2014 Mountain Horsemanship Clinic

True Horsemanship Through Feel

Tom Dorrance Quote

Before you ever start to reach to ask your horse to do something, you should have in mind what you are asking and where you are trying to direct. -TD

Willing Communication between horse and human

Tom Dorrance Quote

The True Unity and Willing Communication between the horse and me is not something that can be handed to someone, it has to be learned, it has to come from the inside of a person and inside of the horse. – TD

I try to feel what the horse is feeling and operate from where the horse is. – TD

Tom Dorrance

The important thing is to think about riding the horses straight out—between your hand and your legs. Have the life come straight through his body.-TD

Make the wrong thing difficult and the right thing easy for the horse.

Tom Dorrance Quote

Wait for his feet. No Matter if you miss your lunch, just hang in there. He is trying to push and get you to yield. He is on his own pressure; you are just fixing it. Don’t try and move his feet. Leave that to him. – TD
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Larry Nelles – Mountain Horsemanship Clinic 2014

the day before the clinic starts…! Everybody is gathering at the Smoky River Ranch to settle in and get ready for the clinic.
Mountain Horsemanship Clinic 2014 Day 0/7
Mountain Horsemanship Clinic 2014 – Day 1/7

Larry Nelles – Mountain Horsemanship Clinic 2014 – Day 1/7

We are so excited to have Master Horseman Larry Nelles back in Grande Cache for this 7-day clinic. We trust it will be a great learning experience for both the riders and horses.
Mountain Horsemanship Clinic 2014 – Day 1/7
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Larry Nelles – Mountain Horsemanship Clinic 2014 – Day 2/7

On the second day of the clinic, it rained late in the afternoon. We had a good day and had made great progress, so we decided to quit earlier and gathered around the cozy campfire to warm up.
Mountain Horsemanship Clinic 2014 – Day 2/7
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Larry Nelles – Mountain Horsemanship Clinic 2014 – Day 3/7

On the 3rd day of the clinic, Larry did an overview of his TRAINING, TUNING & SHOWING technique.
Mountain Horsemanship Clinic 2014 – Day 3/7
Mountain Horsemanship Clinic 2014 – Day 4/7

Larry Nelles – Mountain Horsemanship Clinic 2014 – Day 4/7

Another beautiful day! At day 4 of the clinic, more lessons in the round pen. The horses were also ready for a short trail ride around the ranch.
Mountain Horsemanship Clinic 2014 – Day 4/7
Mountain Horsemanship Clinic 2014 – Day 5/7

Larry Nelles – Mountain Horsemanship Clinic 2014 – Day 5/7

Exciting day… Newly started colts & riders will be “tested” for the big ride to Kvass.
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Mountain Horsemanship Clinic Day 6/7

Larry Nelles – Mountain Horsemanship Clinic Day 6/7

Congratulations to Payton Hallock, Braiden Hallock and Martin Hallock who rode their colts bareback today.
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Larry Nelles – Mountain Horsemanship Clinic Day 7/7

Bittersweet day. We had to say goodbye to a great week.
Mountain Horsemanship Clinic Day 7/7