|We are waiting for the demo to begin. I am trying to |
hide behind Blessi and the round pen.
Chris Cox, a natural horsemanship trainer, was looking for riders who had both a serious riding accident and confidence issues for his “Building Rider Confidence Clinic” at the 2014 Northwest Horse Expo in Albany, OR. (Note: I like to use TTouch/TTeam and Connected Riding training techniques myself and both Robyn Hood and Peggy Cummings have also helped me with my fear issues at previous, more private clinics.) Since Shannon Lockwood was already going to be riding Blessi at this event, I decided to try and become a participant. I definitely met the criteria and I was 99.99% sure that Blessi would be calm and steady in this environment. It would be good exposure for the Icelandic breed and I would pick up a few riding tips. I was accepted as a participant but reality has a way of confounding expectations.
|Chris explains a breathing technique to help with hyperventilation.|
|Here I am saying "No," "No," "No," to Chris even though|
Blessi is saying "Yes," "Yes," "Yes" to me.
|Chris riding Blessi in the round pen. They are going so|
fast that it is hard to get pictures.
|Chris works with Blessi in the round pen.|
|Chris is coaching me on riding a canter.|
|Here I am trying to get Blessi to canter from a fast trot while|
constantly checking on the reins at the same time.
|Chris gives me a big hug.|