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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.

Montana WorkHorse Workshop: July 10-16, 2011

Wow!  Here we go!  This workshop is underway!

“I feel like I came to this with a lot of horsemanship skills, but here, I am learning the kind of techniques that are not really something you can “get” from reading a book or even watching a video. It is pretty great!”
“I was taken back with the whole RHYTHMIC DRIVING concept, I had no idea how well that could work.”

(Student comments after their first day)



 Doc is giving a student silent physical signals that simulate cues we give our horses while driving. 
We moved on to harnessing
student-harnessed horses ready to be hitched
Beautiful Montana! One backdrop scene to our Workhorse Workshop
come back to see more photos from this workshop tomorrow…..

2011 Doc Hammill Driving Clinic at The Natural Gait

We had a fabulous four day Doc Hammill Driving Horses Clinic at The Natural Gait.  Doc and co-instructors Steve Woods and Theresa Burns worked with12 hands-on students with their horses, and several observers as well. At least halpf of the students were returning from earlier TNG Clinics.

Here are returning students Ed and Mindy working with their Tennessee Walking horses.  These are saddle horses that Ed and Minday started driving at the 2010 Natural Gait Clinic.   Much committment and many hours later, we see a fancy looking team and driviers. We applaud their work this past year and at both clinics!

Here is a quote from a first time student referring to Doc’s 2011 Natural Gait Clinic:

At this time I would like to express my great appreciations for Doc. Your great knowledge of the animal,

your demeanor with sharing it with us. Made this one of the best clinic I ‘ve attended. I never learned so much in such a short time. I can’t thank you enough. And here is Matthew on video : https://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fnetworkedblogs.com%2FjU1Hi&h=QAQBkrvL8

Also at this time I would like to ask if you would be interested in putting on a clinic here at our historic site. I ‘am thinking in April 2012 some time. I wish to put out some ideas out to see if the interest is out there. Which I am pretty sure that it is. One though, can I use the information that is on your web-page to create some sort of flyer? This would be material to test the area. We are taking the coach out July 9th for a horse drawn event in Harveyville Ks, and thought that this would be an opportunity and that we should have something to take along with us. Let me know what your thought are. Thank you

We Love Doc. and his clinics

Talk you soon”

Take a look at Jeff and Ginny’s photos from this years TNG clinic on facebook

"The Mind of the Horse" presentation for Sunburst Foundation

“Thanks to you & Doc for a great seminar on Gentle Horsemanship! So much to learn! You guys are great. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.” K from the Sunburst Foundation.

Doc and I had a terrific time doing  two nights’ presentation as a fund-raiser for Sunburst Foundation, http://www.sunburstfoundation.org/ in Eureka, Montana. Attended by 25 students both nights, it was a chance to share  information for horse enthusiasts in our community and to meet some of our great neighbors here in North West Montana.

Doc’s presentation, “The Mind of the Horse” gives students a foundation of information to understand horse behavior and the natural horsemanship approach to working with and training our horses.

For me, it is energizing to watch people as they listen to this presentation; hearing their insights and  ‘aha’ moments as they begin to understand why their horse behaves in certain ways, and also begin to understand how changing their own behavior will help their horse behave in a different way.

Thanks to you Sunburst, for having us. 

2011 Doc Hammill Driving Clinic at The Natural Gait, near Marquette, Iowa

June 23-26, 2011
We have a few spots left in this fun and informative clinic..

A Quote from a 2009 student at the  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. 
Pictured below are Doc and Steve helping 2 students work with their saddle horses laying a foundation for driving as a team.
to see the beautiful setting, fabulous accommodations and additional information, 
check out
THE NATURAL GAIT’S website at
to make reservations, contact Linda at the Natural Gait
or 877-776-2208
Theresa helping a student work with the student’s team.
Come join the fun, we hope to see you at The Natural Gait for
DOC HAMMILL’S DRIVING CLINIC
June 23-26, 2011

Horsemanship Class With Doc Hammill, DVM

News Release from the Sunburst Foundation, Eureka, MT:

Tuesday, June 14 and Thursday June 16
7-9 pm LCHS Auditorium
Eureka, Montana
Sponsored by the Sunburst Foundation

This Class is open to anyone wanting to learn more about getting the most from your horse.  The cost of the class is $30.00; Children who are accompanied by a paid adult are welcome for free.  Dr. Hammill’s lifetime of studying and working with horses, combined with his equine veterinary experience give him a unique perspective on horsemanship.

Hammill will discuss topics such as the nature of horses, how their minds work, how they learn, interpreting their body language, and gauging their perceptions and reactions. Students of the class can use this understanding to better communicate with their horse and get desired behavioral results.  Learn how to teach your horse to willingly cooperate.  There will be a question and answer session at the end of the class.  To register, please call the Sunburst Foundation at 406-297-0197.

For more information, visit http://www.sunburstfoundation.org/

“Not only does Doc have an incredible knowledge of horses, but he also possesses the gift and patience to teach it”

2011 Small Farmer’s Journal Horsedrawn Auction & Swap

April 13-16, 2011 Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Madras, Oregon
This is a very fun, informative and exciting annual event. In Lynn Miller’s words, “Right from the beginning the concept was to do an event that was one part auction, one part education, one part theater, one part street market, and one part reunion. And that’s just exactly what’s occurred. I can say without reservation that we are very proud of the event. It has evolved and matured to become a thing unto itself. Thirty some odd years worth.”
What will be happening there?

  • 2nd annual Jethro Tull draft horse and mule plowing competition!!!
  • Horsedrawn Field Trials for new and restored implements
  • Swap meet and trade fair peppered with demonstrations, clinics and meetings
  • Horse market fair .
  • Auction: Horsedrawn carriages, wagons and items, antiques and collectibles, harness
  • Teamster Roundtable with these famous Teamsters: John Erskine, Walt Bernard, Chuck Baley, Lisa Hube, Bob Olson, Doc Hammill, moderator. Question and answer format. 6:00pm, April 13 and 14, Maccie Conroy Building.

http://www.smallfarmersjournal.com/
  Stop by Doc’s booth and say HELLO to Doc and Cathy!  We will be playing Doc’s educational DVDs and slide shows of 2010 Workhorse Workshops.  We will have available:

  •      Doc’s DVD’s
  •      Doc’s 2011 Driving Workshop and Clinic Information
  •      Doc favorite Horsemanship DVDs and Books
  •      Safe Driving Equipment
  •      Horsemanship and Safety handouts
AUCTION SPECIAL:
 Discount on 2011 Workhorse Workshops at Doc and Cathy’s Montana ranch

 
Real People + Real Horses + Real Work= Real Fun

 

Exciting New Location for 2010 Montana Workshops

 For the last year or so Cathi and I have been quietly focused on acquiring a larger and improved property  at which to live and conduct our workshops.

Misty, Duchess, Kate and Ann on pasture

Since May 1, 2010, a ranch near Eureka, Montana has been the new home of Cathi Greatorex and Doc Hammill, and the home of their Montana Workhorse Workshops

Doc and students in a recent Montana Workhorse Workshop

    Some of the features that have excited  us most about this new location are:  700 acres of Montana mountain ranchland made up of hay meadows, agricultural land, and forests-with trails for driving horses throughout; timbered and open pastures for our horses, a huge barn, a longer growing season and longer workshop season, a six-acre commercial organic farm-10 Lakes Organic Farm-in operation on site, easy year-round access, and a nearby Amish community. 

Several 2010 students in one of the outdoor classrooms!

The ranch sits near the base of the Whitefish Mountain Range-with peaks of 7200′ elevation-just west of Glacier National Park. Therriault Creek Ranch is surrounded by national forest lands, has abundant wildlife, a trout stream, and magnificent views.  Doc and Cathi know they are blessed to be stewards of such an amazing place and are anxious to share it with family, friends, and Workhorse Workshop students.

We are very excited to have found and leased an amazing ranch that exceeds anything we imagined.

More workshop photos

A big thank you to Don Eisermann for sending these photos from the clinic. Great shots!

Below, Doc is showing how to properly tie a rope halter. Note that he looped the long tail back into the knot so that it would not injure the mare’s eye if she flipped her head.

Jeri Eisermann helping to get Saturday’s potluck ready:

Sunset view:
Behind the scenes: