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Horsemanship, Obstacles and Equine Bio-mechanics

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Broken Spur Ranch
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Thorsby, Alberta, Canada


Jul 21, 2018


Jul 24, 2018

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Jody Schulze McMann





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Understanding how your horse's body works is essential to your riding succcess.
Join us for this 4 day clinic where we focus on you and your horse as a team!


Our clinics start you off with the basic biomechanics of the horse.  Through a combination of classroom presentation (including a full horse skeleton) and hands-on work with your own horse, you'll discover how the horse's body really works.  You'll find this is essential knowledge for your riding and understanding of all equine movements and maneuvers, such as collection, lead changes, etc.

Then we tackle the essentials of horsemanship using in-hand, liberty and ground-work exercises designed to build your leadership and communication skills with your horse and make you a solid team.

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?

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, in addition to over 100 obstacles and challenges! We make the course as interesting and fun as possible.

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

- Scott Phillips

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 Scott on the obstacle course, arena or round pen.


Who is this clinic for?

In a word: everyone!


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

  • 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?

Everyone has different objectives when they come to a clinic.  Some want to learn about horses.  Some want to be better riders.  Some want to work on particular obstacles or riding maneuvers.  Some want to compete and others just want to try something new and fun.  Our clinics truly are for every horse and every rider, and we can guarantee that whatever your objectives are you will:

  1. Learn more about horses - how they think, how they communicate and how their bodies work.  
  2. Learn how to be a great leader of horses and apply the knowledge in (1) above.
  3. Have a ton of fun with our horses!


Learn more about Scott Phillips and Amazing Horse Country


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.



Challenge Yourself!

Trailer at Amazing Horse Country

Camp with your horse - Individual Stalls

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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 may be 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?

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