Clinic at Gale's Equine Facility

I had the great pleasure of teaching at Gale Wolfe's facility in Big Flats, NY this past weekend. Gale wanted help with her 21 year old Friesian mare Beike in her flying changes. Beike is a special individual with a lot of personality. I rode her on Thursday to get a feel for how she goes and to try the flying changes. Gale wanted to see if I could get her to do some tempi changes that were clean in the hind end. Beike was very well behaved and we were able to accomplish our task with clean single changes and even a line of four tempis that were clean as well. Beike loves her mother (Gale) and I could tell she was a little wary of me riding her and tried to slow down and stop when she would get close to Gale on the rail. It certainly is true that once you form a relationship with a mare they will be loyal to you! I could feel immediately at the walk that Beiki was tighter through the left side of her neck and a little stiffer in the left rein. I used some counter yielding exercises to help her loosen up more through the shoulders and played with the timing of my whip on her left hip to help her stay through in the hind end during the changes. Gale likes to hold her whip in the right hand only so I had her ride with two whips to get the feel of keeping it in her left hand without feeling like she was lost without the whip in the right hand. We also practiced more release on the inside rein and how to move the shoulders better in that direction for a cleaner flying change. The video shown below is Gale riding on the third day, working on suppling exercises, flying changes and piaffe/passage. Beike was a bit tired on this day but very focused and had some lovely changes at the beginning. She started to weaken at the canter and was late on the right change so we played around with some piaffe/passage and ended there. I had a wonderful weekend working with Gale and her students, I gave private lessons and taught an 8 horse quadrille class on Friday night. Gale is a representative for the Ansur saddles and let me try all the different models. I particularly liked the Carleton for it's comfort and shape. I rode Gale's Friesian gelding Amos in the different saddles, he was a lovely horse, I wish I could have taken him home with me!! Thank you Gale for your hospitality!httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsRS1n7ZyGk