Thank You!!! Re GM Clinic.
Just a quick thank you to those who offered advice about the GM hunter clinic here in NZ.
I am so pleased to report it went well, particularly well considering that the horse is a 4 yr old and never been in an indoor/jumped off his property/been involved in a situation like a clinic before. Also Im a Brit, so not educated in the hunter style of jumping (Ps Thank you Amazon, Hunter Seat Equitation arrived this week!)and had only ridden the horse twice before.
I watched the jumper clinic the day before and was disappointed in the lack of spectators and by the riders seemingly not concentrating on the commands issued, but duly took notes and watched 2 two hour sessions.
The owner and myself were a little worried as we had signed up for a green horse group and I was the only sign up!! So the organiser had put me in with the pony (!!!!!) group. So sad that more people didnt sign up. In the end there was another green horse today and 3 kids (12-14) on 14hh ish ponies so I didnt feel too awkward.
My horse was great, so terribly green and wobbly and the world was falling on his head BUT by the end I could really ride him and he had confidence in me. I thanked GM at the end and he said we had made great progress and as I led the horse out of the arena some spectators who had participated in earlier sessions stopped to say what a great ride I had given the horse.
I do not have faith in my own ability sometimes but I am allowing myself a cup of tea and a smug little pat on the back.
Thank you for all the advice, I really appreciate it.