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Horsemanship and Humanship Learning

At Clip Clop, we give equal attention and support to the rider and the horse.


The sport of horseback riding is the only sport where the athlete relies on an animal to participate. This means that the rider and the horse must form a bond of trust, reliability and respect for one another. In addition, for success to happen, the rider has to learn a lot about the horse and this is called 'horsemanship' training, but also has to learn a lot about themselves and we call this 'humanship' training.

The rider will learn about the different characteristics of the horse, their needs and how to communicate with them. This learning happens both during riding and during off horse time.

The rider will also be encouraged and shown how to be aware of their own behaviors, thoughts and expectations and how they interplay with the horses and one another. The more awareness and confidence a rider has in themselves, the more trust and confidence they will share with their horse.

Upon completion of registration, the parents and riders will receive the Parent and Rider Hoof Book - A Guide to Clip Clop, and contained in the guidebook is more information about our rider success formula. 

Horsemanship for the Rider

focuses 80% on the rider and 20% on the horse

Horsemanship for the Horse

focuses 80% on the horse and 20% on the rider

Safety Skills

increases safety skills as riders increase knowledge

Humanship Skills

Athlete development-

mental and physical

Horse Husbandry Skills

focuses on basic horse nutrition, parts of the horse, handling horses outside lessons, trailering, and other basic need-to-know for the young horseman.

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