*Private clinics are listed here to announce Ed's location on that day. If you live in the area of a private clinic and would like to schedule a lesson or training session with Ed while he is in your area he may be able to come to your facility the day before or the day after a private clinic. To schedule lessons or training sessions please call 770-314-9254 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you would like to participate in a clinic or would like to organize a clinic at your riding center, please send us an email in English or Italian to email@example.com.
Clinic in Italia 2013.
Ai frequentatori italiani del mio sito, che sono sempre di più, annuncio che tornerò in Italia nel 2013 a giugno e ottobre. Farò diversi clinic in nord Italia e in Sicilia. Se volete partecipare a uno di essi o volete organizzare un mio clinic presso il vostro centro equestre, mandatemi una mail in inglese o in italiano.
To the many Italian readers of our website, Ed will be returning to Italy for several weeks in the spring and the autumn of 2013. We are excited to be presenting demonstrations at the Rome Horse Fair in April and the Verona Horse Fair in November as well as planning horsemanship and riding clinics throughout Italy.
Scroll down for more information on each clinic.
Your Choice of Clinic Options:
Six Keys to Harmony -
Essential exercises on the ground and mounted to achieve respect, trust and communication with your horse.
Trail Clinic -
Riding skills and building your horse's courage for safety and control on the trail
Essential Riding Skills -
Gaining high quality of control of speed and direction at all gaits through a blending of 16th century classical riding techniques and natural horsemanship.
Advanced Riding Skills -
Developing light responses in transitions and upper level lateral movements
Independent Seat -
Developing the truly balanced, secure and centered seat at all gaits. (This clinic is usually arranged as individual one hour lessons throughout the day with the other participants and spectators watching the lessons.)
Problem Solving for the horse or rider -
Finding effective solutions for behavior problems or rider issues. (This clinic is usually arranged as individual one hour lessons throughout the day with the other participants and spectators watching the lessons.)
Colt Starting Clinic -
Under our coaching you will work with your young horse to teach him to accept the saddle and rider as well as fundamental exercises for control of speed and direction.
Safe and Natural Horse Handling Clinic
designed for veterinarians, vet techs, vet students and other equine medical treatment providers to learn safe and natural methods for controlling and restraining horses without the use of sedatives and mechanical devices.
Military Cavalry or Mounted Police Clinic -
Mounted drill maneuvers, crowd control, riding through obstacles, desensitizing to a variety of unusual stimuli including gunfire
Beginner Roping and Ranch Horsemanship Clinic -
Even if participants are not planning on roping or performing ranch work, their riding skills and horsemanship will be improved in this clinic along with having lots of fun helping their horse learn new skills. This clinic can also include cow work such as tracking, driving, penning, sorting, roping and cutting if cattle are available.
Horsemanship Demonstration or Lecture -
Ed is available to present specialized horsemanship demonstrations or lectures custom designed for your group to fit your location and time schedule. This can be done with our without a horse present.
HORSEMANSHIP & RIDING
Please let us
know if you would like to schedule a group or private training
session with Ed during one of our Horsemanship Lesson Days.
We schedule private and/or group lessons throughout the
day to work on whatever issues the participants want to
work on. You just let us know what you want to work on,
how long you want the lesson to last, what time of day is
best for you and if you want a private lesson or want to
be put with a group who might be working on similar issues.
Lesson fees are $125.00
per hour for private lessons and $85 per hour per person for group
lessons. These lessons are scheduled on a first come first serve
Beginner Cow Work, Ranch Horsemanship and Roping Clinic
If you've always wanted to work cattle with your horse but didn't know how to start, this clinic is for you! No previous cow work or roping experience is necessary. This clinic is open to any type of horse. English or Western riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome.
Even if you never plan on working with cattle you will develop a much more responsive and handy horse by giving him the opportunity to work cattle, plus you'll have lots of fun! We'll go slow and start with the basics. Each day of the clinic will be divided into the three segments of instruction shown below then toward the end of the clinic all three segments will blend together to accomplish specific ranch type jobs.
This is not for rodeo or competitive sport. We will be teaching and practicing "low stress stockmanship” for practical ranch work skills. We may do some penning, sorting and cutting, not as a timed event but rather the way a real working cowboy handles his daily tasks.
In the beginning some horses can be nervous and frightened near the cattle. We will first work through this by teaching the horse that he is dominant over the cow. By following one particular cow (tracking) the horse learns he can move the cow. Now that he knows the cow will not attack him, the horse gains confidence and the cow work becomes fun for him. Once all the horses are comfortable with the cows, the riders will be grouped into “ranch crews” and assigned tasks that require teamwork and good horsemanship. Tasks could include such things as dividing the herd, taking certain cows to a different location in the arena and holding them there, sorting selected cows away from the herd, putting selected cows in a corral, taking cows through gates and obstacles, and holding or driving the herd in the open without using the fence or corners.
This segment of instruction develops a much better communication and partnership with your horse. Your horse will learn how to listen to your cues and move responsively. Cattle work gives your horse a practical reason for listening to you, really using his body to become more athletic and coordinated and moving in a variety of ways quickly, smoothly and under control with your direction. In this segment the riders will learn to properly execute specific movements which are necessary to be successful in ranch and cattle work including turn-on-the-forehand, turn-on-the-haunches, rein back, side-pass, leg yield, roll back, quick gait transitions and solid stops. Riders will also learn how to safely and properly open and shut a gate from horseback and cross obstacles such as tarps and bridges.
Starting from the ground without horses the participants will become familiar with the parts of the lariat rope, handling the rope, building a loop, swinging and throwing to catch dummy targets. Also from the ground, the participants will introduce the rope to the horse and teach their horse to calmly accept the feel of the rope touching them all over and the sight of the rope swinging near them.
Then mounted, the riders will practice building a loop, swinging and throwing at dummy targets which are both stationary and moving. Once the riders begin catching the targets then they will practice all elements of roping including pulling slack, dally (holding the target by taking a wrap of rope around their saddle horn) and dragging the target with their horse.
After skills are developed on the dummy targets, the riders will have the opportunity to rope live cattle using special “break-away” ropes which fall off when the cow pulls slightly against the rope. Using this type of “break-away” rope insures that the cows, horses and riders are not injured, held tight or tangled in rope.
Throughout the clinic, the riders are never required to do anything with which they are not comfortable or which they feel they or their horse are not ready to attempt.
This clinic is an excellent opportunity to develop a better partnership with your horse, add some variety in your horseback activities, learn new skills and have lots of fun!
Rider fee - $325 for entire weekend Spectator fee - $10 per day
Overnight horse boarding available at $15 per night in paddock or stall. We provide water, hay and shavings.
Open Range Cow Working Clinic in Finland - September 2012
Slideshow Cow Working Clinic in Finland - May 2012
Here are a few testimonials from participants in our past Cow Working Clinic:
I had a great time at the Cow Working clinic this week-end. I learned a lot about riding, horses, the history of riding, life on a ranch and being a cowboy in the west, and more. I appreciate your approach to horses and teaching. After a nervous start, my horse Brisco seemed to love it, especially cutting one cow out of the herd. That just seemed to line up with his personality.
Thank you again for a great clinic.
Ed, Just wanted to thank you again for your help this weekend at the Cow Clinic. It was a lot of fun, greatly benefitted my horse -- and may have saved me or someone else from serious injury due to his fear of cows. When we left, he saw all of the new cows in the front pasture. He was on high alert, but he was manageable and not dangerous!
Ed, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the clinic. Daniel and I were so proud of Spirit!…I hope you were too. Your cowboy assistants were so knowledgeable and patient with everyone, they were a wonderful asset for you. Thanks a bunch,
I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed this past weekend. That's more riding than I've done in quite awhile but I couldn't have asked for a better clinic experience. You may hear this all the time but you truly do have a very unique and blessed talent for teaching horses and humans! Everything about the clinic was so well thought out... everything made sense... and Jim and Richard... well, I don't think you could have done any better in bringing them in to the mix! Mike was wonderful support as well. And it was such a pleasure to meet Colleen!
One of the longest lasting lessons I will take away from this past weekend was that I gained so much self-assurance in tackling something new. I never once worried about what my horse was doing. I never felt disconnected with him. I felt as one with him and that is a great feeling. This speaks volumes as to how well the overall clinic was conducted.
You, Jim, and Richard gave us all some great homework assignments. My birthday wish list includes a new Ed Dabney saddle pad and a rope!
Six Keys to Harmony Clinic
Six Keys to Harmony Clinic
Both you and your horse would greatly benefit from the clinic experience. Much of what you'll learn and what you'll be teaching your horse during the weekend centers around safety, communication and developing your leadership position in your relationship with your horse.
You do not need to be an experienced rider or horseperson to participate with your horse in this clinic. Beginners as well as advanced riders have found the skills taught in Ed's clinics to be very useful. His system of working with horses builds confidence in handling horses on the ground and mounted, equips owners with natural communication skills and establishes their authority as a confident, consistent leader for their horse. You will develop a better relationship with your horse- lighter responses, more respect, trust, and harmony. You will understand how your horse perceives the ideas you present to him and how to communicate with him in the way he communicates with other horses. This is all accomplished with respect for the horse by using gentle, natural horsemanship techniques.
Ed's teaching style is very clear and straight-forward, giving students a methodical and systematic approach which is easy for both horse and rider to understand and apply. His gentle methods have been proven effective by successfully working with hundreds of horses and humans. You will learn problem solving principles and teaching techniques that work with the horse's nature and instincts in order to overcome resistances and find solutions with confidence, patience and understanding.
Thirty years of working with horses in the ranching, motion picture and training industries along with Ed's formal training in 17th century classical equitation provide him with a very unique and broad basis of skills and knowledge to pass on to lesson participants. You'll learn gentle horsemanship and classical riding techniques that you've never seen before and that are not taught in any other clinics.
Rider fee - $275 for entire weekend Spectator fee - $10 per day
Overnight horse boarding available at $15 per night in paddock or stall. We provide water, hay and shavings.
"I've been to several other clinics, even week long clinics and have not learned as much as I did this weekend. Your patience(unbelievable) and your clear way of explaining everything brought me to a better relationship with my horse which is concisely what I was seeking! Thanks again!!" -Tracy Whiddon, Georgia
"I just want to be sure to thank you for all your hard work and individual attention at the clinic. Obviously, it was the first time Tuff and I had ever done anything like this and it certainly was an eye-opener for me. You gave us some techniques that I can apply immediately in order to build a relationship with her and to education both of us!
I have to tell you that the clinic was probably the most informative and productive thing I have ever done with one of my horses. Now, I look forward to learning more." -Sue Kerr
"I want to say I thoroughly enjoyed the clinic and that you are an excellent teacher. I learned a tremendous amount over the weekend and am a testament that you CAN 'teach an old dog new tricks'. I am looking forward to participating in your 'upcoming' advanced riding clinic!" - Dick Hussey
"Ed, Your video is AWESOME. What I think I like about it most, among many other things is: you get it, Ed. Totally. All that Natural Horsemanship is and was meant to be. I see so few who really get it. I can count on two hands the rest who truly get it. And you do. Not just in talk, but in action. And you articulate it so well. In just the right detail" - Sylvia Scott
"Hi Ed, Rick and I so enjoyed the clinic. You were so helpful and we learned so much. I just can't believe how much we learned in 2 days! Your communication and teaching skills are excellent and so easy to understand and learn from. We could not have asked for a better experience for our first clinic. We will be back for more!!
The thing we appreciated most of all is your love of the Lord!
Can't Wait Till Next Time! Thank You! " - Rick & Rene Compton, Columbus, NC
"I can't begin to tell you of the improvements in my confidence, riding, relationship with my horse and other's horses, that those few days of training at Highland Ranch with you, has done for me. The new bridle we bought from you has been great and my horse Kahlua responds so much better with it. Jeannie's horse Baylea has responded much better as well and watching the Six Keys video has been a good reinforcement of what we learned. Thanks so much for being such a great and positive influence." -
Wayne & Jeannie Coe,