|Photographic proof that my horse is not always a jerk face just seems to be a winter trend.|
|Pictures are of Steady and I in a clinic with Peter Atkins last May that was far more productive than the past one.|
The exercises he had each group do were quite challanging. I mean challanging for everyone not just if your horse was a fire breathing dragon. He started us off with some flat work. Each group was differnet in what he had them focus on during the flat work. My friend S and I: he had us as we were going around the arena do a 10 meter circle then to the rail and do a shoulder in for a few strides then 10 meter circle and repeat. I have to say that I was quite proud of our shoulder-in's. I have never been instructed how to do them and I have only ever attempted them at my house in a field where there are no walls to work off. It is a little more difficult to gauge movements in an open field. Nad seemed happy with them. Then he had four poles set up on a circle, the inside of the pole was probably 25 meters making the outside about 35 apart. He started by having us trot over them on the ground. Then he raised them to small 2ft jumps. For every group it was the same the jumps never got over 2ft even for the training group. Then had each group canter the same exercise. It was basically jumping 4 jumps on a 30 meter circle. I thought it was fantastic for straightness and collection. By going out to the college barn I got to make some super awesome connections in the area that I think will be a huge benefit down the road.
I stuck around to audit all of the lessons but one, when I had to run home to pick up Steady. One group in particular had 4 young girls in a starter/BN group. And by young I mean 16-21 young. For a reason that Nad saw I am sure he had them spend a lot of time up in two point. As I watched these young girls ride around and struggle to stay in two point for even a couple minutes I couldn't help but get a sense of, 'damn I am a badass old lady, I could put these young thangs to shame on their two point.'