Windrush Hill Farm
About Us




Sale Pen

For Sale by Owner


Nat. Beef





Misc 4 Sale

Fee Chart

About Windrush Hill Farm
Clinics 2010
Clinics this year will be held the last Saturday of the month from March-Sept. We will work from 9-noon, one hour Potluck Lunch, 1-4pm. Clinics are a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration, observation and practice. There will be plenty of time for you and your horse to take breaks.  It is intended that you have plenty of time to ask questions, think, process and absorb. The fee for the day for participants is $90 and auditors are encouraged to attend for $15, free auditing to family of paid participant. Come watch, listen, ask questions and learn. To reserve a spot for the clinic you will need to send a check for the session fee in full made out to Windrush Hill Farm. Checks will be held until the clinic. In case of an emergency, the check will be returned.  Feel free to call and ask Ann any questions or suggestions about a particular session. If you are a student without a horse call ahead to arrange for a school horse.  ASTM/SEI certified riding helmets and boots are required at all times when mounted for EVERYONE.  IF you need overnight stalling, it is $15 a night.  If you are from out of state, then a current negative coggins and health papers are required. Call 319-986-2199 or email

Get Ready to Ride:   3/27/2010 All Day $90
Review halter work, ground work, fence work, flags, ropes and other exercises to insure your horse is "Ready to Ride".  Learn to read your horse, be realistic about your own skills, and decide if you are safe to be mounted.  Is your horse listening to you or is your horse out in the pasture metally? We will ride in the afternoon if your horse is "Ready to Ride" . Bring a rope halter with 12ft. lead, flag of some sort, your tack, and appropriate riding clothes including boots and helmet.  This class is not for green horses or beginner riders.  This class is for horses ridden in the previous riding season who have been off for the winter or they need a tune up.

Getting Control of Your Horses Mind and Feet:  4/24/10 All Day $90
The mind of the horse: Why do horses act like that?  Understanding the nature of horses - herd behavior, flight response, claustrophobia, prey animal, grazing animal, born to run.  How to read and interpret the body language of the horse.  How to influence the mind and behavior of your horse.  How do horses learn? How to encourage a horse to think and not react.  What is the difference between punishment and discipline?  How to dissolve fear and encourage curiosity.  Learn why a horse reverts to survival mode.  Learn why most "BAD" behavior is defensive due to confusion, lack of education, pain related issues and /or mixed messages.  How to be clear and consistent.  How to offer a "good deal" to your horse.  How to SHOW your horse what you want.  Learn how little it takes for your horse to respond.  Learn how to recognize and reward your horse for the smallest try.  How to reward good behavior and discourage unwanted behavior.  How to set your horse up for success not failure.  Learn about the effective use of your mind, eyes, voice, seat, legs, hands, and position to communicate with your horse.  Learn how to offer your horse safety and security and be a good leader.  Learn how to encourage a mental connection with your horse.  Learn how to be important and interesting to your horse.  Learn how to direct your horse's thoughts.  Learn one step at a time. Learn to "BE".  Learn that to train a horse, you need to have more time than the horse.  Learn how to teach your horse simple maneuvers from the ground and the halter rope, and then under saddle.  Learn how to let go of your ego, your personal ambitions, get off the clock, and have reasonable expectations.  Learn to honor the horse.  All horses and handlers/riders welcome.  We will do in hand work in the morning and for those that are safe to be mounted will ride in the afternoon.  We will be playing with toys in the toy box like a foam noodle, tarp, plastic jugs, rain coat, cow bell and working on obstacles in the arena like a bridge, ground poles, tires, cones and barrels.

Introduction to Ropes and Roping
Half day, we will work on getting the horse rope safe. Your horse will learn to tolerate ropes around his head, neck, feet, belly, flanks, and haunches. You will learn how to introduce ropes, drag tires and logs, swing a rope from the ground, from a fence, and from horseback.  You will learn how to introduce these concepts to your horse safely and learn some basic rope handling skills on a roping dummy. Bring a soft rope at least 45ft. long.

Introduction to Cattle
Half day, we will work on getting your horse safe around cattle. You will learn about handling livestock, trailing cattle, holding herd, walking quietly through the herd and sorting. Bring a break-away hondo on a soft rope, minimum of 45 ft. and if your horse is rope safe and cattle safe, we will throw some loops.

Understanding Aids:

Learn about the effective use of your eyes, voice, seat, legs, reins, and position to communicate with your horse.  Learn how little it takes for your horse to respond.  Learn how to recognize and reward your horse for trying.  Learn to teach your horse to respond to your aids, firstr from the ground, then from the saddle.  Learn how to execute a correct halt, back, circle, turn on the forehand and leg yield.

Trail Obstacles in the Arena:

Half day, we will work in the arena on obstacles. You will learn strategies to introduce your horse to obstacles safely and work to gain control of your horses mind and feet to work with accuracy.

Trail Riding Outdoors
Half day, we will ride in the back 40 at Windrush Hill. You will learn how to introduce your horse to the great outdoors safely and learn how to ride independently, no nose to tail riding. You will learn drills to teach your horse to stand quietly, to ride in the front, the back, and in the middle, to pass other horses and to be passed. You will learn how to be a good riding buddy.

Collection and Self Carriage
Half day, you will learn: what "Collection" and "Self Carriage" mean; The principles of classical horsemanship; How to school your horse to develop strength and balance. How to improve you horse's gaits. How to recognize good and poor musclature. What t
Socializing and Handling the Young Horse:
Full day, this is for handlers wanting to learn more about handling from birth to weaning, and from weaning to starting under saddle. How to build trust, confidence and respect. How to teach the young horse how to think and not react. How to safely catch, halter, lead and tie. What you can expect from trailering to farm walks. Older horses are also welcome
Updated 04/02/09