Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Notes from the Feb. Sue Hughes Clinic
The main theme from Feb.'s clinic with Sue was straightness....once you achieve straightness you can then achieve throughness and contact. Each rider was given various drills and tips to help them straighten thier horse and themselves. Here are some of my personal notes from observing and riding with Sue:
- Riding is the one place you do NOT want buns of steel, soft buttery buns are much better.
- I do not need to dig a hole to China with my heels, in fact FORGET about the heels completely, while I am at it forget about the lower leg too until I need to ask for more tempo.
- BE FORWARD over your hips, leaning back is not “open”. By staying OVER the hips then the center of my abs will stop collapsing and we will have a much easier time going forward and carrying ourselves. When you lean back you get behind, which causes her to slow down to catch you, which then makes you push making you further behind, and the vicious cycle continues.
- When I get tense or start to push her, stop posting, go into half seat, and ask for forward with the whip only, no legs, and leave her face alone. When I relax then we can get back to work. The harder I push and work the less work she does.
- Sitting trot is more about moving your hips individually not one big push forward after one big push. But only if I stay OVER my thighs and stop sitting back on my “pockets”.
- Being straight will make being through MUCH easier, practically effortless really.
- There can be too much bend/flexion on a circle……think straight first THEN ask for flexion if you need it. To get to straight I may have to undo the too much bend by counter flexing and shifting her weight THEN go for straight.
- If her head goes up so do your hands, NEVER lose the contact until you decide to. If she lowers her head and leans on me apply more thigh to encourage her up onto the bit. But that wouldn’t be a problem in the first place if she was straight J
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
The T-Team Clinic ~ Feb. 1, 2009
- Lowers stress hormones and promotes relaxation.
- Indicates physical soreness before lameness occurs.
- Activates the "thinking" Beta brain waves in both hemispheres of the brain.
- Releases fear at the cellular level.
- Improves the horses perception of his limbs in relation to his body.
- Enhances the horses willingness and ability to adapt to new situations.
- Can help to change the 5 instinctive behaviors:
- fidget or fool around
- Abalone touch
- Ear touch
- Coiled Python lift
- Front and hind leg circles
- Lying Leopard
- Tail pull
- Back lift
- Chimp touch
- Clouded Leopard
- Neck rocking
- Noah's March
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Thoughts from Cheryl ~ February
As we begin a new year of historical change I look forward to the time ahead of us. Although there are many challenges to be met, I believe we can succeed when we work together. Quite often, it is in the face of adversity that we are able to find out greatest creative solutions. During times of hardship we discover our greatest strength in the bonds we have with our family, friends, co-workers and community members. It is in these relationships that the web of our life is strengthened. During times of loss and scarcity we realize that simple pleasures in each day are our greatest riches.
I am fortunate to have been a part of Nottingham for 25 years. Over this time we have seen our share of hardships and adversity, and yet we are able to grow stronger from these experiences. The people and horses that have enriched this barn are many and I look forward to the many more to come in the future. The main philosophy of Nottingham is to teach and encourage mutual love and respect for all animals, as well as teach good horsemanship.
The students, workers, and boarders of Nottingham came together as a family to support one another in our growth and development in all aspects of our lives. I am confident that the coming year will bring us more opportunities for continued growth, prosperity, and wisdom.
Thank you NEC workers!
Monday, January 26, 2009
With the New Year comes New Changes!
Monday, June 2, 2008
June 2008 Updates
Come on out and join us this summer for fun in the sun. What better way to spend a warm summer afternoon than with your horse or pony? Watch the site for results from shows we will be attending. You can even come out and watch us then!