3. September 2013 15:02
With no Walkabout Tours or clinics to instruct at the ranch this month, Clinton is taking advantage of the downtime to step in front of the camera and take a little time out for himself. The first two weeks of the month, the clinician will be working with his cameramen to film No Worries Club DVDs and television shows. DVD and show topics will have Clinton working one-on-one with club members, perfecting the Fundamentals with a young horse, spending quality time on the obstacle course and doing what he does best - inspiring horsemen to better their horsemanship skills. Then he'll take time away from the office and ranch to attend the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic in Oklahoma and the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nevada. And of course, in the middle of the month, he'll celebrate his 38th birthday.
27. August 2013 13:38
When I take a horse on the trail for the first time, I prefer to ride him out by myself so that it's just the two of us. When you get two or more horses on the trail, they have a tendency to want to race one another and get reactive. And, when you do ride your horse outside the first time, you want to give him a job to do and do a lot of cantering. Your goal is to put some miles under his feet. You don't want to be held up by other riders who only want to walk. The slower you let a horse's feet go, the more he'll start looking for things to spook at. You want to give your horse a job and get him moving his feet. Remember something, sticky feet will get you into trouble every single time.
If you don't feel comfortable riding out by yourself and would rather have someone ride with you, make sure it's someone who is on a well-broke horse. They can ride their horse ahead of you, and your horse can follow. What you don't want to do is take the horse out for his first time in a group of horses that are reactive and bad-behaved on the trail. Whatever attitude the other horses have is the same attitude your horse will develop. So if you're not comfortable heading out by yourself, be sure you choose a partner with a quiet, safe and dependable horse that will act as a good role model for your horse.
27. August 2013 13:37
As fall quickly approaches us, Innovacyn, Inc. has started to put together its 3rd Annual Vetericyn Loves Animals Charity Contest. With the goal of bringing awareness to so many non-profit animal organizations around the country, it's even more exciting to be able to provide all nominated organizations an opportunity to win a year's supply of Vetericyn through the help of the general public and supporters. Last year's contest brought in over 100 different nominated organizations from all over the world, which included the United States, United Kingdom and Egypt. These amazing organizations that cater to so many animals of all kinds such as dogs, horses, cats, exotic birds and even hedgehogs, put in so much time and effort to help injured or even abandoned animals. With this contest, Innovacyn has been able to give back, making sure that everyone is a winner because of their great and generous efforts. While the nomination period will begin in early September and voting will commence in October, any supporters of an animal organization should keep an eye out on the Vetericyn Facebook and Twitter pages to keep up with any updates as we get closer!
27. August 2013 13:36
When Clinton created the No Worries Club in 2007, he wanted to provide a community of friendship and knowledge to horsemen who believe in his horsemanship philosophy. A quick look on the club forums and you'll know that Clinton achieved his goal. We're often told that one of the best features of the NWC is the community of horse lovers it fosters who all believe in Clinton's horsemanship philosophy. The forums allow you to connect with other horse owners on the website to share your goals, struggles and accomplishments. But, a lot of members don't realize that the NWC website houses hundreds of hours of horse training videos and thousands of pages of articles. If you're a member, be sure you're taking advantage of all the site has to offer and get your horsemanship questions answered or receive a good dose of inspiration by any number of resources Clinton has made available, including:
- 180 (and counting!) Downunder Horsemanship RFD-TV shows, with new shows being added after they air on TV
- A complete library of all the NWC DVDs with an average runtime of 1.5 hours
- Back issues of Journals that contain over 150 pages of innovative, inspirational and instructional articles
- Video Q&As in which Clinton answers members' personal training questions
- "Test the Method" video series in which Clinton grades and critiques three club members as they perform each of the exercises from the Fundamentals Series
Not only do members get unlimited access to all of these resources, but they're all available for download to your personal computer. Learn more about club membership and all of its exciting benefits on the No Worries Club website www.noworriesclub.com.
27. August 2013 13:35
The Downunder Horsemanship office will be closed Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day. We hope everyone enjoys the weekend with their family and horses. Most of us are taking advantage of the three-day weekend by hitting the trails with our favorite horses! We'll be back in the office Tuesday, September 3rd and our phone lines will be up and running at 8 AM CST like usual.
27. August 2013 13:34
Clinton is giving you front row seats to two of his three-day clinics held at the Downunder Horsemanship Ranch this fall. Spectators will have the opportunity to watch Clinton instruct 30 horsemen in each of the Fundamentals clinics. "Being a fence sitter at a clinic is a great way to add to your knowledge of the Method, especially at a clinic with so many participants," Clinton says. "With 30 riders and 30 horses, you're going to get to see a lot of the mistakes we all make as we're learning the Fundamentals and spot on help to correcting those mistakes. The DVDs are extremely detailed, but nothing beats watching the training in real life." In fact, if you've been to a Walkabout Tour and watched Clinton work with local problem horses, those demonstrations barely scratch the surface of the amount of knowledge a three-day clinic provides.
The two Fundamentals clinics will be held October 25th - 27th and November 15th - 17th. Spectators can purchase a three-day pass to watch the entire clinic for $60. Single-day tickets are not available. The ranch is located just outside of Stephenville, Texas and has many hotels and restaurants for spectators coming out of town. Tickets can be purchased online.
A note to spectators: Be sure to bring lawn chairs and sunscreen as there is no covered seating or bleachers. You will however get to experience the full effect of the clinic facility, including its state-of-the-art classroom, 350-foot round arena, 300' by 150'covered arena and breathtaking obstacle course.
20. August 2013 00:06
If your horse does spook at something, put his energy to good use. If it's an object you can ride around, circle your horse as close as you can to it, and every one and half circles, turn him into the object and head off in the new direction. Horses can only think about one thing at a time. Your horse will either be focused on the scary object or on moving his feet and listening to you. Each time you stop the horse and turn into the object, he'll get closer to it, until eventually, he's so focused on you and moving his feet, he's right next to the object. When you can feel that he's got his attention on you and isn't worried about the spooky object, then you can let him rest next to it on a loose rein. If he wants to investigate it (smell it, paw at it, etc.) let him.
If you can't ride around the object, circle in front of it at the trot or canter using the same concept. When you come up to the object, stop your horse, roll back and ride off in the new direction. Each time you stop and roll your horse back, he'll get closer to the object until eventually he's right next to it.
If your horse spooks and you can't tell exactly what it is he's spooking at, put his feet to work. Using one rein bend him in a series of serpentines. It's impossible for a horse to use the reactive side of his brain when he's constantly stopping and redirecting his feet. When he's focused on you, put him on a loose rein and head back down the trail. Anytime he gets jumpy, put his feet to work. Soon he'll be so focused on you he won't have time to find potential objects to spook at.
20. August 2013 00:05
Give us your feedback and be entered to win Downunder Horsemanship product! When Clinton introduced his training kits in 2010 with the Fundamentals Series, he revolutionized the way horse owners learn the Method. He quickly followed the release of the Fundamentals Series up with the Intermediate and Advanced Series. Each kit comes in its own carrying case and includes instructional DVDs shot in high definition, Arena Mates that detail each of the exercises on the DVDs and a laminated exercise sheet for easy reference. We want to know your thoughts on the Fundamentals, Intermediate and Advanced kits. What do you love about them? What could be better? How have they helped you learn the Method? How have they helped you improve your horsemanship? Share your thoughts with us by going to the feeback contest page.
When you finish filling out the comment box and your information, click "submit." Your feedback will then be entered into a monthly drawing for a Professional or Method kit of the winner's choice. That means if you send us your thoughts, you could have a Colt Starting, Foal Training, Fundamentals, Intermediate or Advanced kit to further your horsemanship! But it gets better. At the end of the year, one submission out of all the entries we've collected throughout the year will be drawn to win a Clinton Anderson Saddle. You may submit as many feedback entries as you'd like, so long as each entry is unique, in order to increase your chance of winning.
Submissions for the monthly drawing will close on the last day of the month. The winner's name will be announced in the first newsletter of the following month and on our website at the feeback contest page . The yearly winner will be announced in the first newsletter of the new year.
20. August 2013 00:04
Our sponsor SmartPak is running a contest through August 31st for a $5,000 shopping spree, and we had to share! Since he began using SmartPaks to supplement his horses' diets at the ranch, Clinton swears by the company and wishes he had discovered SmartPak earlier. We know a lot of you use SmartPaks on your horses too and could put $5,000 to good use. You must be 18 years or older and a legal resident of the United States to enter the giveaway. Visit http://bit.ly/13ZP592 for complete details. Good luck!
20. August 2013 00:03
"I just returned from the three-Day Fundamentals Clinic at Hamilton with Shana Terry, and wanted to share my experiences. It was definitely one of the highlights of my life! I am very impressed with Shana's absolute professionalism and knowledge, and feel very fortunate to have been taught by her. The clinic was much more than I had hoped for. I truly appreciate her time and efforts. Shana is an excellent teacher!" - GGORE240086
That's what one of our club members had to say about attending a three-day clinic with Professional Clinician Shana Terry. Imagine the improvements you and your horse could make in five days with the standout horsewoman. That's a very real possibility as there are still a few participant spots open in Shana's five-day Fundamentals clinic October 1st - 5th being held at the Downunder Horsemanship Ranch. Not only will you and your horse progress under Shana's expert guidance, but you'll get to take advantage of the ranch's facilities that include miles of trails and the much-talked-about obstacle course. Shana will teach you and help you refine Fundamentals groundwork exercises like Backing Up, Yield the Forequarters and Lunging for Respect, and riding exercises such as One Rein Stops, Cruising Lesson and Vertical Flexion. To learn how you can get hands-on help from Shana, go to the Downunder Horsemanship clinic page http://www.downunderhorsemanship.com/events.aspx. If you're serious about attending the clinic, complete your application now - participant spaces are limited!