Confidence = Knowledge + Skill
Participant's comment on recent Foundation Clinic:
"This clinic is probably the best horse training investment I’ve ever made. This course is brilliant (as is Kate). This is a systematic practical course that not only trains the horse, but allows you to carry over what you have learned to other horses. This course uses gentle methods to produce happy confident soft and responsive horses that understand their job, and riders/handlers that understand why they are doing what they are doing and whether or not it will work."
The March Course dates are as follows:
March 9th, 16th and 30th
April 13th and 27th
May 4th, 18th and 25th
Email Kate to reserve a place or discuss the course.
Clinic 1: Round pen work - inside and outside turns and come to me. Sacking out your horse. Depending upon the amount of handling your horse has already had this week may lead to working with clippers, tarps and towing objects.
Clinic 2: Bridling and give to the bit - teaching your horse to accept the bridle with his head down and open his mouth for you. Teaching your horse to travel in a soft frame and keeping your horse's attention - no more shying!
Clinic 3: Shoulder Control - full control of the shoulders off one rein at a time. Reverse arc and follow your nose. This lesson will stop your horse falling in or out on a circle and give you complete shoulder control while maintaining a soft round working frame. It will also give you a horse that leads like a dream (and if you do your homework - one that does not require a lead rope).
Clinic 4: Long-reining - the most useful tool in the box! It is not as easy as it looks but a ton of practice on this day will get you there and you will never look back.
Clinic 5: 1st Saddling - this is a sacking out lesson that keeps the horse (and handler of course) safe, learning and understanding. NO bucking it out here!
Clinic 6: First rides - getting the walk and trot. Focus on directional exercises that you can take home for homework.
Clinic 7: Hindquarter control - taught from each side of the horse and off the rein, hindquarter control is essential for stops, canter departures, speed within gait and many, many other things. By the end of this clinic you will have travers on one side of your horse and homework will be to do the other side.
Clinic 8: Advancing - this final clinic is devoted to the things that you would like to do - from canter work to float loading. This week will be based on individual lessons so that you can all learn from one another.
Seeing the progress in my own pony in the space of only two days has been so exciting, and the first time in a long time, I've been shown a way that makes sense to me and my pony - no more mystery just a very happy rider and pony.