Starting Under Saddle
This course is for starting your horse under saddle ('breaking-in'). it is also suitable for horses that have been out for an extended period of time, horses that require complete re-training (such as those off the track) or horses that are lacking solid foundation training no matter what discipline/s you enjoy.
The course runs over 4 months and is designed to give you the knowledge and skills to start, not just this horse but any horse at all, under saddle. There is a limit of 5 participants per course and the clinics are held every other Sunday, unless organised otherwise by the group as a whole.
Each group has a private forum on the Kandoo website where they can chat with each other and Kate about their progress and anything that might be bothering them.
During the clinic days you will learn the lesson and be given a DVD and lesson plan to help you through the fortnight's 'homework'.
The cost is $200 per clinic day, payable on the day itself. If you are unable to make one of the days a private lesson can be arranged at a suitable time so that you keep up with the group.
Week 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.
Week 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!
Week 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).
Week 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.
Week 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!
Week 6: First rides - getting the walk and trot. Focus on directional exercises that you can take home for homework.
Week 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.
Week 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.
If you are coming from some distance overnight accommodation will be available (from $50 per night).
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The following video is one of the young horses from the (Tally) group above - well done Fanta!
Another horse from the same clinic:
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This young mare was very diffiuclt to load when coming to the first starting under saddle clinic. Before leaving that day we did a 20 minute loading lesson and she was going on and off slowly and carefully. This short video shows the few minutes 'reminder' after the second clinic.