Oh it was wonderful, being with such a group of AND trainers, I can not express, it felt like being with family, being cosy all together in my living room
Normally we have the clinics outside in a tent, but the storm prooved to be a real tent killer and as Miriam needed the Tele to show her Excellent presentation on we went inside.
Next time we hopefully have a real life cinema for that with huge silver screen, which we are building in the attic and we will have finally the licence for a storm proof veranda that is going to be build for theory lessons.
Then I want to thank Ralph for an excellent lunch and beverage care all day
And I hope you liked my special home made soup which I made fresh with fresh vegetables that early morning at 8
And of course Ralph and I hoped that you liked our shop!
Unfortunatly I did not see a lot of Percella and Romeo for I was busy, but what striked me so much is the fact that ussually in all my twenty years of normal riding before I came to the path of AND I noticed that the hugest problem with horses at a clinic were that they had eye for everything but what their rider was doing.
It is always a lot of stress getting your horse to have attention for what you are doing.
This clinic however this was not the case at all, on the contrary.
We had stallions and mares mixed and close together.
But when the horses entered the arena, Percella for instance showed no sign that she even saw Inocencio in the paddock next to her, going about like a mancia trying to win her attention.
Eventhough she knew Inocencio very well having stayed with us 2 months two year ago.
No strings of reins attached to Percella, nothing around her head even, no on trying to lure her, no, she was totally focussed at being with and working with Samantha and Miriam.
And I know how very difficult the attention of the grand daughter of Abdullah and alpha mare is obtain.
The same with Owen, (and it always amazes me) how he can have eyes for nothing but me, even with strange horses on his courtyard...
The bound we share is very hard to explaine but I think people who were there must have seen a glimpse of it.
Romeo stole my heart also and he was the perfect husband for Percella even though Owen and Percella shared some romance earlyer ha ha !
I am sure the most wonderful horse-baby Romeo and Percella would have.
Maybe we should change Percella's name to Juliette. :flower:
About me training, I really needed Miriam.
You see, it was not Owen's feet who needed to land on the ground, it were mine.
For I must admit I got a huge kick out of Owen jumping all around me in 2 legs... :drunk: I felled like Mr. Nevzorov himself and maybe I watched his movie to often ha ha !
Miriam helped Owen and me to get away from getting high on adrenaline so we can get some actually work done again
Although I must admit, the rearing period of Owen (I view it as his rearing periode in the same respect as Picasso had his red periode ) made Owen feel so powerful
that the troubles with Inocencio being the rebel seized right that week.
So I am not sure I am going to wait half a year with the rearing... I just have to be more clear about the cue.
But for now, we are going to work on shoulder in, the crunch Owen himself invented and chasing the tiger in canter. (And for me learning to turn the other way around as well
At the end of the day, Jamie was really sulky in his paddock, turning his buttocks towards us and not peeping one glance at us.
Of course I knew what was bothering him... He did nt receive any attention and he hates that.
So I ask the audience if they would do me a favour.
I was going to let Jamie in to the arena and I asked them to applaude to whatever he did. (I knew for sure he was going to give a show to demonstrate his excellent HE skills
And so he did, he gave an excellent show and I do not think the auditors had to fake loving it!
Looking forward to the next clinic!