At the most recent workshop we concluded with several rounds of drill team patterns. The girls did a great job and had a blast. The next workshop series will be the last two weekends in January and first two weekends in February. Thanks to Bobbie Wynne for taking and sharing the photo.
Here are a few more recent photos from around the ranch.
I'm riding the Fell pony Laddie in this photo, with Noel on her Appaloosa Willie. Willie came to me this fall for a couple of months and the two of them are doing great. Willie is a 14 yr. old appaloosa who did not understand what was expected of him and could not even hold a canter on a circle. He's got his basics down now and he and Noel are having a great time.
Don't forget that all the fundamental exercises I use when working with any horse and student are explained and taught in my book The Better Deal. The DVD also includes demonstrations of some of the same work.
And below a group shot of the students at the recent workshop:
Had a nice turnout and lots of productive fun at last Sunday's workshop. Below a few of the photos Bobbie took (thanks!):
Our eventing star Kate with Miss May:
A paint horse who was brought in to be evaluated as a husband horse. He's a little green:
And Kelly getting to know her neighbor Eileen's Fell Pony Laddie. Laddie was a nervous guy when he arrived at Broken Wheel Ranch a couple years ago after suffering some harsh treatment and poor care. Eileen brought him back to health and she and I worked together to bring back his confidence. He is very sociable, willing and kind now:
The importance of pressure and release, keeping your horse with you, preparing to mount, standing at the block, transferring your herd leader position from the ground to the saddle, "Hello, relax, wait, go forward" cues, disengaging the hindquarter.
Establishing your presence with your horse, Teaching your horse to yield, How to say “GO AWAY”, “MOVE”, and “WAIT”, how emotional intelligence improves your timing, how to present your requests effectively, yielding the hindquarter, yielding the front end, yielding back.
We finally had a new drill team workshop, to everyone's delight. Everyone in this group likes to trail ride and I use the drill team exercises to help them learn how to keep their horse's attention with the rider no matter the direction, speed or configuration of the group. It is fun and productive for all.
You may recognize Merra (Arabian) and Dawn (Morgan in this clip. The group consists of a 3yr. old, 2 4yr. olds, a 7, and an 11 year old.
Here's the final exercise, after a few practice runs: