Sunday, April 30, 2017

Unique Training Clinic-May 13, 9--?


Over the past decade we have hosted many training clinics but this one might be our most important session to date. Sunshine, the Corolla mare shown above, was removed from the wild because she was suffering from the enormous abscess shown in the bottom picture. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund saved her. After healing she was adopted and lives in Lexington, Va. She has been well handled by her owner and the young trainer who has opened the door to trust for this stunning mare.

On Saturday May 13, beginning at 9:00 Sunshine will enter the round pen at Mill Swamp Indian Horses, 9299 Moonlight Road, Smithfield Va 23430. After a bit of conventional round pen work Lydia Barr, who works as a professional trainer with horses who have complications, will come into the ring and work the mare through a series of training techniques based on a gentle and humane training regimen rooted in the practices of South American India tribes.

Oscar and Christobal Scarpati brought these techniques to America in a training program that they named Doma India. Though in no way affiliated with the Scarpati's, Lydia has begun to incorporate some of the relationship building fundamentals of their work into her training repertoire.

We will begin at 9:00 am and will continue until the horse gains as much from the day as is possible. That could mean that we will wrap up at noon, or we could still be going at 4:00.

Don't count on that--come on out at 9:00.

Bring a lawn chair. The charge for non-program participants is only $10.00. There is no charge for those who participate in either the Mill Samp riding progrm or the Friday home school program. Also included in the day's events will be a tour of the sight and an introduction to the many strains of nearly extinct Colonial Spanish horses, heritage breed livestock, and replicated 1650's era farm. Take a look at our Website for more information on our programs.

We are a 501 (c) 5 breed conservation program with no paid staff. We are all volunteers.

To register for this clinic send an email to

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