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2 Day Under Saddle & 3 Day Intro to Liberty Clinic – Hickory Corners, MI
April 30, 2021 @ 9:00 am - May 4, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
During the Intro to Liberty clinic, participants will work through the basic foundations of liberty work. The series is based on safe, foundational skills to help you and your horse start from the ground up. The clinic will begin with some exercises with a halter and lead rope on and then how you progress to working your horse fully at liberty. This foundational program is used whether we are starting colts, working with problem horses or focusing on the next liberty horse. You will be introduced to the techniques and cues to help better communicate to your horse. It sets the boundaries for your horse to keep you safe and help you achieve the respect that you need to create a better connection with your horse. Exercises will focus on moving the hindquarters, shoulders, achieving lateral flexion both at the stand still and on the circle and changing directions which we refer to as the switch.
The Body Control Clinic will help riders successfully transition from the ground to quite difficult body movements under saddle, while maintaining a well minded balanced and soft horse, that will be obedient to both the riders’ aids and cues. We start the clinic on the ground with the horse saddled and bridled and cover several exercises that address the steering (direction) of the horse and motion (movements) of the horse. This is to give the rider skills and confidence to help work through whatever it is that they may find in a ridden situation. We then focus on the horses’ softness in the bridle and obedience to the riders’ legs. This helps us further develop our horses in both lateral movements and body control. All these exercises can be adjusted to riders and horses of all levels, but will physically and mentally prepare the horse for more difficult maneuvers and create a soft horse that can go on to eventually be ridden bareback and bridleless.
Please contact Nicole Scovel for more information or to register: