to expect from a BETTER BASICS Goat Tying Clinic
A clinic should help you move FORWARD in your
progression of mastering skills. I don't ever want to change
what is working for the individual, but ask that students are
open minded on what is truly working. Typically students are
given several introductory runs on the ground to showcase where
they are at in their goat tying on a variety of goats. Any
suggestions made throughout the clinic, are done so with the intent of helping the
student get better.
Repetition; I'm a believer in training muscle memory through
repetition. I like to break the skills down into simple steps so
it's easier to concentrate. We will work on #1 Correctness, #2
Consistency and #3 Speed. Being able to perform part(s) of
the run correctly, then consistently on a variety of goats to
diminish the "luck of the draw", then being able to perform the
skill(s) quickly; always pushing to be faster even in the
simplest of movements, from the actual steps goat tying to the
transitions between the steps for overall faster times.
These clinics are physically intense. Students will run and
flank a lot of goats over the duration of a two day clinic.
Their bodies/muscles do get fatigued, but I try to keep them
mentally sharp through fun games/drills throughout the clinic.
Short breaks are given throughout the clinic. I think muscle memory is gained during
periods of rest. Once students are gaining (to my) desired
improvement, they are allotted short breaks and are ENCOURAGED
to take the break, as it's important part of the
learning process. Parents or students themselves may feel
compelled to continue working, but these breaks are
strategically given for muscle retention. It's not only good for
the body, it's good for building confidence and this is
something that should be continued at home while practicing.
When working with horses and dismounts, safety is the #1
issue. Students will NOT be allowed to go faster than I
believe they or their horse are ready to go. I want the student
to have an understanding of the correct body positioning during
a dismount and better their horsemanship to help their horses work, so they can
continue this after the clinic at home. A horse
should be able to work correctly slow as well as fast in the
For development of the mental part of competition, there will
be competitive games throughout the 2nd day of the clinic.
Some within a team setting and some as individual competitions.
It is my goal for students to learn how to block distractions
and negative thinking during competitive scenarios and learn to
focus on productive thoughts so they can perform to the best of
their ability. Becoming comfortable in all competitive
situations is important in developing mental toughness as a
competitor. These can be great practice ideas at home to help
gain more confidence in competing.
Students will experience ways to develop athletic ability
through a variety of exercises throughout the clinic. "Extra
physical enhancement activities" may be done within the whole
group, small groups or individually. I believe the extra
discipline to enhance fitness beyond the arena is beneficial to
becoming a better competitor physically and mentally.
Positive attitudes creates positive results. I try to be
encouraging at all times while still having expectations of
students. Setbacks aren't viewed as failures, but learning
opportunities. Experience is the best teacher, so if we learn
from mistakes we can move forward in our learning progress.
Everyone learns at a different pace, so it's my goal for
students to be able to continue learning successfully after a