‘De-spook your horse’ clinic Aug. 5-6

Any horse can be spooked by something unexpected. If you have a spooky horse, there is a cure!

Bill Richey, founder and director of National Mounted Police Services and a certified mounted police instructor with 30 years’ experience as a mounted police officer, will be in Hood River to conduct a two-day “de-spooking clinic” Aug. 5-6. Richey travels the country, teaching riders of all abilities to understand why their horse spooks, what the horse is thinking and what triggers their escape mechanisms.

Richey teaches riders to first understand the behavior issue and then know what to do about. Riders learn to build the horse’s confidence in them and, most important, horse and rider learn to trust each other. Local longtime horsemen Kurt Osborne and Neal Thornton, who attended the clinic last year, said it was money well spent and, by far, the best, most useful equine training they’ve ever experienced.

The clinic will be held at the Hood River Saddle Club, 4384 Belmont Drive. Cost for the two-day clinic is $250 per rider and includes lunch both days. Those who wish to audit the clinic may do so for a fee of $20 per day.

The clinic is limited to 18 riders; RSVP to Neal Thornton, 541-705-5580 or nealthornton@embarqmail.com. Thornton will answer questions and provide information on stabling and lodging.

For more information about National Mounted Police Services, visit www.mountedpolice.org.

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