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Mountain Trail Clinic with Mark BolenderOffering
How much trust does your horse have in you? How much confidence do you have in your horse? If you are looking for more, join us at our Mountain Trail Clinic with Mark and Lee Bolender August 26 and 27 in St Lazare Quebec. We have a few participant spots left.
I sometimes hear riders speak of things they avoid doing with their horse because their horse “doesn’t like it” or doesn’t behave or they are scared. They have created obstacles in their mind, barriers to progress. Your horse is capable of more and so are you.
My story is not much different from the typical amateur horse owner. I appreciate the value of a well trained horse, and have learned how to bring a green horse to competition. But when I brought home my dream Andalusian colt last year, I realized that I had a new set of challenges ahead of me.
My first 2 months were spent doing groundwork as I hoped to show him in the regional show for the halter and showmanship classes. We did pretty well at home, but things really changed once we put a new location, an arena, loudspeakers, and lots of other horses and riders around. I literally had a whirling dervish dancing circles around me as I tried to keep us focused on the pattern. Needless to say I placed last in showmanship. At one point all the participants lined up for a group shot and he was bolting off my lead in every direction. I truly thought he might take some young child out as he was in a panicked state and we removed ourselves from the scene. Of course it made me anxious and he surely fed off my energy as well. And that had me building new obstacles in my mind.
Fast forward three months, and I am attending the 2016 two-day Bolender clinic in Sorel. Mark is having us show how we handle our horses and he tells me I am micro-managing. He showed me how to ask and wait, and expect more from my horse. By the end of the first day I was sidepassing off the lead, and doing 180’s on the teeter-totter. Mark and Lee Bolender showed me how to build my confidence in myself and in my horse. They taught me how to be quiet, patient yet firm. The effect it had on my relationship with my horse was exponential. And as my trust in my horse grows, so does his trust in me.
Mine is a young horse and there will be more tests and challenges ahead. Now when I sense an obstacle building in my mind I see it as a challenge. Mark and Lee have given me the tools to work through it, and I feel that I can face ANY obstacle with their approach.
If you are still reading, and interested, you might be thinking that this clinic is too expensive for you. I understand. But what is the monthly cost of owning a horse that is not living its full potential? You might be thinking that this won’t help you in your chosen discipline. But imagine how much more you will excel when you address those blind spots, or the obstacles in your mind.
My story is no different than most of the amateur owners out there. We love our horses, and we want to enjoy them and sometimes accomplish great things with them. I look forward to doing both days of our August clinic on the ground AND in the saddle. Because my improved relationship with my horse has helped us progress through our saddle training in leaps and bounds. And our trail rides are the relaxing journey I had always hoped for. I hope you can join us for this confidence-building clinic, one obstacle at a time.