Clinic Testimonials

    

Desensitization Clinics & Obstacle Course Playdays

After 11 years and 48 classes, I have decided to retire from teaching Desensitization Clinics.  For private lessons, please contact me personally or via my website.  


I want to thank each and every student who attended our classes.  We would not have been the success we were without you.  I hope you have experienced many rewards over the years from the learning experience at Cold River Equine.  We love you ALL!!



What is the Desensitization Clinic? 

Come join one of the BEST clinics in North Texas! Our clinics teach your horse to be brave, trust and think “left brained” in spooky situations. Enhance your communication skills and overcome many training issues. Learn how to deal with your horse when he’s nervous, excited or being stubborn. All disciplines of riding benefit!!

 

A hit of what you'll see.....

Stationary & Moving Bridges

Tarps, Flags & Slickers

Water

Giant Teeter-Totter

Dragging Sacks

4 Foot Tall Ball

“Car Wash” Overhead Obstacle

Smoke and Sirens

Tractor Tire Course

Umbrellas

Bump Gate

Tunnel

(Much more challenges not listed....)

 

 

Obstacle Course Playday $35

Desensitization Clinic $175

Auditors to Desensitization Clinic $50

Stalls $15, Electric $20

ARRIVE FRIDAY AND LEAVE SUNDAY TO MAKE IT A WHOLE WEEKEND OF FUN!

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Sign up NOW!  Come learn with us!

 

 



SIGN UP EARLY TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT IN THE CLASS!   LIMITED TO 20 RIDERS!




4 foot ball
Pink smoke with flag
Smoke Bombs

Get ready for one of the best clinics you've ever attended!  We've been teaching 4-6 clinics a year since 2004!  We are seasoned and SAFE!  Our clinic teaches your horse to be  brave, trust and think "left brained".  It will build communication skills between horse and rider.  This class applies to EVERYONE who wishes to have a better relationship with their horse and overcome many training issues.  We teach horses, mules, donkeys, ponies and mini's!  We teach people who ride English, Western, Indian and wagon/cart pullers!  Men, women and children.  We teach them all!

Our obstacles start at the beginner level, progress to the intermediate and add an extra challenge at the advanced level!  These classes are taught both on the ground and mounted with horses ranging in age from 6 months to 25 years.  If your horse is not ready to be ridden...or YOU are not ready to ride, that's OK!  We have many people who walk the whole course. 

Included in your day is a delicious LUNCH AND DESSERT along with SODAS AND WATER.  All you need to bring is you, your horse, a lawn chair and a SMILE!


 
Our obstacles include:

  • Stationary and moving bridges
  • Overhead hanging objects (aka "The Car Wash")
  • The Noodle Curtain
  • Tarps 
  • Water
  • Giant teeter-totter
  • Flags
  • 4 foot tall ball
  • Dragging sacks/noisy objects
  • Smoke, noise makers, air horn, sirens
  • Umbrellas and rain slickers
  • Bump gate
  • Many, many more!  Plus new ones for 2012 class!


OBSTACLE COURSE PLAYDAY!!      FUN!!!

PRIZES AND RIBBONS AWARDED FOR 1ST THRU 4TH!


Now come use what you've learned!   Riders can participate in two levels:  1) Easy course or 2) Moderate Course.  In our Easy course, you'll encounter many of the obstacles you mastered in our clinics but with a twist!  Added to the course is backing in a "L", trotting over cavaletti's, riding through a tunnel, crossing logs and more.....we can't tell you EVERYTHING  :-)   In our Moderate course, you'll push the 4 ft. ball with ONLY  your horse, cross water, drag an object forwards and backwards, sidepass over a log and other surprises!

Riders are TIMED and fastest time gets bonus points....BUT the fastest time doesn't necessarily WIN!  The time is factored into the score but it only comprises a small fraction of your score.  The emphasis is placed on FINESSE of the horse and rider as a team.  Each obstacle has a 1 minute limit to complete. 

HORSE IS JUDGED!
RIDER IS JUDGED!
YOU KEEP THE SCORE CARDS WITH COMMENTS AND FEEDBACK!
ACTHA, TTC, STC and NTRAC MEMBERS GET $5 OFF PER COMPETITION or $10 OFF PER CLINIC!


For our "out of towners", we offer self-contained RV hook-ups, stalls or paddocks and have many local hotels just minutes from the facility.

Our classes fill VERY FAST, so registering early is advised.  Clinics are one day only, from 9am to 4pm on Saturdays and limited to 20 riders total.  Obstacle Course Playdays start at 10am and run until done! 

 W
e are available for personal lessons as well as pre-scheduled groups of 10 or more.  Prices will be the same for group classes and individual lessons are $40 per hour.



Fees:  Rider $200 for Desensitization Clinic,  $30 for Playday, Audit $50 clinic, FREE to audit competition, RV hook-ups $20, Stalls $15, Shavings $8 (stall comes with 1 bag shavings).  We also offer PERSONALIZED classes!  You can pick the date and book the class yourself to suit your groups needs.  Police/Mounted Patrol/SAR/4H club clinics available.  Minimum of 10 participants is required to hold a private clinic.


Too much fun!
Watering Hole
Water
Stationary Bridge
Dragging Cans
Moving Bridge
Teeter Totter being ridden
Tunnel filled with Smoke
Overhead Objects "Car Wash"
Umbrella
Flag Alley
Tarp
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