Allison Springer clinic recap

Let me start by saying that I think Allison is a fabulous clinician. Do you want to take a clinic with her? Well, I’m not sure you do.

Allison picked me apart. And it was hard to hear. Really, really hard. At one point I wanted to yell at her “stop *#!* picking on me!” But, thankfully, I didn’t.

Was her picking on me pointless and mean? Absolutely not. She was trying to make me a more effective rider. As well as make my riding as fair to my horse as possible.

Allison starts the day with a lecture about pressure and how horses respond to pressure. Its clear from the lecture that horsemanship is very important to her. The lecture is short and sweet but gives the clinic participants an idea of why she teaches the way she does and why she nitpicks.

And she does nitpick. Be prepared for that if you ride with her. That said, it seems she finds one person in each group that she really focuses on, and I can’t say why she does that. Maybe we are struggling the most in the group? I will say I was definitely the least experienced person in my group, and at first it irritated me that I was her focus student. But in the end, as hard as it all was to hear, I really learned a lot and got some great take aways. Were any of the things she told me different than what I hear in lessons? No, not really, but she did have some great explanations for why I was doing certain things.

For example, because I have an ineffective lower leg (no surprise to me), I sit in order to get Georgie in front of my leg. Allison insisted I not sit, but instead tap Georgie with my whip to get her to be more forward. I shouldn’t have to sit and get back into two point so often, but Georgie SHOULD be in front of my leg, and until my leg is more effective in two point, this option will work.

She also insisted Georgie be more forward more often. I tend to let her go into neutral and then our distances are off, we struggle over jumps and honestly it’s all a mess. Allison insisted I keep her forward (by yelling at me a lot) and she was completely right. When Georgie stayed in front of my leg we got better distances and everything was so much easier. I like it when it’s easier.

So, should you take a clinic with Allison? I have no idea. Some people walked away from the clinic without much of a take away. Some people don’t like being yelled at in front of other adults and made to feel like they don’t know how to ride. Trust me, it’s not fun. But for me, I don’t want a clinician telling me “good job” over and over. There’s always room to improve, and even if Allison doesn’t say it in the kindest way, at least she says it.

The best part of the clinic? On the second day, when I was feeling pretty run down despite trying really hard and Allison says “This is world’s better than yesterday. Good job.” What? We improved? In one day??? YES!!! You know what, that is all I need to know-that I can improve and should keep doing this.

And now onto Rebecca. With Georgie in front of my leg.

Tagged , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Hope's Promise

The blog of a dressage dream come(ing) true


An amateur eventer's adventures

Zen and the Art of Baby Horse Management

An inquiry into values and survival in a life with baby horses

the everything pony

who would really much rather eat all day

on Mules, Horses, and DIY

OTTBs and Oxers

Eventing. Hunters. Horsemanship.

Horse Glam

Equestrian. Life. Style.

The Frugal Foxhunter

More bang for your buck than showing

The Printable Pony

An amateur eventer's adventures

The Roaming Rider

"Don't live the same year 75 times and call it a life." - Robin Sharma

Urban Thoroughbred

West and East Coast adventures with OTTBs

Eventer in Progress

Laughing at oneself is best done as a group activity

Clover Ledge Farm

An amateur eventer's adventures

Eventing Saddlebred Style

An amateur eventer's adventures

The Repurposed Horse

An amateur eventer's adventures


An amateur eventer's adventures

Poor Woman Showing

An amateur eventer's adventures

Live Your Adventure

Tara - Horse lover, horse rider, horse enthusiast

SmartPak Blog

An amateur eventer's adventures

In Omnia Paratus

An amateur eventer's adventures

The Blog of Travel

Motorbikes, dogs and a lot of traveling.

Simple Changes

An off the track thoroughbred and his girl.

Hunky Hanoverian

An amateur eventer's adventures


An amateur eventer's adventures

Cob Jockey

An amateur eventer's adventures

She Moved to Texas

An amateur eventer's adventures

Guinness on Tap

An amateur eventer's adventures

Equestrian At Hart

adventures in riding & life

 Clover Ledge Farm

An amateur eventer's adventures

Viva Carlos

An amateur eventer's adventures

Horsemanship 101

Leprechaun Lane Training Center's Guide to Horsemanship

Horse humor and the musings of a weenie adult eventer

May As Well Event

Here's To Not Following Your Own Advice

A Yankee in Paris

No animals were harmed in the making of this blog...

Horse Listening

Horses. Riding. Life.


Becoming a student of horsemanship.

Chronicles of a "Mini-Pro"

Celebrating the incurable addiction which is being an equestrian

A Horse For Elinor

Dressage On A Dime

Charley's Angel Eventing

Just a High Schooler Living for Jesus & Ponies

%d bloggers like this: