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Which Clinic
Is Best For
My Horse & I?

Below are some brief descriptions of each of the main types of clinics Ben teaches. 

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.

Clinics are suitable for participants 16yrs+ unless it is a specific kids clinic, Lessons Clinic or Private Lesson. (A younger participant may be able to join with prior permission from us based on experience & teachability.)

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us: ben@truewesthorsemanship.com

Lessons Clinic

Suitable for:  All Horses (no matter what Equine Discipline you are involved with) Problem Solving Cases, Goal Achieving, Green Horse, Advancement, Foal/Young Horse Handling.

Clinic Format: At our Lessons Clinic you will get two different 1-on-1 sessions in the Round Pen with Ben each day! Each session is personalized to address any problems or goals you want to work through addressing exactly where you and your horse are at. A huge benefit of these clinics is you also get to spectate everyone else’s individual sessions – learning from a huge range or situations which you can then apply to your horsemanship journey as well.

Horsemanship Clinic

Suitable for: Ridden Horses (no matter what Equine Discipline you are involved with) at Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Horsemanship Levels

Clinic Format: 
At our Horsemanship Clinic the participants will be split into 2 small groups of riders with a max of 7 in each group. The focus will be on feel, communication, leadership and progressing on the horse/rider relationship. Each group will have a practical 1.25hr 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.

Cattleworking Clinic

Suitable for: Ridden Horses, no matter what Equine Discipline you ride in (not suitable for green horses).

Clinic Format: Low Stress Stockmanship & Cattle Working is a great way to improve your Horsemanship, communication & working partnership between you and your horse!!! We will often start on the ground to make sure our communication with our horse is working before mounting up as a group and getting stuck into some serious fun! Our Cattleworking Clinic is designed for horses and riders ready to try something new and give purpose to all the training and riding. This clinic is a great way to work on our refinement in communication & advanced horse movement through a fun job.

On The Trail
Horsemanship Clinic

Suitable for: Ridden Horses, no matter what Equine Discipline you ride in (not suitable for green horses).

Clinic Format: Rather than being based in an arena, this unique clinic is based out ‘on the trail’. 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. 

Station Clinic

Suitable for: Ridden Horses, no matter what Equine Discipline you ride in (not suitable for green horses).

Clinic Format: Bring your horse and join Ben for a very special week of Horsemanship & Stockmanship Clinics. Enjoy an adventurous getaway with some like-minded people who are passionate about horses and interested in advancing their horsemanship in an amazing setting! You will get to advance your understanding of horsemanship and ability to communicate in the mornings with clinic style education. The afternoons are filled with practical lessons out on the trail – while enjoying exceptional scenery and strengthening your partnership with your horse. 

Vaquero Clinic

Suitable for: Suitable for those currently riding in the traditional vaquero style hackamore or have purchased one and are interested in transitioning/introducing your horse to it.

Clinic Format:  This is a group ridden clinic for those interested/passionate about the traditional vaquero style horsemanship and progression. We talk about history, traditions and horsemanship through the style and work on our refinement and communication riding in the hackamore. It will also involve some stockwork with your horse and may involve some introductory ranch roping following with the vaquero traditions.

Private Contract Week

Suitable for: All Horses (no matter what Equine Discipline you are involved with) Problem Solving Cases, Goal Achieving, Green Horse, Advancement, Foal/Young Horse Handling.

Format: Ben is available for booking private contracting weeks at the clients property – during these weeks Ben will work with the clients horses and also private lessons for the client. These weeks can be customized to suit what the clients goals are. Proper facilities are required.

Private Lessons

Suitable for: All Horses (no matter what Equine Discipline you are involved with) Problem Solving Cases, Goal Achieving, Green Horse, Advancement, Foal/Young Horse Handling.

Format: At a Private Lesson your session will be 1-on-1 with Ben and is personalized to address exactly where you and your horse are at. You and your horse can work through any problems you may be having or goals you want to achieve.