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Cabin Fever Class & Clinic, January Review

Published: 1/27/2010
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By Maddy B. Gray

This year, Chris Lombard’s Cabin Fever Clinics took on a new format and new venue. From all accounts, it’s hitting stride!

Day One (Saturday) at Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center in Windham, Maine, featured four, 90-minute sessions devoted to specific training issues.

Chris worked one-on-one with each horse while owners joined the auditors in watching his techniques.

For more information on this format and specific training issues, click here.

The first horse to enter RTT’s arena was Gracie from White Birch Farm in North Yarmouth. Owner Shelly Harkins rescued her from a neglected owner just months ago.

Gracie lives up to her name. She is a graceful, lean, 10 year-old Missouri Fox Trotter.

Next, Chris worked with Cain, a young palamino owned by Kim Moynihan. Cain, according to Kim, can be bullish and a bit pushy. But he means well.

Chris worked on the ground with Cain and made amazing progress with Cain’s respect of space.

Chris’ noontime bareback and bridleless demonstration was a hit. This session has evolved to include more features than clinics past. If you missed it, make sure to catch the February performance!

To read more and register for February's class and clinic, click here.


  Sunday, five riders stepped into the arena with their horses. I was lucky to nab the last spot and brought my rescued quarterhorse, Brooke. The morning session was devoted to ground work as Chris observed the partnerships and helped work out issues.

As he reminded us, if there are holes in the ground work, those issues will certainly show up in the saddle.

So, it’s crucial to iron out the issues before saddling up.

Speaking of glitches…Brooke bucked me off (again!). I would like to say I planned this as a useful – even pivotal teaching moment for fellow participants and auditors. Nothing my own altruistic motives -- anything for the NickerNews audience and readership. HaHa! I felt more like the unwitting Class Clown.

Chris took the reins and rode through several, serious bucks. I was slightly comforted with the observation that even with an ex cellent rider aboard, she was still trying to pull her tricks.

Chris stayed on, thankfully, and within 20 minutes, he was loping her around the arena, while chatting with auditors, AND keeping his hat on...impressive!

And it was all captured on video – stay tuned for the Cabin Fever Clinic video, coming soon.


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1/28/2010 Julie
Sounded like a great time, I'm really sorry I missed it! Just think, Maddy, that if there was any good time for Brooke to pitch a fit, that was the time and place. You had the support right there to help you both work thru it. I'm sorry you came off and I'm glad you're not hurt :)

   
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