Re-Training

Is your horse changing discipline? This course is similar to the Foundation Training Courses but geared towards the un-training of certain things, such as the excessive desensitisation to mouth pressure found in race-horses and beginners horses, confusion that has led to conflict behaviours and other, often inadvertently trained, difficult or dangerous behaviour.

The course is designed around the particular participants and builds confidence in both horses and riders!

The series runs one day a fortnight and can include some or all of the following lessons:

Clinic 1: Round pen work - inside and outside turns and come to me. Sacking out your horse. Depending upon the amount of handling your horse has already had this week may lead to working with clippers, tarps and towing objects.

Clinic 2: Bridling and give to the bit - teaching your horse to accept the bridle with his head down and open his mouth for you. Teaching your horse to travel in a soft frame and keeping your horse's attention - no more shying!

Clinic 3: Shoulder Control - full control of the shoulders off one rein at a time. Reverse arc and follow your nose. This lesson will stop your horse falling in or out on a circle and give you complete shoulder control while maintaining a soft round working frame. It will also give you a horse that leads like a dream (and if you do your homework - one that does not require a lead rope).

Clinic 4: Long-reining - the most useful tool in the box! It is not as easy as it looks but a ton of practice on this day will get you there and you will never look back.

Clinic 5: 1st Saddling - this is a sacking out lesson that keeps the horse (and handler of course) safe, learning and understanding. NO bucking it out here!

Clinic 6: First rides - getting the walk and trot. Focus on directional exercises that you can take home for homework.

Clinic 7: Hindquarter control - taught from each side of the horse and off the rein, hindquarter control is essential for stops, canter departures, speed within gait and many, many other things. By the end of this clinic you will have travers on one side of your horse and homework will be to do the other side.

Clinic 8: Advancing - this final clinic is devoted to the things that you would like to do - from canter work to float loading. This week will be based on individual lessons so that you can all learn from one another.

6 of the lessons include an appropriate full length training DVD. The cost is $200 a clinic day.

Courses are run at Kangadoo throughout the year and Kate can also come to your venue to teach the clinics by arrangement.

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