Sam's ideas, philosophies and horse training theories have developed over 25 years of working with a variety of riders, disciplines and breeds.
She addresses dangerous and unwanted horse behavior, fearful riders, competitive mental strategies, Alternative Horsemanship, Horse Webinars, is a Remote Horse Coach and consultant and offers limited Clinics worldwide.
Enjoy the blog entries as a preface to work with Sam as your remote horse coach or participate in her group webinars!
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Full Immersion Clinics
What is a Full Immersion Clinic? I offer these clinics at both my summer location at The Equestrian Center in Sandpoint, ID and also on a limited basis worldwide.
I developed the "Full Immersion Clinic" as an opportunity to address a variety of topics with participants learning during both unmounted sessions and while in the saddle. These safe, fun and supportive learning opportunities offer an in-depth full immersion experience.
The Friday through Sunday clinics focus on Assessment, Ground Work & Riding. We also cover a variety of topics such as anatomical lectures, tack fit and appropriate usage, "finding a feel" exercises, group discussions, and much more!
Who may participate? From novice to advanced riders, I encourage participants of all ages, disciplines and experience levels. Horses may range from un-started colts to experienced competitive horses, and everything in between. This is not a "discipline-specific" clinic. Maximum of eight participants.
Can I bring more than one horse? One horse is included in the participant fee, if you would like to bring an extra horse to "split" sessions with, there is a $10/day fee.
Can I participate if I don't have my own horse? If participating at the Idaho location, then yes. At this time I have one lesson horse available that are offered on a first come basis (depending on the order registration is received.)
Why no clinic "format"? This is an opportunity to learn more about you, your horse and perhaps find some seemingly insignificant or unintentional "holes" in the foundation of your relationship. These may be influencing the quality of the partnership with your horse and are affecting your end goals. This is a safe, supportive opportunity where you are encouraged to take the time to really slow down and think about how what and why you're communicating with your horse. By watching other participants, we often begin to see similarities in our own horsemanship.
It can be a great way to offer perspective and offer participants both short and long term realistic direction for them and their horse. Beyond this basic outline,the structure and focus of the clinic will depend on the participants and their interests. Whether you are a trail rider, jumper, pleasure rider or endurance rider and everyone else, there is much to be discovered!
How long is a session? A clinic day begins at 8 a.m., with about an hour lunch break midday, and ends around 5 p.m. I do not work by the clock but individual time is roughly 45 min to 1 1/2hrs several times in a day and group ride time longer. There is a lot of group discussion in between rides further discussing things that arose in each person's session.
Is the instruction individual or group? Both. Initially, everyone gets one on one time and then depending on the student and their horse's needs, they will continue to have individual time and/or group instruction.
What tack do I need? The only requirement is that all riders must wear an ASTM approved riding helmet. There are helmets available to borrow for the clinic for a $10 fee. Otherwise, tack is often assessed, adjusted for proper fit, etc. throughout the clinic.
How do I register? If you would like to participate, as of January 1, I will be accepting a nonrefundable 33% deposit to guarantee participant slots.
To register online and pay online: If using a mobile device click HERE. If on a pc or laptop, scroll to form further down this page.
Or you can visit the Registration page to print participant paperwork and to mail payment.
What does the clinic cost?
The cost to participate in the three day clinic is $600.
May I audit? Auditors may pay a daily or a discounted three-day fee. You are encouraged to participate in all relevant group discussions. The auditor fee is $35/day. To pay online click HERE or Email to get registered
What is included in the price? Daily un-mounted theory discussions, tack/equipment fitting & usage, individual and group instruction and pasture board (grass hay) for your horse. There are four 12x12 uncovered stalls available on a first come, first-serve basis- and must be reserved at the time of your registration submission. (You are responsible for cleaning your own stall.)