This post will mostly be photos. After the morning session, the riders came into the arena. There were five of them.
This horse and rider have been enrolled in Dennis Reis' school of horsemanship for a couple of years now. She is showing how she can lay the horse down, halterless, BTW.
This horse, held by Dennis' assistant was a 2 year old Indian pony. The old guy who brought him said he had bought the mare and she popped out the colt a few months later. This sure is a big, gangly fellow, especially for a range bred horse but isn't he cute? This horse and one other needed extra help in groundwork before they were deemed safe enough to ride so assistants worked with the horses
while the owner learned how to work a "horse" from the ground.
This lady and her half Arabian were the star pupils on this day. She had been enrolled in the Horsemanship training courses for several years and she gave a bridleless, halterless demonstration of her horse doing all kinds of groundwork, including pushing this ball, jumping barrels, and laying down.
All the riders were set to different tasks, depending on the level of training the horse and rider were at. Mostly, this was the preflight checklist that I had mentioned in the last post, to see what needed to be worked on during this clinic.
This was a cutie. He had bright blue eyes fully ringed with black. Sorry for the poor quality, they were across the arena and I zoomed in.
We were even treated to a lasso demonstration by one of his helpers. Very cool!
Here's Dennis taking a few minutes to watch the riders and their horses work.
Dennis' wife, Debbie, was also there. She is the one who puts together the DVDs and edits footage for the RFD tv shows. They filmed a lot of this clinic so maybe we'll be on tv one day.
Happy Jenna. She was so good during the clinic. During the breaks, several of the kids played with the huge ball.
Here's mother and daughter.
As we were leaving, we came upon some stalled horses begging for attention. I don't know if they were Dennis' or someone else's but they sure were friendly.
This chestnut loved to be scratched about as much as my Annie.
Next horse event planned- The Lippizan Stallions are coming in 2 weeks!