Renowned horseman Clinton Anderson is instructing three levels of horsemanship clinics in 2014 at the Downunder Horsemanship Ranch in Stephenville, Texas.
Fundamentals Clinic Participants will gain firsthand knowledge on how to transform a stiff, heavy and unwilling horse into a soft, supple and cooperative partner. They will also learn exercises to improve their seat, build their confidence and increase their sense of feel and timing--essential ingredients to becoming a skilled horseman. Clinic curriculum focuses on Clinton’s horsemanship philosophy and over 30 groundwork and riding exercises.
Colt Starting Clinic Clinton will help participants take their young horses from unstarted to riding on the trail in 10 days. Clinton’s approach to colt starting, which he learned from his late Australian mentor Gordon McKinlay, is focused on preparation and safety for both horse and rider.
Intermediate Clinic The second level of Clinton’s horsemanship method focuses on gaining even more control of the horse’s feet on the ground and achieving true lightness and suppleness in the saddle. Emphasis is placed on gaining control of the horse’s five body parts--the head and neck, poll, shoulders, ribcage and hindquarters, because total control of the horse’s body results in total confidence and collection.
Immersed in the Method
At clinics, participants live and breathe horsemanship and receive hands-on instruction from Clinton and his Certified Clinicians. Clinics begin each day at 9 a..m. and run until 5 p.m., and Clinton’s Certified Clinicians are available each morning and evening for additional personalized help. Besides learning essential exercises to gain a horse’s trust, participants learn how to put that knowledge to use in practical settings while working over an obstacle course and on the trail.
All of Clinton’s clinics are held at the Downunder Horsemanship Ranch in Stephenville, Texas. Participants will get to utilize Clinton’s 300’ x 150’ covered arena, 300’ round arena, elaborate obstacle course that includes over 20 challenges, miles of trails and dirt tracks on the ranch, and a Wi-Fi equipped classroom. Participants’ horses are given individual runs on the clinic grounds, complete with shelters, automatic waterers, hay mangers and no-tip feeders. Each run has an associated tack/hay/feed storage area and its own Patience Pole.
Clinton’s 2014 Clinic Dates:
March 14-16, 3-Day Fundamentals Clinic
April 22-May 2, 10-Day Fundamentals Clinic
May 6-14, 8-Day Fundamentals Clinic
June 1-11, 10-Day Colt Starting Clinic
Sept. 5-7, 3-Day Fundamentals Clinic
Sept. 22-Oct. 2, 10-Day Fundamentals Clinic
Nov. 3-13, 10-Day Intermediate Clinic
For clinic details and a complete list of all 2014 Downunder Horsemanship clinic dates visit http://www.downunderhorsemanship.com/events.aspx.