Although we offer several types of clinics, horsemanship is always the foundation for all of our clinics. Because Mark works with the horse where it is on that day, no two clinics are alike. Riders of all skill levels and disciplines are always welcome.
Horsemanship clinics are geared toward improving the relationship between horse and rider. Mark works to improve the riders sense of feel and learn to add meaning to their actions in a way that allows them to present their ideas to the horse in a consistent and reliable manner so that both horse and rider feel confident and successful.
The basis of cattle working is the ability to position your horse in order to drive, block, or encourage the cow according to the situation. In a cattle working clinic, Mark works to help the rider better learn to read cattle and understand the relationship between the horse/rider partnership and the cattle, via pressure points, position, and timing in order to work cattle more safely and effectively. Participants gain a better understanding of working cattle that can be applied to the ranch or show ring in a fun and relaxed manner to improve stockmanship.
Participants in a ranch roping clinic work to learn the art of containing cattle in the least evasive manner for doctoring, branding, or fun. Mark works to improve the riders skills with a rope, with regard to ranch related activities with your stock from horseback. While working to perfect various roping skills, riders also learn proper positioning, again enhancing horsemanship. Participants learn to handle a rope in a safe and effective manner both on the ground and from horseback, and also work to further develop their horse's confidence while being roped on. Prior knowledge with a rope is a plus, but not required.
Trail clinics are geared toward improving confidence in both horse and rider through various obstacles in relation to trail riding. Mark works to clarify the rider's understanding of horse/rider communication in order to present new situations to your horse in a manner that builds confidence and improves the relationship between you and your horse both on and off the trail. Learn to recognize the needs of the horse and offer support to help him become more sure when needed. Develop feel, timing, and trust that can be applied not only to trail riding skills, but all aspects of the partnership between horse and rider.