Monday, June 18, 2012

"Professional Neglect" - a Video

Finally, I managed to upload some video from day three of my ride on Red at the Mark Rashid clinic.  It's about a three-minute clip.  Mark is sitting outside the frame to the left - that's his horse Baxter whose hindquarters are on the left side of the screen (note that it's very unusual for Mark to sit down during a clinic - but it was the last ride on day three and he was recovering from pneumonia).  Red's bolt occurs when we switch directions to the right, but I was proud that we recovered and just kept on cantering.

The title of the post is "professional neglect" - it's a phrase Mark uses during the clip to indicate that I should be doing less - the line between giving the horse direction and leadership and overdoing things is a fine one, particularly with a super sensitive horse like Red . . .

Here's the video - enjoy!


  1. Good for you. I'm glad you could do a video. Usually Mark doesn't allow video at his clinics.


  2. Dan - Didn't know that - hope Mark doesn't have a problem with it - there's never been anything said at any of the clinics I've been at over the years about no videotaping.

  3. Professional neglect is a good term for it. I'm all about that concept. If your horse is doing a good job, stop micromanaging and just leave him alone!

  4. That is a great concept. It allows the horse the opportunity to show what he has learned or make a mistake and learn from it. Nice video.

  5. I think people who use horses as part of their job (cowboys, outfitters) know this as a matter of course, the rest of us have to work at it. Or "not" work at as the case may be.

  6. Carolyn and Captain Dave(MFT)January 15, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Mark's always allowed us to video our own sessions, not others though (since 2010 when I first went).


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