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.
- 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?