Running Seminars And Clinics

Take a look through any of the horse publications and you’ll see that a wide variety of seminar and clinic topics is available: horse training techniques, saddle fitting, pasture maintenance, breeding, legal issues, insurance, marketing and more. No matter what part of the horse industry you ‘re in, seminars and clinics offer your clients a […]

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Pitfalls of Leasing Camp Horses

It is absolutely vital that a lessor will trade horses back as there is invariably a situation that will arise when you cannot use a horse – be it on veterinary advice or due to an accident or that a particular horse is just not suited to a camp situation. Make sure that the lines […]

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Model Guest Ranch Horseback Riding Information Sheet

The following information was given about horseback riding activities to guests at a ranch in Colorado. It was written by Kristen Swenson, who operated the ranch with her husband, Rock. Kristen is a member of the AAHS Board of Directors and is safety-certified as an Instructor and Trail Guide by AAHS. Ranch Trail Etiquette and […]

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Mounted Games

In a recent informal survey it was discovered that mounted games, the mainstay of many summer programs, and touted by some as “necessary” to a well-taught lesson, are not used by many professional or full-time instructors. We discovered many reasons for this. The full-time, professional, or year-round riding instructors tend to make games out of […]

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Burnout at Camp

At most camps, it appears to be a practice to have wranglers that are hired specifically for their horse-riding knowledge, but sometimes it is very hard to hire people on paper with this sort of experience and knowledge. In previous years, our wranglers at Camp Raintree in Julian, California have dealt specifically with the horses […]

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Are You A ‘Smart’ Director?

Many camp and program directors are non-riders. Many will also say that they know nothing about horses. Yet these same people have the ultimate responsibility for the safety of many campers. Some of their camps have a permanent staff person in charge of horseback riding. Others must depend on the judgment of seasonal employees. Either […]

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