Clinics

Clinics are a great way to take lessons from top riders. They allow you to gain upper-level instruction with none or smaller travel. There are some simple guidelines for clinics that allow them to be professional and fluid.

Signing Up

Many barns bring in clinicians to aid in their student’s training. Most of the time, trainers send out an announcement to their riders with time, date, and some information about the rider they are bringing in. There are 2 types of clinic lessons, private and group. If you are riding at a single discipline clinic, lessons are more than likely going to be private. Most jump portions of clinics are group lessons. They are made of 4-6 people who take turns doing the exercise or course. If the clinic is multiple parts, you will have the option of doing one or all the parts. Let your trainer know your interests and if there are any time conflicts they should be aware of.

There are 2 types of clinic lessons, private and group. If you are riding at a single discipline clinic, lessons are more than likely going to be private. Most jump portions of clinics are group lessons. They are made of 4-6 people who take turns doing the exercise or course. If the clinic is multiple parts, you will have the option of doing one or all the parts for different prices. Let your trainer know your interests and if there are any time conflicts they should be aware of.

Trailering

For the clinic is at another barn, you will need to trailer either the night before or morning before. Pack like you are going to a show in the same discipline of the clinic. Make sure you know what you are doing with your tack and feed before you get there. You will probably need to store them in your trailer for the time of the clinic. Don’t forget the small things like whips, saddle racks, and belts.

Dress Code

Let’s face it, most clinics are pretty expensive but worth it. You don’t want to show up to a lesson that cost you $100 in a t-shirt and wore out breeches. A collared shirt and nicer pair of breeches are highly recommended. Also, make sure your boots are clean and you have everything you need before you enter the arena. Remember, treat a clinic like a show.

Ride Times and Other Details

Emails are the best way for the clinic’s host to contact everyone participating at once. Ride times and details will probably come that way. It also wouldn’t hurt to keep on eye on their website and a Facebook page if available.

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