Teaching groups since 2013, Kimberly is very skilled at articulating to others the core concepts and methods of relationship based horsemanship.  Kimberly is constantly striving for ways to help horses and humans understand each other so both can flow together in harmony.  Through years of personal work in the mt. trail/extreme trail discipline, Kimberly has developed a keen and unique sense of navigation and problem solving with horses.  She has taught and shared her ideas through private mentorships and clinics.  Notable clinic hosts have been Shepard Rd. Mt. Trail (2014-2017), Southern Oregon Mt. Trail (2014), Lost Legends Trail Course (2015),  and Mustangs to the Rescue (2014).  Spring 2018, Kimberly joined the line-up of clinicians who taught at the Oregon Horse Center's Mt. Trail clinic.

Quick Look at Dates
(Detailed descriptions below)
2018
June 16 - Get Grounded Basics/Obstacles and Preparing for Long Lines.
June 17 - Beginning Long Line Driving for Trails/Obstacles

June 30-July 1
Get Grounded hosted by Shepard Rd. Mt. Trail (eye level and riding obstacles)


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Trail/Obstacle Long Line Driving Demonstrations and Workshops

Learn one of the most valuable, practical, and rewarding forms of groundwork with your horse.  Long line ground work gets you moving, navigating and solving problems together. Moving at eye level with your horse provides opportunities for you to develop and refine your understanding of movement, body mechanics, and communication.  The concepts are team building with your horse where you will learn about moving in a synchronized and connected way building rapport and confidence.  
Our on-site trail training course is full of natural obstacles as well as a few man-made ones, giving opportunities for hands on application of skills.  We will use a round pen with some simple obstacles to learn the basics, proper form and technique, as well as steps to develop your understanding of the line work.  We will also show you how to acclimate your horse to the lines, the body language involved, and cover the most common issues that arise when a horse is learning lines.
Throughout the 2018 season, we will be offering demonstrations as well as hands-on 1-2 day workshops on this rewarding practice of long line work.  In order to keep the experiences small and intimate, we will be limiting demonstrations to 5 persons and hands-on workshops to 3 persons at a time.  Check the schedule of dates for offerings from beginners to advanced.  Requests for added dates are possible for groups of 3 or more.  There will be opportunities to learn with our horses who are experienced with obstacles and the lines as well as teaching your own horse.  Our horses are pony sized, calm, patient and gentle.
From Kimberly Dunn, "Every horse that comes into our training program learns this beneficial skill before being saddled and mounted.  It is the perfect bridge from in-hand leading to navigating under saddle.  By the time we have our first ride, the horse already understands how his/her body relates and responds to the rein aids.  The lines can also be used to teach basic moving off the leg.  This practice gives the horse better ability to focus on balance and feel of their rider because they already understand rein work."

Description of Offerings

Long Line Demonstration-Basic
May 26, 2018, 10:00-2:30 (1/2 hour lunch), $75/person, Limited to 5. 1 spot available.    

Watch and ask questions while Kimberly goes through all the basic steps in getting a horse to navigate safely and properly with the lines.  Kimberly will cover the pre-groundwork steps to helping horses understand the concepts and build their confidence leading out on trails.  Opportunities will be provided for individuals to experience the lines and do some simple line driving.

Long Line Demonstration-Intermediate
May 27, 2018, 10:00-2:30 (1/2 hour lunch), $75/person, Limited to 5.  3 spots available.

Watch and ask questions while Kimberly shows more technical navigation and maneuvers with the lines.  Kimberly will utilize natural and man made obstacles on the Get Grounded Trail Training Course to show safe navigational techniques.  Opportunities will be provided for individuals to handle the lines and driving on the course.

Pre-Long Line:  In Hand Obstacle Navigation and Preparing for the Lines
(Your horse or ours)
June 16, 2018, 10:00-2:30, 3 spots available, $65

Perfect for horses who need to learn about trail obstacles.  This workshop will cover safe navigation with their handler at eye level.  We will cover working with an emphasis on synchronization through body language and position to help the horse understand proper body response.  This allows you to minimize use of aids (crops, sticks, lead rope overuse).  

Beginning Long Line (horses provided)
Teach Your Horse - Starting and Basics
(Horses provided if needed)
June 17, 2018, 10:00-3:30 (1/2 hour lunch), 4 spots available, $125

This workshop will have you working hands-on with your horse or ours, showing proper steps and techniques to getting your horse to basic line driving in the round-pen as well as on our trail training course.  We will cover safe forward navigation, reliable stopping, simple direction changes and basic backing.  We will show you proper use of equipment and good rein management skills.

Intermediate Long Line (horses provided)
Dates coming soon!
Contact me if you want to request a date.

Teach Your Horse - Intermediate
Dates coming soon!
Contact me if you want to request a date.

Other Details
On-site Overnight possibilities for you and your horse.
Water and Beverages provided. Bring your own lunch.
Sunscreen and bug spray recommended.
Extra dates available by request!

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Oregon Horse Center Spring Mt. Trail Clinic

April 27-29, 2018

I'm looking forward to joining the line-up of clinicians at this very popular, well known clinic.  The OHC Mt. Trail clinics provide many opportunities to grow and learn with your horse.  Mt. Trail is a great discipline that fosters the core qualities of good horsemanship.  Learning opportunities abound in mechanical and navigational skills.  Obstacles can be a vehicle for building confidence and trust while fine tuning communication with your horse.  Obstacle navigation can also act as a basic foundation for any horse working in any discipline.  For more information and to sign up, click on this link for the OHC website.

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Get Grounded Clinic

May 20-21, 2017
Hosted by
Shepard Road Mt. Trail, Clatskanie, Oregon

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Get Grounded Clinic at Shepard Rd. Mt. Trail

February 20 & 21, 2016
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OHANA Obstacle Challenge at Shepard Rd. Mt. Trail

August 2, 2015
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OHANA Obstacle Challenge at Shepard Rd. Mt. Trail

June 21, 2015

http://www.slideshare.net/hayinabag/srmtohana

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Lower Columbia Horse Fest

June 27, 2015
Clatsop County Fairgrounds, Astoria, Oregon

Kimberly will be one of the presenters in a obstacle horse/mt. trail demo taking place at this event.  Kimberly will be showing obstacle work in-hand while others will be riding the obstacles.  Mark Standley of Shepard Rd. Mt. Trail will be speaking about obstacles and mt. trail during the demo.  

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2 Day Get Grounded Obstacle & Mt. Trail Clinic and Obstacle Challenge

April 11 & 12, 2015
Shepard Rd. Mt. Trail, Clatskanie, Oregon

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Obstacle Clinic and Obstacle Challenge

September 27, Lost Legends Trail Course, Philomath, Oregon

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Shepard Road Mt. Trail Buckle Series Clinic

June 28 & 29, 2014
August 15-17, 2014 (In Hand on the 15th)

Clinician:  Kimberly Dunn

Obstacle challenges, such as mt. trail, and other task based challenges are typically designed to test the physical and mental abilities of both horse and rider. Success in this type of work comes best when the horse and rider are working in sync as a team. The team needs a thoughtful leader with an equally thoughtful and willing partner. In this clinic, Kimberly will provide tips and suggestions for ways to improve your leadership role with your horse. She will give you insight into the mindfulness needed to be successful at accomplishing tasks with your horse. As you work through the obstacles, Kimberly will provide insight into body mechanics, bringing out willingness, and building confidence and trust. Kimberly strives to help others understand the importance of thinking, planning, and being accurate with timing of correction and praise. In Kimberly's opinion, "There are no 'good' or 'bad' horses, just horses that are developing understanding and willingness." Kimberly has found one of the best ways to help the horse develop understanding is to work at eye level with the horse. While riding throughout the clinic, Kimberly will demonstrate how to use ground-work protocol that will carry up into your saddle work. Kimberly hopes, through her insight, you will have better understanding and awareness of precise communication, focus, and body language.

For full information and to sign up:  
http://www.shepardroadmountaintrail.com/calendar.html
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Get Grounded Clinic
Southern Oregon Mt. Trail & Obstacle (SOMTO)
July 26, 2014

SOMTO Horse Park 
Roseburg, Oregon
Register at SOMTO Horse Park website:  

SOMTO Horse Park is the perfect place to spend the day having fun, growing and building your partnership with your horse.  The obstacle course is surrounded by 120 acres of pastures, oak savannas, and conifer forests.