I was left totally inspired by the September instructor clinic. It was full of lightbulb moments for me and it was wonderful to catch up with Marijke and the other UK instructors and to see the progress we have all made over the summer. Marley was offering me the moon which was truly special.
In liberty training my takeaways were to really really REALLY - REALLY - show him that I appreciate him, that I understand him, and to be totally present, to feel him in every step, every request. It gave a whole new meaning to what is meant by 'inner feeling' and how powerful that can be.
And the same translates to work in hand, the stronger your inner picture and inner feeling the clearer your communication with the horse will be, the lighter the aids, so that the horse is free to offer self carriage of body and mind.
The Introduction to ST and demonstration at Welland this morning was a huge success! What a wonderfully positive and friendly atmosphere, with a super audience, so open and ready to learn. Huge thanks to the awesome Jo Lewington and Sam Pettigrew who were superb hosts, and Jo’s demo lessons with Des and Sherman were both inspiring and informative for the audience. Sam’s lemon drizzle was second to none!
And the icing on the cake was Lisa Hudson’s very first lesson with her lovely young gelding Colin, a very interesting lesson that I really enjoyed, which demonstrated how to get started with a new horse. We learned that every horse is different and if it’s not working then we should change our approach and break down what we are asking into smaller chunks. Colin learned so quickly when we took our time and allowed him to process what we were asking using Release, Reward, Relax, (or Redirect) and Repeat. And Lisa already has very good timing and feel and I’m sure they will be super successful with ST in future.
Now we are looking forward to our special lesson days on Sunday 25 September and Saturday 22 October, there are lesson places available if you contact me direct.