On The Trail
3 Day On The Trail Horsemanship Clinic
To Book: This clinic is now fully booked (pending deposit payments). We often have people needing to cancel (due to work commitments or an injured horse) so please fill out the form below to go on the waiting list.
On The Trail Clinic Format: This is a unique clinic, as rather than being based in an arena, it will be based out ‘on the trail’ on 3 stunning farms with over 4800 acres for us to ride over in Southland. You will be working with your horse on a variety of practical, real life situations using horsemanship principles while encountering real-life scenarios. We will be addressing common situations people face while trekking out and working as a group to help individual horses and riders navigate problems with feel, respect, trust and encouragement.
Date: Thur 2nd, Fri 3rd & Sat 4th Dec, 2021
Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Where: Private Farms, Entry/Camping at 117 Hamilton Road, Easten Bush, Southland
Cost: $450 per participant (for all 3 days incl gst) + arena fee
Arena Fee: $30 (for all 3 days)
Overnight: Free camping overnight. Please bring tape/standards for horses.
Participants strictly limited to 10. Spaces in the Clinic are run on a first-in first-served basis, with your spot confirmed by a non-refundable $150 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.
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.
The mornings may be spent on the ground doing foundational ground work followed by transferring those lessons learnt to the ridden work in the afternoon. Subjects covered may include (but are not limited to)
• Opening gates while mounted
• Working as a team in helping riders that may have ‘position problems’ (horse wanting to lead/follow and not settled)
• Building confidence riding outside
• Practical skills to address various situations that may be encountered (bogs, river crossings, steep terrain, animals etc)
• Discussing the feet/mind/leadership connection and other foundational Horsemanship principles
• Learning how to be safer around your horse and develop a great partnership
• Understanding why you need to be the leader and how to become the leader
• Why respect is so important
• Understanding the relationship of pressure, release, and timing
• Foundational Groundwork and how it prepares the horse for real life experiences
• Training and learning to “feel” and read the 4 areas of the horse both on the ground and under saddle – Head and Neck, Shoulders, Ribcage and Hindquarters