General Clinic Info ___

Think ... learning retreat! Lots of the folks who've come to the clinics here come back time and time again. Mendin' Fences is a rustic but beautiful setting ... just right for you to relax, make new friends, and take home some great tools to help you and your horses!

Most of our clinics are designed for students with and without horses. Students without horses are "auditors" and have access to the clinician for questions and participation in any ground activities presented. Some clinics are based primarily in the classroom and those are not auditor environments.

We encourage people to audit a clinician prior to deciding to actually riding in a clinic. We do realize that the schedule of many clinicians can make it difficult to observe in advance so check with friends you trust for their recommendation based upon your particular needs and learning style. And, definitely, call and discuss with us your needs and expectations. We want to help you find a good match. Our goal is for you to leave here learning as much as possible and with a feeling of optimism about your horsemanship.

We have heard that there are some clinic formats where folks simply show up and participate during their assigned session. At Mendin' Fences, you should expect a good mixture of "classroom-type" discussions and presentations, as well as actual work in the round pen or arena. We hope you will take advantage of ALL the situations presented and watch and participate in the ENTIRE clinic.

NOTE ABOUT CHILDREN: These are ADULT Horsemanship clinics. Under certain circumstances, children over the age of 16 who have exhibited an extraordinary commitment to their horsemanship studies MAY be permitted to attend. This is determined on a case-by-case basis. We do not permit children to attend with their parents or guardian. While we understand that childcare can be challenging, this is the one time during the year that is "just for you". This is not an environment or format that lends itself to distractions and it is simply not enjoyable for children. From time to time, we do have special events when families are invited to attend. The Horsemanship Clinics are not those time. Thank you for your understanding and help with this.


What To Expect

Participating in a clinic can bring out nervousness in just about anyone. We have a lot on our minds ... tack, supplies, truck & trailer maintenance, family or work obligations ... PERFORMANCE concerns! Okay, so, first thing ... breathe, breathe, breathe. It will be okay!

The clinicians who come here are great teachers. They are respectful of the horse AND the human. Our clinics always seem to attract the friendliest and most supportive group of participants and auditors, so try not to worry too much about eyes being on you. Most everyone here has been in the same position at one time or another. We all recognize that the REASON we're here is TO LEARN!!

Since we prefer formats with lots of DISCUSSION and INTERACTION, you'll find that the clinicians here either work one-on-one with students or in very small groups.
The length of the sessions depends upon what is needed for each student and horse, as well as how many sessions we have lined up for the day. We do our best to limit the number of students to the least number possible while still keeping the registration fees accessible to folks. This isn't always easy ... matching registration fees with the clinicians' fees and travel expenses -- so, bottom line, we try to find the balance there ... to keep it affordable and to give you plenty of time for your work.

As a "regular" or soon-to-be-regular (we hope), you may be asked to help out around the facility. Everyone gets an assignment from Vic. Not to worry, it's nothing that will interfere with your clinic time. The chores run along the lines of taking the meal trays up from the pavilion to the Cook Shack or making the drinks for the meals or getting the coffee ready for the next morning. See, nothing stressful but it helps us out a great deal and since people kept ASKING to help we, yeah, yeah ... decided not to look a gift horse in the mouth.

What To Bring

As a participant, you will receive more detailed information when you register, but here is some general information about what to bring:

  • Coggins - YOU MUST HAVE YOUR ORIGINAL CURRENT COGGINS to participate in the clinic. You will need to send a COPY of your Coggins with your final registration packet. Have your original available when you arrive.
  • Tack - Please bring the tack that you normally use with your horse. This includes halters, lead ropes, pads, saddles, bridles, bits, etc. If you have a question about any other tack you have, please feel free to bring it so that you can address that with the clincian.
  • General Supplies - You will need to bring water buckets for your horse as well as any feed and feed pans for your stay. Remember fly spray. You'll want to make sure that your horse is sprayed, especially on the legs, before each session so that flies are not a distraction.
  • Hay - If you would like hay (orchardgrass and fescue), we will provide it to you at the current rate.
  • Stalls - You are responsible for cleaning and maintaining your own stalls. Shavings are generally available for purchase. We will also have a wheelbarrow, scooper, and manure wagon located by the stalls.
  • Weather - Bring rain gear, just in case. The covered arena is wonderful and it drops the temp by at least ten degrees. Viewing is covered. (Bug spray and sunscreen are helpful in the summer.)
  • Clothing - In addition to rain gear, it's often a good idea to bring something in case the weather turns cooler. You'd be surprised -- even in June! Also, if you are staying in the bunkhouse or bunkroom, linens and a pillow are supplied for the beds but you will need to bring towels. There are two laundromats within ten minutes of here, if you happen to need one. There are a number of stores, including a WalMart Supercenter.
  • Videotaping - Please check with us beforehand to see if the Clinician allows taping. Note: Harry Whitney does NOT permit videotaping but encourages plenty of digital or still photography.
  • Food - We serve breakfast and lunch each day during clinics. During Whitney Camps, dinners are included in registration for Sunday, Monday, and Friday evenings. Taking your meals with us is optional. There is a grocery store about 7 miles from us if you need any items. We have a refrigerator in the pavilion for storing any snacks or drinks. There is also a small fridge in the Bunkhouse.

Note: Adult Horsemanship Camps are all-inclusive so all meals and snacks are provided.