There was a good
response but unfortunately owing to a conflict with another Clinic on the same day several interested parties were
unable to attend although there were several spectators watching as well.
ranged from novice to more advanced, confident and no confidence, riding Paint and Quarter Horses, and several of
them had already shown in Western Dressage.
We worked on
various points of dressage and had them work their horses while I observed, then we began with how to start a horse
in Western Dressage.
I explained what
the aids meant and how to use them, and then had them apply them to their horses in straight lines as well as
circles, getting the horses to learn how to respond to the aids.
It took a while
for them to totally understand what I was wanting them to do, but within the time the riders were able to start
feeling the difference from before the lesson once the aids were applied correctly and the horses responded
We worked on
transitions and how they should be ridden like ballet, with fluidity, smoothness, grace, consistency, engagement and
The time flew
and by the time the clinic was over there was such a difference in the riders and horses from the beginning of the
lesson to the end and the faces of the riders were beaming.
The riders were
amazed at how Dressage worked with their Western horses, with such great improvement on each and every
horse. It was wonderful to see the eagerness of the students, and I look forward to working with them again.
Some of the
comments from the riders:
someone who knows what they are doing !
A trainer who
knows how to explain aids well enough for the riders to understand and then be able to carry through with
I learnt more
from Margo than any other trainer I have worked with.
For the first
time I felt I was actually RIDING my horse instead of being just a passenger.
I started with
no confidence but I feel much more confident now.
Yes this is
the way to do it ! I loved this one, can I take you home ?
One of the
students found out I was returning to the area the following week and asked if she could have another lesson which I
did, and her smile was from ear to ear all through the lesson and at the end it was so great to see the improvement.