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Trail Riding Clinic


April 6
Mansfield, GA
Covered Arena


Saturday 10am- 5pm
$250 for riders
$25 for spectators

Release and Hold Harmless Policy
Cancellation Policy

In this clinic, we will work on trail safety, emergency preparedness, interval, approaching other riders, passing other riders, trail etiquette, riding with vehicle traffic and negotiating obstacles.

We will work on horsemanship and riding skills that are vital to safe and enjoyable trail riding such as achieving good communication with your horse for independent movement of each of the horse's body parts, forward, backward and sideways in the head and neck, shoulders, ribs and hind quarter, speed and direction control at all gaits, gait transitions, solid stops, standing still to mount and teaching your horse to stand next to a log, rock or fence for you to use as a mounting block.

We will also cover how to deal with problems on the trail such as jigging, crowding, being spooky or distracted, run-aways, buddy sour, barn sour, and horses showing aggression toward other horses on the trail.

Trail Riding Clinic with Ed Dabney

Instruction will be given on dealing with emergencies on the trail such as horse and human injuries, tack repair, freeing a horse stuck in mud, becoming lost and wilderness survival.

After the arena work we move to our 19 station outdoor obstacle course which includes a number of very challenging permanent obstacles including a trench, stairs, water box, ledge and tunnel.  We will take our horses through the obstacles first in hand and then ride them through the obstacles.  This builds the horse's confidence in themselves and especially in their human leader / rider.

Ed Dabney Trail Riding ClinicOnce we have built a good foundation throughout the day, we will actually go on a trail ride to test the new skills, confidence and knowledge obtained during the day.  We have almost 2 miles of wooded trails on our property which include a creek crossing and a wooden bridge.  

Time permitting, instruction may also be given in safe and easy tie knots, picket lines, use of hobbles, trailer safety and loading along with trailer driving and backing.

Through his many years of guiding group trail rides and week long horseback camping / pack trips deep into the Wyoming Rocky Mountain wilderness, Ed has experienced many situations which have given him valuable experience and knowledge which he will convey to you in this clinic.

More Information on Ed Dabney Clinics

  • We require to see a current negative coggins before any horse is unloaded.  Please do not unload any horse on the concrete.  Drive into the Parking field before unloading.  You do not need a health certificate unless you are crossing state lines.  
  • We have stalls and outdoor paddocks available for $25 per day.  Our 10 x 12 stalls have shavings and water. 
  • You may trailer in the day before and stay the day after if you wish.  We have two RV hook-ups with 30 amp electric outlets and water hook-ups you can use at night (we need the faucets during the day to fill water troughs).  We live on site and have security gates that are closed at night.  RV hook-up is $10 per night.
  • Bring your lunch and beverage or there is a Subway and Pizza / Bar-B-Q 3 miles from our facility.  We have a refrigerator and microwave in the barn office you may use.
  • Minimum age for riders is 16.
  • No stallions, dogs, drugs, profanity or alcohol.  
  • No smoking near the barns or arenas.  

What to Bring:

Sack lunch and beverage, Lawn chair, Note pad and pen, rain slicker, all horse tack for participants: Snaffle bit (bring your own or they are available for purchase at clinic or from our web site prior to clinic) Rope halter with a 12-foot lead (bring your own or they are available for purchase at clinic or from our web site prior to clinic) Helmets are recommended and are required for participants under 18 years old. 

Location and Contact

The Ed Dabney Gentle Horsemanship Training Facility is located at 1034 Hodges Cir.  Mansfield, GA.  The clinic will be held in our covered arena.  

For any questions or problems please call Colleen at 770-856-8250.


There are Airbnbs available Covington Vacation Rentals & Homes - Georgia, United States | Airbnb and major chain hotels in Covington, conveniently located within an easy 10 min drive to our facility. 

These hotels are all located at exit 93 off I-20:

Hampton Inn 678-212-2500     14460 Lockridge Blvd. Covington 30014              

Holiday Inn Express   470-441-9500  1445 Paras Dr     Covington, GA 30014

Travelodge                 770-784-1849   10225 Hwy 142 N. Covington, GA 30014

Trail Riding Clinic