The next morning I rolled out of bed. Early, very early to load up the horse and head to a nearby arena where I would be attending day 2 of Geoff Hoar's Working Cow Horse clinic. I spent the morning watching the "experienced" group ride and listening to Geoff's coaching. At noon I hopped on my mare for the first time in a week and began to warm up. I was prepared for a hyper tense horse and was pleasantly surprised with a soft, supple willing partner.
The "dry" part of the clinic left me feeling frustrated with no individual attention from the clinician. I had a question I wanted to ask, so I circled, and circled, and circled him while he worked with someone else. By the time he moved on (to the whole group) I had forgotten what I wanted to find out. We quickly moved onto cattle which is the fun part. Bacardi worked her cows fairly well, while I tried to figure out what I needed to be doing. When I asked for clarification he didn't understand what I was asking and didn't answer it. So I took the time during my second cow work to reframe the question to better get the response I was looking for. The second work was much, much more useful. I actually figured out what I need to work on and the direction I'm going to take the horse's training.
In the future, I won't take part of a two day clinic. I not sure if the disconnect I felt was because I missed bits from the previous day or if the clinician was just not a good fit for my learning style. Or maybe because the dog clinic the day before was stellar. I don't know. It's too bad because this is a person I've always held in high regard as a skilled horseman. Perhaps a private lesson would be a better plan in the future.
On Sunday, I entered in the Ranch Cutting at the schooling show and had complete blow out rides. But that's okay because the purpose was to learn. I had someone tape me while I rode. This I plan to show Jason and have him help me through some issues. The clinic made it incredibly clear how lucky I am to have him in my life because I've learned so much from him. He is truly providing me with a high quality foundation for my cutting aspirations. I'm somewhat amazed at how much more I understand now, compared to the start of the summer.
Here's a couple of pictures from the clinic.
Not sure why I'm making that face...