“Think Like a Horseman Clinic”
FRIDAY EVENING MEET AND GREET
Clinic participants will meet with Sonny in an open forum where all parties will have the opportunity to discuss the topics to be covered. Sonny will be available to all participants to answer any and all questions that may be raised. The goal of this clinic is to further develop the education of both the horse and rider. Personal safety of the handlers is a primary concern and will be addressed throughout the entire clinic using a variety of methods both on the ground and in the saddle. Successful completion of this clinic will result in the participants leaving with an improved horse and hopefully a strengthened desire to continue his/her equine education.
9am to 12am with a break at lunch for Q&A then resume after lunch from 1:30pm to approximately 4:30 pm.
Riders are expected to be on time for all sessions in order that all topics are covered sufficiently.
Day two is designed to introduce all participants to essential horse handling skills on the ground and under saddle, to ensure the building blocks of trust and respect. These are essential for building mutual respect and trust between horse and rider.
The purpose of day two is to introduce participants to the topics listed below. Depending on the skill level of each clinic participant we will always move forward however individual riders will only move forward if that particular rider is ready. Riders will also TACK UP for Sonny to evaluate each individual’s relationship with their horse and their skill level under tack.
Sonny will assist participants with their horses on the ground in order to build a stronger relationship between horse and rider. The following topics are covered in the morning session:
1. Personal Space
2. Proper Leading
3. Picking up the feet
4. When whoa means whoa (Teaching a horse to stand)
5. Disengage the hindquarters
6. Understanding feel and timing
SATURDAY AFTERNOON SESSION
Sonny will demonstrate the following in the afternoon session:
Understanding Herd Dynamics •The language of the horse
Sonny will evaluate each horse and riders relationship in order to allow the rider to start their own personal journey
•All riders will be UNDER TACK for evaluation Understanding the four points of control
•Controlling all four feet. The purpose of this exercise is to prepare the rider for the topics to be covered Sunday morning and afternoon. Sonny will help all riders with a variety of aids to better have all participants ready for success as the format of the clinic progresses.
Building the back up
Building a quiet and respectful stop. Asking not forcing!
Disengaging and the importance of it
The Saturday Afternoon session is a combination of events. Sonny will help participants with any particular situations that may arise as attempts are made to further practice the groundwork exercises demonstrated in the morning session. Additionally participants will be exposed to the topics listed above and begin practicing these exercises in the saddle. Time will be allowed for Sonny to assist each participant with any situations that may arise which will require specific solutions between the rider and their horse to build the handy horse!
SUNDAY MORNING SESSION
THIS SESSION IS UNDER TACK
Sunday morning is a time to start putting this all together. We will be working on teaching participants the vital pieces of horsemanship. Both the methods and the philosophy of understanding of how to gain better control of the horse will be covered. These methods will in turn build a better relationship between the horse and the rider.
Controlling the hind end
Controlling the front feet and shoulders
The lateral movement/side pass How to develop strong safe and consistent side pass with your horse as well as the benefits provided to you.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON SESSION
REEVAUATION OF THE HORSE AND RIDER INDIVIDUALLY IN ORDER TO BEST HELP EACH RIDER CONTINUES TO DEVELOP THE SKILLS INTRODUCED IN THE PREVIOUS THREE SESSIONS.
THEN...... OFF TO THE OBSTACLE COURSE!
Here Sonny will work with you and your horse to apply the tools you have learned over the course of the weekend. Sonny will personally supervise all riders in order to encourage confidence and skill when dealing with many of the situations that the clinic participants will encounter as they try to put the various pieces of the clinic together.
All riders of all levels are welcome.
Sonny Garguilo Natural Horsemanship 516 790 8367