Forward, Elastic and Straight: Notes from the Christine Traurig clinic, June 2017

I'm back from a fantastic 2 day clinic with acting USEF Young Horse Coach Christine Traurig at the beautiful Devonwood Equestrian Center in Sherwood, Oregon. Educated in the classical German system and a stickler for the Training Scale, Christine has a wonderful gift for explaining the details of connection and straightness to her riders. This weekend was a study in pushing power and it's relationship to elastic connection in both Prom Date (aka Paolo, whom I rode) and Izabella (aka Izzy, whom my young horse rider Michele Bondy rode). Paolo, being older, stronger and more educated than Izzy, worked extensively on improving his suppleness and elasticity through his back and neck. We did qu

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