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Day Two of The High and Wild Adventure 2014

BY KELSEY SIMPSON

Gone is the sound of sirens, motorcycles, and cars rushing by. In their place is nothing but melodic birds and the distant sound of the river.

“I am still here”, I thought to myself when I opened my eyes this morning. I looked out my window and sure enough there were the beautiful rugged mountain ranges and tall and voluptuous trees I had been introduced to just the previous day.

A High & Wild Adventure 2014

BY KELSEY SIMPSON

People often talk of amazing places they have seen or their own adventures to foreign places, but this experience and my own adventure to Glenn Stewart's High & Wild is one that I will treasure forever. And it is only the first day.

Flying out of Calgary to Fort St. John’s B.C. I had no idea what to expect. The website created an epic picture in my mind of horsemanship and beautiful scenery, and so far it has definitely delivered.

Is Your Horse Ready To Go To War?

Are you ready to go to war? Or are you and your horse only ready to go to the mall for coffee on Wednesday.

I usually ask the clinic participants what they would like the get out of the clinic; is there anything they are hoping to get help with. Many times the answer is that they want to get a better relationship or partnership with their horse. I think that sounds good, I do as well.

Trail Riding; Tranquil or Terrifying?

This mare is "cinchy" - sensitive to the girth.  She is one of the ones we are helping with this issue, and in the process she fired with the saddle on, focused on and kicking at her underbelly.   Its nice if we can keep them from bucking but sometimes it happens.  When it does, its best if it happens during the warm up that's for sure, not out on the trail. That way you can do your best to keep both the horse and the person out of a bind.

Softness - Before, During, and After

My Lusitano "Az" - he's got it all...sometimes.  Speed, lightening quick responses, athleticism, and lightness.  With softness, he's like a coiled spring wrapped in velvet. 

Often in clinics I will say to the participants to look for and try to create softness before, during and after the maneuver. What ever they are asking of their horse, try to find the softness throughout.