|Peter makes Dreamy look like a pony! :-)|
A childhood friend, Abra, who I have not seen in almost 15 years met me at the clinic! It was so exciting to see her! She took the photos here in this post. (Thanks, A!!!)
Now that I am sitting here typing, I wish I had not waited a month to write this post. I cannot remember much of the small details any longer, but I will do my best. :-)
|Here Peter is teasing me about Dreamy's little tuft of hair on her ear...I rather like it and never bothered to clip her ears out this year since we never showed in-hand. LOL!|
|Peter is questioning us at the beginning of the ride...|
So we began by walking our horses over ten ground poles haphazardly strewn on the ground (along the center line). He wanted to see how our horses would navigate it. Dreamy walked right through very carefully, never touching a pole, while the other two horses hit a bunch of them. He then asked us all to look DOWN at where we wanted the horse's hoof to step next. The other two horses stepped through much better and Dreamy stumbled her way along, hitting a couple of poles. I figure this exercise was to show that looking UP and staying out of your horse's way would result in a better (eventual) jump. But I was confused as to why the other horses walked through better when their riders were looking down. Peter explained that the other horses had been able to feel where the rider was looking and needed help to know where to place their feet. However, Dreamy's reaction was actually very rare (yay?) and very good (yay!!) in that she was able to step through better on her own. He said it was a very good trait and one he looks for in his horses. It made me feel pretty happy. We also trotted through the haphazard poles a few times. Each time we came through, Peter would adjust the poles, eventually making a cross rail and evenly spaced trotting poles. Dreamy was happy and straight through them, but Peter got after me about my lower leg slipping back. I know I need help with that (he gave me heck for not fixing it sooner...) and was happy for his relentless instruction. He did not yell, but he was tough. When you showed even a bit of improvement, he was very quick to praise. I wish I could lesson with him once a month!!!
|Walking through the haphazard ground poles. I am the one to the far right.|
|More questions...we are in the middle! (I was surprised to be the only one who wore a safety vest....?)|
|Bounce to the one stride!|
|Dreamy liked Peter...and so did I! He is a great instructor!!|
Overall, it was a great clinic and I am glad I was able to ride with Peter. I do wish he could come back to Maine next year...I REALLY want to jump cross country with him!