One of our most popular workshops! Obstacles Clinic is a clinic that begins with groundwork, followed by riding. Learn a skill set for increasing confidence in even the most skittish horse! It is phenomenal to watch horses grow in bravery as riders improve their communication and leadership skills. There are new and different obstacles at every clinic. Build your horse’s confidence on the ground using obstacles of all kinds. Learn how to safely introduce new things with your horse or work thru troubles with known obstacle challenges. This clinic is open to horses of all levels. This year we will also have a mounted team scavenger hunt!
Who is it for? Adults of all levels and disciplines, including young horses or beginning riders/horse handlers. Your horse doesn’t even need to be started under saddle for this class; you can participate on foot or while riding.
What problems does it solve?
Spooking, shying, lack of confidence, and trail sour behavior. Riders learn techniques such as Approach, Retreat, Move the Feet; One-Line Driving; and Protecting your Space, and concepts like Respecting Thresholds, Borrowing Confidence, and Rewarding a Quiet Mind.
Unmounted 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. arena work
Lunch: 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Mounted 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Obstacles for Confidence are limited to 12 participants.
Bring: Your horse, rope halter & 15′ rope. Wear clothes and footwear suitable for groundwork.
Tack & helmet if you wish to ride.
Location: Dragonfly Farm in Aiken
Photos by Laurie Fix Photography