Sue is a Level IV Centered Riding Instructor who studied under Sally Swift. She teaches riding full time with students including world class endurance riders. She is also a Connected Riding associate instructor and for 20 years has been a student of the Alexander technique. Under her tutelage in this centered riding clinic you will acquire tools to release unnecessary tension patterns, rebalance your body, and increase confidence in both horse and rider, making training easier. This will increase your communication with the horse, as well as allow the horse to move more comfortably and fluidly. The clinic week provides a nice balance of instruction and relaxing trail riding. Centered Riding® is an innovative way of expressing the classical principles of riding, using body awareness, centering and imagery. Centered Riding encompasses all seats and styles of riding. It teaches a language that allows clearer communication between horse and rider.Centered Riding® is based on a knowledge of human and horse anatomy, balance, movement, and on understanding how the mind affects the body and how both affect the horse. It uses centering and grounding techniques from the martial arts, along with body awareness, mental imagery and sports psychology. Rider and horse begin to move more comfortably and athletically. As you learn and experience the principles of the work, you and your horse will achieve greater harmony.
There are over 120 riding horses on the ranch, consisting mainly of Arabians and Quarter Horse crosses (14-16hh). The Arabian horses are raised and trained exclusively for the use of the guests, who often like to visit the mares and foals.
The horses are trained western and are used to being neck reined; they do not go on contact. All guests are asked to post the trot and to stay in two point or galloping position for the canters and when climbing hills. This is important to us as it keeps the horses from getting sore backs.
Helmets are required, there are some available to borrow.
Quarter horses, Arabians, draft crosses
To suit riders
Western and Endurance
The ranch has a limited number of horses for riders over 180 lbs.
There are no separate activities planned for non-riders, who can take advantage of this unique location to fly fish, hike and visit with the ranch animals. With a rental car the town of Dubois is about 40 minutes away.
Hadley teaches four flowing yoga classes a week in the ranch’s yoga yurt, Monday and Wednesday afternoons, Friday mornings, and Saturday afternoons. The classes are designed to stretch the muscles that typically become sore during riding. They are friendly for people without much (or any!) yoga experience, but they also offer something to the more experienced yoga practitioner.
At the ranch. We can provide details for services for transportation from the Jackson Hole airport or the Riverton airport.
Monday through Thursday will entail 4 hour sessions each morning followed by 2 hour trail rides in the afternoon where riders can integrate the concepts learned in their riding lesson in the spectacular terrain around the ranch.
Sunday: Arrival in the afternoon and settle into your cozy log cabin. Meet your fellow clinic participants over cocktails and dinner.
Monday: The focus is to find out how the horse’s back moves through feel.
Tuesday: Rebalance the horse longitudinally. Work on stopping the horse through balance.
Wednesday: The mechanics of the rising trot.
Thursday: The dynamics of the bending line and the horse traveling in an arc.
Friday: Morning and afternoon trail rides.
Saturday: Enjoy a long picnic ride in the National Forest
Sunday: Departure after breakfast.
THIS ITINERARY IS FLEXIBLE. CHANGES MAY OCCUR DUE TO WEATHER OR OTHER UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES.
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A 10% gratuity charge will be added to the total. Per person, double occupancy. Ride price is set, guaranteed, and final at the time the deposit is paid.
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