Mark & Christian and Kirstin & Taz
This was such an amazing experience for both Kirstin & Taz. By the end of it they were both very tired on Sunday evening. Kirstin learned some valuable lessons, most importantly she learned that no matter what, she can control this huge animal. There were a couple of times that Taz showed his "wild" side. One time was when Mark was dragging a very noisy thing behind his horse trying to make a track for the horses to follow and Taz didn't like it at all. Taz's response was to whirl around very fast. Mark taught Kirstin how to prevent that whirl around, that it was ok for Taz to back up from something that scares him, but it was not ok to whirl around-he needs to face his fears. That has been Taz's M-O when it comes to scary things-whirl around. We have been lucky, he has never taken off with Kirstin because that is normally what comes after the whirl around & Kirstin has always stayed in the saddle. Kirstin is now armed with the knowledge to prevent the whirl around.
Kirstin also learned that she babies Taz just a little too much, lets him get away with too much. So this clinic reminded her that no matter how much she loves this horse, she has to remember that he has so much power behind him and that if she wants to stay safe, she needs to control that power. He is such a sweet horse that it's easy to start babying him. By the time it was all over Taz was reminded that Kirstin IS in control and he listened to her very well.