I hope if you are among the many of us that have been getting bombarded with spring’s “in like a lion” weather, that you’ve been fairing well. All seems to be in good shape here, despite the snow blower breaking. Fortunately, that happened just as I was finishing, rather than when I was beginning. Hopefully, won’t need it much more this season!
I hunkered down after that and worked through some of my e-mails that have been piling up. Since many of you ask the same questions, I decided to answer in a little video chat. You can check it out here (you should really watch it to the end ;-).
I know it’s unusual for me to do back to back classes, one week after the next. The odd schedule is due to a road trip I have next week for a judge’s clinic at the Windsor Trace CDE in South Carolina. So I’m hosting the next class this Thursday.
It’s all about teaching your horse to move off the whip. Just because I’m never willing to leave well enough alone, I’ve actually created a fair amount of new material to share in that class. In addition to the really useful lesson plans that usually come with that class, I’m adding some info on how to deal with a whip-shy horse, and a really great exercise to improve your corners and diagonals.
Inevitably when the subject of the whip comes up, someone asks me about “excessive use of the whip” in the rulebook. That sounded like a great subject for a blog post. Check it out on my blog page.
Well, I’ve got quite a bit of work cut out for myself to be sure that all the materials are ready to go for this week’s class. I hope I’ll see you there Thursday night!
I loved the MOW class – the exercises addressed the exact problem that I’m having, and my brief experimentation with the exercises was very effective. I’m going to spend some time on this during the spring. I’m starting a new one this spring so I hope to get him off on the right foot. Thanks for the great info!
Andy, I loved your recent little video about THE question that everyone asks! Very funny!!
Any plans for coming west?
Headed to Washington 3 times, Colorado, Alberta, and British Columbia. That counts as “west” I think, not sure how far you were thinking. I might need to get a cowboy hat! The clinics are listed on my calendar page.