Clinic Format Information
These clinics with Dr. Maria are about the partnership with the horse, first and foremost. Each horse/rider pair has 4 sessions with Dr. Maria that are tailored to the needs of that individual partnership.
The first session is to evaluate horse and rider, sometimes together, sometimes separately, and create the gameplan for helping them get the most out of the clinic together.
Sometimes this means that Dr. Maria will ride the horse.
Sometimes she'll have the rider ride.
Sometimes it means they'll focus more on in-hand work, possibly throughout the clinic.
It is important to understand that this work is not necessarily about the riding. It's about creating the partnership and foundation to make everything else possible.
While it is very rare to not ride at all during the clinic, occasionally a horse/ride pair comes along for whom this is necessary. Dr. Maria's first responsibility in this clinic is to the horse, and helping the rider understand and act upon their responsibility to the horse as well.
Our overarching philosophy is that when riders understand and are equipped to act on their responsibility to their horses, they are equipped to create magic together.