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2013 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Sessions

2013 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Sessions
Join us in Wellington, Fla., for the 2013 version of the George H. Morris Horsemastership Sessions, a five-day clinic with Morris for 12 of the top young riders in the country. They not only ride with Morris, but also take care of their own horses, get lessons in horse management from Karen Golding, and get lectures from top vets, farriers and others.
Day 1: Tactful Tough Riding Is Key
A day of flatwork starts the action, with an emphasis on connection and impulsion. “There are three contacts, and the horse has to accept that. Hands, seat, leg. The biggest problem I see today is hands doing the riding," George Morris said.
Day 2: Correct, Not Sloppy
The first over-fences sessions focused on gymnastics, the automatic release, and precision. “It’s much easier to do things sloppy than to do things correct,” George Morris said with impatience. “This country’s the king of sloppy. Sloppy. I don’t like sloppy.”
Day 3: Flatwork Over Fences
The third day of the clinic brings some simple coursework, including the open water jump. “Unfortunately, our sport doesn’t require correctness on the flat like dressage does. We worry about correctness over the jump but not between the jumps. As I get older, I’m more and more into what happens between the fences because it’s so important,” George Morris said.
Day 4: Not A Stirrup To Be Seen
Intensive flatwork sessions without stirrups taught the riders about connection, balance and straightness. “I am constantly aware of bringing the horse under and up. I’m constantly elevating the poll and engaging the hind leg," George Morris said.
Day 5: Putting It All Together
On the last day, the riders put all the pieces they've learned together while jumping a course. “Right from the first, I want to see a little pace. I don’t like this backwards, restrictive riding we see so much of these days,” Morris said.