I just wanted to share with you that we have a new RA based in the Tarn & Garonne (82) near Agen.
I took my two horses to Jo Bond's for the day at the beginning of the month, a TB who loads fine at home but rarely for the return journey, and a strong-minded TB/ID mare who likes to take too many decisions with a rider on board and doesn't like rein instructions.
Even though I'd done Kelly's courses I was a long way from having all the answers, and really needed a fresh person to look at things from an independent and unbiased perspective. After a busy and productive day, I was shown that my mare could/would soften in the right situation and using the right tools, and the tricky loader begrudgingly at first then on a loose rope happily loaded himself. Most importantly, I left with a LOAD of new ideas and tricks to use going forward - and I've decided 2008 is the year I'm really going to make things work with my horses, so a healthy dose of motivation too ;D
I think Jo's been here as least as long as I have (3 years +) but received full RA status last year. She has great facilities including a fabulous full size round pen and a school I'm madly jealous of ;D
Here's a pic of the TB happily loading (photo courtesy of Jo's hubby)