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    Default One (of many) things I learned auditing a George Morris clinic.

    Don't adjust your helmet with your whip hand-bad form!



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    Oh good lord. I was once told not to point at a fence when we were discussing my track, that it was rude to point at the jump.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tidy rabbit View Post
    Oh good lord. I was once told not to point at a fence when we were discussing my track, that it was rude to point at the jump.
    Hey, jumps have feelings, too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MaybeMorgan View Post
    Don't adjust your helmet with your whip hand-bad form!
    Did you still have the whip in your hand when you did it?



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    So what am I supposed to do? Motion at it with my head and talk out of the side of my mouth about it instead?

    "That jump over there...noooo, not that one, the yellow one, no don't look! Anyways, that jump over there. Can you believe it is standing there in a bending line like that? Pshhh... And yellow? Ugh."
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    Ya, that was one of those moments when I though "you've got to be kidding me right?" but, pretty much every time I point to a fence, I think of that old crab... HAHA.


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    he wants you describe or name each fence. the wagon wheel jump.. the yellow planks in the bending line. It helps with memorizing the course. too many times kids go off course after they think they have it down pat. I have stood at many in gates and watched and listened to the trainer ask their students if they know the course and they ones that come out after going off course usually are the ones that waved their arms at the course and said that they knew it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by In the Air View Post
    he wants you describe or name each fence. the wagon wheel jump.. the yellow planks in the bending line. It helps with memorizing the course. too many times kids go off course after they think they have it down pat. I have stood at many in gates and watched and listened to the trainer ask their students if they know the course and they ones that come out after going off course usually are the ones that waved their arms at the course and said that they knew it.

    That's interesting. I wouldn't have thought pointers were not memorizing as well. I'm a "drawer". I draw the course in the air, so I guess I'll start using colors, etc. The things you learn.
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    How do you know I wasn't describing the fence? I am certain I was.


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    you may have but you were pointing, he doesn't feel you need to do both. i have students who have to draw the courses hours ahead and study them. at the last show I told them not to draw and to stand next to me and describe each fence as they should be riding the course. They did and stayed on course. I had another who did the arm waving, inside ..diagonal.. outside thing and they went in and jumped the wrong fence, two fences next to each other on the quarter diagonal... if she had described the fence as it looks as you ride to it... perhaps she would have been correct. just my opinion but I am kool aid drinker of most of George's quicks, not all, just the ones that have shown to work for my students.
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    Quote Originally Posted by In the Air View Post
    he wants you describe or name each fence. the wagon wheel jump.. the yellow planks in the bending line. It helps with memorizing the course.
    I saw somebody this winter who took it one step further, and described each fence by the sponsor attached to it. "The green John Deere oxer, the brown Butet vertical." I don't know if it was more effective, but I remember thinking the sponsors would love her for it!


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    Quote Originally Posted by MaybeMorgan View Post
    Don't adjust your helmet with your whip hand-bad form!
    That makes perfect sense to me, since the horse might spook if you're waving the whip around in the air.

    To quote another great thinker, Albert Einstein:

    "Intellectuals solve problems. Geniuses prevent them."


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    Or you might poke yourself in the eye, or it just looks sloppy-made sense to me!
    And no, I audited whipless.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ParadoxFarm View Post
    That's interesting. I wouldn't have thought pointers were not memorizing as well. I'm a "drawer". I draw the course in the air, so I guess I'll start using colors, etc. The things you learn.
    Me too. Even if I learn it by what the jumps look like, I have to draw it in the air to get the order in my head. I have to. I always have.
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    I point, describe the jumps, say the color of the jumps/lines, draw them on paper, take photos with my phone, memorize them the moment they are posted......and pray a lot....

    So now I will think I'm rude if I point. Oh no, I need all the help I can get and THAT'S why I like the Hunters
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    In all fairness...if an ammy/jr horse is spooking at a whip floating in mid-air, guess what I'll be doing a lot of for a while...


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    Quote Originally Posted by MaybeMorgan View Post
    Or you might poke yourself in the eye, or it just looks sloppy-made sense to me!
    And no, I audited whipless.
    Sorry, somehow I didn't focus on the fact that you were auditing. Snow-addled brain over here.

    Was the rider he scolded for that gesturing with her whip in her hand?



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    Quote Originally Posted by sp56 View Post
    In all fairness...if an ammy/jr horse is spooking at a whip floating in mid-air, guess what I'll be doing a lot of for a while...
    I think GM expects them to react to the whip, not be immune to it.


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    More of a general comment than a direct scold to the young man "Don't adjust your hat with your whip hand!"

    See, what I love about him is his utter rigor and consistency. And that he could tell a rider her outside stirrup leather was twisted when he was on the inside.


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    If I adjusted my helmet with my whip hand, my horse wouldn't care, but I'd poke myself in the eye.

    If I adjusted my helmet with my whip hand on my sister's horse, he would move forward with alacrity, and I might come off the back end.

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