All Around, All Purpose, Barrel Racing, Training, Youth, Other
Melanie Southard and Foundations for Success is much more than just a "barrel clinic or "going around the barrels." Its a whole new concept, which has taken Melanie over 10 yrs to fine tune and get together. Melanie comes from a Reining/English background, and has spent several countless hours working with the best horseman in the world learning how to get in the minds of our athletes (horses), molding them into the level of champions they are.
Trying to barrel race without a good foundation and horsemanship skills attached leads to problems, no communication between horse and rider, fights, or the rider just lets the horse do it their way causing the rider to "do whatever it takes" to get through the pattern.... (read more) This is not what our sport is about. Melanie wants to be different than all the other trainers, she wants to bring horsemanship and a good solid foundation back into our sport. She is ready to give her secrets and tools that she has learned over the years away to you, all you have to do is be open and willing. Her 4 step "less is more" approach is easy and fun to learn, seeing the knowledge you and your horse gain from her techniques gives her a feeling of accomplishment!
Foundation for Success is not about a stronger bit, tougher hands, gimmicks, or quick fixes, its about learning body control, collection, softness, forward motion, shoulder and rib cage movement, and giving riders knowledge to train their horses better. This will in turn help your horse understand how to use their body correctly, sustaining less injuries, easier faster training, quicker turns, and mold the horse and rider together.
The knowledge that Melanie posses is unreal and she is willing to give it to you. One big question that everyone always wants to know is "Why", why are we doing this exercise or drill, what is it doing for me and my horse. Melanie explains each exercise in detail, what its doing to the horse now, how it will effect the horse down the road, and the reason behind it. You will walk away from her clinics knowing the reasons behind the exercises and the positions she puts you and your horse in.
The exercises Melanie uses to teach you at her clinics are proven with success over and over again by her and several others that have participated in her clinics. These drills along with her "less is more" concept teaches your horse to be honest, no dropping of the shoulder, correct body collection, and perfecting these exercises will teach your horse to know only the correct way to work the barrel pattern. Melanie teaches you these exercises and concepts to rid any problems on the pattern from the start. Also, she gives you exercises for the older horse to keep them fresh on their toes, keeping them from dropping the shoulder, keeping them free in and around the turn, and making that perfect run time and time again.
Get ready to attend a Melanie Southard "Foundation for Success" barrel racing clinic when she comes to your area! You will be amazed at the bond you will get with your horse when you attend her clinic. Melanie believes in "perfect practice makes perfect", and she will work with you one-on-one until she gets the results you both are looking for. She believes that the horse and rider must both understand their jobs and in turn learn to work as a team, but it's the riders job to place the horse in the correct position for him to do his job correctly. Melanie will teach you her simple winning ways along with exercises and drills to get your horse wanting to work each barrel and eliminating any problems you are having such as; running by barrels, fading in, shouldering, stepping off/in, gate issues, not collecting before or in the turn, getting with a new horse, alley issues, and many other issues involved with barrel racing.
Don't miss this great opportunity to learn from one of the best horsewomen in the barrel racing industry today!
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