I can hardly believe the clinic is over, it seems like we were just pulling in yesterday. I am so proud of little Jewel, she was such a superstar! Days 2 and 3 were filled with lots more practice on serpentines both with reins and legs in addition to legs without reins. We also worked on our soft feel and the reaching exercise, where we teach the horse to reach out a front leg exactly when we ask for it. Our serpentines started to feel much more solid and there were lots of times where we were really moving together. On day 4 we worked on putting all of these exercises together. I’m so happy with how she did, especially with her soft feel. We went into the clinic with hardly any soft feel going for us, but by day 4 she was starting to give it to me even at the trot. We still have a lot of “homework” to do, but I am thrilled with how much she improved. Jewel was level headed and pleasant during the whole clinic, even among 30 other horses and riders in our class alone. She tried her heart out for me–I feel so blessed to have had her as my partner for this project. She’s certainly taught me way more that I could have ever taught her! I can’t wait to see what her future will hold once she finds her forever home, she truly is a special little mare.
I also wanted to take this chance to thank each and every person who helped us make this project happen. From those who donated to those who came to cheer us on at the clinic, we couldn’t have done it without you all. You guys are the best!!!
Here’s a few pictures from the rest of the clinic. There are a ton more (thank you photographers!!), so more to come soon.