The workshop starts the following morning with a combination of sharing more information about horses' minds, physiology, reactions and perceptions and students being involved in hands-on activities. Having a variety of presentations and activities for students considers and addresses different learning styles. Having instructors to assist Doc provides students more one-on-one time.
|4th Annual Farming and Working Horses in Harness Workshop begins in the Decater's barn|
Live Power Community Farm, an Organic and Bio-dynamic horse powered farm, hosted Doc's 4th Annual Farming and Working with Horses in Harness here at Covelo, California. Ten students from California and Washington attended this 2 day event.
|Dirk driving Laura|
The diversity of the students attending Doc's workshops is always amazing. In attendance in this workshop were.... an administrator of a Non-Profit, a NASA construction engineer, farm managers, farm apprentices, and the co-owner of a winery and vineyard. Some students were in their 20's.. just planning their careers, others older, and thinking about retirement. Such diversity among attendees makes for interesting and lively discussions and exchange of ideas around the breakfast, lunch, and supper tables. Even though some students had many years' experience around horses and mules....this was the first time most took the driving lines into their hands.
|Suzy driving Pete|
When asked why they had come to this workshop, one person said:
"I want to learn about driving horses to get work done. I have been a professional horse trainer, of dressage and jumping horses, for more than 15 years; I want to give this a try."
This year, we had four capable instructors available to work one-on-one with students in hands-on activities. Doc and Cathy, as well as Steven Decater and his oldest son Alexander, were all here to help students gain as much understanding, wisdom, technique, and skill as possible during the workshop.
"Doc's presentation , 'The Mind of the Horse' is of particular interest to me; I want to learn the language of horses; I know I am talking to them, I just don't know what I am saying."
|Luke Driving Laura|
and driving two horse teams with Steven.
|Antonio driving Peg and Molly|
|AC driving Peg and Molly|
|Luke driving Peg and Molly|
|Gloria Decater collecting memories!|
We covered a lot of ground in this workshop......check back to this blog soon for more hi-lights from
Doc Hammill's Driving and Farming with Horses in Harness Workshop, Covelo 2012.
Special: we'll post video of students driving horses hitched to
Annie's-All-In-One multipurpose implement
..to dig potatoes!