If you’ve ever wanted to develop a stronger bond with your horse, learn how he thinks, how he operates, get him more broke, feel safer on the trails, or refine the things you already do with your horse, you should absolutely come visit us for either a clinic or a camp!
Zach and I have tossed this idea around for a couple years now and we’ve kinda decided it’s best to just jump in feet first, and see how it all comes out. Both of us strongly believe that horses make the world a better place. There’s a reason that boy’s ranches and many forms of therapies for troubled kids, or autistic, mentally and physically challenged kids’ programs surround themselves with horses. Same with some prisons that use horses as a rehabilitative method. They’re good for the soul. They’re good for you mentally (and physically- they say you can burn 700 calories an hour just grooming a horse), and if you learn to apply correct horsemanship to your life, your life will be better, and you’ll have less knots in your back. At least that is true for me.
All of the principles I learned/reviewed and got better at, while at the Buck Brannaman clinic, work with people as well. In fact one of Buck’s sayings is “Horses and life- it’s all the same to me”. The basic premise is this: make the right thing easy, and the wrong thing difficult. You treat the horse how you want it to be. NOT how it is at that moment. It’s about shaping the situations to get the desired outcomes, not punishing the horse (or kid) when they screw up. That’s not to say there aren’t consequences. Because undoubtedly there are- but for a horse, at least, you shouldn’t ever punish them. They’re not a human. We apply anthropomorphic traits to them, when what we should do is learn how a horse reacts, behaves and responds in any given situation. We need to think like a horse thinks. Help him search for the answer and release the pressure when he finds it. Simple, right?
In theory, yes. But not so much in application. People often get mad at the horse when he doesn’t do what they want. Or assume he doesn’t want to do what they want him to do- which isn’t the case. EVER. What we should do is be mad at ourselves for not really communicating with him the best we can. And that’s what we’re going to endeavor to teach some budding horsemen in the coming months, and hopefully years. That the horse’s shortcomings, are simply our shortcomings. Between myself and Zach we have something like 45+ years of combined experience along with 20+ years riding/training/coaching the public.
At this time, the camps/clinics are all going to be set up on a first come, first serve basis and they’ll be custom designed for each individual or group.
Have a group of friends and you want to come learn something? We can do that!
Want to learn how to solve buddy sour or barn sourness? We can do that!
Want to learn to rope, run barrels, tie goats, or simply ride better? We can do that!
Want to learn to start a colt? We can do that!
Need us to come to your facility to do a couple day clinic? We can do that!
Here’s more details:
We are not taking any kids under the age of 8 for anything under a half day (4 hours) of riding.
The only facilities we have for camping, are either you bring your own camper/trailer/tent/ or you stay in our guest bedroom. However, we are located 15 minutes west from Bob’s Resort where they have a motel.
We are happy to keep your horses here.
Rates for individuals are as follows: $35/hour; $175/day (for as long as you can handle); $300 for two full days. If you have a group or want a week-long rate, please contact us here and we’ll see what we can set up. We ranch for a living, so riding horses is what we do on a daily basis. Can’t get free on a weekend? We can see you during the week!
We hope to hear from you soon! We look forward to helping you on your horsemanship journey!