Classes are taught by Patricia, our founder, who has 30 years of teaching experience in higher education and many years working with horses. "My goal is to give people the information they need to better understand and care for their horse."
Horsemanship Clinics at Serenity
This series of 2 hour class will run for five consecutive weeks. Classes run from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Coffee, tea, and other refreshments are available. Feel free to bring a bag lunch! Check our Facebook page for the Schedule.
Basic Horse Handling
This class covers the basics for people new to working with horses. We will focus on approaching the horse, haltering and leading, grooming, situational awareness, safety around horses in general, developing trust, and learning to be the herd leader.
Being in tune with your horse is about more than riding it a few days a week. It requires that you build a relationship by really understanding the subtleties of their language (as it manifests in their body and behavior, as well as on a deeper, intuitive level). Horses can be wonderful partners and coaches if we are open to learning from them and understanding how they communicate.
Following is a comment from someone who attended one of the classes.
I wanted to thank you for the wonderful workshop yesterday. I have wanted to get more involved with horses and have taken some riding lessons. What I really needed was the information you shared with us yesterday. It was perfect and I’m so glad I went.
Common Diseases and Ailments - September 10
From Laminitis and Colic, to coughs and eye infections, dental care and general hoof health and minor injuries. Horses are simultanously tough and fragile, and you need to know what is serious and when to call the vet, as well as how to handle minor issues promptly to ensure they don't escalate.
Anatomy of the Horse
We will learn about basic anatomy and physiology so you can establish a baseline for your horse, and can tell when things aren't right. We will review the skeleton, musculature, tendons and ligaments, and the digestive system from hay to poo.
Horse Nutrition Building on the previous week's lesson, this class will take a look at optimal nutrition for horses. This will cover how to recognize and address malnutrition (including building a nutritional plan and how to rehabilitate a horse that has been starved), types of foods and supplements, behavioral implications of nutrition, the impact of dental care, and digestive issues in the horse.
How to Register
Each class is $40 or $200 for the series. Current volunteers at Serenity receive a $10 discount.
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