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Horsemanship
Equine Anatomy & Biomechanics
Obstacle Course

Camp out with your horse and enjoy nightly campfires and great friendly people!

Truly a unique clinic experience!

For starters, many of our clinics feature two instructors. This allows us to DOUBLE the amount of one-on-one time we can spend with you and your horse.  Clinics are also limited to 10 people.

Our clinics start you off with the basic biomechanics of the horse: how he's put together and why that determines the way we can ride him.

 

Then we move on to groundwork - exploring the essentials of horsemanship and how to truly connect with your horse through in-hand, obstacle course and round pen exercises.

 

But we don’t stop there.  Even though it may be a great feeling to advance your horsemanship and leadership to strengthen your connection, it’s an even greater feeling to put your learning to the test and succeed.  After all, we want to do something with our horses right?

Jody and the Painted Horse

Visual Equine Anatomy

So...we have a fun and exciting trail obstacle course.  It’s outdoors in a natural environment.  Hills, trees, trails and other natural obstacles exist, but we’ve added over 50 obstacles and challenges to make the course as interesting and fun as possible.  Obstacles are simply a test of our horsemanship skills and a way to expose things we and our horses need to work on. 

Working on obstacles is a proven way to strengthen your horsemanship skills and relationship with your horse regardless of discipline, breed or background.

 

What about me?

Each horse and rider has a different skill set.  Some people have been riding for years; some are new to horses.  Some people are starting a colt.  Some people want to develop their skills with an experienced horse.  Some are kids, some are adults.  We would more than welcome potential riders that have no experience with horses at all.

 

Rather than having every horse and rider perform the same exercise at the same time, we work with you and your horse individually, focusing on what you and your horse need in the moment. 

 

Every rider is guaranteed one-on-one time with an instructor on the obstacle course and also in the round pen.

 

Fun on the Obstacle Course

Who is this clinic for?

In a word: everyone!

 

If any of the following interests you, you'll have a great time:

 
  • Learning about the anatomy and and biomechanics of your horse and what that means to your riding.
  • Developing and strengthening the connection with your horse through a solid foundation of horsemanship.
  • Having fun with like-minded folks and their horses.
  • Improving and practicing your skills on the obstacle course for cowboy challenge and trail class events.
  • Building courage and pride in both you and your horse as you attempt and succeed at things you might not have realized possible.
  • Trying something new, challenging and incredibly rewarding for you and your horse.
  • Attending an event suitable for the whole family - our courses are suitable for everyone.

 

What are the objectives?

Overall, there are only three objectives at Amazing Horse Country:

    1. Learn and improve something about your horse.
    2. Learn and improve something about yourself.
    3. Have a ton of fun with our horses!

 

Our Instructors


Scott Phillips

Horsemanship / Obstacle Training

Instructor: Scott Phillips

Amazing Horse Country

    1. The owner of Amazing Horse Country, Scott has a wide variety of experience in the horse industry including backcountry/mountain riding, outfitting, training horses and riders, starting wild horses and running the Canadian Cowboy Challenge.  When not teaching, you can usually find Scott training with his own horses.

Scott teaches the fundamentals of horsemanship in an enjoyable and interactive way. Together we work on how to present ourselves in a way that encourages our horses to try for us...because we've shown them, though a solid application of the principles of leadership and athleticism, what it feels like to succeed.

You'll learn to create, shape and inspire the thoughts and motions of a horse, resulting in the horse finding peace, fluidity, balance, confidence, success and pride.

 

Scott's goals are:

      1. To promote the art of horsemanship by assisting riders in increasing their knowledge of the horse and developing their skills and abilities as horsepeople;
      2. To bring a greater awareness of the potential we can reach when we work with the horse's mind and body together - in all equine pursuits - and the importance of horses in our lives;

      3. To create a world of FUN and EXCITEMENT for riders and their equine partners through creative and challenging obstacle courses, mutual encouragement and camaraderie. 

      4. To help riders create an awesome world for their horses where anything is possible.

 

Scott's articles appear in several online and print magazines; you can read some of them here.


 

Pool Noodles

Creative Obstacles

Fun games

Fun Games



Broken Spur Equine Therapy

Equine Anatomy and Biomechanics

Instructor: Jody Schulze McMann

Broken Spur Equine Therapy

Hosting the Anatomy and Biomechanics portion is experienced Equine Sports Therapist Jody Schulze McMann.  Jody will discuss how the mechanics of your horse's anatomy dictates his ability to reach a maximum athletic potential - and have a greater likelihood of staying sound.

 Anatomy and Biomechanics sound quite complex.  But a solid understanding of how your horse's body works is essential to horsemanship - everything ties together.  In today's world there are common words used to describe how a horse should move under saddle.  You'll learn what many riders don't know: the mechanics of those motions; what they actually looks like under the horse's skin.  Your new knowledge of the equine skeleton (yes, Jody will be bringing a real horse skeleton for demonstration!), muscle groups and how they move is directly beneficial to your training and riding.

 Broken Spur Equine TherapyWhy and how are certain movements easy or hard for a horse?  Through the examination of the horse in motion, you'll learn what it physically means for a horse to truly be collected, engaged, driving from behind, and many other common terms and descriptions.   There will also be a painted horse - an entertaining visual to tie everything together.

 Jody's instructional method is friendly and easy to understand and questions are always welcomed.   Regardless of your experience level, you will come away knowing something new about your horse.

 Does your horse struggle with something?  Does he seem weak in a certain spot? Jody will also be demonstrating exercises and stretches on individual horses: easy things you can do to improve and support your horse.

 Limited spots will also be available for Jody to work on your horse, offering a full package of Massage, Structural Balancing, Red Light Therapy and Applied Kinesiology.

 Jody is a contributor to the Amazing Backcountry magazine, and you can read her articles here.

 

Spud

Challenge Yourself!

Trailer at Amazing Horse Country

Camp with your horse - Individual Stalls

Amazing Backcountry Clinic

Scott and his mare, Belle, compete in a Cowboy Challenge

 

The Question and Answer Section

 

I have more Questions!

That's great. We have more answers! If you have any questions regarding anything about the clinic, location, facilities or the instructors, please don't hesitate to contact us.  We'll get back to you within 24 hours or less.

This sounds great! How do I let everyone know about it?

That's easy. You can post a link to this page on your Facebook page or email it to people you think might be interested.

How do I Register?

Simply sign up for an Amazing Horse Country account, then when you're signed in, visit the schedule page and click on 'sign me up!'.  That's it!

Clinic Start Times

Courses generally begin at 9AM SHARP.  You might consider arriving the night before.  We start off the first day with a classroom portion so you won't need your horse initially.

Is there a prerequisite for attending?

Not at all.  We welcome everyone from experienced riders with experienced horses, to people with colts, to people that have never worked with a horse before.  The only prerequisite is that you're open to learning something new and having a good time doing it.

Is this Family Friendly?

We encourage families to attend.  This is also a great opportunity for a Father/Son or Mother/Daughter getaway weekend!

 

Is this Western or English?

Both and neither! All disciplines and breeds are welcome.

Is there a standard I am expected to meet at the end?

No. The goal is to learn and to take away a few tools to put in your horsemanship toolbox.  Your standard is one that you set yourself.  You might find that you'll be exploring areas of learning with your horse that you may not have realized existed.  

Is there anything I need to do to prepare or practice beforehand?

Nope.  Put gas in truck, put horse in trailer, and head on up.

I have no plans to compete in a Cowboy Challenge or other Trail Class event.  What value is this to me?

Skills such as reading your horse, developing a soft feel and showing your horse how to relax, balance and use his body effectively apply to all disciplines, all events, and all riding scenarios.  This is about improving and developing your horsemanship.  Not only is the obstacle course a great way to put what you have learned to the test (and have fun!), it's a perfect way to expose minute areas that you and your horse need to develop.  We work on those areas and then revisit the obstacle.

Uh...I don't have a horse!

Not a problem!  Opportunities are available to partner up with one of the ranch horses.  If you've never worked with a horse before this is a perfect place to get started.  Training and one-on-one lessons are also available outside these clinics with the individual instructors.

What about the facility?

  1.  The Amazing Horse Country Ranch is located 38km west of Innisfail, Alberta on Highway 54.
  2. Our alternat location is 45km west of Leduc, Alberta just off of Highway 39/622.

We'll send maps and driving directions out in your registration packages.  A variety of amenities are available in the towns near both locations.

 Free camping is available and strongly recommended.  There are no hookups available.

You'll have a paddock for your horse free of charge.  Water is available. Bring your own hay and please clean up after your horse.

We have evening campfires - a great way to unwind and chat about your day.  We also host a pot luck dinner on Saturday nights.  You are responsible for your own meals, beverages and snacks.