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Fundamentals of Training A Driving Horse
April 7 @ 9:00 am - April 8 @ 5:00 pm
This two-day clinic is Saturday and Sunday, 9 AM – 5 PM both days.
Participants bring their own horse. This clinic is geared for both experienced and inexperienced drivers. The intent of this clinic is to give participants an understanding of what it takes to naturally and safely start a horse to drive. Hands on time each day with your horse. Training a horse to drive is both challenging and complex. You will leave with an understanding of the psychology and practice at the methods necessary to have a safe fun driving partner.
This is not a hook and go class, we will go as far as each horse is prepared to go. Some horses will be ready to be on a cart at the end of the weekend but some will not. No need to buy or bring tons of gear, you can get a lot out of this class with a set of long lines and a saddle or surcingle. Horses need to be tame and have basic skills.
Participants pay $375 for this two-day clinic; Or only $350 if registered and paid by February 28th. Space limited to 10 participants.
Auditors pay $25 per day or $40 for both days; take an additional $5 off if paid and registered by March 31st.
Course instructor Nate Bowers
Nate grew up with horses on his family’s farm in Fort Collins, Colorado. His dad, Steve Bowers made a name for himself as a horse trainer (especially driving horses) and a trustworthy businessman. Steve taught Nate about being natural with horses and good with people. Nate was paid to start his first colt at the age of 8 and by the time he was 14 he was a partner with his dad, traveling the states teaching people and horses about driving, naturally.
Nate now runs the family business. Together with his wife Amy, Nate created Bowers Natural Driving, a revolutionary program that “uses natural horsemanship techniques to create a natural foundation for horses before teaching the skills of driving.” He currently teaches people about driving at Bowers Farm and travels the globe teaching clinics. He recently partnered with Pat Parelli to produce the first of a series of DVDs on teaching a horse the foundation of driving.