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  • Lesson with "God"....

    OK so I was the lucky winner on the CANTER auction for the lesson with his greatness.... never ridden with him before- anyone taken lessons with him? Any major do's or don'ts?? I will be on a greenish OTTB....
    owner and friend of members of the Limping And Majestic Equine Society.

  • #2
    god who????
    ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan

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    • #3
      Um, I didn't realize God was an eventer, though there certainly are plenty of eventers who THINK they are gods.
      Perhaps you could be more specific?
      I evented just for the Halibut.

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      • #4
        Jimmy Wofford
        "smile a lot can let us ride happy,it is good thing"

        My CANTER blog.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by NeverTime View Post
          Um, I didn't realize God was an eventer, though there certainly are plenty of eventers who THINK they are gods.
          Perhaps you could be more specific?

          Why yes he is. Book of Job 39:19.

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          • #6
            RAYers, I was not sure if you just made up a verse or not, so I looked it up:

            19 "Do you give the horse his strength
            or clothe his neck with a flowing mane?"


            Interesting - very cool that you found that or knew that.

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            • #7
              It is inside my trailer door. I prefer the original Tanakh verse over the Christian Old Testament verse.
              39:19
              Hast thou given the horse his strength? Hast thou clothed his neck with fierceness?
              39:20
              Hast thou made him to leap as a locust? The glory of his snorting is terrible.
              39:21
              He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength; he goeth out to meet the clash of arms.
              39:22
              He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword.
              39:23
              The quiver rattleth upon him, the glittering spear and the javelin.
              39:24
              He swalloweth the ground with storm and rage; neither believeth he that it is the voice of the horn.
              39:25
              As oft as he heareth the horn he saith: 'Ha, ha!' and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.


              Reed

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              • #8
                I love that, very cool.

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                • #9
                  You're gonna love him!!

                  Congratulations!!! I wanted that auction item so bad, but recent vet bills curtailed my bidding extravagance.

                  LOVE all the bible horse references everyone is posting - really makes you appreciate how long horses have had a special place in the life of humans. But, I thought I would answer the OP's question about God!

                  He's fabulous!!! And you are one lucky rider as he doesn't teach out of his own farm any more (he leased it out a while ago), and very rarely does private lessons either. He's conservative and professional and has the most amazing eye! I never leave a lesson without having at least one (and usually 5 or 6) miracle moment - he sees everything and has wonderfully simple fixes which have dramatic effects on your horse. He's kind and funny, and very clear in his instruction. He's also about simplicity - go with as gentle a bit as you can. And don't feel too intimidated - he always says we're going to teach the horses to jump better, so we don't have to ride better! Not that he doesn't expect you to be "perfect" - but perfect is all about letting the horse learn lessons and improve himself, because you won't always be quick enough or smart enough to get him out of trouble. I could rave and rave all day long - but I'll just say congratulations! You're going to have an amazing time - please post something after your lesson to tell us all about how it goes!
                  If your horse says no, you either asked the wrong question or you asked the question wrong.
                  www.golightlysporthorses.com
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by NeverTime View Post
                    Um, I didn't realize God was an eventer, though there certainly are plenty of eventers who THINK they are gods.
                    Perhaps you could be more specific?

                    That was how they described the CANTER auction item for a private lesson with Jimmy Wofford. I thought it was funny


                    OP---you'll have fun. Jimmy isn't a big fan of gags or gadget bits. While they may be necessary at a competition, he doesn't find them that useful for training. Otherwise....just try and do what he asks you and don't be afraid to ask questions if you don't understand. You are there to learn so be open to learn.

                    He does have an amazing eye....and ears He is also one of the most articulate trainers you will meet. I've ridden with many great trainers over the years (in both H/J and eventing) and audited even more clinics....I RARELY hear anything new or really different (I hear the same concepts explained in different ways and through different exercises, but they are the same concepts). BUT Jimmy is one of the best in actually explaining the concepts.
                    ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bornfreenowexpensive View Post
                      ... BUT Jimmy is one of the best in actually explaining the concepts.
                      THAT may define excellence in a teacher (as well as George Hillocks contention that teachers must believe all children can learn)...knowing HOW to explain a concept, knowing HOW to explain step-by-step how to get something done for each individual student (and all students are different in some regard)...Jimmy Wofford is so known for being able to do this. Congrats!
                      ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan

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                      • #12
                        Very cool, Reed.

                        It seems our modern horses don't quite live up to their ancestors, as they all seem to be affrighted of something far less fierce than a sword in battle.

                        Jump rails on the ground, for example.
                        Or sheep.
                        I evented just for the Halibut.

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                        • #13
                          Or the jacket they watched you take off and put on the rail.
                          Blugal

                          You never know what kind of obsessive compulsive crazy person you are until another person imitates your behaviour at a three-day. --Gry2Yng

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                          • #14
                            love love love the quote

                            Thanks Reed!!!


                            Really great quote! Reminds me of my first horse. I look forward to finding another just like him some day.
                            Susan
                            http://community.webshots.com/user/ss3777
                            www.longformatclub.com

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                              #15
                              Thanks everyone- and CANTER MA!!!!

                              Reed- LOVE the quote!!!!
                              I dont get out much for lessons or clinics so jumped at this chance, I have no idea when it will go down but will let you guys know!!
                              And a HUGE thanks to CANTER MA for not only the work they do all year supporting TBs but for putting together the most amazing auction full of once in a life time chances for us simple mortals!!!
                              I should be OK in the bit factor, my guy jumps in a very simple noseband hackamore
                              owner and friend of members of the Limping And Majestic Equine Society.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by midnightride View Post
                                I should be OK in the bit factor, my guy jumps in a very simple noseband hackamore
                                Now that I understand who we're talking about a plain snaffle might be a better bet, for exactly the reasons BFNE mentioned. Maybe you could start with a snaffle and bring your hack along, so it's there and ready for action if your horse starts behaving in a way that validates your desire to use it?

                                Particularly with a green horse, I wonder if he would consider a hack to be a gadget (non)bit and give a lecture about them involving descriptions like "severe" or "trendy."
                                I evented just for the Halibut.

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                                • #17
                                  Funny, I did not know the backstory on the lesson with God but immediately assumed it was JW.

                                  I've done a number of clinics with him and agree with everyone else. He will expect you to RIDE and to TRY but he is not intimidating. He has an unerring eye and will not let you "hide" -- but he will make you laugh while calling you out.

                                  Have a great time!!
                                  The big man -- my lost prince

                                  The little brother, now my main man

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                                  • #18
                                    congrats; you have a real treat coming!

                                    Congratulations! Be sure to give us a report! Keep everything, turnout for horse and rider classical; plain white saddle pad; as said, plain snaffle; bat, hat and spurs; horse well groomed; mane and tail neat and tidy; think GM, polished boots; remember, he came from a military family! please tell him 'hi from me!
                                    breeder of Mercury!

                                    remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans

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                                    • #19
                                      and again

                                      1. He is articulate
                                      2. knows thesubject matter inside / out/ uoside down; backwards and forwards; ie., He knows!He targets "the issue" quickly, easily, and precisely, and the "fix" is usually easier than than we imagined; changing how we ride; simple, but not necessarily easy; he is genuine n his desire to help riders , very humane in his comments
                                      breeder of Mercury!

                                      remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans

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                                      • #20
                                        Did I say?

                                        I loved riding with him?? those lessons remain highlights in my horse experience
                                        breeder of Mercury!

                                        remember to enjoy the moment, and take a moment to enjoy and give God the glory for these wonderful horses in our lives.BECAUSE: LIFE is What Happens While Making Other Plans

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