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Horsemanship Clinics 2016

2016 Calendar

Horsemanship clinics are aimed for anyone interested to learn more about horses or wants to improve their horsemanship skills. Whether you prefer English or Western riding, are novice or experienced, there's a clinic for you!

Here are some questions to ask yourself if you are or are not considering a clinic:

*Are you new to horses and want to learn the basics?
*Do you have kids that participate in equine activities? Perhaps you would like to learn about and ride these wonderful animals while building confidence in a safe and fun environment.
*Have you owned horses before and are looking to get back into the wonderful world of horses?
*Have you been taking lessons but want a more in depth look into horsemanship?
*Would you like to learn more advanced movements such as half passes, collection, lead changes, counter bending, stops, spins, pivots, side passes, opening gates from horseback, and much more?
Perhaps learn what any of those above words mean?
*Have you owned horses for years but have trouble with certain areas from respect, to ground work, to riding?
*Does your horse have any of the following issues (or issues not listed) that you would like to improve? *Hard to Catch, Pushy, Bolts, Spooky, Lacks Confidence, Doesn't Stand Tied, Bucks, Rears, Bites, Doesn't have Speed Control, Hard to Bridle, Hard to Saddle, Cinchy, Stiff, Unwilling, Grumpy, Tosses Head, Goes too Fast, Goes to Slow, Lazy, Ignores your Cues, Doesn't Lead Well, Doesn't Back up, Isn't Supple and Soft, Is Dull to Your aids, or more.
*Do you just want to have a better relationship with your horse?
*Are you bored with the same old routine and want to spice things up?
*Do you wish to ride your horse without a bridle?
*Does your horse go where you want go, when you want him to go, at any speed that you want him to go, while he is soft, supple, happy and eager to please you the first time you ask?

Below you will find a list of our clinics and who they are designed to help as well as the dates they will be held.

These clinics are designed to be flexible for the group of people participating. While there is a topic to discuss and learn, we will be open to helping each person with a specific problem or goal they may have. Feel free to contact us if you're unsure of which clinic would be best suited for you!

Spectators are welcome! There are bleechers onsite or bring your own chairs. The spectator fee is $10 per person per day. Well behaved children under 17 years of age are free!

We have several lesson horses available for use in clinics or haul in your own horse. Please contact us to discuss bringing your horse.

Walk / Trot Clinic

March 13: 2pm-5pm

April 6: 9am-12pm
This is a FUN introductory clinic without pressure. Come enjoy learning in a group! This riding clinic will cover speed control at the walk and trot, smooth transitions, balanced seat, flexing for softness, navigating trail obstacles, and several patterns for getting a confident rider and a happy, willing horse. Learn about horse personality and behavior as we ride. We will end the clinic with a relaxing trail ride around the property.

This clinic is best suited for the novice horseman or woman, parents of horse crazy kids, those in need of a refresher course, or as a confidence booster.

$65 to participate per day.
Groundwork 1 Clinic

March 16: 9am-12pm

April 10: 2pm-5pm

May 15:2pm-5pm
This clinic is will cover the starting steps of groundwork for a respectful horse. We will cover circling (lunging) exercises, leading techniques, back up, stop on the circle, disengage hindquarters, move shoulder, figure 8s and more. This is all done from the ground to get the horse to focus on it's handler, and it helps the handler learn to read the horses body language and become the leader of the relationship. Handlers will get to try different horses to get a feel for what different horse personalities can do and how to handle the different horses.

This clinic is best suited for the novice or intermediate horseman or woman who has not done ground work, who has done very little ground work, who has a horse of any breed or of any age from foal to senior that is rusty on groundwork or that is disrespectufl, or someone that would like a refresher on the basics of groundwork.

$65 to participate one day.
Groundwork 2 Clinic

March 30: 9am-12pm

April 24: 2pm-5pm

May 11: 9am-12pm
This clinic will be focused on getting a horse that is soft to the bridle and flexing through the body. Learn about collection and diagnols, work on smooth transitions, bending and counter bending, and straightness. This will be walk / trot clinic with maybe some cantering - pending the level of riders participating. The goal of this clinic is to have a happy horse with a rider that is well balanced and soft in the hands. Western or English riders welcome! After we practice some exercises and patterns we will have a fun "test" at the end of the clinic.

This clinic is best suited for the intermediate horseman or woman; those wishing to have a better relationship with their horse; those needing more respect from their horse because he's hard to turn or stop, doesn't bend well, (and etc.), or those just wishing to advance their horsemanship skills.

$65 to participate per day.
Soft & Willing Clinic

March 27: 2pm-5pm

April 20: 9am-12pm

May 25: 9am-12pm
This clinic will be focused on getting a horse that is soft to the bridle and flexing through the body. Learn about collection and diagnols, work on smooth transitions, bending and counter bending, and straightness. This will be walk / trot clinic with maybe some cantering - pending the level of riders participating. The goal of this clinic is to have a happy horse with a rider that is well balanced and soft in the hands. Western or English riders welcome! After we practice some exercises and patterns we will have a fun "test" at the end of the clinic.

This clinic is best suited for the intermediate horseman or woman; those wishing to have a better relationship with their horse; those needing more respect from their horse because he's hard to turn or stop, doesn't bend well, has bad behavior (and etc.), or for those just wishing to advance their horsemanship skills.
$65 to participate per day.
Two-Day Horsemanship Clinic

August 27&8th.

9am - 12pm

Lunch Break 12-1p

1pm - 4pm

The morning session for both days will be focused on gaining control and respect from the ground using on-line and round pen exercises. We will work through problems to get a soft, willing horse from the ground. We will get speed control in each gate, preform smooth transitions between gaits, get gentle but timely turns and stops on a line and in the round pen at liberty. This clinic will include everything from our Groundwork 2 clinic, plus more which gives you more time and personal coaching to develop your skills.

The afternoon session will be geared towards helping you advance your riding skills and building a stronger bond with your horse while you are on his back. We will go over patterns and exercises to help you gain more control of your horses body. You will gain a strong, balanced seat and a soft, willing horse. We will also present some de-spooking exercises to help your horse over-come fears and you will be better equipped to handle a fearful horse. This clinic will include everything from our Soft and Supple clinic plus more.

With this two-day clinic, you will get more personalized coaching and be able to get a more in-depth look into techniques to help you improve your timing, cues, and body positioning. You may get the opportunity to work with a different horse to gain more experience. You will get to see your fellow horse-lovers work through problems and progress along with you.

If you participate in this clinic you will receive one, two-hour private lesson at 20% off of the regular price. This is to ensure you have retained the information you received during the clinic and to help you continue to progress with your horsemanship. *Free travel within 15 miles of our ranch.

Cost: $175 per person. $15 for one day to audit. $25 for both days to audit.
Minimum of 3 participants. Maximum of 6 participants.
Non-Refundable Reservation Deposit of $25 required to hold your spot.
Bring your own lunch or swing into the town of Wellington for a bite to eat.

We will have tables and chairs set up onsite for lunch. Bleechers are onsite for spectators.

Also offering PLAY DAYS!
Play Days are fun days where clients, friends, and new comers can come learn about horsemanship in an more casual environment. These play days are a great way to learn about what we do here at OCHS and meet other clients! English and Western riders welcome.
Play Days cost $35 for use of one of our horses. $25 to bring your own. $10 to spectate.
Please click on the following calendar for more info: 2016 Calendar


Please note:
*To reserve your spot for a clinic, please fill out this registration form: Clinic Registration (click to open in a new page)and send a non-refundable $25 with your registeration form to the address provided.
*All participants are required to fill out and sign the Release Form: Release form (click to open in a new page)
*Minimum of 3 people must be signed up for each clinic.
*Maximum of 5 people are allowed per clinic for the best possible instruction.
*Reserve your spot at least two weeks prior to the clinic you wish to attend.
*Clinic will be rescheduled if the weather prohibits safe riding.
*Spectators are welcome. $15 per person per day. Well behaved children 17 and under are free.
*Contact us to discuss bringing your own horse. No fee applies for haul-ins.