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Make the Most of Your Clinic Experience: Tip #1

If you’re signed up to attend a horsemanship clinic this year, there’s no doubt that you’ve invested a considerable amount of time and money in the experience. In the 28 years that he’s been teaching horsemanship, Clinton has come across all types of participants, from those who are seriously dedicated to bettering themselves and their horses to those who treat the experience like a good way to play hooky from work. In this mini-series, he shares four tips to ensure that you get the most out of the clinic you’re attending.

Tip #1: Be prepared to receive constructive criticism.

If you plan on attending a clinic, there’s a good chance that you’re wanting to build a better partnership with your horse or achieve a specific goal. If you knew how to accomplish that already, you wouldn’t be going to the clinic. When you arrive at the event, be ready for the instructor to point out what you’re not doing correctly and then listen to the advice they give you to improve your performance.

Do not treat a clinic as a venue to show off how well you and your horse work together. That’s not what clinics are for. You should be at the clinic to learn and improve. Now, that’s not saying that if you’ve done a great job training your horse you shouldn’t be proud, because you should! If your horse is responding and riding well, you’ve done a great job, but don’t expect the instructor to only focus on your successes. They’re there to challenge you, push you out of your comfort zone and ultimately help you get better.

Instruction You Need to Excel at the Method

Looking to get one-on-one help to boost your horsemanship this year? Our Professional and Certified Clinicians and Method Ambassadors host a variety of clinics and private lessons tailored to help you reach your personal goals. Learn more about each of our instructors certified by Clinton to teach the Method on our website, and be sure to view the schedule of upcoming events.