Trick Horse Training Camp May 2014 Dates

Imagine A Horse is taking reservations for the second Trick Horse Training Camp of 2014, May 1417th. Co-founder Suzanne De Laurentis said, “Modern Trick Horse Training is about creating a more intelligent, predictable and adaptable horse. It is about training the mind of the horse and combining gymnastic moves that create physical strength and range of motion. An adaptable horse is a safe horse.”

Learn from Master Trick Horse Trainers Allen Pogue and Sue De Laurentis how to combine classical concepts and modern methods to create a high school horse and the Ultimate Companion Horse.

De Laurentis said, “Every student will have hands-on instruction with a large troupe of exhibition horses that vary in levels of finish. This is a wonderful format as the students learn effective methods in a condensed time frame with no need to bring a horse. You can take your new knowledge home and then teach your own horses.”

Attendance for Camp is limited to 12 individuals in addition to two working intern positions and one media position. The limited attendance assures that all will have plenty of hands-on training.

De Laurentis said, “You’ll work with my husband, Allen Pogue and myself, associate trainer Kristi Reavis, and graduate assistant Mary Stewart. The all-new Trick Horse Companion Training Manual of over 100 pages with full color photos is included.”

Here’s the curriculum:

  • Pedestal Training techniques both in-hand and at Liberty using many shapes and sizes of pedestals including single and two tier pedestals and revolving pedestals.
  • Tricks of Trust including the Obeisance, Bow, Kneel, Lay Down, Sit Up and Sit Down.
  • Tricks of Agility including the Jambette or Salute, the Rear, using the target board, the climbing wall and many variations on the pedestals.
  • Tricks of Gait including the Spanish Walk, the March Step and how to maximize individual gait variations.
  • Tricks of Engagement including the Retrieve, herding and retrieving the big ball, and the smile.
  • Liberty Training with one horse and multiple horses, circus style

You’ll learn modern and effective methods with an emphasis on equestrian tact, understanding how and why horses learn, and handler safety. Nuances of successful communication and performance will be applied to every situation.

Camp hours are 9 to 5 daily (four full days), with breakfasts and lunches included for a total price of $1,100. Accommodations are close by and RV hook ups are available at the ranch.

For more details please contact Sue De Laurentis at or call at 512-736-3208.






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