The first two days of this clinic will be focused on Intro to Liberty. During the clinic participants, will work through the basic foundations of liberty work. The series is based on safe, foundational skills to help you and 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 from 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 next two days will be focused on Body Control Under Saddle. Our Body Control Clinics 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 will physically and mentally prepare the horse for more difficult movements and maneuvers and create a soft horse that can go on to be ridden bareback and bridleless.
Please contact Gerry Cox for more information or to register: