Doc Hammill Horsemanship

September 2016!!

9-15 WW Adena edited
Adena driving the Boys

  • September 4-10, 2016

    September 18-24, 2016





These Hands-On workshops will be focused on working with horses in Harness.

Each participant’s focus is often slightly to significantly different. Since our  workshops are limited in size to just 5 hands-on participants, with two instructors, we have the freedom to customize the workshop to spend time focused on individual’s needs.


“What I have come to call Gentle Horsemanship is actually a set of principles, an ethical code, for interacting with horses. It is based upon commitment to using only non-confrontational and nonviolent techniques, and upon accepting personal responsibility for the comfort and behavior of our horses. Gentle Horsemanship professes that horses effectively mirror our actions, reactions, and behavior and that to change their behavior we must first reshape ours.” Doc Hammill

Doc and WW students, sepia 7-2016 edited

During these workshops participants will:

  •  learn to communicate with horses in ways that the horses inherently understand.
  •  learn from Doc about his extensive research regarding “The Mind of the Horse.”
  • learn to create a relationship with equines based on trust, mutual respect, and our leadership.

An underlying focus for our workshops is Safety

Teaching participants to safely work with horses and equipment is a key component of our workshops. We also teach and have students practice Doc’s unique Rhythmic Pressure Release line handling skills and effective communication skills with our well trained horses.

We will demonstrate and have students actively participate in harnessing the  horses, including adjusting harness for proper fit, evaluating harness for purchase, and discussions about ( with examples) of different styles of harness for different purposes. Collar selection, fitting and adjustment are topics that are covered in detail as well.

A great deal of time will be dedicated to student practice.

Barbara Driving team on the HomesteaderPractice of safe and proper hitching methods for using horses for ground work as well as hitching to two and four wheeled vehicles (carts, fore carts and wagons) and hitching horses to typically used farm equipment.

There will be discussion, demonstration of, and student practice of driving horses: on the ground, in carts and wagons, and with farm equipment typical of a horse powered farm or ranch. Students will be driving with our well trained, quiet, and patient horses as singles and in teams of two.

As always at Doc Hammill Horsemanship Workshops, students will practice driving horses in safe, gentle, and effective ways that are good for both humans and horses.

During the workshop

DSC08770We will spend time helping students create a specific plan to help them set and reach goals to attain their dreams with their horses at home.


Beyond the workshops, we have on-going learning, coaching, mentoring, and support options available to help students continue learning, improving, and safely reaching their horsemanship goals.

Cheryl and CathyIf you have any questions, or would like to discuss any of this, please feel free to call either Doc (406-250-8252) or Cathy (406-890-3083) or email either of us.