Beaver Dam, Wisconsin: 3 Day Horsemanship Clinic

3 Day Horsemanship Clinic – Suits Ridden Horses at Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Horsemanship Levels
Booking: Please contact our clinic host Colleen: crmeggers@yahoo.com

Clinic Format: Our Horsemanship Clinic format will have participants split into 2 small groups of riders with a max of 6 in each group. The focus will be on feel, communication, leadership and progressing on the horse/rider relationship. Each group will have a practical 1.5hr session with their horse in morning and afternoon. A huge benefit of these clinics is you get a shorter session with more 1-on-1 time with Ben to really concentrate on personal progress. You then have the bonus to have a soaking/breathing time while spectating the other group’s sessions – learning from a huge range or situations which you can then apply to your horsemanship journey as well.

Date: October, Fri 4th, Sat 5th & Sun 6th, 2024
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Where: Our Simple Pleasures Ranch, W7693 County Rd E Beaver Dam, WI
Cost: $450 per participant (for all 3 days) + arena fee
Arena Fee: Free *please see arena/horse requirements below
Saturday Dinner: Our Simple Pleasures Ranch is putting on a complimentary dinner & bonfire after the clinic on Saturday evening for participants. BYO drinks.
Spectators: $30 per person, per day
Dogs: No dogs
Overnight Horses: $50 per horse, for the weekend (includes shavings – bring own feed)
Overnight Camping: Free dry camping (no hookups, porta potty available)

Participants limited to 12 (6 max in each group). Spaces in the Clinic are run on a first-in first-served basis, with your spot confirmed by a non-refundable $175 deposit, due at time of booking. If for some reason you have paid the non-refundable deposit, but are unable to make the clinic – you will only be refunded the deposit if you are able to find a rider to replace your spot or if the clinic is full and there is a waiting list with someone who would like to take your spot.

Arena/Horse requirements:
All horses hauling in must have a negative coggins. Out of state participants and anyone who has owned their horses (regardless of location) less than 30 days are required to have a 30day Health Certificate. No outside dogs allowed; ADA defined service dogs are always welcome. No ESA companions please. We will have a Portable Toilet available. The upper level of our house is always open as well for kitchen use (no refrigerator or freezer space) and a real restroom. That unfortunately is not handicap accessible. No food vendors on site but Beaver Dam is less than 5 miles away and has many food options. 

Clinic Description

Horsemanship is not discipline-specific or just something we “do” with our horses. It is all about understanding and communication – a way of being with our horses that fits the horse. The emphasis in all Clinics is always on learning to communicate more effectively through “feel”, timing, and balance, building a working relationship based on respect and trust between horse & rider. All Clinics are flexible based on participant’s skill/experience levels. Time will be spent both on the ground doing foundational ground work and mounted, transferring those lessons learnt on the ground to the ridden work.

Subjects covered may include (but are not limited to)
• Groundwork – Beyond the exercises to meaning/purpose
• Understanding True Body Language
• The Difference Between the Direct Feel and Indirect Feel
• Recognizing Response vs. Reaction or Resistance
• Leadership and the Feet/Mind Connection
• Problem Solving From the •Perspective of the Horse
• How to Build Confidence in a Nervous Horse
• How to Successfully be a Leader for a Dominant Horse
• Developing Mental and Emotional “OKness”
• Riding Through Signal & Balance
• Bringing Clarity to Ridden Communication – Seat, Legs, Hands