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Posted By Lynda

Wow, where does the time go??  The Bad Blogger is at it again...too much time has passed without me blogging!  Let's see, so I can't help but mention that I think the 4th of July fireworks have gotten WAY out of hand.  Purely my opinion and frankly up until this year I've never had a horse who was bothered by fireworks....  We were surrounded and it felt like a war zone in flash and noise.  I don't post to Facebook much either, but mused after the 4th some similar thoughts and was met primarily with those who agreed with me.  I pondered the returning military vets, whether they suffer from PTSD or not, and the effect our 'celebration' has on them.  Only one real complaintant and that was not surprizing to this Bad Blogger.

On a postive note, my student Emily Curtis and I spent the day this past Saturday at Meadowcreek Park in Kosse auditing the Doug Payne clinic.  So many descriptive words come to mind regarding this talented rider/trainer/instructor!  I took my notebook as I do to all clinics I attend whether riding or auditing and though I didn't take many notes, I was facinated by the return to basics Doug brought all riders back to.  His book is AMAZING and I highly recommend it.  (The Riding Horse Repair Manual is available on Amazon for a very fair price!).  He was so humble and gracious when asked to autograph mine and Emily's copies!  It's one thing for a clinician to instruct and coach riders over the prescribed exercise but it's another thing ENTIRELY to have said clinician get on strange horses and walk the walk that they so readily talk!  This man has talent that I think is quite God-given!  His stadium exercises were quite simple but of course not 'easy' for the most part!  His low-key demeanor and sly sense of humor was endearing and refreshing!  Where the job of a clinician I feel is to push the horses and riders out of their comfort zones withOUT overfacing them, I have seen too many who flatout overface.  Doug has a unique way of challenging without overfacing AND without being condecending though to the trained eye it was abundantly apparent he's been there done that with regard to uncooperative horses!  I certainly hope Robbie Peterson brings him back to Meadowcreek SOON!  Oh!  And I had the pleasure of meeting the Bad Eventer in person!  She and her horse looked amazing and her 'Bad Eventer' t-shirt was a riot!

I have been blessed with two wonderful horses in training this month who have made amazing strides in the dressage and jumping disciplines and am grateful for the opportunity to train them!

Until next time, kick on!  ;o)

 

 

 

 
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