Yes. During the Method Ambassador course, you must bring two horses of your own to work. The two horses
must be under the age of 10, they must be geldings or mares (no stallions), they must not have any previous
training in the Method, and they must be completely sound. If you have a horse that is currently sound, but
has had lameness issues in the past, you’d be taking a gamble in bringing him. It’s in your best interest to
bring sound horses because if both of your horses go lame during the training program, you’re just out of
luck. That’s why we require everyone to bring two horses – if one goes lame you still have another one to work
with. Clinton VERY HIGHLY recommends that your horses come in shod on all four feet. This helps to prevent
horses from going lame because of sore feet. We do a lot of riding outside on harder terrain and most horses
that start the program barefoot will get sore.
During the five individual training modules to earn your Professional Clinician certification, you’ll provide
your own horses as well. It’s strongly recommended to bring at least two horses to work with, and you’re
permitted to bring up to five. Stipulations for the horses you bring to each course will be discussed with you
at the time of enrollment.
Please note that Clinton highly discourages students from bringing any type of gaited horse. Every horse has
a job he is bred to do—work cows, slide to a stop, pull carts, etc. Gaited horses are bred to go fast in a straight
line. A large part of the Method is teaching horses to become soft and supple throughout their whole bodies,
and gaited horses are not designed to be supple throughout their bodies. Nor are they designed to be athletic
enough to do maneuvers such as rollbacks, circles or tight turns. Can you take a gaited horse through the
Method? Absolutely! We’ve taken hundreds of gaited horses through the Method here at the ranch. But, when
you’re in the Academy to be graded on your horsemanship skills, it would be wise to choose horses that are
going to help make your job easier, not harder.