Have you ever started a new training method with your horse and found that initial spark of communication has petered out? In October's magazine, Phillippa Christie helps us find our way through these sticking points. In this follow on article Phillippa provides some helpful case studies.
CASE STUDY EXAMPLES
So, all the science sounds great and maybe a bit technical, but what does it look like in reality when we apply it? Here are a few scenarios you may relate to. Names have been changed, but these are real-life client examples.
EXAMPLE 2 – JUMPING OUT DILLAN
Sherri loves to jump her OTTB Dillan, but Dillan has been building up a habit of running out of fences. All the pain checks have been made, and his tack is fitting him well. I ask Sherri to warm up and show me some jumps. I notice on approach to every jump that Sherri uses a lot of leg pressure and sometimes Dillan jumps and other times he runs out. Sherri tells me her jumping coach encourages her to put her leg on coming up to every jump.
Buck Brannaman needs little introduction. A gifted teacher and horseman, we were lucky enough to have him visit with us again in June, at Aintree International Arena. Riders of all ages, on a variety of horses, spent three days learning from Buck, in what can only be considered horsemanship nirvana. I was fortunate enough to spend some time talking with Buck after the first day of the clinic. Candid, warm and humble, Buck shares his thoughts with me about life and horses.
Welcome, it is fantastic to have you back in the UK. This is your third visit now, how are you finding things upon your return this time?
Well you know, like anywhere that I have been a few times, I start to accumulate a few more friends each time I go, so for me that’s what makes me come back, because for me once I’ve seen somewhere, I don’t come back for the scenery. I live in Wyoming, people go there for the scenery, but I go for the horses and for the people and that’s what keeps me coming back.
Kate chats with qualified life coach, natural horsemanship instructor and secondary school teacher Helen O’Hanlon. In this discussion, they cover a variety of topics including cognitive behavioural coaching, mindfulness and positive psychology.
Helen is a fully qualified life coach, natural horsemanship instructor and secondary school teacher, and lives in County Cork, Ireland. She is a member of the Association of Coaches, The British Psychological Society and a member of the Teaching Council. She holds two first-class honours Masters in Education and Coaching Psychology from University College Cork.