Spring will hit horse owners full force when we emerge from the ‘bleak mid-winter’. Riders who have faced barriers due to winter weather will be anxiously awaiting those sunny days when they can get back in the saddle ready to hit the trails. For many, the words ‘anxiously’ and ‘barriers’ play a central role in their mind as they have a desire to trail ride, but still have reservations about their abilities and partnership with their horses during their time off.
R&M Stables is pleased to offer a Building Trail Confidence clinic that will help address some of the anxieties and barriers that riders may face when they are ready to sit tall in the saddle and enjoy some trail riding adventures again.
This three-part clinic will be conducted on February 11, February 25, and March 11. The sessions will cover some of the issues riders face from evaluating their own mind set to being aware of what to experience out on the trail.
Several topics include, but are not limited to:
Format : The first two sessions will be held on property at R&M Stables. Clinics will begin promptly at 1 pm and conclude at 3:45, allowing riders to untack and load horses back onto trailers by 4 pm.
Riders can expect to spend time in the arena riding in formations, learning spacing and how to pass riders safely on the trail. We will do obstacle work that mimics what you can expect to encounter on the trail. We will work on riding order: who is the ‘trail boss’, who rides ‘clean-up’, and what responsibilities do these riders have communicating to the larger group. We will then spend time in our ‘natural arena’ out in the fields, with a practical application of what we practiced in the arena.
Our final session will be experiencing an actual ride on the trails at a local farm right here in Sumner County. All details about this session will be covered with participants during our second group meeting.