How Well Does Your Horse Understand You? – Advance Your Communication To The Next Level

The horse language is quite simple. Not necessarily easy for us to learn, but simple nonetheless. No, it is not new. It has been there all along - in the animals. It is available for anyone to discover, alone or with guidance. The only thing you have to do, is pay absolute attention. I have … Continue reading How Well Does Your Horse Understand You? – Advance Your Communication To The Next Level

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A Program for Riding with Contact and Achieving Balance – Michael Wanzenried 5* Clinic

There are so many things to learn about horses and it is an endless pit of knowledge and practice. So where do you start? Once you have learned one thing, what do you look at next? ...without getting entirely overwhelmed if at all possible. Something I love about the Parelli Program is the structure of the Levels … Continue reading A Program for Riding with Contact and Achieving Balance – Michael Wanzenried 5* Clinic

Where does Mikey’s Project fit into the Parelli Program? – Michael Wanzenried 5* Clinic

When Chris Brady** first asked this question in the morning theory session, I was expecting the answer to be something along the lines of: You can start introducing the Project once the human and horse know the 7 Games and start on Patterns. In the end, that is what Mikey said, but this post describes … Continue reading Where does Mikey’s Project fit into the Parelli Program? – Michael Wanzenried 5* Clinic

Leadership and Rider Experience – Michael Wanzenried 5* Clinic

Last day of the clinic! On one hand I'm very sad that today was the last day! On the other hand I am so exhausted and have so much new input in my head I can't even think straight anymore! Six days of such an intense clinic is a boot camp in itself! A boot … Continue reading Leadership and Rider Experience – Michael Wanzenried 5* Clinic

The Project, Finesse, Rider Experience – Michael Wanzenried 5* Clinic

Day 2 of clinic 2. As you can probably tell from the length of the last post, that was the day were all the pieces fell into place. With all that knowledge about leadership, today and the next day were very well set up for success! Mikey taught me lateral flexion in a higher frame … Continue reading The Project, Finesse, Rider Experience – Michael Wanzenried 5* Clinic

Leadership, Horse Psychology, Rider Experience – Michael Wanzenried 5* Clinic

Yeehaw! Day 1 of the second clinic. A step by step manual for good leadership with your horse! Thanks to Chris and Sarah Brady I was able to audit the first clinic and hearing most of the input that Mikey had for us twice, definitely increased my learning pace. It also gave me enough opportunities to ask all the … Continue reading Leadership, Horse Psychology, Rider Experience – Michael Wanzenried 5* Clinic

A System for Finesse, Bits, Connection and The Project – Michael Wanzenried 5* Clinic

The clinic is now over, but I will still write a post for each day. This is day 3 of the first clinic and the next post will be day 1 of the second clinic - half way point already! This was a day where all the pieces started falling into place. There were so … Continue reading A System for Finesse, Bits, Connection and The Project – Michael Wanzenried 5* Clinic

Riding with Contact and Rein Aids – Michael Wanzenried 5* Clinic

Day 2 of the first Mikey Clinic completely restructured everything I knew and didn't know about riding with contact! I got a brain wash that I desperately needed! Mikey studied with Philippe Karl rather intensively, so you will read a lot that is part of his school of Légèreté. I am very thankful to Sarah, … Continue reading Riding with Contact and Rein Aids – Michael Wanzenried 5* Clinic

Connection, Myths, Balance – Michael Wanzenried 5* Clinic

Thanks to Sarah and Chris, Michael Wanzenried 5* is here in Kildare, Ireland, to teach two 3 day clinics back to back. Being a working student with Chris and Sarah, I am lucky enough to go to the clinic every day and spectate all day. Since a last minute rider spot opened up, I will even … Continue reading Connection, Myths, Balance – Michael Wanzenried 5* Clinic

The Power of Neutral, Your Belly Button and On Line Transitions

Whenever Sarah plays On Line with horses, I hear her talk about her belly button. I watched her play with a colt that was here to be started two weeks ago and it was a very natural sight. She was getting the colt to be more confident walking beside her in a driving game manner so that … Continue reading The Power of Neutral, Your Belly Button and On Line Transitions