By knowing how to ride and work with a horse... it helps me to learn softness and how to be firm in life. Nichole - Green Bay
I learned a lot about ground work. I had never done that kind of work with horses before and it was really fun and it helped me get to know the horses. I thought that the circle thing that we did was REALLY cool because they are using their minds to figure out what you want from them instead of you just sending them in circles on a lunge line. Rose - Green Bay
You do an EXCELLENT job of explaining things. You break it down into the smallest components and make sure everyone understands ... from the advanced rider to the beginner rider. (The more advanced rider does need to have things broken down too. No matter how good you are, you can't ever pay enough attention to details or have enough fine tuning.) It is important to you that people understand because you know how important it was for YOU to understand. It is like a GIFT you want to give people. Your teaching comes from your heart and your caring. People FEEL that sense of compassion from you when you teach... Not everyone can be a great clinician. It takes a special kind of person. You make people feel comfortable. You know there isn't just one right way to do things, you keep trying different methods until you get it right. You have SO much knowledge and experience to share and what makes it even more important is the fact that you have been frustrated and scared. You share that with people and they can relate to you. They see hope in your stories of hardship and victory with your own horses. Michelle - Green Bay
Tracy & Ellie, Your February 23rd 2002 horse clinic was great! It was only a short time into the clinic before I felt that I'd gotten my audit fee worth of information out of it. I was especially impressed at your professionalism, and your patience with both the horses and human participants. At no time did it look like you were trying hard to keep your cool, but rather, it looks like you're living the same mindset that you display while around horses - patience, calmness, and understanding. I envy the rapport you seem to have with your horses. I'm hoping I can learn more of that from both of you in the future. Elaine - Oconto
SUMMERY of the 1st 2003 WINTER WORKSHOP: We had a fun at our last workshop, going through 3# of hot chocolate and countless foot warmers to help us brave off the weather.Two die-hard auditors Kristy and Ida, bundled up and stayed to the end both days even when Kristy was fighting off the flu.Everyone agreed whole heartily, the second day was the key element that put things together for them and the results of having a two-day workshop was obvious.Previous one-day workshops seemed to me, enough to get a person aware with many questions. I was curious to see if the second day was as much help as I thought it would be.Various horses that were used to "taking over" - needed some firmness in the beginning and the next day; tended to need instead - a higher awareness to catch them earlier and be softer. Being in a location other than home did not bring out the best in some horses and then were dealt with individually. Having the second day to practice and build brought more confidence and understanding in the horses and humans. It was expressed to continue with this small size group by all. Playing more games to apply what we learned was another request.I used a different horse the second day for demonstrations and exercises without realizing the benefits.It was requested to bring the second day when possible, a horse at a different level of training to show how each one is handled and acts differently.Trying to explain feel is almost impossible, sometimes a horse can demonstrate more than words can say.Both auditors and riders had hands on work with my horses to feel the lightness and of what words can't convey.
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