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Kim Stone Clinic Review
By Maddy B. Gray
We were treated to a warm, spring day and outstanding accommodations at Triple J Farm in Bowdoin for Kim Stone’s debut as a clinician.
Kim has worked with many trainers over the years, including Terry McClare and Buck Brannaman. Most significantly, she's spent many months working with Martin Black over the past few years.
I brought my horses and worked with Shea in the morning and Brooke in the afternoon. Both sessions were very helpful. There were seven horse/rider pairs and Stone managed to worked on individual issues with all of us without compromising the fun and cooperative group dynamic of the clinic.
Here are some comments from participants:
Always something new to learn, the best thing I learned was putting a leg on my horse and see-sawing the rein, same leg / same rein, got my horse so soft to back.
Most clinicians I have been to have not used that approach. Usually they tell you to widen your hands, hold pressure and wait!! The hand, leg technique worked so much better!!
Triple J was a very nice and accommodating facility!!
I had a really good time Saturday. I love getting together with other horse people and having new experiences.
I thought Kim did a great job. She never stumbled around. She went with what she was offered. Kim was able to see where each and every one of us needed help and how we needed it.
Kim didn't just show us how to do a exercise and walk away for us to figure it out. She helped all of us until we understood what we should be looking for. I find it hard to step outside the comfort zone and not get ruffled a little when I cannot get a new exercise.
Kim has the ability to see when you (or your horse) are getting frustrated with something and she’ll say
“when it's falling apart, stop and do something else. Come back and revisit it later.”
That’s unlike others who would have you push your horse and yourself through it and both of you would be unhappy with how long it might take and your horse is swishing his tail and he has nasty ears and you've been pulling on his face, but you got the job done! I want my horse to be as happy as I am.
Most say if they can learn one thing from a clinic they've got their money's worth. I walked away with about lots new things.
Thank you Kim for sharing your knowledge with us, it has really opened my eyes. Cannot wait for the next clinic.
First, I would like to thank Triple J for have us!
Kim did a great job, I learned so much! The main thing for me was that, I need to learn to stay out of my horse’s way.
When your weight is the wrong place, your horse can't always move the way you ask it to, so again it is me not my horse doing the wrong thing.
Now remembering everything and changing old habits is the hard part! Practice , Practice, Practice!
During my many years of riding I have attended clinics that provided many different disciplines and styles of riding. Kim had an amazing experience last year with Martin Black that we can only dream of having and she is doing the same again this year.
Why not go to her clinic and get a fraction of what she was exposed to from this adventure. Kim did an amazing job and I would gladly attend more of her clinics in the future.
View Reader Comments:
I really enjoyed Kim's clinic and the hospitality at Triple J. Kim gave all of us a lot of one on one attention, let us know when we were doing something correctly and wasn't shy to lets us know when something was wrong. Since the clinic my horse and I are working together much better all around. Kim,thanks for sharing with us and I look forward to attending more of your clinics!
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