Clinic General Information


A clinic is simply a full day event that is available in various formats. The two main formats are Single Topic and Open Topic, which allow flexibility for the participants.  Clinics are an excellent way to gain personal instruction for the lowest price.  The more participants involved, the lower the cost is for everyone.

You can check the Clinic Schedule to join an already scheduled clinic in your area or you can arrange to set up a clinic in your area.  If you are interested in forming a clinic, read through the descriptions of clinic formats and then click HERE to find out the details of what is involved.

To participate in a clinic with your horse you will need to provide a copy of a current, negative Coggins test, sign a release for the facility and sign a release for Kirsten Nelsen.  If you do not have a horse or are not able to transport your horse, one may be available for you to work with.  The local coordinator will have this information.  You are also welcome to audit or come and watch the clinic for the day.

Single Topic Group Format

This clinic format involves choosing a topic of training to learn for the day. All the participants work together for the entire day in one large group. The benefit of this format is thoroughly covering an aspect of training, having the time to do it well, learning from example and working in a group atmosphere. The drawback is that the pace of learning may be too fast for some and too slow for others because the entire group works as one unit. Everyone gets to learn because time is taken to show examples and problem solving using the various horses in the clinic.

Single topics could be general, such as:

  • Basic Handling
  • Behavior Issues
  • Groundwork
  • Rider Balance
  • Starting a Horse
  • Bio-Mechanics
  • Improving Self-Carriage
  • Under Saddle

Single topics could also be specific, such as:

  • Trailer Loading
  • Problem Solving
  • Free Work
  • Liberty
  • Long Reins
  • Balance/ Walk, Trot Balance/ Canter Balance/ Patterns Balance/ Obstacles

Fee – Large Groups

  • Participants: 6 minimum – 15 maximum, Full Day (6-12 hours)
  • Participant Fee: $100.00 each1
  • Auditors: unlimited number
  • Auditor Fee: $25.00 each1

Fee – Small Groups

  • Participants: 3 minimum – 6 maximum, Half Day (3-5 hours)
  • Participant Fee: $100.00 each1
  • Auditors: unlimited number
  • Auditor Fee: $25.00 each1

Open Topics Private Format

This clinic format allows a huge variety of horses and riders to work on whatever topic of training they choose. The cost per participant allows an hour of private or semi-private instruction that meets the exact current needs of each horse and rider. Participants may also choose to schedule more than one slot if they desire additional time. The benefit of this format is private or semi-private instruction that moves at an appropriate rate for each individual. The drawback is that the time per participant is limited. Participants are encouraged to stay for the entire day and audit all the lessons at no extra cost. Watching the entire day reinforces the concepts through a variety of examples.

Fee – Large groups

  • Participants: 6 minimum – 12 maximum, Full Day (6-12 hours)
  • Participant Fee: $100.00 each1
  • Auditors: unlimited number
  • Auditor Fee: $25.00 each1

Fee – Small groups

  • Participants: 3 minimum – 6 maximum, Half Day (3-6 hours)
  • Participant Fee: $100.00 each1
  • Auditors: unlimited number
  • Auditor Fee: $25.00 each1
  • Two participants may share a one-hour slot for $50.00 each1
  • Multiple participants may schedule multiple slots at the regular cost per slot.
  • 2-4 participants learning a single topic may share 2-4 slots as a mini group

Click HERE To See Current Schedule Of Clinics

1Participants/attendees are required to share in travel and incidental expenses incurred by the clinician. This “per-person” additional expense typically includes travel, arena, and other incidental costs divided by total attendance. The more participants, the less this additional fee.

Equine Imbalance

...."Many problems (of the horse) can be caused by unbalanced patterns of tension in the body"........
....."Uneven tension will often result in uneven body use, difficulty carrying a saddle and rider, stiffness generally 'through the back' or the body as a whole, behavioural problems etc..... " Gavin Scofield D.O.
Founder of Equine Postural Training &
Official Osteopath for the British Endurance team


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Jim McCleary - McCleary Photography
Christianne Gentile - True by Christianne
Sarah Wengernuk - Essence Photography

Quote Of The Day

Equestrian art, perhaps more than any other, is closely related to the wisdom of life. Many of the same principles may be applied as a line of conduct to follow. The horse teaches us self-control, constancy, and the ability to understand what goes on in the mind and the feelings of another creature, qualities that are important throughout our lives. Moreover, from this relationship with his horse the rider will learn that only kindness and mutual understanding will bring about achievements of the highest perfection
~Alois Podhajsky