5. November 2013 00:03
Whether you're looking to build your confidence with a safe, dependable, well-trained horse or want to achieve a greater level of understanding of the Method, Clinton Anderson Signature Horses provide an unparalleled opportunity to build a lasting relationship with the perfect partner. Signature Horses are hand-selected by Clinton for their dispositions, conformation and athletic ability. Each horse is taken through the intense training program that includes mastering all of the exercises from the Fundamentals, Intermediate and Advanced Series as well as extensive training on the trail. Signature Horses have gone on to excel as trail horses for novice riders, kid-safe family horses and given experienced horsemen the know-how to fine-tune their horsemanship. For more information about Signature Horses, including an FAQ, visit the Downunder Horsemanship website.
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.
29. October 2013 00:02
Clinton is picking up the phone again to chat with his No Worries Club members and answer their horse training questions! The second live Q&A for club members will be held on Tuesday, November 12th, 7 PM - 8 PM CST. The hour-long session is free for members and limited to the first 1,000 callers. Throughout the Q&A, Clinton will randomly select callers to ask him any horse training question they desire. (Reminder: If you are selected to talk with Clinton, in respect to your fellow members, please only ask him ONE question so he can get to more callers.) The session will be an hour filled with Clinton's commonsense explanations on how to handle the most frustrating training challenges, and we guarantee his candid Aussie humor will have you laughing out loud. A recording of the session will be posted on the No Worries Club website at a later date. For information on how to join the conference, log on to the No Worries Club announcement forum.
22. October 2013 00:06
When you first teach a horse something, it's a concept lesson. In the concept lesson, your goal is to get the general idea of the lesson across to the horse. When you first ask a horse to do something, he won't automatically know what to do. In fact, he's probably going to do everything but what you want him to do. For example, when you ask the horse to back up on the ground, he'll probably stick his head up in the air and ignore you. He might turn left, he might turn right, but the very last thing he'll try is taking a step back. When he takes a step back, if you release the pressure, he'll look for that answer again. However, if he takes a step back and you don't release the pressure, he'll go through that whole cycle of options (rearing, ignoring you, turning left, turning right, etc.) again. Then he'll come back to taking a step backwards. If you miss releasing the pressure the second time, it'll get even worse. Every time a horse does what you want, or even acts like he's going to do it, you've got to release the pressure so that he knows what the answer is. I'm so obsessed about it that when first teaching a horse something if he even gives the impression that he's thinking about doing what I want, I'll still release the pressure. Remember that a thought will soon turn into an action.
22. October 2013 00:05
Be sure to check out the November issue of Horse Illustrated - Clinton is on the cover! The clinician is riding his American Quarter Horse mare Catinthehat (High Brow Cat x Shine Smartly). Clinton showed "Kit" in 2011 in working cow horse competitions. (Log on to the No Worries Club website and follow this link to read an article from the No Worries Journal about their show ring success.) Besides being on the cover of Horse Illustrated, Clinton has a featured article in the publication titled "Earn Your Horse's Respect" and he shares more training advice in his column "Downunder Solutions" about desensitizing a roping horse to the rope moving above his head. The issue is packed with great training tips and horsekeeping advice. Don't miss out! Get your copy of the magazine here.
22. October 2013 00:04
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22. October 2013 00:03
Last month, we announced that Certified Clinician Kristin Hamacher is headed to the UK in 2014 to instruct private lessons and clinics. We've been flooded with interest from our UK-fans to learn the Method one-on-one from one of Clinton's clinicians! There are already several private lessons booked, and Kristin is excited more than ever to travel overseas to help horsemen learn and fine-tune the Fundamentals.
Discover more about Kristin on her website http://kristin.certifiedclinician.com. For details on how to schedule a clinic or private lesson in the UK, contact Brittney Chamberlain at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that all clinics and private lessons are subject to and entirely dependent upon visa approval.