The Connecting With Horses Clinic is a very unique experience where participants can go very in-depth in their understanding of themselves and their horses while learning an exceptional degree of horsemanship.
The structure of the clinic has Chris working with up to six people and their horses in a group setting for one to five days. The clinic is open to people of all ages and ability as well as horses of all ages and ability, with the number of participants kept small to ensure a great amount of attention to all. The structure of the clinic is built around the people and their horses and where they are at, and each day is structured differently based on the needs and wants of the participants. The group will mostly work together, but sometimes may work individually while the participants not working watch and listen. And whether the group already knows each other or whether they are just meeting, they become a group that is comfortable, supportive, and inspiring where everyone learns from everyone.
The clinic blends many different exercises and experiences that are designed to help our growth in horsemanship in all ways. Through group discussion, group work, and the one-on-one work the clinic forms around the participants and where they are at. The clinic also offers many exercises without the horses that help us to learn the focus, feel, and balance that horses naturally respond to, as well as discussions on how working with horses helps us to learn about ourselves and how we live our lives.
A one day Connecting With Horses Clinic goes very in-depth and is designed to help people and their horses to get a solid feel for where they are at and how to move forward. The most in-depth work between human and horse, though, is done in the longer Connecting With Horses Clinics (two to five days). Having multiple days in a row to let the participants and horses really settle into the lessons helps the work to stay for the long run. Having a few nights to sleep on it and wake up refreshed and ready to go adds to the whole experience and allows for any change that is happening to really soak in.
For each clinic to move smoothly it is imperative that the group be similar in where they are at. For this reason if people are new to horses, working with a new horse, working with a young horse, or working with a challenging horse then the whole group should be similar in that regard. If people already feel confident in their horsemanship, know their horse well, and are comfortable riding in a group, then the group should be based around that level of horsemanship with riding being a part of the clinic. Taking the time to make sure clinic participants are similar in where they are at with their horses is very important when setting up the group for a clinic.
Here are some common topics covered in the clinic:
On The Ground
- A feel for energy, intention, and focus in both the human and the horse
- Having safety and fun as the foundation
- The guidance of a horse’s movement
- Confidence for the human and the horse
- Understanding a horse’s thoughts, feelings, and communication
- What working with horses can teach us about life and how we live it
- An easy transition to riding
- Keeping the connection from the ground to the saddle
- Guiding your horse’s thoughts and movement when riding
- A natural and balanced riding form
- Safety and control in riding
- Softness and confidence between horse and rider
- The foundational movements for all riding with horses
- Helping the horse and the human to feel good about riding
Please contact Chris at Info@ChrisLombard.com with any questions about hosting a clinic, availability, and about the pricing for a clinic. An informational packet on hosting a clinic is also available.
The Connecting With Horses Clinic is a very unique experience. The opportunity for the human and the horse to devote so much time to their work together really helps the connection deepen within. Whether for one day or five, the people and the horses join together to create something truly special.