Sunday, November 21, 2010
Review of The Game of Contact clinic
Today completed Linda Parelli's clinic The Game of Contact. The morning of the first day we had classroom style lecture where Linda (sporting a sleek new petite figure) explained her concepts behind the game of contact. She showed examples of progress made by several different horse & rider pairs. And she of course discussed how horsenality is interrelated to this game. It's a difficult concept to explain in any terms; classical, modern or natural. My understanding thus far is that The Game of Contact is a method of teaching the horse to understand what's going on & take as much responsibility in the contact as the rider should. Holding hands equally & comfortably. One interesting point for me personally was when she described reactions common to particular horsenalities. Kisia, a Left Brain Extrovert, did exactly as Linda described was typical for her horsenality type. Even more pleasing to me was when she described the best method of helping a LBE to begin to gain understanding, as it was just what my experienced & talented instructor had me do in a lesson with Kisia. How lucky am I to have the treasure of Evie Tumlin in our area to provide learning & enrichment to our horse community! Looking forward to next week & some Freestyle!