Groundwork Class 2021: Horse Handling for Adults - October 23, 30, November 6, and 13 from 10am-2pm

Horse Handling Groundwork classes focus on the study of horse behavior and body language to improve your horsemanship skills using patience, horse sense, and mutual trust. Horses are handled in a relaxed, well-organized environment with small class sizes. Students work in pairs with assigned Longmeadow horses, supervised by the instructor at all times.

The four-week session is designed to teach you how to communicate with horses of varying ages, breeds, temperament, and skill. The sessions are tailored to the class experience level and can include topics such as:

- applying and releasing pressure
- flexing laterally and vertically
- establishing leadership with your horse
- leading and backing a horse calmly and willingly
- haltering a horse without resistance
- approaching a horse correctly in the stall
- round pen work
- desensitizing horses to novel stimuli
- lateral movement including over obstacles
- disengaging hindquarters to the left and right
- handling a horse’s hooves
- lunging for respect
- obstacle work
- working with fearful horses
- acclimating a horse to the saddle in preparation for riding


PAYMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. If you decide not to attend the class date in which you are registered, your payment will be used for the animals in our non-profit facility. You may also switch to another class session if there is still room in that class. If you are uncertain whether this class is the right fit, you are welcome to audit the full course for $200.

CLASS DATES: October 23, 30, November 6, 13 • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Makeup session offered November 20. 
**The first class is required to continue in the course, as this is where foundation for groundwork and horsemanship is laid.

Guests are welcome but the actual handlers must be at least 18 years old. All guests need to register as auditors in advance – please choose fees and participation options from the menu below. Please review our COVID-19 safety measures.

Participants must show proof of current personal medical insurance plan. You may bring your own horse to class (with the exception of the first class). If interested in brining your horse to class, please email or call (314) 646-5670 for further requirements prior to registering. All horses entering the grounds must be accompanied by proof of negative Coggins and Health Certificate (if coming from out of state). No stallions please.

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