Philosophy Behind The Clinics
Clinics have become the major focus of my horsemanship. Their popularity and the demand for more clinics both in Australia and overseas is steadily growing.
Even though there are many trainers doing clinics these days, most of them take the form of teaching people a series of methods in the hope that one of these methods will make a difference to you and your horse. There are many “schools of horsemanship” that concentrate on teaching people a range of exercises in an attempt to teach a horse submission and obedience. Even the schools that come under the generic banner of “natural horsemanship” are largely teaching “a method” that are designed to make a horse fit into the cookie-cutter mould of what most people imagine they want.
What is missing among the mix of horsemanship clinics available is an approach to understanding the inside of the horse. Training is all about being able to direct a horse’s thoughts. When a horse thinks about doing something, he tries his best to make it happen. Our job as riders is to help a horse have the same thought we want him to have. When it is his idea, and not just our idea alone, the horse and rider are in unison and harmony. But having a horse follow a rider’s idea depends on how he feels. Resistance comes from bad feelings and the better a horse feels about the work the less resistance he offers.
My clinics are for people with all levels of experience and different interests of pursuit. You might be working on flying changes or picking up your horse’s feet. You may want to compete in dressage or reining or you may want to start a horse under saddle or perhaps just get along better with your horse. Each clinic addresses the needs of each rider.
Clinics can range from 1 day to 5 days. As you might expect the longer the clinic the more there is to be gained.
The facilities that are required for a clinic are very basic. All I need is a safe environment. I have worked in a grassed tennis court and in a 5 star venue. It is sometimes handy to have a safe round yard available, but it is not necessary.
My charge is a flat fee per day. So the cost per individual participant is my daily fee divided by the number of participants. Organizers may wish to add the cost of venue hire, promotion etc to the participants fee.
I prefer lessons to be one-on-one, so that each participant gets sufficient attention to their specific needs. However, I am happy to teach small groups of 2 or 3 people at a time. Participants are urged to attend all the sessions to achieve maximum benefit. There is much to be learned by watching other lessons.
Spectators are always welcome, but there maybe a fee at some clinics.
For further information about either participating or organizing a clinic, please go to the Contact page for details on how to get in touch with me.
A list of upcoming clinics is posted on the Schedule page.