Education Alert! Developing a Partnership You Can Count On Away from Home

Photo courtesy of Kaitlin Hartford.

How often have you thought or said, “My horse never does this at home!” or “We practiced this at home last week and now it’s like he’s totally forgotten it!”

It can be so frustrating when you’ve done the preparation at home, only to leave the property and hardly recognize your horse or his behavior. Chances are, you’re also nervous (whether you realize it or not) and frustrated, which only complicates things further. But there’s absolutely nothing fun about your horse impersonating a kite on a windy day while you’re trying to tack him up, or acting terrified of other horses in the warm up ring, or… the list goes on…

That’s why, for this year’s 2022 New England Spring Symposium, Tik and Sinead Maynard will do a two-day intensive clinic on building a partnership with your horse that can be stronger than the variables of leaving home that cause you and your horse to fall apart. The important thing to understand is that it’s a two-way street and we often don’t realize the full extent of how we’re contributing to the problem. You can’t control the water truck driving by, but you can control how you prepare for it and react to it, and how you react to your horse’s reaction to it. This clinic will focus on giving you those tools.

Don’t know Tik and Sinead? Sinead has competed at the top levels of eventing internationally for over 20 years. She represented the United States at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy in 2014, Traveling to London for the 2012 Olympics as first reserve, and was reserve for 2016 Rio Olympics as well. Tik is an Olympic team reserve rider shortlisted Canadian eventing team rider, two time Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover Freestyle winner and author of In the Middle Are The Horsemen.

The clinic runs May 7-8, 2022 at Unexpected Farm in Wales, Maine. Get your auditing passes on Strider here.

Topics will include:

  • Getting a relaxed horse at the show
  • Cross country warm up for a smooth round
  • Horse and rider responsibilities to improve your show jumping
  • Flatwork to help your jumping
  • Raising the difficulty without raising the height
  • How your focus helps your horse focus
  • Cross country positions for every situation
  • How to create a winning partnership in dressage

Email [email protected] with any questions. See you there!