One recap gushed euphorically about my most majestic of arabian unicorns (and those trainers gifted enough to recognize her otherworldly talent). The other recap snarked like a petulant child about how dare that judge push my poor tired princess for more when she's obviously tired - clearly a case of horse abuuuuse!!1!1!!!!!
|pictured: worlds most majestikal arabian princess|
Um. Anyways. Mooooving right along.
Quite a few well-meaning readers and friends suggested a more thorough introduction at the second clinic could have paved the way for a different (and possibly more positive) outcome.
I may or may not be convinced (see remark above re: petulant child), but can concede that generally it's in our best interests to present an honest and upfront picture to a new trainer or clinician.
So now I'm wondering what an "honest and upfront picture" actually means - what is actually the relevant information that should be shared?
|"we r obvi the best at cantering"|
But now that I'm branching out with Isabel and getting more experience at clinics, my approach probably needs modification. Tho part of me suspects that, at least with dressage and eventing, sharing the levels we're schooling should be self-explanatory enough.
So my introductions might be something along the lines of:
We are both new to dressage, tho the mare has shown an affinity for it. She takes to the work well and has been an excellent horse to learn on. We are schooling all of first level and a little bit of second.
|"plz to be impressed with our expressive free walk change of rein"|
Handling 2'6" with relatively few splat moments. Showed 3' last fall with less refinement. The mare could be considered confirmed at the novice level - especially on cross country - except I'm a bit too influential in stadium and will ride to knocked rails and refusals. She's got hops tho!
Should I always be prepared with a list of things I want to work on, or expect the clinician / trainer to take us in whatever direction they deem most appropriate?
|especially if that direction is alllllllll the way to the base - or even better, directly underneath the jump!|
So tell me: In your opinion, what information does a new trainer or clinician need to know before beginning a session? Or do each of those individuals need different sets of info?
How do you introduce yourself and your horse?