Trail Riding Clinic

Be confident and safe on the trails.  Join us for a 3 day clinic where we focus on you and your horse as a team!

 

Exploring the trails in our beautiful country is an adventure we can all enjoy.  And it's sure more fun when you and your horse are relaxed and communicating like a team...and particularly when you have the confidence to handle the unexpected!

Getting out and riding introduces a number of variables that you need to be prepared for. Our Trail Riding Clinics prepare you for the reality of getting out on the trail in a safe, controlled environment. 

Your confidence is your horse's convidence. When your horse views you as a solid, trusted leader, then he will seek you when he is unsure or afraid.

You'll learn how to:

  • recognize fear and uncertainty in your horse and remove it before it turns into action.
  • build a team with your horse based on trust and solid leadership.
  • introduce your horse to scary things and 'obstacles' found in the trail environment to build mutual confidence.
  • ride with skill – recognize where your horse's feet are and be able to ask specific movements from him – valuable when opening gates or negotiating tight trails.
  • deal with dirtbikes, ATV's and bikes (we have all three!)
  • teach your horse how to navigate uneven terrain, moving water, inclines, narrow trails and bridges.

Our clinics are about having FUN with your horse, increasing your skill and enhancing your relationship with your horse through the application of solid horsemanship principles.  Clinics are also limited to 8 people for maximum one-on-one instruction.

Our clinics start off with a short classroom session on our style of horsemanship and trail riding information.

One-on-one, we'll work with you and your horse to determine where you're at and specifically what your team needs to be successful on the trail.
 

We'll work through exercises in the arena and round pen designed to build your leadership and communication skills with your horse and make you a solid team.  Then, we'll move to our exciting trail obstacle course.  It’s outdoors in a natural environment.  Hills, trees, trails and other natural obstacles exist, but we have over 100 obstacles and challenges to make the course as interesting and fun as possible.

Just like on the trail, we end each night with a campfire too!

 

Susan and Spud

 

Instructor


Scott Phillips

Horsemanship / Obstacle Training

Instructor: Scott Phillips

Amazing Horse Country

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 friends 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.

 


 

Pool Noodles

Creative Obstacles

Fun games

Fun Games

 

 

 

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 family 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.

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?

The Amazing Horse Country Ranch is located 38km west of Innisfail, Alberta on Highway 54.

We'll send maps and driving directions out in your registration packages.  A variety of amenities are available in the town of Spruce View, 5 miles away from the ranch.

 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.