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Beginning Teamster and Pleasure Driving Clinic: A Horse Safety and Care Initiative
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Beginning Teamster and Pleasure Driving Clinic: A Horse Safety and Care Initiative

Located on the Oregon Trail, the Legacy of the Plains Museum features an impressive collection of pioneer and early community artifacts, antique tractors, and farm implements; an 80-acre working farm; historic farmstead structures; and striking views of Scotts Bluff National Monument. It is in Gering, Nebraska and is hosting a beginning teamster and pleasure driving clinic. The event will take place on the 3rd and 4th of June from 8am-4pm but the instructors are known to let people ride around on horses until it gets dark.

Purpose

The purpose of this clinic is to instruct people of all experiences on how to drive both, single and a team of horses. Safety is the first thing the instructors emphasize throughout the program. Participants will be taught the importance of regular checking of equipment and the need of replacing worn out equipment.

The event first commenced four years ago and is meant to impart a sense of responsibility while handling horses. “It’s just learning how to be around them, learning what to do when feeding, grooming, hitching, ” said Dave Henson who is one of the well-experienced instructors responsible for this event.

A majority of participants have never properly been around horses. Some don’t own horses and are in the plans of buying one while the ones who already own a string and wish to learn how to drive and control them with ease. The program is all about showing people the proper and safe way to do it.

What Does the Program Consist of?

A farrier and a Veterinarian will also be a part of this program and will be teaching the ways to take care of horses on June 3rd. They will be discussing proper nutrition, healthcare, and the ever important foot care of horses. After the lectures, the participants will have the opportunity to go out and drive the horses under the guidance and assistance of the instructors.

A question-answer seminar will be held on June 4th where participants will have a chance to interact with experts and have their curiosity satisfied. All doubts and concerns are encouraged to be raised here. After this, they will be taken out into the open to drive horses, where instructors will teach the different ways to overcome obstacles. The instructors will split into groups and ensure that everyone gets the full benefit of the program. They will also be taught to look past the horse when driving a wagon and what a driver should look for to avoid potential catastrophes.

The purpose of the program mainly revolves around safety. It is a priority because horses are strong animals who weigh approximately 1 ton and are capable of inflicting serious damage on a human being. Paying attention while doing everything from harnessing to feeding horses is emphasized on since horses can get fidgety at times. Safety and well-being of both the owner and horse is highly emphasized and reminded every step of the way

 

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