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Trail Riding Clinic


August 15
1034 Hodges Circle
Mansfield, GA 30055
Covered Arena


Saturday 9am- 5pm
$250 for riders
$25 for spectators

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.

Trail Riding Clinic with Ed Dabney

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.

Ed Dabney Trail Riding ClinicInstruction 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.

Once 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:

  • We require to see a current negative coggins before any horse is unloaded.  You do not need a health certificate unless you are crossing state lines.  
  • We have stalls available for $25 per day.  Our 10 x 12 stalls have shavings and automatic waterers. 
  • You may trailer in the day before and stay the day after if you wish.  We have 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 Bar-B-Q 3 miles from our facility.  
  • Minimum age for riders is 18.
  • No dogs, drugs, profanity or alcohol.  
  • No smoking near the barn or arena.  
  • No stallions. 
  • We will have the clinic rain or shine.  Part of the clinic is in our covered arena.  Being prepared for rain is part of trail riding so if we get caught in the rain it just makes the experience more realistic!  Bring your slicker! 

Trail Riding Clinic