On Saturday, August 27th at 10 AM, we will hold an informal Endurance 101 Clinic at the Graham Hill Show Grounds in Santa Cruz (1145 Graham Hill Road, Santa Cruz, CA). The clinic will loosely follow the framework created by Susan Garlinghouse, DVM. Active members of the Quicksilver Endurance Riders and/or the Santa Cruz County Horsemen’s Association are invited to participate in this free event.
This clinic will start at the clubhouse with a short talk about endurance, the great variety of horses and horse people that participate. We will discuss the importance of tack, conditioning and feeding.
The “hands on” portion of the clinic will include a mock “vetting in” and then a guided ride on the trail. While on the trail we will demonstrate how to keep a pace that is middle of the pack, how to safely pass or let others pass, and how to maneuver through obstacles.
When we get back to camp, we will conclude with learning how to take your horse’s pulse and respiration and have a question and answer period.
Bring your horse, your lunch, a folding chair and your questions. We will be camping out, so we are happy to show you how we set up camp, our feeding rituals and how to take care of our horse after the ride.
P.S. Experienced riders starting a new horse in endurance and want to practice are welcome.