Shannon Peters clinic was so awesome!

My brain is full and still tired!!!! 

Shannon was amazing.  Happy horses.   Horses “getting it done” , understanding the work, working hard.  All the riders…improving their postitions to enable their horses to work better.  Fits right in around here!!!  Shannon will work her schedule out so she can return.  We are California bound for 2010.

Here are some of the comments heard over the weekend…

Shannon Peters clinic, my notes.



  • Shoulder blades together
  • Find Mavie’s collected trot, move it out once he has the strength carry it around the arena
  • If he’s horizontal and you push him forward, he’ll just fall on the forehand more
  • Use your hamstrings to keep your leg back
  • Lift in your seat, not push down
  • Swing left and right in sit trot, no uni seat
  • Activate the outside hind in the right lead canter to keep the 3 beat canter



  • Up in upper body but lower rib attached to hips
  • No leaning back
  • Rebalance, seat, hand. Get an answer
  • Stay down in your elbows, half halt with your elbows, soften lower arm
  • Step into inside stirrup for canter transition
  • Turn waist to the inside
  • Keep shoulders together
  • His shoulders need to come up and out of the way…tap the shoulder


  • Go from calf to hand
  • Release the tension in your body in the collection
  • Drop your elbows in resistance and soften lower arms
  • Turn waist and rib cage to the inside
  • Keep your hands in front of your seat bones and low
  • Sit to the inside
  • Don’t hold him with your legs in the canter
  • Relax lower leg in walk
  • Bring him up to you in sit trot
  • Stay in one place with your body


  • Use outside leg on 4 pt of the circle
  • Down in elbows, soften lower arm
  • Use your calf to trot
  • Don’t let your back overtake your abs
  • Turn waist to the inside
  • Start half halt with lower abs
  • Push your knuckles to his mouth
  • Control your belt buckle
  • Bring him up to you in sit trot
  • Tap the shoulder to control the lean if he won’t respond to your outer thigh


  • Get the shoulder up and out of the way
  • Yield rein in collection
  • Your upper back will lower his hips
  • Step inside, flex, quicken hind legs
  • He needs to take you from A to B
  • No bad changes
  • Keep canter honest
  • Long neck, stay engaged
  • Use weight aids to settle him, left, right, together, give
  • Maintain canter with legs in position not on


  • Give in collection
  • Side pass, rein back, side pass
  • Very clear release
  • Use hands to give in time with the withers
  • Make her honest in canter
  • She’ll follow your weight
  • Short sides, bring her up to you
  • Weight aids
  • Make it happen 100%


  • Think of him to be above the bit
  • Give in collection
  • Use weight aids
  • Don’t let him make you carry him
  • In half halt; active, under, lift
  • Don’t let him find your hands to push against

 We are looking forward to her return clinic. 

Horses head to California mid January back the beginning of April, 4 CDIs and one National show.


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