12. November 2013 00:03
Clinton wrapped up his Intermediate Clinic on Monday by handing out certificates to the participants who completed the 10-day course. The 32 horsemen came from all over the United States and even the UK to attend the clinic. Their backgrounds and future goals made them a diverse group, but they all shared the same passion for the Method and desire to better their horsemanship skills. On Friday, Clinton will kick off his last clinic of the year with a three-day Fundamentals course. Not only will he be instructing participants in the clinic, but 200 spectators will be on hand to soak up as much knowledge as they can. Spectator tickets to the clinic can still be purchased online, by calling the Downunder Horsemanship office, or at the front gate of the ranch Friday morning.
12. November 2013 00:02
When we first learned that members had taken it upon themselves to create meet-up groups to practice the Method, troubleshoot each other's problems and offer support, we were impressed with their ambition and excited for the camaraderie they'd found. Learning the Method and enjoying your horse is more fun with friends! If you belong to a meet-up group, we want to know about it. Send an email to email@example.com with the subject line "Meet-Up Group" with the information below.
- The name of your group
- The main contact person/group leader's name and contact information
- The region or State your group meets in
- The number of people who are in your group
5. November 2013 00:06
Vertical flexion is something that you'll build on with each give. First the horse has to understand that when you pick up on the reins and apply pressure with your legs he needs to maintain whatever gait he's in and give to the pressure. As soon as he understands that concept, then you can ask him to hold the soft feel longer. A "Hot Potato Give" will turn into holding vertical flexion for a stride. One stride will turn into two and before long, two will turn into twenty. The key is not to get greedy and ask the horse for too many strides at first. When a horse starts doing well, our first instinct as predators is to ask for more. But the trick to training horses is when it feels good, quit - instantly give back to the horse. It usually takes a few days for a horse to get consistently good at the Hot Potato Give at whatever gait you're working on. Then you can move on to holding the soft feel longer. If you start holding it longer and the horse gets worse, he's telling you that he's not ready for it, and he needs to get better at the Hot Potato Give before progressing.
5. November 2013 00:05
This month's lesson takes members back to the colt starting clinic to watch participants put the first ride on their colts and then take the young horses on the trail. During the clinic, each horse was ridden three times in a roundpen, and then a couple of rides were put on the horses in the big round arena as a group before taking them outside. In fact, once the participants got in the saddle, the majority of their time was spent riding the horses on the dirt trails that crisscross all over the back half of the ranch. Throughout the lesson, you'll learn valuable tips on how to execute a safe first ride and why Clinton believes getting a horse out of the arena and loping on a loose rein down a dirt track is one of the best things you can do early on in his career.
5. November 2013 00:04
Last week at the ranch, dirt was flying in the arena and adrenaline was palpable in the air. Clinton and his 3-year-old stud, Jackson, were going full throttle, putting on their best moves working cattle for a photo shoot. Clinton competed on the roan stud in the Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno just a few weeks ago, and the pair finished tenth in the Limited Open Finals. Clinton is just learning how to train and compete in working cow horse and is having a blast challenging himself. Jackson, by CD Lights out of Shes Icing Onthe Cat, is a talented partner, and owned by Tom and Melissa Simms. Photos from the shoot will be used in upcoming journals and catalogs.
5. November 2013 00:03
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29. October 2013 00:06
When you ride your horse outside for the first time, I've found that it is best if you can give him a path to follow so that you can just put some steady miles under his feet. Ideally, I like to take my horses out on a wide dirt road where I can walk, trot and canter. What you don't want to do is take the horse on a narrow trail because he'll feel trapped and claustrophobic. And if he did get scared or overreacted to something, you wouldn't have room to move his feet and get him to use the thinking side of his brain. Remember, anytime a horse uses the reactive side of his brain, you need to move his feet forwards, backwards, left and right to get him to relax and use the thinking side of his brain. The more changes of direction you do, the quicker the horse will use the thinking side of his brain and pay attention to you.
29. October 2013 00:05
Clinton just wrapped up a filming session in the Volunteer State with the Downunder Horsemanship group "Worry Free N Tennessee." Clinton worked with several of the group's members one-on-one to better their horsemanship and answer their training questions. He also got to catch up with Amy Oliver - the group's leader and owner of Cider, the rescue horse Clinton trained in 2010 for the popular RFD-TV series. All in all, the clinician said the trip east was a great experience and he loves working with groups that practice the Method. "These groups have created a great learning environment and a very encouraging atmosphere," he shared. "I'd love to see more of these groups all over the world."
29. October 2013 00:04
"Your horse will only give you what you're willing to put into him." That's a lesson participants in Clinton's Fundamentals clinic learned last week. Over 200 spectators came out to watch the clinic, too! The three-day event got underway Friday, October 25th and finished Sunday, October 27th. Clinton took participants through Fundamentals groundwork and riding exercises, explaining the importance of establishing trust and respect with their horses and being knowledgeable leaders. By the end of the three days, every horse was a bit softer, more responsive and more respectful than upon arrival, and every rider had a bit more feel and timing. Clinton will be teaching another three-day clinic November 15 - 17 that is also open to spectators. For more clinic information, go to http://downunderhorsemanship.com/events.aspx.
29. October 2013 00:03
At every Walkabout Tour, Clinton works with four local horses to demonstrate how he starts the Method and fixes common behavioral problems. Each horse has a longstanding problem, whether it be a phobia of trailers, lazy feet, scared of his own shadow or an overall disrespectful attitude. We've just started the process of finding equine stars for our 2014 tours. So if you live in the area of a Walkabout Tour and your horse is 10 years of age or younger and you think he'd make a good candidate for Clinton to work with, head over to the Downunder Horsemanship website and submit an application. We're looking for horses for four training sessions: 1) the hard-to-catch horse, 2) a horse that's disrespectful on the ground and under saddle, 3) a spooky horse and 4) a horse that refuses to load on the trailer.