- Targeted for horses, new to obstacle courses, to learn how to safely and calmly negotiate obstacles on a course or on the trail
*Gates to the driveway open at 8 am plan to be in the saddle by 9 am
Most of us have come upon a scary beast as we ride. They just seem to come out of nowhere, and suddenly we are hanging on just to stay in the saddle. Maybe it was a squirrel or a bird, maybe even the dreaded deer. What about a plastic Walmart sack?
Horses tend to jump first and figure it out later.
They are leery of everything around them until they learn to trust and follow you. With all that scary stuff to worry about, you shouldn’t have to be concerned about bridges, or logs or gates as you ride. Different surfaces, going over or through something, sidepassing to get to an object or around a tree, can all be challenging. I haven’t even mentioned backing, which is the most uncomfortable movement for a horse to make. Making your horse more comfortable in these movements starts with making you more comfortable asking for them. That’s where obstacles are such an important part of training. As you and your equine partner learn to go over, through and into these challenging situations, you build a stronger bond and learn from each other how to make it a better ride. You become a calmer, safer rider and your horse becomes a calmer, safer partner. You and your horse will become more confident on the trail and the beasts won’t be as scary anymore.
This clinic will focus on teaching you to negotiate simple obstacles and how to build on those experiences. Once you learn these techniques you can use them to get through any obstacle be it natural or man made.