At just 14, Shana still remembers her initial exchange with the Aussie horseman. “It’s funny now to look back on what I said to him, but at the time, I didn’t know any better. When he asked me what sort of problems I was having with my horse, I said I didn’t have any problems. He just looked at me and said, ‘So you’re telling me your horse stops when you ask him to?’ I said, ‘No, not really.’”
“He turns as soon as you ask him to?” Clinton asked her.
“Well, sometimes not,” Shana remembers answering.
“And he always goes the speed you want?” Clinton asked.
“That was definitely not the case,” Shana says, “but at the time I didn’t think any of those things were problems; I thought that was just the way a horse rode because I’d never known any different!”
At the end of the clinic, Clinton gave Shana homework and exercises to work on with her horse, which she astutely followed. Before long, she became a regular at Clinton’s clinics and dedicated herself to learning the Method, working with her horse every day between sessions with Clinton.