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Thoughts from the Susie Hutchison Clinic

During our recent Susan Hutchison Clinic, the weekend of November 27th and 28th, some of my riding students, attending as auditors, took some notes.
I've really enjoyed reading these notes, and was pretty thrilled at how closely everyone paid attention and really did some good learning.  Here are the notes from the clinic, as recorded by some of  RockMeadow Riding Schools Students!
  • Find your line, and ride your line.
  • You can do it, I know you can!
  • Steer horse well enough that horse knows where we want it to jump!
  • Have enough speed so that the horse "can" jump.
  • Make sure your hands stay steady and are not jittery, like scribbling on a piece of paper, you want your hands to make a steady line on the paper.
  • Always keep you hand close enough together, so when your thumbs turn in they touch, which is the width of the horses' mouth.
  • A horse thinks slower than we do, so you have to give them reaction time.
  • if you can get your horse to do something you're asking for, then quit, do something else, then come back and do it again.
  • You can't make your horse do anything that they don't want to do!
  • The hardest part of riding is doing nothing.
  • Learn from your mistakes and don't keep repeating them.
  • Ride each stride
  • Don't go faster than you have a balanced horse for.
  • All the time you are riding, put your mind at the back of your horse.
  • Know where the hindquarters are.
  • You can only ride as well as you can guide and steer.
  • Make one thing as good as you can.
  • Get a clock in your head, and know what 12 miles per hour feels like.
  • The rein tension should never be greater than the horses' resistance.
  • If you close the door before you get to it, your horse will never walk through it.
Excellent work taking notes.  Susie is a wonderful teacher and really taught all of us so much.
Hope you all will join in on the coversation!  Any thoughts about any of the "Susi-izms" above?

18 Comments to Thoughts from the Susie Hutchison Clinic :

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Hunter's Run on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 1:03 PM
Thanks for posting! We had a great experience with the clinic and look forward to many more to come! Susie did an excellent job working with our wide variety of experience levels and has given us a lot of motivation to work even harder this off season. Thanks again for hosting, Deb! Your friends at Hunter's Run Eq. Center
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Eileen on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 3:19 PM
I only watched the first day's instruction, but the importance of flat work was wonderfully emphasized in the clinic. Important skills included: turn on the haunches, turn on the forehand, shoulder-in, haunches-in, collection and extension, keeping your body at, or behind, center when appropriate . . . it was wonderful to see the natural progression from flat work to jumping.
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Deb Ritchie on Thursday, December 16, 2010 7:01 PM
I'm so glad that you visited RockMeadow's blog and left comments! Thank you Hunter's Run Equestrian Center for attending the clinic. It was really a pleasure watching you ride, and nice to visit with you too! Thank you Eileen for auditing. I've talked to Susan about coming back again next year. We're looking into an earlier November date. Hopefully, we'll get moved off the Turkey Day weekend!
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