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Counting Down to Equine Affaire

Don’t miss Clinton at Equine Affaire next month! He will be presenting daily demonstrations at the West Springfield, Massachusetts expo, November 8th – 11th.

Clinton’s Daily Schedule:

Thursday, November 8th 

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 a.m.: Trouble-Free Trailer Loading (training demonstration)

Clinton works with a horse that is frightened of the trailer to demonstrate how to use the Approach and Retreat Method to build a horse’s confidence to willingly load in a trailer. You’ll learn how Clinton’s trailer-loading method can be used in any situation in which a horse doesn’t want to step on or go in an object, including getting your horse to cross streams and step onto bridges.

4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Building a Partnership From the Ground Up (training demonstration)

The best training foundation begins on the ground by teaching a horse to respect and trust you as his leader. While working with a local horse that has a longstanding history of problem behavior, Clinton demonstrates how fundamental groundwork exercises help you establish yourself as a trustworthy leader to your horse.

Friday, November 9th 

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 a.m.: Establishing Respect and Control Under Saddle (training demonstration)

Learn how to start a green horse under saddle or re-educate a problem horse to be a soft, willing partner. Clinton works with the same horse he used in the previous day’s groundwork demonstration to explain how the skills you teach a horse on the ground carry over to training the horse under saddle and ultimately set the horse up for success.

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Matching the Right Horse to the Right Person (seminar)

The greatest decision you’ll make as a horseman is the horse you choose to partner with. Unfortunately, too many people buy a horse that is completely wrong for them and end up frustrated or injured and never get back in the saddle. Learn how to partner with the right horse and be honest about the type of horse you need at any given time in your horsemanship journey.

Saturday, November 10th

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Training on the Trail (seminar)

A dependable, safe trail horse doesn’t happen by accident. Learn key exercises to train your horse to be a partner you can rely on, no matter what situation arises on the trail, and how to overcome common trail-riding obstacles.

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Gaining Control of Your Horse’s Five Body Parts (training demonstration)

No matter what discipline you do with your horse, to succeed you must be able to control his body from his nose to his tail with feather-light cues. Clinton explains how to soften and supple a horse’s five body parts – head and neck, poll, shoulders, ribcage and hindquarters – for ultimate body control and increased performance.

Sunday, November 11th

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Advancing Your Partnership on the Ground (training demonstration)

Learn how to move beyond fundamentals groundwork exercises and continuously challenge your horsemanship. As Clinton continues to work with the same local horse he’s been training throughout the event, you’ll receive the step-by-step knowledge you need and be inspired to take your partnership with your horse even further.

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Three Essentials to a Well-Trained Horse (seminar)

Many horses are rideable, but few are truly well-trained. Clinton defines a well-trained horse as one that is quiet, dependable, soft and responsive, in any situation – in the arena or on the trail. Learn the three essential ingredients that go into making a great horse regardless of discipline and how to implement them into your training program.

Tickets to the event, as well as a detailed schedule of events, can be found on the Equine Affaire website.