‘On The Trail’ Horsemanship, Zapata Ranch, Colorado

We are honored to be able to partner with Zapata Ranch again for an extremely special week-long ‘On The Trail’ Horsemanship Workshop Ben will be teaching. This is an in-depth study of equine communication and how to become an effective leader for your horse.

To Book: Please visit Zapata Ranch https://ranchlands.com/pages/true-west-horsemanship for more details, questions, or to book.

Workshop Program: Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the progression from groundwork to ridden work, not only in the arena but in circumstances on the trail. There will be a focus on understanding the “why”, “when”, and “how” behind the “what” that is commonly taught in horsemanship clinics. Participants will be prepared with improved understanding and practice with the horse before facing a variety of practical, real-life scenarios. We will be addressing common situations riders face, working to improve communication on all levels with feel, understanding, trust and in an encouraging and fun environment. 

About Zapata Ranch: Set back in a shady cotton woodgrove beneath the majestic 14,000-foot peaks of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains lies the historic Zapata Ranch headquarters and lodge, which was established in the late 1800’s. Elk, mule deer, migratory birds, eagles, and black bear also call this area home. The rooms are beautifully furnished and have an elegant southwestern decor that gives them the feel of home. All rooms have individual tiled bathrooms and views that are private, peaceful, and beautiful in any season.

Date: April 21st – 28th, 2024
Where: Zapata Ranch, Mosca, Colorado
Package Includes: All instruction, activities, food, lodging and horses (you may also bring your own horse)

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.

Some time during the mornings may be spent in the arena on the ground doing foundational ground work followed by transferring those lessons learnt to the ridden work out on the trail.

Subjects covered may include (but are not limited to)
• 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
• 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
• 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)
• Different terrain, hills, water crossing, wildlife encounters, farm machinery, bush and more may be encountered