“Think Like a Horse” Johnson County 4H Clinic

“Think Like a Horse” 4H Clinic was a complete success for all the youth participants and their horses.  Everyone was a  winner in one category or another. Everyone excelled beyond my expectations. This was definitely a weekend I think everyone will remember for a long time.  Hopefully the skills learned in ‘Think Like A Horse”  will be added and used on a daily bases, or when ever they are able to work with their horse.

First off, I want to thank Sarah Hume for working so hard to bring this “Think Like A Horse” 4H Clinic to fruition.  A big thanks to Johnson County for putting their faith in Michaella Walker Horsemanship skill building techniques and the people in our organization.   Last, but very much not least, we thank each and every person that helped along the way, leaders, helpers, Melissa, Art, Ben, Karen and all the parents that support their children in this equine experience “Think Like a Horse“.

The greatest moment for me was when the horse and youth handler were able to achieve ONE FOOT AT A TIME over the threshold standing 10 feet away from their horse.  The horse on one end of the lead rope and the youth at the other, they guided their horses over the threshold with a mere lift of a hand and stopped them with a drop of the hand.  Backed them by rocking the halter across the nose while standing 6 to 8 feet away on the other side of the threshold.  It was truly remarkable to see these kids handling their horses in such a professional manner.   Kudos to all that achieved a more Michaella Walker 4H Clinicresponsive and respectful horse in this section of the course.

In the obstacle course section these youth horsemen were able to start training their horses to except and concur obstacles that their horse had never seen before.  Not only did they instill confidence in their horses, but also in themselves.  By the time the Challenge Course and Competition came on Sunday. everyone soared in the areas they had been working on.  There was not one person that walked away without an award.  One of the most outstanding moments was on Sunday morning when everyone learned to trust their horse enough to ground tie them and move 6 to 10 paces away for five minutes.  We all clapped and there was only one horse that moved.  Yes. all the horses stood like rocks proving that slowing down, teaching one step at a time, and staying consistent, can and will, not only improve the relationship with your horse but put you in the leadership role as Alpha Mare or Boss Horse.

These kids are so fortunate to be able to have horses, be able to learn and grow through the tremendous amount of support they are getting from the Johnson County 4H Club.  Keep the good work up and if any of you have questions on horse training or lessons feel free to call me at: 812-583-1271.

Please feel free to share your ‘Think Like a Horse” Clinic experiences right here on this blog.  Good Luck at the shows.



  1. Colt Robert Downs

    Teaching a kid how to confidently control a horse is one of the best ideas that any parent could have. Most of the kids I know have never seen a horse in real life, let alone ride one.
    Mastering the art of horse riding at a young age can have its benefits. If they have the confidence to face, control and befriend a beast twice their size, who knows what they can achieve in their later years?
    I do hope more children get to learn about riding a horse in the club.

  2. Michaella

    I agree Colt. This year 2014 I have the pleasure of working with the Morgan County 4H Horse and Pony Club. I am thrilled because this is right in my back yard. The horse community here is so supportive. I have to applaud all the parents and leaders for helping these kids pursue there dreams. My team is looking forward to helping them stay safe and continue following there dream by showing them how a horse thinks, in order to become more successful riders. These young adults and kids are our future horsemen and women of the future.

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