Clinic Descriptions

Groundwork: Laying the foundation

This class is an introduction of the basic building blocks of the Tindell Progressive Training Program and the Six Steps To Success.  It is designed for green stock that is ready to start and/or to put under saddle.  Individual instruction will be provided in order to create a safe training program.  This class is a must for any horse, mule or donkey and their handler.  Learn how to start or restart your stock in a safe effective manner.  

Exercises Covered: 

  • Round pen 
  • Ground work
  • Leading 
  • Learning to come to a mounting block 
  • Hobble Training
  • Saddling
  • Trailer Loading

Horsemanship 1

This class is an introduction to the Tindell Progressive Training Program.  All levels of riders will benefit by improving their skills with their older stock and gaining a deeper understanding of the foundation of horsemanship.  It is ideal for green riders and green stock.

Exercises Covered:

  • The Six Steps Of Success
    • Backup, Shoulder Control, Forward Flexion, Hindquarter Control, Stop and Stand 
  • Lateral flexion; Understanding the one-rein stop
  • Teaching hindquarter and front quarter control
  • Understanding the use of the Snaffle bit and the Hackamore 
  • Trailer Loading 

Horsemanship 2

This class builds upon Horsemanship 1 and it is designed to help take yourself and your stock past green no matter your discipline.  Jerry teaches the dynamics of body frame with softness and the importance of correct body control.  This class focuses on advancing from the Snaffle bit or Hackamore to bit suitable for yourself and your stock and be able to build towards a more refined and precision ride.        

Exercises Covered:

  • Introduction to body control; learning to separate all the body parts
  • Understanding an active leg
  • Introduction to leg yields
  • Understanding a soft feel
  • Riding with attention to detail of movement
  • Walk, trot and lope with control
  • Correct stop and back up 

Advanced Learning: Putting it all Together

This class combines everything covered in Groundwork: Laying the Foundation, Horsemanship 1 and 2 with refinement, precision and complete understanding.  This class is focused on understanding the stock’s point of view.  Jerry recommends that a student have studied the previous classes for a better understanding of your stock and the Tindell Progressive Training Program.  This class is not recommended for green stock or green riders.

Defensive Riding:

This is a self-defense from horseback class to keep you safe in unsafe conditions.  It is NOT an enforcement class.  It is designed to teach people how to be safe in all situations.  When people are mounted they can be very vulnerable.  This class will teach you to be secure in the saddle and not to be easily unseated if your stock gets out of control, no matter the situation.  Jerry covers the steps that are necessary to remain in control around hikers, bikers, wildlife, unforeseen objects and anything else that might cause you concern.  If your stock is out of control you are unsafe.  This class is open to all disciplines, all level of riders and all stock.      

Learning to Lope with Confidence and Control:

This is a necessary class for any rider looking for help to overcome resistance, frustration and fear.  This class is designed to help riders be comfortable at all gaits and rates of speed with a soft and willing animal.  It is very important for a rider to be confident in loping their stock.  You might not feel the need to lope but what do you do when your stock decides to.  Jerry will teach you balance and position and will assist you in all areas of riding not only in the arena or show pen.  This class is presented in a closed safe environment necessary for you and your stock to be successful.  

Riding Outside:

This is the ultimate class for students interested in trail riding either by themselves or in a group.  This class is intended to help all riders on the trail be safe and in control under all conditions.  Jerry teaches the skills necessary to help unsafe behaviors such as kicking on the trail, jigging, not crossing water, herd bound/nervousness and navigating rough terrain.  This class is set outside without fences or boundaries.  It is open to all stock and all disciplines.


Jerry teaches all areas of driving and the importance of taking the necessary steps before hooking to a vehicle.  He teaches how to properly fit and use both buggy and work harness.  This class is aimed to teach the student how to harness and ground drive your stock safely before hooking to a drag or vehicle.  This class covers all the steps necessary to have safe driving practices.   All stock is welcome and is open to all who are interested in driving.

Cow Working:

This class is a great introduction for any rider wanting to put their stock on cattle.  It is designed to teach you and your stock to work together.  Learn how to read cattle and manage your riding stock effectively in a low stress environment.  Jerry teaches correct body control and good timing necessary to be successful when working your stock.  

Clinic Schedule

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