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Zach Johnson Clinic


Trainer Zach Johnson held the second in his series of riding and training clinics at his facility near Hernando, Mississippi on November 10, 2012. There were seven riding participants and ten auditors. The clinic was the right size for participants and their horses to get plenty of individual attention. Zack said that the horses came in all sizes and some of the riders were already very skilled. One rider had a horse that Zach was told could be quite troublesome - very green and virtually unbroken. But Zach’s description of the unbroken mare was: “She was cranky, but she got over it.” All horses and riders benefited from the clinic.

He started the morning session with ground work, demonstrating ground techniques to the owners, and then letting them do it on their own. In the afternoon everyone rode, and Zach rode each horse to ascertain what work they needed. Zach stated “One horse had a reputation for bucking, rearing, and generally behaving badly.” So Zach rode the horse long enough for him to develop some manners. Zach is never forceful with a horse. 

Following the afternoon break, cattle were brought in and the horses got to do some cattle work. One horse was definitely afraid of the cattle, having never seen one before, but, as with the other horses, he learned to be brave and confident. The cattle work continued until dark. Everyone seemed pleased with the results.

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