Horsemanship at its absolute best! What a grand time at the Buck Brannaman Cle Elum, WA. Clinic July 12-15, 2013.
I brought Lyric, a 19 year old QH/Arab cross mare. I had recently started her and she had almost 90 days of training.
Buck told us that since we had lots of room to work, we should take advantage and canter. So Lyric and I did lots of cantering which was so much fun.
With such nice footing, why did she wear Easyboot Gloves? Lyric was still recovering from a rather large abscess that had started early in her training (see the story here). Since the internal structures were still healing and rebuilding, I kept her booted to protect that foot. Because these boots "fit like a glove" I never had any concern about losing a boot. We were one of two participants sporting hoof boots, I saw another horse wearing the Easyboot Glove Back Country.
We worked on the floating rectangle, also known as Centering Your Horse.
One rein stops, backing and leg yields were just a few of the many things we worked on. Some of these things were new to Lyric, especially with so many other horses. Buck teaches to get yourself timed up with their feet, feel the horse, and pet them to minimize stress. All of these things helped Lyric as we kept working on the exercises.
At the end of every clinic I like to personally thank Buck. He spends so much time on the road, away from his family, teaching quality horsemanship to those who are willing, listening, and ready to remember, compare and adjust. Thank you again Buck for another awesome clinic, see you at the Tacoma Unit in November.
Amy Allen, Amy Allen Horsemanship