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Spokane, Washington, USA
On The Trail Horsemanship Clinic

3 Day On The Trail Horsemanship Clinic
To Book: Please contact our clinic host, Belle, to book your place on this clinic: bellerogers0@gmail.com or (509) 953-6986. A $200 non-refundable deposit is due at time of booking to secure your space.

On The Trail Clinic Format: This is a unique clinic, as rather than being based entirely in an arena, we will mostly be out ‘on the trail’ in Riverside State Park with over 9000 acres for us to ride over in Spokane, WA. You will be working with your horse on a variety of practical, real life situations using horsemanship principles to both increase confidence and address issues. 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: Thursday-Saturday, July 20th, 21st & 22nd, 2023
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Where: Riverside State Park Equestrian Camp, 3402 N Equestrian Lane, Spokane, WA
Cost: $450 per participant (for all 3 days incl gst) + park fee
Park Fee: A Discover Pass is needed for each participant, these can be purchased online for $35 annual membership. 
Overnight Camping: Overnight horse pens available and $25-35 per night camping (some camp sites have full rv hookups). Talk to clinic host about booking your space.

Participants strictly limited to 8. Spaces in the Clinic are run on a first-in first-served basis, with your spot confirmed by a non-refundable $200 deposit, due at time of booking. Final payment of $250 is due 2 weeks prior to clinic and is non-refundable. If for some reason you have paid the non-refundable deposit or final payment, but are unable to make the clinic – you will only be refunded 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. 

Clinic Description

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