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Clinics with Cathy

The preeminent authority in horsemanship, trail riding and horse camping.

About Cathy: Since 1962 Cathy’s love affair with horses consumed her life.  In 1982 She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Southern Illinois University earning her University Honors and a secure job.  In 1986 her world became complete with the marriage to her husband who pampered her dreams and allowed her to follow her passion. Then in 1998 Cathy received her Certification as a Equine Sports Massage Therapist.   Cathy lives her passion, horse camping, and rides an average of 1,000 miles a year throughout North America, Central America, South America, and Europe.  Cathy grew up riding and, with her husband Don, has raised three daughters who did the same.  The family spends much of the three seasons each year on the trail, riding, camping, and developing trail horses.   This passion of Cathy’s lead to an entire business based on getting people started, preparing and outfitting them for trail riding and horse camping. Hill View Farms “Proven Products for Horse and Rider”.  Cathy’s is called upon daily regarding horse related issues and horse camping where she is always happy to share her experiences and knowledge. Cathy Tauer is an innovator, and undoubtedly is the preeminent authority in horsemanship, trail riding and horse camping.  Cathy knows first hand how quickly a weekend can be ruined when an injury or accident happens to either yourself or to your horse.  Cathy’s goal is to have you learn some new ways of doing things both in and out of the arena that will improve your time with your horse and for you to enjoy the little slice of heaven that horses bring.

Clinics available are:

 1) All About Trail riding (Learn how to prepare your horse for trail riding)

 2) All About Horse Camping (You will learn how to camp with your horse; using and introducing your horse to the equipment needed; learn to use the various methods of restraint to safely house your horse; and if time allows, set up a mock horse camp, participate in a trail ride and/or learn about camping out.)

 3) All About Saddle and Tack fit (Learn about fitting saddles [including corrective shimming], bridles, girths, cruppers, breast collars and bits correctly. Also learn how to determine body type and perform a body palpation)

4) All About Equine Sports Massage (Learn hands on how to find knots and remove them - restoring your horses range of motion)

5) All About Horsemanship (Learn what to look for-analyze conformation and gait, how to buy and what to expect)

"A hands on, school room - teacher to student atmosphere - A real working WORK SHOP”

Select from a one hour lecture, all the way to a two-day workshop.

·        1- hour -  Lecture only - may have one demo horse with owner present. Lecture includes handout and door prizes.

·        3- hour  - Using real horses – up to 6 horses;  Clinic includes assistant, handouts, and door prizes

·        1-day - Using real horses – up to 15 horses; Clinic includes assistant, handouts, work sheets and door prizes

·         2-day -Using real horses – up to 15 horses; Clinic includes assistant, handouts, work sheets and door prizes 

Cost 

  • For one-hour lecture:  $100.00 plus travel expenses.
  • For 3-hour lecture:  $300.00 plus travel expenses.
  • For 1-day $600.00 plus travel expenses.
  • For 2-day $1100.00 plus travel expenses.
  • Payment requires half down - booking fee with the other half payable at day of clinic
  • What should you or your club charge?  Here are some guidelines.
  • $100.00 to $150.00 per day for participants
  • $35.00 to $50.00 per day for auditors
  • Sell booth space to vendors at $50.00 to $100.00 per space
  • Rent out stalls for horses and provide bedding at $10.00 to $25.00 per day
  • Have a ladies, senior, scout or 4-H group sell rolls, breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner and refreshments.
  • Offer discounts for those who participate in the complete workshop, such as reduced participant or auditor rates, meals and stall rental and children under 16 free.

All costs and outlines are open to review and change by all parties.  I want to tailor my expertise to best benefit you and your organization’s needs.

CALL :  507-723-5937 or email hillview@springfield-sanborn.net

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Past events - below

2008 Rochester MN - Cathy and her assistant -speaking on horse camping and saddle fit.

Below Cathy and Susan are evaluating conformation.  Gait analysis is done with participants’ own tack. "We want the participants to use their own tack and to get the most out of their animal in doing so. Sometimes it does not work, but we try our best to get it right."

Susan and Cathy desensitize horses prior to checking saddle fit - with a rider IN THE SADDLE - which is a must when checking fit.  Cathy and Susan show how proper fitting tack, including bitting, can affect a horse s performance and gait. 

As a certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, Master Saddle Fitter and Equestrian, Cathy Reviews findings with customers at the end of the day, making sure that ALL participants questions and concerns are addressed.  The policy that Cathy and Susan have is SAFETY FIRST.  They encourage all participants to wear helmets, avoid loose clothing, wear appropriate shoes and to have some type of safety stirrup. "We want no issues, we want safe horses, we want everyone to learn and take what they have learned and share it with others so that they too can enjoy all the happiness and love a relationship with your horse can bring."

Cathy and Susan review their "Problem Children" as they like to call them, correcting and following up on prior issues.

Trail Riding and Horse Camping Clinic

 

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Below is an example of a 2 day clinic: 


A Horsemanship and Horse Camping Clinic

 

·        Learn what to look for when purchasing a horse, identify their physical traits, perform a flex test and analyze body conformation and how it relates to performance and movement. 

·      Analyze your horses gait under saddle and learn the gaits performed within the breed and the breed standards.

·      Learn importance of properly fitting tack and perform corrective saddle shimming if needed and then review horses movement with any corrective tack fitting.  Evaluate the horse’s mouth.

·      Learn how to trail ride and horse camp properly.  Learn how to properly secure your horse for an over night camping experience.

Sponsored by _____(Club our your name here)_________

Hosted by _____(club or your name here)___________

DATE HERE

On site will be:  Farrier(s), Veterinarian(s) Certified Massage Therapist(s) and

Certified Gaited Horse Examiner.

Spectators:  $????? per day

Participants to bring a healthy horse and tack: $????? for one day $????? for both days

 

Details: to be put here - EXAMPLE: Outside stall/paddock available for nominal charge

(Does not include feed or bedding)  

Meals included for club members, excluding drink with concession stand available.

Participants with horses limited to 15. Reservations required)

 

DATE HERE with start time:  ie. 9:00 am (8:30 am for participants)  Horsemanship, Tack Fitting, Body Evaluation, and Gait Analysis Clinic.

·        Introductions of guest speakers and pass out folders with handouts, worksheets and pens with nametags to all persons.

·        All participants and auditors must bring chair and money. Participants bring horse and tack.

·        Participants introduce themselves and their horses:  They will disclose on handout: 

1.     Age of horse

2.     Breed of horse

3.     What they do with their horse as a discipline

4.     Level / skill of their riding

5.     Issues that they or their horse have.

·        Participants will line up their horses and as a group the horses will be evaluated.  Viewing from front, rear, side and top. Participants will learn how to evaluate their individual horse:

  1. Identify shape of back and wither (roach, A-frame, broad, narrow, mutton withered, mule back, rump high/low, asymmetrical)*

  2. Identify leg and hoof confirmation of your horse and others. (Base wide/narrow, toes out/pigeon toed, bow legged, knock-kneed, cow-hocked, Camped under/out, sprung- knees (over on the knees), calf –kneed, stand under (sickle hocked) club foot, shin splints, side bones, ring bones, bowed tendons or torn tendon sheaths, bone spavins.)*

  3. An initial body evaluation will be performed with a certified equine massage therapist to uncover areas of concern.*  Then teaching participants (including auditors) to test feel how the strokes are performed on their own body; the basic hands on strokes to address these areas and possibly why there may be an issue requiring a complete massage.  Massage instruction by:  NAMES HERE***       

  4. Gait:  Move your horse away from and to viewer and determine your horse’s way of going.  Move your horse in a wide and tight circle – both directions to uncover knee, hock and stifle issues.         

  5. Learn how to flex test each of your horse’s legs holding for 10 to 20 seconds and move horse out again viewing movement.       

  6. Analyze gait:  Susan Untiedt a certified gaited horse examiner, will review each horse and the gait that each horse is performing.**

·        Learn what to look for when buying a horse** –and how to measure the height of a horse.

  • Learn the breed standards for each of the breeds of the horses and their gaits.  Gait analysis for each  horse

·        Teeth*

  1.   Evaluation of mouth for holding a bit, palate height, bars, teeth and maintenance of teeth.

  2.   View/learn what wolf teeth, caps, points and hooks are.

  3.   Review equipment used and yearly inspections

·        Saddle and tack fitting: ** Review Cathy’s Saddling Basics

  1.  Learn what white hair, ruffled hair and Dry Spots mean.

  2.  Learn the parts of an English and western saddle *

  3.  Perform a safety inspection on your tack

  4.  Properly fit a crupper, rear flank cinch and breast collar or learn how.

  5.  Properly fit your headstall

  6.  Bits: how to properly use and adjust a cavesson, flash or figure 8, hackamore, bozal/bosal and chin strap.***

·      Learn and feel the difference that a properly fitting saddle can make.

 

·     A horse will be brought in and saddled in full gear showing how to properly fit tack.   The rider will mount up and show various gaits - if able.

 

·      Each participant will then tack up their own horse and as each horse and rider is ready, Cathy Sheets Tauer, EMST, will inspect and review areas of concern and then have the rider  - if possible correct their equipment.  Then each participant will mount and the class participants will feel  - hands on how the saddle fits and what if anything needs adjusting. Then again view the horse in motion and see if movement varies under saddle from how he previously moved in hand.

·   Comment cards collected for that day.

 

Concession style or sack LUNCH break is between 12:00 and 1:00.  (Names will be drawn for door prizes at that time)

 

Day ends at 5:00 and comment cards collected for that day - NO AFTER HOURS mini-round table discussions unless prior arrangements made.

 

NEXT DAY:  Horse Camping and Trail Riding Clinic

  •  OPTION ONE:  9:00am:  Basic Horse Camping – How to prepare: First Trail Riding:  (For first timers this will be the agenda for the day - Ending with how to set up a mock horse camp, practice tying various knots (Bowline, Surgeon’s and Hitching Knot).  Review various methods of restraint - keeping in mind horses lie down –and also fielding all questions from participants - A Lunch break will be included.

  •  OPTION TWO: For the majority who have mastered Trail Riding, we conduct a short review and then move directly into setting up a mock horse camp, practicing tying various knots (Bowline, Surgeon’s and Hitching Knot) and also fielding all questions. Lunch will follow. After lunch, participants will saddle up for a 3-hour ride. Each rider will perform an initial evaluation before riding their horse based on what was learned the day before. Participants only, with approved guide, out rider and one drag rider.

  •   While riding Susan, Cathy and the others will all follow evaluating your riding and your horse’s way of going. So you can identify the gait that you are feeling.  If comfortable with group and each other you have the option of switching horses to feel how the gait varies among the same breed and between breeds.  Cathy will also share with you tips on horse maintenance on the trail, conditioning, training, trail etiquette and her expertise on flora and fauna.

  •   4:00pm return to barn, pull saddle and  review how your tack performed (looking for rubs, galls, dry spots).

  •   Comment cards collected for that day.       

  •   NEXT morning palpate your horse for final tack fit and horse performance.

* handouts

** cat-a-book

*** A variety of books available for purchase

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© Hill View Farms 2012

Camping with Cathy: Since 1962 Cathy’s love affair with horses consumed her life.  In 1982 She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Southern Illinois University earning her University Honors and a secure job.  In 1986 her world became complete with the marriage to her husband who pampered her dreams and allowed her to follow her passion. Then in 1998 Cathy received her Certification as a Equine Sports Massage Therapist.   Cathy now lives her passion, horse camping, and rides an average of 1,000 miles a year throughout North America, Central America, South America, and Europe.  Cathy grew up riding and, with her husband Don, has raised three daughters who did the same.  The family spends much of the three seasons each year on the trail, riding, camping, and developing trail horses.   This passion of Cathy’s lead to an entire business based on getting people started, preparing and outfitting them for trail riding and horse camping. Hill View Farms “Proven Products for Horse and Rider”.  Cathy’s is called upon daily regarding horse related issues and horse camping where she is always happy to share her experiences and knowledge. Cathy Tauer is an innovator, and an expert and in horsemanship and horse camping.  Cathy knows first hand how quickly a weekend can be ruined when an injury or accident happens to either yourself or to your horse.  Cathy’s goal is to have you learn some new ways of doing things both in and out of the arena that will improve your time with your horse and for you to enjoy the little slice of heaven that horse camping brings.  For nothing can be better for a horse lover than camping with their horse.  Cathy undoubtedly is the preeminent authority in horsemanship, trail riding and horse camping and is currently writing a book and producing a DVD series which is scheduled for release summer of 2007. Cathy been recognized and featured in print, radio and on T.V. (June/July 2006 Women inc. magazine; May 2005 The Barrel Horse News Magazine; 12/04 and 03/04 Horse'n Around Equine monthly news publication MN; 04/04 Tack'nTogs trade magazine; 01/04 Paso Fino Horse World Magazine; 7/03 The Country Today Newspaper WI; 3/03 Tack'nTogs Magazine; 1/03 Tack'nTogs magazine; 4/03 Trail Blazer Magazine; 9/02 KCCO Twin Cities-Radio; 9/02 MN-DNR State Report; 6/00 Springfield Advance Press Newspaper; 1999 The Agri News-Magazine; 1999 KNUJ -94.7-Radio; 1998 KEYC-TV Mankato, MN; 1998 Redwood Gazette Newspaper  MN; 1998 Mankato Free Press Newspaper MN; 1998 The New Ulm Journal Newspaper MN; 1998 The Independent-Marshall Newspaper MN; 1988 The Rick Lamb-Radio Show-national broadcast). More on Cathy