Starting your horse well for a lifetime of Partnership
The majority of “problems” we encounter could have been avoided from day one
I don’t want a BROKEN horse
I want a confident, happy partner. Is “starting” your own horse a dream of yours? Or maybe you do it for a career? Well here’s an opportunity with one of New Zealand’s leading Clinicians – Ken’s expertise in the starting of young horses is unsurpassed. Come and join him for a 9-day intensive adventure – working with the horse and you – mind, body and spirit. Develop the skills to safely begin the journey for horse and rider, keeping the horse’s spirit intact and creating a relaxed and willing partnership.
Do it right the FIRST time
So many of the horses we see are “re-starts” – this is an area of Horsemanship where our “Kiwi-can” culture can be very detrimental for the horse. When the process goes wrong we can end up with a horse that can be dangerous – just like Bilbo in the video. Luckily Jeremy saw something in Bilbo and brought him to Ken – and as Jeremy says in the video – Ken saved Bilbo’s life.
Being Started can be the most stressful time in a horses life and we want to guide you in the process so that both horse and rider come through the process intact and happy. At the end of the 9 days you will be able to walk trot and canter together, pick up his feet, put a cover on, ride in the arena and out over the farm and up on the bush trails – and have a happy partner that trusts you and you can trust him.
It’s not about “forcing” and “making”
Setting things up so the horse can find it, giving him the time that he needs to think and figure things out, letting things be his idea. Ken will guide you through the process of preparing your horse to be saddled and ridden.
You are able to bring 2 horses with you – your established horse and one to start. Ken will coach you how to use your established horse to help you start your green horse. Using another horse to help you in the process can be very beneficial and comforting for the green horse.
Safety for both the horse and rider is paramount and Ken will be there to support you every step of the way.
What’s Included In Your Starting Clinic Package
9 DAY CLINIC
BRING 2 HORSES
Frequently Asked Questions
Got questions? We have the answers
Fully equipped kitchen to store and prepare your meals in The dining room and lounge where you can socialise and relax Bathroom (with toilet and shower)
Yes – you are able to camp in your float/truck as part of the Clinic fees and grazing for your horses is also included. We do have some Twin Share Cabin beds available for hire. Contact us to check for availability.
You need to be at least 18 years
Yes – we often help people get their horses to the clinic as people have floating issues and that is the reason they want to do the clinic and it is also the reason they don’t get to the clinic! So give us a call well beforehand to organise this – we are happy to help you out.
No. If you can’t attend the full 9 days you will need to choose another date.
Ken will take up to 8 people. We also have our Interns assisting us so there can be up to 3 people teaching – you will get plenty of individual attention.
Yes – we keep this Workshop small and personal so you and your horse get plenty of one on one attention. When Jane and Ken are both there you have 2 dedicated highly experienced teachers as well as our highly trained Interns.
Definitely – working your horses is one of the things that we really enjoy it helps get you and your horse to a place where you can really start to get connected. If you don’t want us to work your horse that is perfectly OK too – just let us know.