How to get the most out of your clinic experience!
We sat down with Greenhawk Team Rider Hyde Moffatt and talked about one of his favourite things – clinics! Riding clinics offer a great opportunity for you to learn from someone new, target a specific challenge you may be facing, or simply give your horse a positive off-property experience. Below are a few of Hyde’s suggestions on how to get the most out of your riding clinic experience.
- Share: Talk to the clinician about what you are working on, any challenges you are facing, what your goals are and anything else you think they should know! This will help them help you to get the most out of the day.
- Ask Questions: Don’t be shy! You signed up for this clinic to learn something, so ask any questions you need to! You may not get everything right during the clinic, but if you understand what is being asked and what the goals are, you can replicate the exercise at home and practice, practice, practice!
- Make Mistakes : Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Try what the clinician is asking of you, even if it moves you outside of your comfort zone or what you are used to. The clinician has made many mistakes getting to where they are, and they will be able to help you work through any that you make. Be humble – even a negative experience is a good learning experience.
- Prepare for what you’ve signed up for : Ensure you and your horse are fit enough for the clinic and session you’ve joined. Make sure you and your horse are turned out well in tidy clothing and equipment. Dress for the weather, but try to avoid bulky clothing so the clinician can easily see your position.
- Take advantage of the full day : Once you’ve looked after your own horse, watch other groups ride. Listen to the clinician and see if there are learnings you can apply to your own riding. You’ll get a different perspective on the exercise from the ground than you did from in the saddle. (Bonus tip – this also applies to the show ring – hang out at the side of the show ring and listen to what other coaches are saying – you might pick up a tip or 2 that you can use in your own riding!)
Now tell us, who would you like to clinic with in the future?
Who have you cliniced with in the past and LOVED?
What advice would you give other riders who are thinking of signing up for a clinic this winter?