Boyd Martin clinic - participate or audit?
Due to the wretched year I've had with my pony (lack of funds, lame horse, new trainer, etc.), I've decided that I can treat myself to a day of Boyd Martin, who will be here locally on the 1st of Dec doing a flatwork/gymnastic session, and on day 2 will be doing XC. Since I already have a fabulous trainer for xc and it's our strength (and $$$ is at an all-time low), I'm thinking about doing Day 1 only. We're looking to move up to Novice this January, and I'm hoping he can help me with my stadium phobia.
Help me plan my December. There is a local equine rescue doing a CT the weekend after, and I can only do one or the other. I was thinking about doing the CT and moving up to Novice, but since I haven't jumped in three weeks, I'm all discombobulated and feel like a beginner in the saddle again. Not exactly a confidence builder for a moveup show. I also have a friend's daughter who is moving up to BN for the first time at this show, and I've already agreed to coach/help her. I could do the clinic and do the BN/Novice group and let him help me move up to Novice (it's not the xc that bothers me - it's the stadium). I can only do one.
What is Boyd like as a clinician? I'm one of those people who need to know WHY something is done, asks questions, and will try really hard, but I'm a chicken ammy. I don't want to be overfaced, and I really dislike it when people tell me the same thing over and over again when I'm not getting it, without attempting to explain or change the wording. WOuld this be a good clinic fit for me? Pony is the type who will try his heart out, but is a tad out of shape due his being off for three weeks (coffin joint lameness). What do you think? SHould I save my pennies and audit and do the CT the next weekend instead? Thanks in advance!
I'm not a big fan of clinics...
...unless it's with someone you can see at least every 6 weeks or so. Even under the best of circumstances with Boyd, what will you do when he leaves?
There must be hunter/jumper schooling shows around you this time of year - I'd take as many lessons as you can and then head to those schooling shows. Ride in as many over fences classes as you can - you're a good rider!!!!! Go practice at a show; that's likely what's going to cure the "phobia". :D