- It is impossible to have a horse dull to your leg and light to your hand.
- Proper use of spurs requires independence from the spur; not dependence on it.
- Riding in a western saddle without a rope is like not wearing underwear.
- You may never work cows, but a horse prepared to use a rope will be the best riding horse ever.
- Think about the position of your body so that you aren't taking energy away from your horse.
Rope Work (click to enlarge)
In this exercise the student lopes (canters) around Mr. Brannaman and his horse. As he moves his horse along, the student must ride so that the rope doesn't touch the ground.
Students also loped around & around a barrel, letting out their rope and winding it around the barrel like thread on a spool. Then they had to turn around and lope the other direction, around & around the barrel, while unwinding the rope and coiling it neatly with their hands. Here, Kathleen and Hollywood are preparing to lope around and unwind their rope from the barrel.
Check out the fashion in cowgirl hats being worn by the gals riding in the clinic. They aren't wearing the traditional cowboy hat that has the brim turned up on each side. These brims are flatter and the hats look more like a ladies sun hat you might buy at a fine department store. Very stylish. If they came with ear holes I'd wear one too.