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I am a little slow in posting this, but I have been busting to share the Ta-Dah's from my clinics at the recent Connection to Collection Tour held at the beautiful Polo property, Mingela which is located just out of Kyneton in Victoria. We kicked off the Connection to Collection Tour with the Introduction to Horsemanship Ground Skills Clinic where everyone made lots of discoveries about what their horses need to make them feel safe and happy and how to teach them to think their way through all sorts of situations that would normally send a horse into flee mode. Good safe habits was another focus of the 2 days which was highlighted with one of the handlers being only 11 years old and one of the horses also being very young and green and we were able to see how these habits helped both horse and handler. Student Tah-Dah's: Georgia - got Scotty to jump the Barrel Stopped Scotty going into my personal space Lyn - jumped Romeo over a barrel Learn't about my energy/life Focus on your direction Remember where your belly button is facing I saw Julia keep her horse out of her space when standing still Our second event for the Connection to Collection Tour - the Release Focused Training Clinic was a huge hit. Taking a look at our Basic Skills and Purpose Plays with the specific focus of making sure our horses are going Too Comfort! Open hands, leaving them alone when they are going forward and having them go over a jump just from one send kept everyone busy in their ground skills and learning to ride with a loose rein and steer with our body focus created lots of ooooh's and ahhh's as the horses softened, relaxed and stopped chewing on their bits. A great effort from everybody and a huge thankyou to Mingela for providing such a wonderful venue for our events! Student Tah-Dah's: Tristia on Gracie for 3 hours - a first! Steering with by buttocks Put Roy over a jump, ground skills Recognising why Deek rushes over jump - my energy levels need to decrease! Getting my horses to the clinic in my own float on my own, never done this ever. Getting Dakota over a jump and helping her to be more comfortable and relaxed. Getting Roy to canter and listen to my energy Roy and myself learninig to communicate. Loose rein riding! Check out the slide show! [sharedmedia=videos:videos:787]
Just under two months to go before this exciting event! We have a couple of more places left for Mounted Participants (i.e. with your horse!) and lots of places for Dismounted Participants (without a horse!). Limited to 10 horses - so please be quick!