Monday, November 17, 2008

Mark Lyon clinic

Kirstin says that I am becoming very technology smart, but I guess I will never figure out the order in which these pictures download, they aren't in the order that I wanted them but oh well. This is a picture of Kirstin working one of the calves that were at the clinic. Mark is on the other side. The object is to keep the calf between the two of them. Kirstin & Taz did a really good job considering Kirstin has never worked cattle on horseback(but plenty on foot).

Here Kirstin & Taz are tracking a calf. This is suppose to teach the horse that he is suppose to be watching & following this calf. Kirstin had done this before while playing around with some of our calves at home.

Here Mark is doing part of his final's preformance for us. This is called the pole dance. It is so awesome to see this.

This was one of the high points of the day-a reunion with Taz & his trainer, Careen. Here Careen is riding Taz and Kirstin is riding Careen's horse Scarlet. Careen is training Scarlet for someone and she wanted to see how well Scarlet moved. The owners were at the clinic and I think they liked the idea of seeing a 14 year old ride their horse, says a lot for the horse's training.

This was a pre-clinic warm up. They were working on their stops at different speeds.


Karen C. said...

Oh my gosh, how exciting to get to got to Mark's clinic!!! I really wish I could have made it down there!

You got to see the pole dance again? I have seen the pole dance before, but not near as graceful and beautiful as Mark and Christian did it.

I am so behind on my blog reading! You all have done so much - and I love the rodeo clown picture on one of the other entries! Very colorful and fun! I don't know that Tripp would have been as accomodating as Taz was.

Hugs to you all!!!

Karen and Tripp

Kirstin's Mustang Project 2008 said...

Taz really has become very accomadating, especially with Kirstin on his back. He seems to be more relaxed when she is on his back and accepts whatever she asks of him. But, he is only that way for Kirstin. Her dad got on his back before that one parade with the clowns because he seemed real nervous, her dad made a comment about how nervous he was and Kirstin just replied it's OK dad, just let me on him & he'll be fine. And he was. The bond that these two have formed is incredible-Kirstin loves him & he loves Kirstin. It is truly an amazing thing to watch. Kirstin has been working on riding him bridleless-so expect some pictures of that very soon. As a matter of fact, she hopes to practice bridless this weekend.