and viewing the videos in real time with you was priceless. It may be remote, but it is face to face and 100% interactive. I loved it." Wendy King
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Some of the beautiful horses I have met in clinics
Here's a great clinic before and after. In the top photo this horse consistently stopped all strung out with his weight falling forward onto his forehand. And look at his handler. Imagine if she were riding him. Her knees are locked and she has an exaggerated C curve in her spine. Her own balance is not going to get her the riding results she wants.
Compare this to the "after" in the second photo.
What a beautiful team! Her horse has stopped more underneath himself behind. He's much more engaged and "up hill" in the way he's standing. Even his expression is more pleasant.
And look at the change in the handler. She's in beautiful shoulders-over-hips, hips-over-feet balance - exactly what you want for riding.
Ground work IS just riding where you get to stand up.
These changes occurred during a virtual clinic. I couldn't work directly with her horse. What is so exciting about these clinics is the handler created them herself. She knows what she did. She and her horse own the process.
Given the choice, which horse would you want to ride? I hope you can see the difference between the two photos and you answered the second horse.
Here's another dramatic example:
The horse and handler on the left are both out of balance. The handler is twisting to deliver the treat. And her horse is overbent. His nose is curling into his chest. Look at how much of his crest you can see. He's also leaning onto his left shoulder.
Now look at the same handler just a day later. She's so much better balanced and so is her horse.
Think of the thousands of times you deliver a treat when you clicker train. What do you want to normalize in your nervous system? The more you feed out of balance, the more that's the pattern your body will follow. It's easy to make a change - once you understand why it's important to do so.
The virtual clinics let us explore so many of the details that really do make a difference.