Horse training and horse show topics to interest thinking riders! Packed with current trends, research and the science of how horses think and learn.


For large groups or just a few riders, one day or several days, contact me for suggestions to plan a custom riding clinic at your facility!


Most groups choose one or two unmounted group "horse talk" workshops and several small group riding sessions per day. I always leave time to answer questions!


Workshop topics

(Round table, tackroom or larger meeting room. one hour – at start of the day or lunch hour/social potluck).
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  • Thinking Like a Horse: horse psychology for riders. How do we know what we know about horses? Why do horses do what they do? Fascinating research giving a fresh perspective for better communication between horse and human in the training, warm up or show ring.
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  • How Horses Learn: how to teach your horse any skill, systematically, based on the science of equine behaviour. Schooling at home: Making your practice time count!
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  • Make the Most of your Show Day Score cards, penalties, class procedures and showing tips. What are judges looking for? English and/or western disciplines. (hunter, jumper, dressage, western competitive trail etc.) Warm up, mental preparation, safety tips, memorizing a course. When things go wrong in the show ring: How to prevent and recover from unexpected challenges. ("But he never does that at home!") Bring your questions!
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Mounted session ideas: Putting the theory sessions into practice!


  • •  Small group riding sessions. Is it me or my horse? (western or english). Solving puzzles, based on the science of how horses think and learn. Groups of 1-3 riders. Riders will work with me on whatever training area they feel needs improvement (or let me spot an area!) Examples: Trail obstacles, collecting the canter, achieving consistent gaits, lead issues, teaching lateral movement, lightening the lazy horse or behaviour issues.
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  • • Make the Most of your Show Day. “Show and Tell”- A fun practice show in which the judge explains class strategy and gives feedback on performances and tips for improvement.
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  • • Navigating trail obstacles – for competition and just for fun! A great off-season training project. Gain fine-control of your horse by maneuvering through obstacles. Or prepare for competition – from trail show classes to Extreme Obstacle competition to Pony Club Trec events. Step-by step – how to teach it and score it.
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Unmounted “horse talk”sessions


  • •  Round table, tackroom or conference room – large group or small. Horse training and horse show topics to interest thinking riders! Packed with current trends, research and the science of how horses think and learn.
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  • • Save up all your questions – I always leave time to answer them!
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Therapeutic Riding facilities:


OEF Conference Carson Clinic

Private farms:


Slater Creek Clinic Bancroft Clinic

Horse associations and clubs:


Palgrave English Can Am Expo