Texas Equestrian Clinic

Texas USA: (RCTX01)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/usa_tx_equestrian_clinic.aspx

Introduction
Texas USA
Located in the heart of the beautiful Texas hill country near Bandera, the Equestrian Lodge offers first-class accommodations and quality riding clinics!
The lodge lies on the northeast boundary of the Hill Country State Natural Area - a 5,400 acre primitive area, which boasts two live streams and 35 plus miles of riding and hiking trails. An ideal place for horseback riders as well as a peaceful retreat for bird-watchers and nature-lovers of all types. The Equestrian Lodge features specialized instructions in its equestrian facilities, offering private and group instruction to it's guests, in such disciplines as Western Horsemanship, English Equitation, Reining, Cutting, Dressage, and Combined Training.

The purpose of the Whole Horsemanship Clinic is to provide an overall understanding of the effective horsemanship process, thus providing a framework over which the student may continue to develop their skill as horsemen and women. The riding clinic can be applied to either Western or English disciplines, and include study and practice of the following topics: Psychology of the horse and the rider's place in it. Developing trust and respect between horse and rider. Developing a "Good Seat". Balance, relaxation, posture, and proper biomechanics for the rider. Developing "In Frame" movement in the horse. Balance, flexion, collection, and relaxation. How to use proper cues to accomplish the desired result. Applying the above principles to specific disciplines and events.

Riders of any skill level will benefit from this in-depth study of the fundamentals of effective riding and horsemanship. (Only riders of like skill level are taught together.) A maximum student to teacher ratio of 2 to 1 insures ample personal attention. The clinics typically include 2 hours of instruction and 2 hours of trail riding per full day, and a 2-hour instructional session the morning of guests’ departure. Schedules are modified to meet the needs of the participants and seasonal weather conditions.

Accomodation


Accommodations

This is a stationary ride where all nights are spent at the same location.

Description
You will sleep in authentic pioneer-style cabins, built of limestone and cedar, which provide guests with comfort and sanctuary from the rigors of modern-day life. Strategically nestled among the oaks in the valley, and perched among the junipers along the hillsides, each accommodation welcomes guests with oak floors, central air and heat, and abundant wood-sash windows and spacious porches from which to take in views of the surrounding countryside and wildlife.
When you're ready to take it easy, slip off to the Cowboy Cool Pool, or the Jacuzzi Under the Stars, or schedule yourself a massage, facial, or other spa service in the privacy of your accommodation. Or simply sit and watch the horses graze from the porch of your very own cabin or suite, read by your fireplace, or count the stars as you sit by a glowing campfire.
All accommodations have a fire ring and outdoor seating area, with firewood provided for evening campfires. All accommodations are non-smoking, except for the exterior front porches.
Pets are permitted only with the prior permission of the owners, and in accordance with the rules of the ranch's pet policy, available upon request.
WIFI is available at the office and dining room. Laundry is available at no extra cost.

Room Options



Suites (1 pax)
Our suites consist of a bedroom with queen bed, sunroom, kitchenette, and bathroom with tub/ shower combination.  A spacious front porch is shared with the suite next door. No interior space is shared (bathrooms are private).

Cabins (2+ pax)
Each of our private cabins has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living/ kitchen/ dining area with floor to ceiling limestone fireplace, and a spacious front porch. The entire cabin is reserved for a single party.

Room Occupancy

No single supplement fee.



Meals
All meals are included from breakfast on Day 2 to breakfast on the last day.

Please have dinner on your way in as the kitchen is closed on Sundays. The packages include breakfast foods, stocked in your accommodation.
All other meals are served in the dining room of the ranch house headquarters. Meals feature fresh, home-cooked dishes mixing the casual gourmet and traditional Texas style of cuisine.

Beer and/ or wine are included with dinner but guests are also welcome to bring their own alcohol if they want.

Dietary Restrictions
If you have special dietary requests, please let us know in advance, and we will make every effort to accommodate you.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Level
Whole Horsemanship Clinics are appropriate for riders of all ages. Clinics are offered in either Western or English style, and the principals taught can be applied to all disciplines. Riders of any skill level will benefit from this in-depth study of the fundamentals of effective riding and horsemanship. (Only riders of like skill level are taught together.) A maximum student to teacher ratio of 2 to 1 insures ample personal attention.
* weight limit for jumping lessons is 180 lbs

Pace
Whole Horsemanship Clinics typically include 2 hours of instruction and 2 hours of trail riding Monday through Thursday, with an optional 2-hour instructional session the morning of guests’ departure (Friday), available for purchase on site. Schedules are modified to meet the needs of the participants and seasonal weather conditions. The purpose of the Whole Horsemanship Clinic is to provide an overall understanding of the effective horsemanship process, thus providing a framework over which the student may continue to develop their skill as horsemen and women. It may be taught in the following disciplines and skill levels:

- Western- Western Horsemanship, Reining, Trail, Bridleless - Beginner through Advanced
- Hunt Seat and English Equitation - Beginner through Advanced
- Dressage- Training through Level 2
- Jumping Disciplines up to 3 feet
- Eventing through Novice Level (3 feet, 3 inches)

Topics of study include
- Psychology and ground work. The basis for effective communication.
- Developing a non-interfering, balanced seat, effective cueing.
- Developing balanced, athletic movement in the horse.
- Applying the above principals to specific disciplines and events.

Horses
We’re proud of our horses! And no wonder! Every individual in our herd has been selected for his or her beauty, athleticism, training, and disposition. And that makes your riding experience here one you will find no place else. From show records to pedigrees, to exceptional versatility, every one of them has something very special to offer its lucky rider. And you needn’t worry that this is a “bait and switch” routine. These are the actual horses on whom our guests take their lessons or clinics and enjoy their rides. 

Non Riders
Non-riders are welcome on this trip and can take part in many non-riding activities such as fossil hunting, hiking or birding. In addition, many activities can be done in the area nearby such as cycling, golfing and fishing.

 

Itinerary

Whole Horsemanship Clinics are appropriate for riders of all ages. Clinics are offered in either Western or English style, and the principals taught can be applied to all disciplines. Riders of any skill level will benefit from this in-depth study of the fundamentals of effective riding and horsemanship. (Only riders of like skill level are taught together.) A maximum student to teacher ratio of 2 to 1 insures ample personal attention.

Whole Horsemanship Clinics typically include 2 hours of instruction and 2 hours of trail riding Monday through Thursday, with an optional 2-hour instructional session the morning of guests’ departure (Friday), available for purchase on site. Schedules are modified to meet the needs of the participants and seasonal weather conditions. The purpose of the Whole Horsemanship Clinic is to provide an overall understanding of the effective horsemanship process, thus providing a framework over which the student may continue to develop their skill as horsemen and women. It may be taught in the following disciplines and skill levels:
- Western- Western Horsemanship, Reining, Trail, Bridleless - Beginner through Advanced
- Hunt Seat and English Equitation - Beginner through Advanced
- Dressage- Training through Level 2
- Jumping Disciplines up to 3 feet
- Eventing through Novice Level (3 feet, 3 inches)

Topics of study include
- Psychology and ground work. The basis for effective communication.
- Developing a non-interfering, balanced seat, effective cueing.
- Developing balanced, athletic movement in the horse.
- Applying the above principals to specific disciplines and events.



Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
Evening arrival for participants. Please arrive between 4:00pm and 9:00pm, unless special arrangements have been made with the ranch. Guests may relax, hike, enjoy the pool and other ranch amenities. Please arrive having already eaten dinner that evening, or drive to Bandera to enjoy one of the local restaurants, since our kitchen will be closed.

Day 2 (Monday):
8:00am:                     Guests are encouraged to meet ranch staff members at the barn to assist in feeding and care of the horses, then return to their accommodations to enjoy breakfast at their leisure.
9:30am:                     Instructional Session- Barn- Ground Work and Psychology. Topics and exercises include:
                                - Participants’ prior horsemanship experience. Choice of appropriate horse for each rider.
                                - Equine psychology, herd dynamics, and the leadership role of the rider/ handler.
                                - Effective human-to-horse communication via body language, breath, and energy.
                                - How to recognize and use the language of equus.
                                - Recognizing balanced, athletic movement in the horse.
                                - Effective handling of the horse on the ground to provide safety, as well as to promote balanced, athletic movement in the horse.
                                - Ground exercises to develop the horse's athleticism
12:00pm:                    Lunch at ranch house
Afternoon Session:    Groom, tack-up, and 2-hour trail ride. Followed by free time for relaxing, swimming at the pool, enjoying the hot tub, tubing or kayaking in the Medina River, or shopping in nearby Bandera. Massages and facials are also available for an additional fee.
7:00pm:                      Dinner at ranch house.

Day 3 (Tuesday):
8:00am:                     Feeding and care of horses at the barn, followed by breakfast in guests’ accommodations.
9:30am:                     Instructional Session- Barn- The Rider’s Body: Developing a balanced, non-interfering seat. Balance Ball, mirror, imagery, and other exercises incorporating fundamentals of Centered Riding, and other techniques, followed by a mounted lounge line lesson.
12:00pm:                   Lunch at ranch house.
Afternoon Session:   Groom, tack-up, and 2-hour trail ride, followed by free time as described on Day 2.
7:00pm:                     Dinner at ranch house.

Day 4 (Wednesday):
8:00am:                    Feeding and care of horses at the barn, followed by breakfast in guests’ accommodations.
9:30am:                    Instructional Session- Barn. The Rider’s Body review. Establishing a balanced, non-interfering seat first, then adding appropriate aids and cues to properly aid the horse in executing skills and maneuvers in a balanced, athletic way. Introduction of vertical collection, lateral flexion, proper use of rider’s hands. Identifying different types of maneuvers. Planning for, preparing for, and positioning the horse to successfully execute those maneuvers or skills.
12:00pm:                  Lunch at ranch house.
Afternoon Session:  Groom, tack-up, and trail ride, followed by free time as described on Day 2.
6:30pm:                    Depart for dinner and country-western dancing in Bandera.

Day 5 (Thursday):
8:00am:                     Feeding and care of horses at the barn, followed by breakfast in guests’ accommodations.
9:00am:                     Instructional Session- Barn. Practice of principals learned thus far. Incorporating pieces of information into one image and feeling. Applying Whole Horsemanship to specific disciplines or events. Mapping a plan for the students to continue developing their horsemanship skills.
12:00pm:                   Lunch at ranch house.
Afternoon Session:   Groom, tack-up, and 2-hour trail ride, followed by free time as described on Day 2.
7:00pm:                    Dinner at ranch house.

Day 6 (Friday):
8:00am: Feeding and care of horses at the barn, followed by breakfast in guests’ accommodations.
9:00am: Optional additional 2-hour instructional session, incorporating and practicing techniques studied thus far.
Guests prepare to depart. Lunch may be provided for additional fee upon request.

When the clinic is extended to more days, more advanced skills or maneuvers are introduced and practiced, and/ or specific disciplines are addressed, depending upon the students’ needs and requests.

Program Director/ Head Instructor Dianne Tobin has over 30 years experience training horses, from starting youngsters under saddle, to working through problems of older mounts. She has competed successfully and won high-point awards in Showmanship at Halter, Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, Reining, Trail, English Pleasure, and English Equitation. She also spent eight years as a successful Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, and has an extensive knowledge of human biomechanics, kinesiology, and mind/body awareness. This knowledge, coupled with her horsemanship experience, gives her a unique perspective on the horse and rider relationship.



Non-riding activities included in the package:
- Swimming in the non-heated pool and use of the hot tub
- Fossil hunting
- Hiking
- Birding
- Star-gazing

Non-riding activities with extra charges:
- Bike rentals
- Fishing (seasonal) for $50 per day.
- Tubing and/ or kayaking (seasonal) for about $25 per person for a 2 to 3 hours.
- Golfing for $36 weekdays or $45 weekends including a cart. Clubs are available to lend.

We recommend non-riders to rent a car so that they can go explore the area. There is a second beautiful state park 25 miles from the ranch which also has ample hiking, in addition to the one next door to the ranch.


Rates and Dates for Texas Equestrian Clinic

Rates include:

Accommodations, Most meals (from breakfast on Day 2 to breakfast on last day) & 4 riding days

An extra instruction session may be added on Friday morning before departure.
Non Riding Activities: Fossil hunting, Hiking, Birding & Star gazing

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20216 day Trip, AP - Whole Horsemanship Clinic$2290
  • B
    20216 day Trip, AP - Whole Horsemanship Clinic, Optional Jumping Clinic$2290

Tax 1: 81 % * prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Tax: 81 %  

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2021 Extra day, per adult $500
2021 Single supplement $65
2021 Child rate - please inquire $0
2021 Non-rider $1,225

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2021 07/19 - 07/24 6d / 5n 6 day Trip, AP - Whole Horse... 1 /5 Expired
A 2021 08/02 - 08/07 6d / 5n 6 day Trip, AP - Whole Horse... 1 /5 Reserve
A 2021 09/13 - 09/18 6d / 5n 6 day Trip, AP - Whole Horse... 1 /5 Reserve
B 2021 09/27 - 10/02 6d / 5n 6 day Trip, AP - Whole Horse... 1 /5 Reserve
A 2021 10/11 - 10/16 6d / 5n 6 day Trip, AP - Whole Horse... 1 /5 Reserve
B 2021 10/25 - 10/30 6d / 5n 6 day Trip, AP - Whole Horse... 1 /5 Reserve
B 2021 11/15 - 11/20 6d / 5n 6 day Trip, AP - Whole Horse... 1 /5 Reserve
A 2021 12/13 - 12/18 6d / 5n 6 day Trip, AP - Whole Horse... 1 /5 Reserve

Dates Note: ** additional days possible, please inquire

Rates do not include:

Meals on Sunday (kitchen is closed), Alcoholic Drinks, Transfers, Gratuities & Taxes
Non Riding Activities: Bike rental, Fishing, Tubing/kayaking & Golfing

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Texas Equestrian Clinic (RCTX01):

We are taking bookings on a limited basis - no more than 2 parties, at a time, and no more than 10 total guests at one time. We are leaving 8 days between parties in each cabin. We are delivering meals to individual cabins, in order to preserve social distancing, and we are wearing masks when mounting up riders, and anytime we are closer to them than 10 feet.

So far, we have had no issues with the covid-19 virus here at the ranch, and we definitely want to keep it that way. To that end, we are implementing the following practices and policies. Please read them carefully, and share them with your family and party members. 
  
Before you come:
1) Make certain that no one within your party has run a temperature above 98.7 degrees F, had a persistent, dry cough, had difficulty breathing, nor exhibited any other symptoms of the Covid-19 virus, within the two weeks previous to your arrival date. 
2) If anyone in your party has been in contact with a person who has had Covid-19 symptoms, or who has tested positive for the virus during the 14 days previous to your arrival date, contact us immediately.
3) if anyone in your party has been infected with the Covid-19 virus, or tested positive for it, they must be symptom-free, and must have received 2 negative test results on 2 consecutive days 20 or more days prior to your arrival date in order for you to be allowed to come to the ranch. If you must cancel your reservation for any Covid-19 related reason, you will not be charged any fees.

Upon your arrival:
•  Sanitize your hands before and after opening and closing our front gate, since it is manually operated. There is a bottle of sanitizer hanging on the gate post.
•  All guests are required to wear masks anytime they are closer than 6 feet to a person from another party, or to one of our staff members. Of course, guests do not have to do so when with members of their own family or party members. Our staff members are doing the same.
• We are asking our guests to sanitize their hand before entering the barn, and to wear masks when inside the barn or the round pen, during the mounting-up and dis-mounting processes, and anytime they are with in 6 feet of our staff member, or within 6 feet of a guest from a party other than their own. Our staff members are also wearing masks during the mounting up and dis-mounting processes, and any other time that they are within 6 feet of a guest.
• The State Natural Area is open, and our guests are welcome to access its 5500 acres and 40 miles of trails for free, through our private entrance. Their safety protocols regarding Covid-19 are the same as those described above, and our guests are required to abide by them while in the park.
•  Our pool is open, as we maintain internationally recognized practices for maintaining pool sanitation and safety. Politely maintain social distancing from members of other parties while at the pool, or put on a mask, if you intend to come closer than 6 feet to someone outside of your own party.

In addition to the measures described above, we and our staff are implementing the following safety procedures:
• We are implementing check-in and check-out procedures with minimal physical contact. Upon your arrival, a disclaimer will be on the white settee on the front porch of our ranch house/ office for each of you. Each adult, please sign it, print your children's names on the bottom line, and leave it there on the settee. Additionally, there will be a welcome folder for your accommodation there with your party's name on it. Open it and take it with you to your cabin or suite. The map and key to your accommodation will be inside of it.
• We are sanitizing each accommodation thoroughly, and leaving each accommodation vacant for at least 24 hours before allowing another party to occupy it.
• We are taking no more than 15 total guests at any one time, and allowing groups of no more than 10 people to congregate in any one area, unless they are all within the same family or booking group.
• Our staff members are frequently washing and/ or sanitizing or hands.
• We are asking our guests to sanitize their hand before entering the barn, and to wear masks when inside the barn or the round pen, during the mounting-up and dis-mounting processes, and anytime they are with in 6 feet of our staff member, or within 6 feet of a guest from a party other than their own. Our staff members are also wearing masks during the mounting up and dis-mounting processes, and any other time that they are within 6 feet of a guest.
 
By following these procedures and our other precautionary measures, we feel that we can maintain the safety of our beautiful ranch environment, while offering guests a place to escape the stress of these times. Please rest assured that in spite of us having minimal physical contact with our guests, we will welcome you and provide each of you with the utmost personal attention and care.  


For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

Other Info
Meeting: Ranch near Bandera
Airport: San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
Transfer: --

Climate:
                                            Bandera area


Month

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Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

63

67

75

81

86

92

95

96

90

82

72

65

Average Low Temperature (°F)

34

38

46

53

62

68

70

69

65

55

44

37

Average High Temperature (°C)

17

20

24

27

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34

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36

32

28

22

18

Average Low Temperature (°C)

1

3

8

12

17

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21

18

13

7

3

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

4

4

5

4

6

5

4

3

5

5

4

4

Source: NOAA


Seasons

The weather is fairly mild year-around. Rain is more common in the springtime.

The best time to visit is in Spring and Fall with the weather typically resting between 21 and 26 degrees Celsius (70 to 80°F). Abundant wildflowers dot the countryside in the Spring, (dependent upon rainfall), while Fall color decorates the hills and canyons by late October or November.

Summer is usually hot with high humidity.
Winter weather is generally temperate, full of crisp days perfect for outdoor activities.

What To Bring:

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher

Flight tickets

Passport (only if from outside USA)

Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR

Riding jeans or breeches

Cowboy boots or ankle bookts and mini chaps

Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)

Riding gloves

Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection

Lightweight Rain coat

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING

Jacket or sweater for cool evenings

Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts

Jeans

Shorts

Underwear and socks

Pyjama

Bag for dirty clothes

Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes

Swimsuit

 

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING

Personal Toiletries

Insect protection

Personal medications

Sore cream (for the emergency)

Sewing kit

Handkerchiefs

Camera and enough extra films and batteries

Sun glasses with strap

Sun tan lotion and lip balm