We dropped some of our hay off at the Nutrena booth to have it tested before we headed over to watch Anne Kursinski's jumping clinic. My barn owner is selling the hay and Nutrena was offering free hay analysis, so I brought samples of the first and second cut that we have. Both types of hay came back with "ideal" reports, so I was happy about that. The Nutrena rep did try to convince us to switch the entire barn over to their grains even though I said I was happy with the Poulin I fed my horse, but other than that we didn't have to purchase anything to get the analysis done.
Next we went and watched the first jumping clinic, about improving equitation over fences. Anne Kursinski taught the clinic and I personally learned a lot from watching the riders. She focused a lot on automatic releases and was having the participants hold their reins upside down to encourage a following hand over fences.
|bracing at the trot|
|and then going soft and round. Anne even got her to do some really nice|
stretchy circles at the trot and canter.
|you can see how she's holding the reins upside down here|
|and that translated into an auto release very organically. I loved this chestnut.|
|this horse was faaaaaancy! and the rider was very talented.|
After Anne's clinic, we walked through the barns and looked at all the horses.
|This foal was having a nice midday snooze!|
We went back to the coliseum arena and watched a colt starting clinic. The clinician, Guy McLean, had worked with the horse the day before and ridden him for the first time, so yesterday's session was a continuation of that. He did a lot of ground work to start it off, and then got on the horse and had him going w/t/c in both directions in no time! It was amazing. Then he taught the horse to pony from another horse.
|starting off cautiously|
|he started asking the horse for his inside hind leg ("the driving leg") and once|
the horse willingly gave it to him, he drove the horse forward.
|the horse was a real cutie :)|
|teaching the horse to work around another horse|
|lunging the horse while riding another horse|
|and finally, ponying.|
|the day before, the horse had been very weary of the tarp so he was showing|
everyone how far he'd come.
|I will take this major hunk any day!!|
|His owner had just gotten him two weeks prior to the competition!|
|the horses had to put their front feet in the kiddie pool and then rotate around|
the pool. Some horses did it no problem, and some acted like the pool was
a 1' deep horse eating monster.
|excuse me while I wipe the drool off my face...|
|jumping in a western saddle: OUCHIES|
|this horse was not a fan of the jumps|
|but the rider was very persuasive!|
We didn't get home until 9:30pm and I was so exhausted, but it was a fun day overall!