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Colt-Starting Training Sessions Will be Featured at the Kalispell, MT Walkabout Tour

When Clinton decided to mix up the training demonstration schedule for the 2022 Walkabout Tours presented by Ritchie Industries, he listened to your feedback and put a larger focus on colt starting. Instead of offering just one training session about safely starting a horse under saddle, the events now feature two demonstrations on the topic.

On the first day of the events, Clinton works with one of his Professional Clinicians to demonstrate how he prepares a horse to be ridden for the first time. An unstarted horse from the area is brought to the tour for Clinton and his clinician to work with. During the training session, they explain how to earn the horse’s respect and trust through a series of groundwork exercises and then how to introduce the saddle and build the horse’s confidence wearing it. If the horse is ready, they put the first ride on him.

On the second day of the event, the same colt is brought out for a second demonstration that will focus on how to continue to progress a horse’s training. While his Professional Clinician works with the colt, Clinton explains the importance of keeping lessons simple and building the horse’s confidence.

We are currently accepting applications for an unstarted horse for Clinton and his clinician to work with at our Kalispell, Montana Walkabout Tour that will be held at the Majestic Valley Arena. The ideal horse is between the ages of 2 and 10 and has never been saddled or ridden. To submit your horse for consideration, fill out an application on our website. Please note that the selection process will take place a few weeks before the August 27th and 28th event and only applicants whose horses are being considered for the demonstrations will be contacted.

Learn more about the Walkabout Tour, including the full lineup of training demonstrations set to take place, on our website.