Joel Conner Horsemanship Clinic Reports

SAFE has had the good fortune to work with horseman Joel Conner for several years. Joel was recommended to us by Buck Brannaman, and it took sending him one horse to re-start — Kai — for us to know that we’d found the right person to help us. From the very start, Joel showed a deep commitment to developing a horsemanship program at SAFE to help staff and volunteers learn solid and consistent skills for working with the horses. He began coming to SAFE multiple times each year, putting on 3 day clinics to teach us these skills, focusing on groundwork and riding. In 2018, he began adding starting young horses under saddle to the program. He also has donated his time to teaching basic horse handling skills to SAFE volunteers, allowing those with little to no horse experience get safe, hands-on practice. In Joel Conner, we feel we have a partner who understands our horses and our mission as rescuers, and we are sincerely grateful for that!

Below, volunteers who work with SAFE horses in these clinics are asked to write up a short piece for the website about their experience and what they learned. These updates, collected over the past three years, will give you a feel for what a Joel Conner clinic is all about.

 

Volunteer Rider Report: Kat and Erica B

Erica is a SAFE volunteer who rides Kat on a regular basis. She had this to say about her work with Kat: I have now been riding Kat since December, and the most notable points for me have been her...

Volunteer Rider Report: Kat and Sara E

Sara E is a SAFE volunteer who has been riding Kat on a regular basis. She had this to say about her work with Kat: I first met Kat when I first started volunteering with SAFE and was doing night...

Cowgirl Kat!

It’s been a while since we updated you on Kat. We’ve seen a definite improvement in her tendency to trip over her front feet, and we suspect that the addition of vegetable oil to her...

Kat Goes a Little Country!

We had a little dress up fun with Kat this last week and she looks amazing!  Sara E., one of our fabulous volunteers, brought her western barrel saddle over to Safe Harbor for us to borrow.  The...

Problems with Kat

Over the past month or so, we’ve been noticing that Kat has been tripping more and more, both under saddle and even when being led. It’s gotten to the point where we’ve decided to...

Chance and Kat go on a trail ride!

Chance went for his first trail ride as a SAFE horse today, accompanied by Kat. Chance has a lot of experience as a trail horse but it’s been a little while since he’s been out in the...