No clinics are currently scheduled at The Powder Forest. See past clinics below.
Examples of past clinics are listed below. Contact Sandi to schedule a clinic at your location.
This clinic will give you the opportunity to ride the test of your choice and get detailed feedback on your performance. Get insight into what the judges are looking for, and guidance on how to improve your score. You will have an opportunity to ride your chosen test twice, with time for feedback in between rides. (Read more)
Interested in dressage but aren’t sure where to start? This clinic is designed to introduce the basics of dressage in a friendly, relaxed setting. Starting with a discussion of what dressage is, Sandi will explain what’s expected at each level, carriage of the horse, and basic schooling figures. Under saddle, we’ll cover correct rider position, use of aids, use of the seat, mastering the sitting trot, and more. (Read more)
Learn the basic steps in training your western dressage horse! Western dressage combines traditional western horsemanship, classical dressage training methods, and natural horsemanship principles including balance, self-carriage, the proper progressive development of the horse. The goal of western dressage is to develop a better western horse, and the requirements of each level are reflective of the types of duties a traditional western horse might be asked to perform. (Read more)
Join us for a fun and educational field trip to the USDF Region 3 Dressage Championships and Atlanta National Fall Dressage Show.
We will observe the horses and riders competing at each level – from Training Level through Grand Prix. Sandi will analyze movements and review the horses’ carriage in each level. This is a great opportunity to put the pieces of the puzzle together in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. (Read more)
This clinic will include a group lecture (all riders with horses to be evaluated should attend), plus individual evaluations. Times will be assigned. Horses will be evaluated for suitability to discipline, training direction, problem solving, fitting of tack, and more. (Read more)
If you want to build a stronger partnership with your horse, no matter what your discipline, this clinic is for you. Get tips and learn proven methods for developing a balanced, responsive, light, and happy mount. (Read more)
Long-lining your horse offers many benefits. It fills the gap between lungeing/roundpen work and initial rides; prepares the horse for rider’s aids by the use of long lines simulating leg and hand aids; teaches the horse to accept contact; and teaches the horse to bend, to move forward, change direction, halt, reinback, and perform lateral work. (Read more)
Forward, straight, relaxation of the back, lateral and longitudinal bending, and acceptance of the bit – these elements are essential for every movement at every level of dressage. In this clinic, we’ll help you build the right dressage foundation with your horse. (Read more)
Creating the ultimate athlete means developing his body. Schooling figures (circle, half circle figure 8, serpentine, straight lines), lateral movements (leg yield, shoulder in, turn on the haunches), and transitions all have an influence on the development of different muscle groups in the body. In this clinic, you will learn what parts of the horse’s body these exercises develop, as well as how and when to implement them. (Read more)
Translating natural horsemanship training from the ground to the saddle.This clinic is designed to help you develop a positive partnership with your horse under saddle — building on the same natural horsemanship techniques used in groundwork. (Read more)
A comprehensive Series for all Level Riders
Four Weekly Classroom Sessions covering the history of classical dressage, levels and requirements, rider’s position and use of the aids, and what “on the bit” really means. (Read more)
A Comprehensive Series for all Level Riders
Four Weekly Mounted Sessions covering rider’s position and use of the aids, relaxation of the back and acceptance of contact, individual horse evaluations, and a ride-a-test. (Read more)