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Throughout the year, Colorado Horse Rescue hosts fun and exciting events for all ages. We also offer a variety of educational classes and clinics for equine enthusiasts. Timing can vary from an afternoon or evening session, to a full weekend of hands-on horse activities. Please note that space is limited for most events and clinics. Refunds are considered on a case-by-case basis.

For classes that involve hands-on work with horses, there may be an option to bring your own horse if you register as a participant. This is dependent upon space availability, requires proof of a negative Coggins and a health certificate, and may include additional fees for boarding. Please contact CHR to make arrangements.

Upcoming Events

Saturday,
March 11th
1 - 4:30pm at CHR
$15 to audit

NATRC's Annual Convention Horse Demo, Unspoken Expectations

Are you interested in the wide world of competitive trail riding? CHR is partnering with the North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRC) this year to host the equine demonstration portion of their annual convention. Join us for a question and answer session with the judges’ panel to learn about the sport, which will verbally cover what the judges look for when the rider and horse maneuver various obstacles. Then watch practical demonstrations as horses and riders learn the proper cues to side-pass, turn on the forehand, turn on the haunch, mounting/dismounting, and more! This demo will include groundwork techniques, riding, and even how to properly ride the gaited horse.

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About the Trainer/Presenter, Kyle Kimble

At sixteen, Kyle was an apprentice for Tim Unzicker, a Colorado Reining Cowhorse trainer, and began training reined cowhorses under Tim’’s guidance. She then entered the Parelli program and was personally invited by Pat to join the Parelli Professionals Program. In 2000, Kyle began studying with Leslie Desmond, co-author of the book “True Horsemanship Through Feel” by Bill Dorrance. In recent years, Kyle has become involved in Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching, and has integrated many of the principles from that field into her work as a horsemanship coach. Working through feel, Kyle helps people reach higher levels of connection, communication, and performance with their horses. She strives to help both horse and rider find clear understanding of each other and build a relationship that is meaningful for both. Helping fearful riders regain confidence in themselves and their horses is one of Kyle’s specialties.

Kyle’s Philosophy: While there are many different methods of training a horse to be responsive to our requests, few of these are truly fitting to the horse. Even in our modern age of “natural horsemanship,” many people still approach the horse with the idea that he exists simply to do their bidding. From the horse’s point of view this means that no matter what type of training we use, be it harsh or gentle, we are still forcing our will on him without his consent. This is why learning to work through feel is so important. Working through feel allows us to carry on an open conversation with our horses. The more we acknowledge his thoughts and feelings about what is being done to him and adjust the techniques we use according to his responses, the more he comes to feel that he can trust and respect us.

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Questions? Contact Shawna English at (720) 494-1414 x 2204 or senglish@chr.org.

Upcoming Education: Classes and Clinics

Wednesday,
February 22nd

6pm
$45 per person
Equine Nutrition with Dr. Bruce Connally

Are you interested in the wide world of equine nutrition? With an incredibly vast array of grass hay, alfalfa, grain, and supplements to choose from in the world, what works best for a specific horse? If you have ever wondered why we choose different feeds, or how to go about appropriately feeding a horse, this clinic is for you – horse owners and enthusiasts alike. We will also discuss potential dangers to avoid when feeding, and best practices. Join us to learn the latest and greatest in equine nutrition!

Dr. Bruce Connally, DVM, has worked in the large animal veterinary field for years. He has taught at Colorado State University, and today owns and operates Wyoming Equine Services. CHR is incredibly lucky to partner with this outstanding and dedicated veterinarian.

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Questions? Contact Carol Brice at (720) 494-1414 x 2201 or cbrice@chr.org.

Colorado Horse Rescue
10386 N 65th St
Longmont, CO 80503
Sunday,
March 12th

10am - 4pm
$45 per person
Equine Photography

If you didn’t get a chance to join us for the last Photography Clinic, now’s your chance! Join us at CHR as we learn the ins and outs of what makes a picture worth a thousand words! Looking to improve your photography skills in general, how to take better artistic photos, or perhaps what makes a good horse sale photo? We will cover it all. Everyone wants to capture beautiful and breathtaking pictures of their equine companions, join us and learn how! This is NOT a clinic to learn about your camera and participants are responsible for providing their own camera. With beautiful spring color, gorgeous horses, and a fun, interactive learning environment, let the Colorado Horse Rescue teach you about capturing the beauty of our amazing equine subjects.
Limited to 12 participants. Please bring your own lunch. There will be a short break.

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Questions? Contact Sarah Hofkamp at (720) 494-1414 x 2205 or shofkamp@chr.org.

Colorado Horse Rescue
10386 N 65th St
Longmont, CO 80503
Sunday,
April 23rd

9am - 3pm at CHR
$55 per person
Demystifying Equine Behavior

Part 1 of 3: Understanding the Horse Series
Have you ever wondered why your horse behaves a certain way, or why he reacts the way he does when scared, shy, or threatened? Why does he spook for what seems like no reason? Equine behavior is the core of understanding your horse and how he interacts with the world around him. Part indoor lecture, part outdoor demonstration, this clinic will help you to better understand what your horse is saying, and to improve the way you interact with one another. We will uncover how horses interact within their own species, and how we as humans can better communicate with them on their level. A round pen session is included, where participants will observe as human and horse learn to become one.

Bring a note pad and pen. An hour lunch break will occur at 12pm. Participants must bring their own lunch.

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Questions? Contact Sarah Hofkamp at (720) 494-1414 x 2205 or shofkamp@chr.org.

Colorado Horse Rescue
10386 N 65th St
Longmont, CO 80503
Sunday,
May 21st

8am - 4pm at CHR
$45 to participate
$25 to borrow a CHR horse
$15 to audit
Roundpen Psychology

Part 2 of 3: Understanding the Horse Series
This is an interactive clinic for both auditors and participants. We will begin to uncover the first steps in understanding the mysterious and often frustrating world of the horse. Working with horses is more than just domination and submission. It’s about building a foundation of trust and leadership, and it’s about learning their language and communicating with them on their level. Roundpen Psychology is the first step of building that unshakable relationship in your horse’s eyes. It’s also an amazing tool to help fix many behavioral or training problems. Do you have a horse that is disrespectful, aggressive, hard to handle, spooky, bolts, or won’t trailer? We can help address those issues and more!

Learn to be a leader that they can not only understand but trust. If you have your own horse, we recommend bringing him/her. Every horse is different and building a foundation with your horse’s specific needs is preferred. If you do not have a horse of your own but still wish to participate, a CHR horse can be provided to you for an additional fee. Auditors are encouraged to observe throughout the day.

Participants will have a 1-hour private session. You must contact Sarah at (720) 494-1414 x 2205 or shofkamp@chr.org to sign up for your time slot upon registration. All horses outside of CHR are required to have updated vaccination records and a negative Coggins within the last 12 months. First session Begins at 8am.

Participation space for this clinic has sold out! Auditors are still welcome.

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Questions? Contact Sarah Hofkamp at (720) 494-1414 x 2205 or shofkamp@chr.org.

Colorado Horse Rescue
10386 N 65th St
Longmont, CO 80503
Sunday,
June 4th

9am - 12pm OR
1 - 4pm at CHR
$45 to participate
$25 to borrow a CHR horse
$15 to audit
Building Leadership Hoof to Hand

Part 3 of 3: Understanding the Horse Series
Building leadership is all our horses want out of us as their human caretakers. It is our responsibility to be the best leaders we can be for them. In this exciting, interactive groundwork clinic, learn what it takes to give your horse exactly what he needs. Have a difficult horse you feel you just can’t connect with, or a specific behavioral issue you would like to work through? Tough to trailer, bolts under saddle, naughty behavior on the ground, disrespectful? Almost all problems, even those in the saddle, can be solved on the ground first. This clinic will allow you to redefine your relationship with your horse, build his trust, and strengthen your leadership skills. We encourage you to bring your own horse to the clinic so that we can work on your specific needs together. Don’t have a horse? No problem, CHR can provide you with an equine partner so you can start by learning what it takes to be a positive leader.

2 duplicate sessions will be hosted; register for either the morning or afternoon. All horses outside of CHR are required to have updated vaccination records and a negative Coggins within the last 12 months.
Space is limited.

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Questions? Contact Sarah Hofkamp at (720) 494-1414 x 2205 or shofkamp@chr.org.

Colorado Horse Rescue
10386 N 65th St
Longmont, CO 80503

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring my own horse?

Can I borrow a CHR horse?
  • Yes, there is a $25 fee to borrow a horse.

As an auditor, is there anything I should bring with me?
  • We ask auditors to bring a portable chair, and dress to be outside (this could include a hat, sunscreen, water bottle, or snack).

How old to you have to be to attend a clinic?

Will the clinic be held indoor or outdoors?
  • It depends on the type of clinic. Clinics that involve handling horses are generally held outdoors. Some clinics are more of a lecture format and are held indoors.

What is your cancellation policy?
  • CHR does not offer refunds, except in case of emergency. We do offer refunds if WE cancel a clinic. These are the options:
  • You can donate the amount to CHR
  • You can use that amount as a credit toward a future clinic
  • You can get a full refund if applicable

If I choose to audit, do I have to stay all day?
  • Auditors are welcome to come for as little or as long as they choose.

What does your facility offer?
  • We have an air conditioned/heated office with a bathroom, water fountain, and small kitchen. The kitchen has a microwave, refrigerator/freezer and an electric kettle.

Can I bring my dog?
  • We ask that you leave your pets at home when attending a clinic.

Could you give me more information about the clinician?