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Do You Want the Perfect Horse?

 

Then Learn to Become the Leader and Partner Your Horse Needs You to Be by attending a

Doc Hammill Horsemanship Workshop in 2014!

          • Do you have the relationship you want with your horse?
          • Do you feel safe, comfortable and relaxed while interacting with your horse
          • How would you like to understand what your horse’s behavior and body language is telling you?
          • How would you like to develop Trust, Respect and leadership in your relationship with your horse?

 

Come join us for a very special time at one of our

Doc Hammill Horsemanship Workshops

 

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and acquire the horsemanship skills you have been wanting to achieve.

We are booking for our 2014 Workshops Now and would love to put your name on our list of successful participants!

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 Throughout our workshops we will be teaching you how to communicate and interact with horses in gentle, safe, effective ways that they inherently understand and are comfortable with. A lot of hands-on time will be devoted to learning and practicing the principles, techniques, and details of harnessing, harness adjustment and collar fitting, hitching, and driving and working horses in harness. We will work primarily with single horses and teams of two, with the possibility of some time devoted to larger hitches.

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For detailed information about specific Workshops at Doc’s Ranch and Doc Hammill Horsemanship Workshops in an area near you, just go to Doc’s Website and click on the  Workshops drop down menu.

Hope we meet you at a Doc Hammill Driving Workshop soon!

 

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April 20: Small Farmer’s Journal Auction

Over 60 people attended Doc's "Being the Person your Horse needs you to be"  presentation at SFJ 2013
Over 60 people attended Doc’s “Being the Person your Horse needs you to be” presentation at SFJ 2013

SUCH ENERGY!!! There is nothing like it! As  always this is an Amazing event! So much more than a auction; Four days filled with continuous varied educational programs, networking with like minded people, experience and expertise of teamsters, craftsmen and artists.

2013 Teamster Roundtable Q and A
2013 Teamster Roundtable Q and A

 

 From the inspirational young farmers with their energy and enthusiasm to  learn and choose a life of farming, coupled with the energy and enthusiasm of seasoned and knowledgeable teamsters wishing to pass on their expertise in an effort to help keep animal powered revival moving forward. The auction, with all of the equipment and vehicles assembled in one venue is in itself a wonder.

SFJ JETHRO TULL PLOWING 2013
SFJ JETHRO TULL PLOWING 2013

 

Workhorse Workshop at Live Power Community Farm

4th Annual Farming and Working Horses in Harness Workshop begins in the Decater’s barn

On the evening prior to the start of Doc Hammill’s Farming and Working Horses in Harness Workshop,  Doc often gives a presentation,“The Mind of the Horse” that is open to the public and free of charge. This provides Doc an opportunity  to share with people his insights into how  horses perceive, react, think,  learn, respond and communicate.  Doc believes by giving people this fundamental knowledge, they then can use the information to get horses to willingly cooperate  as partners, rather than being forced.

The workshop starts the following morning with a combination of sharing more information about horses’ minds, physiology, reactions and perceptions and students being involved in hands-on activities. Having a variety of presentations and activities for students considers and addresses different learning styles. Having instructors to assist Doc provides students more one-on-one time.

Dirk driving Laura

For beginning students, getting the harness on a big horse can be just a bit overwhelming. Steven Decater, an experienced teamster, and his wife Gloria, owners of Live Power Community Farm  made it understandable. His explanation and demonstration of how to put harness on a horse was thorough and straightforward. Then students in this workshop were given plenty of time to practice harnessing and unharnessing the horses themselves.

Live Power Community Farm, an Organic and Bio-dynamic horse powered farm, hosted Doc’s 4th Annual Farming and Working with Horses in Harness here at Covelo, California. Ten students from California and Washington attended this 2 day event.

The diversity of the students attending Doc’s workshops is always amazing.  In attendance in this workshop were an administrator of a Non-Profit organization, a NASA construction engineer, farm managers,  farm apprentices, and the co-owner of a winery and vineyard.

Suzy driving Pete

Some students were in their 20’s and just planning their careers. Others were older and thinking about retirement. Such diversity among attendees makes for lively discussions and exchange of ideas around the breakfast, lunch, and supper tables. Even though some students had many years of experience around horses and mules, this was the first time most took the driving lines into their hands.

When asked why they had come to this workshop, one person said:

“I want to learn about driving horses to get work done.  I have been a professional  horse trainer, of dressage and jumping horses, for more than 15 years; I want to give this a try.”

Doc explaining how to handle the lines

Another person added:

“Doc’s presentation ‘The Mind of the Horse’ is of particular interest to me; I want to learn the language of horses;  I know I am talking to them, I just don’t know what I am saying.”

This year, we had four capable instructors available to work one-on-one with students in hands-on activities. Doc and Cathy as well as Steven Decater and his oldest son Alexander were all here to help students gain as much understanding, wisdom, technique, and skill as possible during the workshop.

Initially students cycled between ground driving single horses with Doc, Cathy and Alexander and driving two horse teams with Steven.

We covered a lot of ground in this workshop! The next Workshop at Live Power Community Farm in Covelo, California, is set for November 1-3, 2013. More information about this workshop…

If you are interested in attending one of Doc’s workshops at Covelo or elsewhere, click on “Workshops” in the menu above to view all of the workshops we have in the works!

Antonio driving Peg and Molly
AC driving Peg and Molly
Luke driving Peg and Molly
Luke Driving Laura
Gloria Decater collecting memories!

"The Mind of the Horse" Doc’s presentation at SFJ 2012

WOW!  This is amazing….nearly 100 people were up early to attend Doc’s presentation, “The Mind of the Horse” here at the Small Farmer’s Journal Auction on Wednesday.  It was a great turn out and fabulous beginning to activities at the 2012 Small Farmer’s Journal Auction.  Thanks to all who attended.

Below is a question from an attendee:

Ben:

 I really enjoyed your class yesterday. Which of your  DVDs would you recommend to a beginner? I can harness and hitch but am pretty inexperienced.

Doc:

Hi Ben, Thanks for your comment. There are two very important areas of consideration. The first area of consideration, the basics, details, and safety considerations of harnessing, hitching, driving technique, equipment, and working in harness are covered in our Fundamentals 1, 2, 3, and 4 DVDs. The second area of consideration, equally important, is an understanding of the nature of horses, how their mind works and how we can influence behavior and learning in ways they inherently understand and willingly respond to. These topics are covered in Gentle Training – The Round Pen and Gentle Training 2.

Doc is Interviewed on the "Driving Radio Show" by Dr. Wendy Ying and "Glen the Geek"

A suggestion from one of our driving horses in harness students, Robin Kane, encouraged “Glen the Geek” and Wendy Ying to contact and interview Doc for “The Driving Radio Show”, which aired April 3, 2012.  If you would like to listen to this fun interview, click the link below. 
http://drivingradioshow.horseradionetwork.com/2012/04/03/driving-radio-show-episode-39-doc-for-the-distance/

Thank you Robin!  Also thanks to the show hosts, Dr. Wendy Ying and “Glen the Geek”

Four States Ag Expo, Cortez, Colorado

Our Clinic here at the Four States Ag Expo in Cortez, Colorado filled!

Photos from the Hands-On Driving Clinic, March 15 & 16, 2012:

Doc discussing with students the finer points of “pressure-release” line handling skills

Thank you to all of the students attending the Hands-on Driving Horses in Harness Clinic

Doc, students, Chuck Baley’s Suffolks, and the sunny Cortez, Colorado sky

A special thanks to Chuck Baley and his great Suffolks.

Chief and Joe, Doc and Chuck

A particular thank you to the Four States  AG EXPO for inviting  Doc Hammill
to Cortez, Colorado, 2012

WE ARE IN COLORADO!

COLORADO ROCKY MOUNTAINS just a few minutes before landing in Durango, Colorado.

We are on our way to the Four States Ag Expo in Cortez, Colorado.  Doc will be doing a 2 day, hands-on “Driving Horses in Harness” Clinic with Chuck Baley on Thursday and Friday, March 15 and 16.

March 17 and 18, Doc will be doing several presentations, including “Starting a Horse in Harness”. These presentations will be open to those attending the Four States Ag Expo, in the Draft Horse Arena.

 

Doc and Cathy find time to do some sight seeing at Mesa Verde

 

Stop by our booth if you are at the Four States AG Expo March 15-18, 2012.

Doc on Rural Heritage’s TV program on RFD TV !

Doc Hammill Horsemanship:

See Doc’s 2011 DVD on RURAL HERITAGE’s  RFD TV program:

This is EXCITING! What is Rural Heritage  Showing on RFD-TV? Preventing Wrecks Part 1 (New) – Doc Hammill provides essential advice and rules to follow to prevent accidents. February 3, 2012! Check your local listings for times.

And, on RFD TV: Rural Heritage’s Hour on February 17, 2012: Preventing Wrecks Part 2 (New) – Doc Hammill provides additional advice and rules for avoiding mishaps.

The Natural Gait

A Quote from a student at the 2009 Natural Gait Clinic:

“This clinic was AWESOME! The people, the setting and the general atmosphere was like no other clinic we have attended. The free flowing of information was special.”

This Driving Clinic is one of the few that Doc holds where students may bring their own horses. This is a unique opportunity for students to have instruction directly related to them and their own horse or team of horses. Students may also come WITHOUT a horse, and drive the quiet, well trained horses that we will have there.

This is also a unique clinic in that Steve Woods and Theresa Burns are co-instructors with Doc. Students have tremendous advantage of three very knowledgeable instructors to help them advance their driving skills during the 4-day clinic.

Doc with Ike checking the harness fit

Pictured below are Doc and Steve helping 2 students work with their saddle horses laying a foundation for driving as a team.

Tennessee Walkers work side by side

To see the beautiful setting, fabulous accommodations and additional information, check out The Natural Gait website at http://www.thenaturalgait.com/

to make reservations, contact Linda at the Natural Gait, ntrl@acegroup.cc or 877-776-2208

Theresa helping a student work with the student’s team.

Karen, Theresa, Cowboy and Paige

Come join the fun, we hope to see you at The Natural Gait for DOC HAMMILL’S DRIVING CLINIC, June 23-26, 2011

Montana Workhorse Workshop July 10-16, 2011 Update

Announcing New Staff at Doc Hammill Horsemanship!
Solven and Brisk step into their teaching positions at our Montana Workhorse Workshops!



Noah driving Brisk and Solven, White Fjords

Here is a picture of a great little (big for Fjords at 15 and 15.1 Hands) team that Cathy acquired last fall.  They have been just AWESOME in this, their first workshop here at Doc Hammill Horsemanship in Montana. 
We want to give our continuing thanks to Dave and Pam for training this great team and selecting ours as their second home in life. These experienced, smart, and gentle horses are proving to be the quiet, dependable, willing, solid, and powerful  BOYS that we hoped they would be.

The following video is of Laura, first time Doc Hammill Horsemanship student, skidding a small chunk of wood with  Solven.  This is Solven’s second time working single for us.  What we appreciate about this short video is  that Laura asks Solven to ease into his load, and he does; notice how he begins (and continues) his pull: quietly and careful eases into the work, and doesn’t hurry as he drags this log to the bigger pile.  Congratulations to Laura for her gentle commands and soft hands, a big Thanks to Brisk for being such a willing staff member! This is the epitome of relaxation and comfort, exactly what we want for ourselves and our horses as we work with them.



Laura working the Boys on a stone boat.