WAHA Halter Horse Clinic with David Bilgrien  » Education  »
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Fort Atkinson Wisconsin
  • The clinic was at no cost to anyone and the food was provided by Wisconsin Arabian Horse Association

    • by amandafishy

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      I went to this, this past Saturday. It was a wonderful clinic at a great location. It was at farm in Fort Atkinson. This is incredibly beautiful county and good for having horses. There is plenty of open land and places with pasture space for animals of any kind. I don’t recall the name of the barn but it was an extremely nice place located on Perry Road. They had a long narrow road leading up to this picturesque spot where the barn is located. The inside of the barn was loaded with horses which David was training. Every one of them was in an immaculate stall. There was a mare with a little baby that couldn’t have been more than a day or 2 old. The stall was blocked off from the air coming through the door that opened on a regular basis that day. The baby was so

      cute, beautiful little tipped in ears and sleeping like an angel.

      I took some time to walk through the barn and just about every stall had a gorgeous animal in it. There were about 20 horses in the barn about 1/2 and 1/2 yearlings and older animals. Everyone was invited into the little office and there was a bit of a lunch for everyone and time for people to talk and get to know each other.

      The clinic started at 1 pm. David Bilgrien came out with a beautiful horse. He spent about an hour going through the techniques he uses to get horses to set up and work for him. He is very gentle and sensitive to the animals and they all react to his gentleness. He uses a captive lead chain, meaning it dose not touch there chin. All of his methods are pressure and release. Horses are so sensitive that ...

      • with repetitive work you can teach them just about anything. He is almost like a horse whisperer. He never, never uses the whip to hurt the horse. He uses it is an extension of his hand and only a light tap and the horse recognizes what is going on. There are all kinds of different techniques that he uses and was willing to share. I really appreciated that, because a lot of trainers do like to give up what they do to get the horse to work with you. When you hear about join up and Pat Parelli, that is essentially what it is. The horse and you work as a partner and the animal has great trust in you. David exhibits all of this and is a wonderful teacher and trainer. If I could afford to have him train my yearling, I would.

        In between David’s horses, a woman named Barb showed

        how getting them ready as far as clipping and cleaning. She brought out all the things she used. A lot of them could be gotten very inexpensively. She used SOS pads for cleaning and explained what kind of trimmer blades to use for exactly what type of clipping you are doing. I really appreciated handing out a tip sheet with all the different tips she used.

        The clinic was video taped and for $4 you could get a DVD of the clinic. I scribbled down lots of notes, but now with the DVD being mailed out and can watch it again and make sure I am doing everything correctly. The clinic was at no cost to anyone and the food was provided by Wisconsin Arabian Horse Association. It was a wonderful clinic and I look forward to going to another. In fact, I would love to see David work with the horses again.

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