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Enlightened Equitation => General => Topic started by: Heather on December 12, 2013, 09:30:06 PM

Title: MASSIVE THANK YOU TO CARL HESTER!!
Post by: Heather on December 12, 2013, 09:30:06 PM
Just want to say a MASSIVE thankyou to Carl Hester and team for a simply awesome morning. Have to get something to eat after an attritional drive home in heavy traffic, with crap headlights despite new bulbs! Will write a full report- and post pics,  as soon as I am recovered!

 All I can say is that this IS my idea of classical work, absolutely tension free, happy horses, and for those who think that Carl uses rollkur, oh boy, have you got a lot to learn. I have never seen more beautiful work with horses of all levels in my entire career, it is no coincidence that Carl and Charlotte are the best in the world. They have a system which is still flexible and takes into account the difficulties presented by each horse, but it produces work of such lightness and sheer beauty, that I defy anyone to sit there and be negative!

 You could not find anyone more approachable or more welcoming, warm and funny. It was a privilege to be there and see this wonderful work. Thanks again Carl and to Fiona too for gallantly supplying 40 people with coffee and tea twice. ABove and beyond!!

 I would also like to say that half of the money from this morning, Carl is donating to the Air Ambulance.
Title: Re: MASSIVE THANK YOU TO CARL HESTER!!
Post by: Mandeigh on December 12, 2013, 09:34:25 PM
 =:) =:) =:) =:) =:) =:) =:) =:) =:) =:) =:) =:) =:) =:) =:)
Trying hard not to be jealous!
Title: Re: MASSIVE THANK YOU TO CARL HESTER!!
Post by: pico on December 12, 2013, 09:48:43 PM
Thank you to Carl for having us, and Thank you again Heather for organizing it!  It was indeed a wonderful morning, well worth getting out of bed early to catch a train for. Lovely to watch and also left me with plenty of food for thought (of the good sort  :nod: )

and... I petted Valegro  :wub: , and Uthopia  :wub: squees like a horse-mad little girl  :laugh:
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Post by: hannah on December 12, 2013, 09:50:04 PM
Had a fab day and loved seeing how happy the horses looked in their work. Carl was an engaging speaker and it was interesting seeing the progression of the horses through the levels and hearing their histories. The team obviously tailor their training to suit the individual horse too and I thought he talked a lot of sense about a lot of things. It was great walking round the yard and Carl saying "That one's in the field, so is that one, oh and that one"  :laugh:
Title: Re: MASSIVE THANK YOU TO CARL HESTER!!
Post by: whisper's mum on December 12, 2013, 09:51:54 PM
I'm so glad you all had such a wonderful time!  :db:
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Post by: Louise C on December 12, 2013, 09:56:46 PM
He is just fantastic!!!! :db: Well the whole team were!!
Title: Re: MASSIVE THANK YOU TO CARL HESTER!!
Post by: nix on December 12, 2013, 10:16:33 PM
It sounds as though a brilliant time was had by all, hopefully there'll be another one in the new year  :db:
Title: Re: MASSIVE THANK YOU TO CARL HESTER!!
Post by: Mandeigh on December 12, 2013, 10:17:20 PM
Would be great to see Heather and Carl do a demo together  :whistle:
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Post by: Lee on December 12, 2013, 10:33:35 PM
Thank you Carl, Heather and Helen, it was a really lovely day, well worth the drive.  The horses were unbelievably relaxed, both in the stables and when being ridden.  To go from piaffe and passage to walking on a long rein with no tension was lovely to see.  All of the horses wanted to work and were regularly praised and rewarded for their efforts.  Very inspirational to watch.
Title: Re: MASSIVE THANK YOU TO CARL HESTER!!
Post by: SueC on December 12, 2013, 11:38:45 PM
It was very interesting thank you Carl!

I enjoyed watching Carl ride.  I also found his explanations regarding various exercises for horses with different ways of going, including the halts.  Very useful thank you.

It seems every time I visit an advanced, experienced clinician I come away with another emphasis on something I sort of know, but don't pay enough attention to.   :-[

Carl explained and demonstrated beautifully how a horse's preference can cause him damage if it's not addressed, with the description of horses who prefer to carry with their hind and bring their hind-leg naturally under their body and horses who prefer to use their front end and leave their hind more behind them.  I felt I should already know that horses would have a natural tendency and it's not all down to training and haven't been paying enough attention to which my own horses prefer.  I'll be watching them closely tomorrow. :)

So not just how straight they are, or that I am asking them to step under their centre, but whether they find it naturally easy or I need to work on it more and make certain they step forward into halt, not just being pleased if it's square.  :db:

It's so obvious when it's pointed out, but I'm one of those stupid people who hadn't paid enough mind to it.  :doh:

Not a bad lesson for 30 quid.  Cheers.   :yahoo:
Title: Re: MASSIVE THANK YOU TO CARL HESTER!!
Post by: pico on December 13, 2013, 01:07:00 AM
It seems every time I visit an advanced, experienced clinician I come away with another emphasis on something I sort of know, but don't pay enough attention to.

 :nod:  We definitely came away with thoughts on which things we'd already been doing a bit of with Dino we should pay attention to more closely, and new thoughts on how to accomplish certain things.
Title: Re: MASSIVE THANK YOU TO CARL HESTER!!
Post by: Beth on December 13, 2013, 06:45:56 AM
Glad you all had such a good time  :db:
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Post by: yvonnemzz on December 13, 2013, 07:45:41 AM
Yes, really enjoyed the whole experience. What a fantastic, chilled establishment. Lovely vibe from all the horses and the staff. Learnt so much, but, more importantly, how it is possible to work at such a high level and yet still make it fun for all concerned.  :db:
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Post by: ParisDiamond on December 13, 2013, 07:57:38 AM
Fabulous from start to finish, the whole place is happy and positive but again the same time efficient and productive. Carls personality is infectious, who wouldn't want to work with him?

I hope to see him perform again soon.

Thanks for giving us this opportunity Heather.
Title: Re: MASSIVE THANK YOU TO CARL HESTER!!
Post by: Casey76 on December 13, 2013, 08:21:35 AM
Absolutely green with envy  8o(

So glad everyone had a fantastic time  :db:
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Post by: SilkyRaven on December 13, 2013, 08:47:45 AM
It was amazing and truly inspirational!  :db:
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Post by: WoodysMum on December 13, 2013, 09:17:16 AM
Sounds amazing  :db: :db:
Title: Re: MASSIVE THANK YOU TO CARL HESTER!!
Post by: Larri DB on December 13, 2013, 01:14:07 PM
I had a fabulous day, absolutely brilliant.

For me the personal highlight was seeing just how happy, eager and willing those seriously dangerous / no hope horses now were with him. Bargain basement reject horses that no other pro trainer would give the time of day never mind the care and attention tuned exactly to their needs that he has given them - and how they repay him. I was nearly in tears at just how much they wanted to give back. Really struck a cord with me

Carl should be the patron saint of dressage horses, because by golly it's a bloody lucky horse indeed that gets the level of time, personal care and freedom that his get when they are still his means of living.
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Post by: jools on December 13, 2013, 03:48:44 PM
Well said Larri just what I was thinking when I was there - Dave is one lucky boy to have gone there from Wales!!

Amazing day and what a wonderful communicator and teacher Carl is. He was so friendly and laughed and joked with us all. So many highlights and things to remember but there was an overwhelming picture of calmness, fun, relaxation without being solemn and austere. Horses were horses and treated with love and respect rather than force and brutality. I was talking to a friend about it and she said 'makes you wonder what goes on in some other yards' - none of that there - what you saw was what it was - brilliant!
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Post by: Bradders on December 13, 2013, 06:59:25 PM
It was an amazing morning :db:

As has already been said, his yard had such a calm atmosphere - all the horses were happy and relaxed, and a joy to watch.

Carl is a born public speaker!

Lots to think about :)
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Post by: Flyingfox on December 13, 2013, 09:22:13 PM
I had such a wonderful day watching Carl and Charlotte and his girls ride and hearing how he was working with each of his horses in their various ages and stages of training and how he had been working through their  various training issues. I felt it was particularly touching when he told the story of Jane Bredins horse. 

We all got so much from this trip n our car load.

My only regret is that I couldnt spend longer meeting up with and talking to other EE people.
Title: Re: MASSIVE THANK YOU TO CARL HESTER!!
Post by: Lucia on December 13, 2013, 09:49:03 PM
Thanks to Everyone for a fab day!

I had the best day, learnt loads and great to meet some fellow EE'rs. (Special thanks to Tracey for driving!).

 :db:
Title: Re: MASSIVE THANK YOU TO CARL HESTER!!
Post by: whisper's mum on December 13, 2013, 10:04:25 PM
Thank you Carl, Heather and Helen,

My pleasure!  :db: I'm so thrilled it was so brilliant!  :db:  :hug:
Title: Re: MASSIVE THANK YOU TO CARL HESTER!!
Post by: jenb on December 14, 2013, 06:54:37 AM
I loved every minute of it, what a truly special place and special people. And how fantastic that he was so kind and generous when I asked him for tips on training the changes, his experience shine through when I said my horse was hot. So many trainers have said to get G excited but I just end up being carted around the arena! Can't wait to try Carl's tips :-D
Title: Re: MASSIVE THANK YOU TO CARL HESTER!!
Post by: Heather on December 15, 2013, 02:18:36 PM
Im so glad everyone enjoyed it so much!! Jen, I want to start a discussion thread on Society about the day, and the tips Carl gave us!! :nod:
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Post by: Danni on December 15, 2013, 07:16:35 PM
I'd like to add my thanks to Carl, Charlotte and the whole team at his yard.  I have always admired his riding, but was so heartened to see what a great horseman he clearly is.  His empathy and common sense approach really teases the best out of each horse.

I wasn't expecting to be quite so moved as I was when he was speaking about the problems his horses have had.  When he gave us a history of Don Archie, whilst working him, I couldn't believe he was talking about the same expressive big horse he was riding around the arena.  I was almost ready to run out in tears, it was something that really resonated with Larri and I.

What a wonderful day for us, and I took away a great deal from it.  Little bits and pieces I will carry with me forever, for Quadi and future horses :)