George Morris Horsemastership – Day 2 Recap

GM #cantstopwontstop… even in the pouring rain.

Training sessions continued today, despite intermittent rain (and most likely staggering Florida humidity), with a quick flatwork warm-up emphasizing rhythm and impulsion followed by gymnastic exercises.

My favorite training exercise: Simple changes on the track… canter – walk – counter canter – repeat.

New George-isms:

“Patience… tact… repetition… repetition.”

“Spooky… denotes a careful horse. Spooky can be very good.”

“You’re space cadets, you people!”

“Being competitors… that’s easy. Being horse trainers is difficult.”

“I look like a sack of meal, but I can get ’em soft.”

“My philosophy is teach the horse to do it. Teach the horse to think.”

The sessions continue through Saturday, January 3. You can watch the livestream via the USEF Network here. Join us next Monday night, January 5, at 7 p.m. EST for a George Morris roast roundtable discussion about the sessions featuring celebrity guests and reader participation  — you can send in your questions/comments through the Google+ event page or Twitter @Horse_Nation. Keep it locked on Horse Nation throughout the week for more details.

Go Riding!

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