horsemanship

Clinics


Steve teaches horsemanship that is universally correct in its principles and can be adopted to any sport and discipline.

Steve's chronological step by step ridden building block program develops submission to the rein and leg aids and give you softness and suppleness that all riders desire.

Steve teaches easy exercises that any rider can learn. These exercises will give the recreational rider complete control of their horse and make it easier for the competitive rider to further their training and start to teach any manoeuvre or movement required for their sport.

Steve stresses the importance of consistency the timing of the release of pressure and how recognising the littlest try is vital to training.
  • Response, Release and repetition
  • Competence = Confidence = Control
Mastering the exercises and manoeuvres that Steve promotes at his clinics, in his book and on his DVDs will give you the competence to be confident when dealing with your horse both on the ground and under saddle.
Steve in Control


WHAT CLINICS ARE FOR
At the clinics participants will learn an effective formula of exercises both on the ground and under saddle that will give them safe effective and humane control of their horse/s. They will discover their strong points ( exercises they are good at) and their weak points (exercises they struggle with) within the formula. They will improve some of their weak points at the clinic and will learn techniques to help them to continue to advance and improve their weak points over a period of time after the clinic.

People will also discover how they communicate and control their horses through a language of cues. There are a whole range of cues to communicate with eg leg cues, rein cues, voice cues, body language and many more. Understanding and obedience to the cues causes the horse to see you as the leader and decision maker in the human horse relationship.

It is important that you become the decision maker because as smart as horses are they are also capable of making some very dumb decisions eg shying at a parked car and jumping out onto the road and waiting for traffic to hit them. When you are the decision maker of when to go forwards, backwards and sideways (the 3 main ways a horse moves) you become safe. When the horse is making the decisions for forwards, backwards and sideways there is lots of potential for horse and human to get injured/ hurt.

AT A CLINIC YOU WILL DISCOVER
  • How to be safer around your horse
  • How to develop a great partnership with your horse
  • Why you need to be the decision maker and leader in the partnership with your horse
  • How to become the leader
  • Why respect is so important
  • Techniques both on the ground and under saddle that are fundamental to producing a well trained saddle horse suitable for recreational riding that is understanding and obedient to many cues and ready to train on to any equestrian sport or discipline
  • Why pressure band release principles are so important
  • Why you need to communicate to your horse trough cues
  • An effective cueing system using pre cues, cues and motivators
  • That control of the forward backwards and sideways is obtained by training the 4 areas of the horse
    • Head and Neck
    • Shoulders
    • Ribcage
    • Hindquarters

GROUND WORK AT THE CLINIC
You will learn a number of close contact (standing next to your horse) exercises (ie turn on the forehand, turn on the hindquarters, sideways plus many more) done in the bridle and bit or whichever tool you ride in eg bitless bridle.

Close contact exercises in general improve your respect, understanding and obedience to yielding to pressure on the ground.

As your horse becomes more understanding and obedient through the bit to forwards, backwards and sideways cues on the ground, it will make it easier to educate your horse to be understanding and obedient to the same cues under saddle.

These close contact cues will not only help your horse to become more easily trained to the bit under saddle they will also prepare your horse for
  • Lunge line work or if your horse already lunges it will improve the quality of the lunge line work.
  • It will also make it easier for your horse to learn traditional leading at the shoulder as in the show ring class.
  • For dressage enthusiasts it will prepare the horse and develop coordination in the human for doing two rein in hand advanced dressage training on the ground ie shoulder in, half pass, piaffe and passage on the ground.

UNDER SADDLE AT A CLINIC
The more competent you become at presenting Steve's building block approach of exercises to your horse the more confident and safe you will become.

Under saddle at a clinic you will discover a program of exercises that will teach your horse to become understanding and obedient to your leg and rein aids, and gives you confident control of the
  • Head and neck
  • Shoulders
  • Ribcage
  • Hindquarters

You will also learn that you cannot get a more energetic response to your leg cues by using stronger and stronger leg cues (ie kicking your horse). Your horse becomes light to your legs by using pre cues, cues and motivators in the correct sequence.

You will learn why turn on the forehand (back leg crossovers) turn on the hindquarters (front leg crossovers) side steps and lateral and vertical control of the head and neck are vital to having a well trained horse.

Steve's ridden exercises will make it easier for
  • The Stock horse Polo cross Western etc enthusiasts to train roll backs, haunch turns, spins, quick stops and flying changes.
  • Dressage enthusiasts it will make it easier to start to train leg yielding, shoulder in, half passes, pirouettes and flying changes.



Clinic information and bookings
Contact
Steve or Linda Brady

Phone/Fax: (02) 6550 2229

Mobile: 0412 292 182

enquiries@stevebradyhorsemanship.com