You could own part of Clinton’s state-of-the-art Downunder Horsemanship Ranch! Because he’s switching his focus to training and showing his performance horses, Clinton is offering sections of the ranch for sale. The Downunder Horsemanship Ranch is a world-class training facility located in the heart of cowboy country. Every feature of the property was custom designed by Clinton with the goal of ensuring he has the finest facilities to bring out a horse’s full potential. The property is meticulously groomed and cared for and is a horseman’s paradise. From the barns and arenas to the wash racks and saddling bays, the Downunder Horsemanship Ranch is equipped with every amenity a serious horseman could hope for.
In this 42-part series, horse trainer Clinton Anderson shares the philosophy and theories behind his approach to horsemanship. Prepare to see your horse in a whole new light as you learn how to get inside your horse's mind, understand how he thinks, and develop clearer and more effective communication than ever before to help set a foundation for a successful partnership.
The foundation of a safe, fun partnership with your horse begins on the ground by mastering the basics of respect, control and communication. Once you have your horse’s respect, in turn you’ll gain control of your horse. When you’re in control and you’ve proved to your horse that you’re a competent leader, he will learn to trust you and follow your leadership. When trust is established, then you can begin to truly communicate with one another. The exercises you teach your horse on the ground transfer over to under saddle exercises, which makes teaching the horse to do specific maneuvers and to collect and move his individual body parts much easier.
Owning a horse is not about just going for a ride. It’s a commitment to yourself and another living being – one that depends on you for leadership and care. You may not think you’re a horse trainer, but every time you are around your horse, you are teaching him something. You are either teaching good behaviors or bad behaviors. You’ll find that the concepts you’ll learn from studying horsemanship and practicing groundwork will not only make your job as a horse trainer easier, but allow you to enjoy spending time with your horse even more.
Taking your horse down the trail can be some of the best fun you have with him. It’s hard to beat riding a well-trained horse in pretty country. Trail riding can be as relaxing or as challenging as you desire and it creates a better partnership between you and your horse. Plus, it’s just plain good for your horse – it adds variety to his training and offers great mental and physical stimulation for him. However, if you’re not properly prepared for the experience or if your horse is not trained to ride on the trail, trail riding can be very frustrating, frightening and dangerous.
In these videos, Clinton shares tips to make the most of your trail-riding experience and to help you train your horse to be a safe, willing and dependable trail partner.
Learn more about Clinton's approach to training a trail horse at www.clintononthetrail.com.