Yes. The Fundamentals Clinic will form the foundation of your horsemanship skills. This is the most basic clinic you can attend that utilizes Clinton Anderson’s Method. You will use the exercises you learn at this clinic with every horse that you ever work with. It is important for you to fully understand the concepts taught in this clinic before attending an Intermediate or Advanced level clinic.
You must be able to walk, trot and canter on a loose rein in a group situation. This clinic is not designed to teach you how to ride. The curriculum for this clinic will teach you how to gain control of your horse on the ground and under saddle and to stay safe while building your confidence.
Yes. If you can’t confidently canter on a loose rein, then you’re not ready to come to this clinic. We will be doing exercises at the walk, trot and canter. You should only sign up for this clinic if you are confident cantering at the time of signing up.
It is your responsibility to make sure that you and your horse meet the clinic requirements. Only sign up if you are confident cantering on a loose rein with a large group of horses. If you can’t canter when you get to the clinic, you will be asked to sit out the riding portion of the clinic. The progress of the class cannot be held up because you do not meet the riding requirements for the clinic.
No. Professional Clinicians are graduates of the Clinton Anderson Clinician Academy. They will teach the exact same coursework that Clinton teaches at his clinics. The only variation is the start and finish time of the clinics.
Up to 20 participants may attend a Clinton Anderson road clinic; up to 30 participants may attend a Downunder Horsemanship ranch clinic. Up to 12 participants may attend a Professional or Certified Clinician clinic.
Meals will not be available at the ranch. You will have 2 hours for lunch each day. This is your free time to relax, let your horse relax and get to know the other participants. In your information packet, you will find a list of nearby restaurants. Clinton’s road clinics as well as Professional and Certified Clinician clinics may or may not have a concession stand depending on the facility. Check with the host facility to see if they are providing a concession stand.
No. There is a lot of behind-the-scenes paperwork to be done at a clinic. Lunchtime is when the instructor gets their paperwork done. They will stay after the clinic each day to help you better understand a concept or answer any questions you may have.
Yes. Participants are allowed to bring one adult helper to the clinic. We recommend that the person you bring is prepared to help you and act as your runner. The helper is not allowed in the arena during the clinic, however, if you need something when you are working in the arena, such as a bottle of water, you can have your helper hand it to you so that you don’t miss any of the lesson. The helper must be 18 years or older.
The horse is not required to know any of the exercises prior to the clinic. However, it is highly recommended that you become familiar with the Fundamentals Series, including the groundwork and riding exercises, so that you know what to expect and are not so overwhelmed with new information.
Your horse must be at least reasonably manageable. It would not be fair to the other clinic participants if the instructor had to spend the entire clinic working with only your horse because he’s out of control. Examples of an unmanageable horse would be one that you can’t saddle, one that you can’t lead or one that you can’t canter without him bucking you off.
You will get more out of the clinic if you are already familiar with the exercises in the Fundamentals Series. By having an understanding of the exercises, you won’t be so overwhelmed with new information at the clinic and will be able to concentrate on improving your technique.
Yes. Every participant is responsible for the care and feeding of their own horse. We recommend that you bring enough feed for your horse for the entire stay. Your registration packet will include local feed store information.
Yes. In the event of a cancellation, clinics are eligible for a 50% refund, as long as you are cancelling up to 120 days prior to the start of the clinic. A 25% refund will be issued if you cancel 120 – 60 days prior to the start of the clinic. No refund will be given if you cancel less than 60 days prior to the start of the clinic.