Friday, June 1, 2012

1st June, 2012 Eager Eagles

 All day clinic at Gleneagles Equestrian Centre today for three of the liveries. First job, wake Murphy up! We covered groundwork and desensitisation for all three horses and it was fascinating to compare and contrast the reactions of each horse and to work at their individual pace. Talking of which Murphy did a very fine funereal walk when asked to match his owner step for step.

We carried on with some of the ridden work that we did with Shay on Monday, thinking 1,2,3,1,2,3 to achieve the perfect canter transition.

We finished with baby Roo, a seven year old Irish horse who coped with all sorts of distractions including a digger right outside the school and my rather loud shirt.

Email from BW: "We are holding a yard dressage championships over the summer and, the day after we came out to you, Shay and I did our qualifier. We won, with 70%, and the judges commented that his paces were very consistent and unforced - perhaps due to the counting and breathing exercises we were putting into practice?!"