Aspire Grassroots Clinic near Warsaw, Poland at ‘Stajnia Sabat’

Stajnia Sabat invited me to run another clinic for their riders and what a fabulous day it was. It was great to see that initial riders from my first visit had certainly worked on their homework and as I am sitting here putting together new set of exercises for everyone to get busy with over the next couple of months, I can’t wait to see the results on my next clinic there.

For the first time I also taught a rider with a Western background who actively competes at national level but was helping with her mother’s green mare on the day. The mare’s previous job was being a driving horse so she will need some time and patience from the rider to improve her suppleness and lateral bend which so far had been trained out of her.

It’s interesting to learn about new approaches and ways of handling different aspects of training, then putting them all together for the benefits of the horse. I also got a chance to sit on a Western saddle that actually felt very much close-contact (my experience of Western tack so far is that it feels like one is miles above the horse with zero feeling under the seat!) as well as help with one very blocked horse who had many a gadget tried on him but whose owner is now trying her best to repair the damage done…

I am leaving you with some photos from the day ๐Ÿ™‚

Aspire Clinic Stajnia Sabat

The “gadget horse” – horses ridden and lunged on gadgets without prior muscular and mental readiness can end up in plenty of bodily trouble. Those who are made to work on short, tight “posture changing” equipment and are asked to work on collection before working paces and movement is established have double bodily trouble. Both had happened to this horse who has now landed himself in a more understanding situation.

The amazing nature of horses means that with patience, understanding and focused training many wrong doings are reversible..

Me riding the gadget boy. A horse that has no basic throughness, is afraid of hand/contact and rides as if he was disjointed is a horse in discomfort (pic on the left – first trot). Picture on the right shows him 15 minutes later where he is starting to feel like forward movement is fun.

ย The owner is very much committed to helping him so I am very much looking forward to meeting this pair again in May ๐Ÿ™‚

One thought on “Aspire Grassroots Clinic near Warsaw, Poland at ‘Stajnia Sabat’”

  1. The gadget horse looks interesting! The gadget horse that I’ve met is now being ridden! I’ve not yet had the chance to sit on him, but he’s been ridden twice under a Western saddle and is doing really well. He’s also worn an English saddle (just stood still when tied up after his workout, to see how he reacted). I also find Western saddles block my seat contact, and part of me wonders if it’s not just because of the saddle, but also due to how thick the saddle blankets commonly are – it can’t help! My friend uses her Western saddle with just a really small pad… I don’t know what it’s called, but it’s the shape of a seat saver, not a full blanket, and I suspect that helps with contact.

    Looks like everyone at your clinic had fun ๐Ÿ™‚

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