is a strong focal point for the participants in our clinics. Regardless
of the participant’s training level, no one gets on a horse until
they have adequately achieved the most basic of all groundwork –
getting the horse to lower it’s head, lateral flexion, hindquarter
disengagement, and backing smoothly. While there are certainly more groundwork
exercises, these are the minimal requirements that you must perfect in
order to ride your horse later in the clinic. No exceptions. Don’t
worry if you and your horse don’t perform these minimal exercises
well enough before you participate in the clinic. We will address these
issues and confidently work our way through together. It has been proven
time and time again that everyone is able to accomplish these simple tasks
with their horses.
clinics there will be a lot of general horsemanship information given
out in the hopes that you, or perhaps even an auditor, will grasp something
and take it home. During the one-on-one sessions I will address all of
your individual concerns in detail and work together to bring you and
your horse through to a better communication and understanding.
on time, we try to have a positive playtime at the end of the clinics.
This time is a blast and will certainly put to use all the skills that
you learned during the day. I the past, we have thrown big beach balls
into the arena to play a rousing game of soccer – on horseback!!!
We have had challenge courses filled with tarps, ground poles, jumps,
squeezes, barrels, beach balls, and even a hanging split tarp/curtain
for the horses to walk through and under!!! Usually we turn on some good
music, crank it up and turn everyone loose to test their trust and communication
with their horses. Participation while mounted is optional, but we encourage
everyone do go through the challenge with their horses in hand.
we hope to have several “theme” styled playtimes! It will
be exciting and tons of fun for participants and auditors alike.
If you have
a question concerning your particular horse and whether they should, or
should not, participate in the clinic, please do not hesitate to contact
me at firstname.lastname@example.org