You know, it’s funny how things happen sometimes. My super good friend Rhonda, (who by the way, is pictured on the Equine One Stop home page with her gorgeous Connemara), and I both purchased this course independently about two years ago. Prior to this, we spent several years at the same stable. Then I moved to Texas and shortly after, she moved to Florida. Before I get into writing about the course, I must say, it’s been a terrible loss not having Rhonda (and her horses) living practically next door. Gone are the days of pouring over dream horse ads for hours (with wine), going to the feed store, and talking endlessly about every tiny specific detail of our horse’s daily lives…you know how it is! Someone to talk you down from the hard times and disappointments, and someone to celebrate the good times, someone to help you with those awful 911 horse vet situations. But, yeah for cell phones with lots of minutes!!!
Okay, so there we were each in a new location with our horses. I was on a pretty tight budget and needed to get my horse jumping again, so the search for a dressage coach was on the back burner. One night I was reading a post on the COTH forum (instead of unpacking boxes and setting up the kitchen) about the Happy Horse and looked it up on Jane’s website. It seemed like a very comprehensive course and something that could perhaps keep B-Man and I on the “straight and narrow”or at least out of the “hand basket straight to dressage hell”. Plus, Jane is so wonderful about taking the mystery out of dressage. She breaks things into steps and explains every little thing you must do and what you must feel. I had seen her “Half Halt De-mystified” video several years ago, so knew it was going to be something even I could understand. Plus, Jane likes us eventers! She coached several 3-Day Olympic riders on their dressage!
Thinking it could be ages until I could afford and actually find a good dressage tutor, I bit the bullet and clicked “buy” before I could think too much….and the Happy Horse was on its way to me! It was a chunk of money, but I figured it was worth it. I could now have Jane in my living room telling me how to train my horse anytime I wanted! And it was a lot of stuff: 20 DVD lessons, 20 CD lessons, and a 135 page manual. The audio lessons are cool as you can listen to them in your car. All for the price I would have paid for a quality multi-day clinic. But this I get to wrap my grubby hands around and have forever! Jane presents the information in basically three different ways; for the visual, audio, reading learner. The lessons are short and concise, so you can really “get” the concept and the steps and then go straight out to work your horse. While nothing replaces eyes-on professional coaching, having this program for guidance has been invaluable. I love being able to refresh my memory on the aids for a lengthening, or a leg yield or whatever. When I have an issue that is not right in our daily work, I can look at the manuel and see how to make it right!
So, then Rhonda and I were talking on the phone after I had been in Texas a month or so. Unbeknownst to each other we had both been watching our “Happy Horse” DVDs. We of course were discussing our horses and what we were doing with them blah, blah, blah ect., ect. Then we started recognizing “Happy Horse” vocabulary in our conversations and realized we were both following the same program! How ironic! And, Happy Horse has withstood the test of time, as Rhonda and I have used it endlessly during the past two years.
I can tell you, my horse B-Man and I are NOT at Third Level…as would be possible if one accomplished from beginning to end all that is in the Happy Horse Guide for Training, but I can say B-Man is Happy! and our scores have improved, so I am Happy!
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