Went to see horse trainer Dennis Reis this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio. WOW.....that pretty much sums it up! It was great, not a huge crowd so we got to talk to Dennis a lot, ask questions and just have a grand time. I learned a lot too and where I want to go with Gilly.
I have had a lot of time to think about where our journey is going in the month and a half that I haven't been able to ride because of the terrible horse flies here. I couldn't do much at all outside unless I wanted to be eaten by the fanged vampire flies!!! I felt that Gilly and I had gotten off our path to a good partnership some time ago and was trying to figure out just how to get back on it again. I knew he needed some more round pen work, well, lots of it really.....he was having a lot of respect problems and just being a brat in general. The dressage lessons I was taking were really good but something kept nagging in the back of my mind, something is missing. I had in the past work some with Parelli training but for me a lot of it was hard to understand and there was sooooo much of it and quite pricey too. I had also done some work with Clinton Anderson's training, much easier for me but still something was missing.
While talking to Dennis and looking at his course it finally hit me; this is what I was missing! A structured lesson plan that had a beginning and end to work toward. Work books, DVD's something that I could refer back to again and again if needed and also I can call Dennis or Deborah and talk to them if I need help......yes, I can talk to them!!! Most of the others you can't talk to but you can Dennis.
Gilly and I will work on some more dressage when we are finished with this course. Dressage to me is just something nice to learn. We are not shooting for showing although there are those that would like to see Gilly go far with dressage, I think he could but it's not for me. I just want to ride on trails, at parks, on our country roads and enjoy my beloved horse. But I want a good trustworthy partner for this and this is where our schooling begins. I have heard it said that a horse is only as good as his human; so I have to sturdy hard. Study hard but have fun and that we will!!!!
Dennis' wife, Deborah; what a wonderful woman! She is a great rider, announces the shows on RFDTV, does the videoing, editing the shows, books the tours, the list is endless and she always has a smile and cheerful attitude for everyone! I am impressed!!! I would be dead tired doing only a fraction of what she does! You go Deborah!!!!
(sorry these next three pictures were taken with low light settings and not very clear)
Dennis chasing the big red ball and Deborah riding her horse chasing the ball also. Wonder what Gilly and Pokey would think of that huge thing???
As you can see the horse wasn't afraid of the ball. He would hit it with his chest to make it roll, Dennis would hit it to make it bounce too and the horse would go after it. Fun stuff!
This picture was taken at the end of the show. Dennis was pretty tired from working a young horse in the round pen. Long line driving, it was a great demonstration.
(to get the big red ball click here) > www.reisranch.com
I have been reading and reading since I got home Sunday night. It is recommended that you read all the workbooks first before viewing the DVD's and starting the course.........so I am. I still have to have Mike work up the round pen for me, it grew up in grass while I wasn't riding. I have to make some good footing to work in.
On Sunday they filmed some of the clinic so I will let you know when it airs on RFDTV, you just might see me in the audience! LOL
I will bring all of you along with me on the journey Gilly and I are on!