Horse Lessons & Clinics

Chris and Caren Ruthven are available for colt starting, ground work, trailer loading and reining clinics, as well as riding lessons.  These can be customized to suit the needs of the individual/group in order to achieve students’ personal goals and objectives. For reference however, below is an outline of popular themes for past lessons and clinics.


2015 Clinic Schedule

Don't see the clinic you want on the schedule?  Call for availability or to set up private sessions with Chris. 

Colt Starting Clinic Series – Have you always wanted to start your own horse under saddle?

Horseman Chris Ruthven lecturing at a Troubleshooting ClinicIn this new 12-week series, Master Colt Starter Chris Ruthven walks you through his step-by-step process of developing your own horse from the ground to that first ride in the saddle and beyond.  Find a more detailed description under Clinic Descriptions section below. 

  • Limited to 4 students.
  • Weekly 3-hr sessions will be offered in 2 groups – Group 1 on Thursdays and Group 2 on Sundays. 
  • This is not a "mont-to-month" program.  It is a 12-week program designed to be taken in it's entirety. 

Series Dates:

Group 1 – Every Thursday from April 2 – June 25, 2015

Time:  10 am – 4 pm (1-hr break for lunch)

Group 2 – Every Sunday from April 5 – June 28, 2015

Time:  12 pm – 3 pm

Pricing

  • Pay For 12-Week Series In Full (a $150 savings) – $900/student. **
  • Installmant Plan – 3 Payments of $350/student. **

Teach your horse to work cows at C&C Colt Company's Cow Working ClinicCow Working Clinic

Learn how to read a cow, move a cow and how to work within a group on herding the cows from point to point.

  • Limited to 8 students.
  • Includes lunch, coffee, tea and water

Dates:

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Time:  10 am – 4 pm

Pricing

  • $75/student. **
  • Auditors – $15

Western Dressage Clinic

In this clinic, Chris teaches you how to use classical dressage principals and exercises to improve balance, relaxation and transitions in the horse.  You do not have to be a dressage rider or have a warmblood horse to benefit from western dressage.  It is intended to help develop a more well-rounded horse through cross-discipline training. 

  • Limited to 6 students.
  • Includes breakfast, lunch, coffee, tea and water

Dates:

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Time:  10 am – 4 pm

Pricing

  • $75/student. **
  • Auditors – $15

Chris Ruthven and his stallion Cherokee at a Reining Horse competition

Introduction To Reining Clinic

In this clinic, Chris teaches you the fundamentals needed to develop your horse in the discipline of Reining.  He'll cover basic maneuvers; improving the stop, circles, lead changes, roll backs and getting your horse started on the spin.  

  • Limited to 6 students.
  • Includes breakfast, lunch, coffee, tea and water

Dates:

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Time:  10 am – 4 pm

Pricing

  • $75/student. **
  • Auditors – $15

Trail Obstacle Clinic

For our Trail Obstacle Clinic we will set up an obstacle course, which will include obstacles such as a small jump, a gate, a water crossing, a tarp alley, side passing, backing up, picking up/carrying items, mounting/dismounting, "carwash" obstacles, riding up to or around various sheets/tarps and/or flags.  This is just a general list, obstacles might change before the event.

Dates:

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Time:  10 am – 4 pm

Pricing

  • $75/student. **
  • Auditors – $15
  • No limit on number of participants
  • Includes breakfast, lunch, coffee, tea and water for participants. 

Intro To Classical Dressage with Caren RuthvenIntro To Classical Dressage Clinic

One-day clinic offering an introduction to classical dressage.  Although the discipline of classical dressage has ancient roots, in Europe dressage was first recognized as an important pursuit during the Renaissance.  Classical dressage is still considered the basis for modern dressage, i.e. competition.  The training philosophy in dressage is to build suppleness and muscle strength in the horse while mentally becoming calmer and more stable.  

Caren Ruthven will walk you through the process of introducing your horse to lunging, work in hand, and basic under saddle exercises with an emphasis on rider seat and position in accordance with classical principles.  

  • Limited to 5 students.
  • Includes lunch, coffee, tea and water

Dates:

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Time:  10 am – 4 pm

Pricing

  • $75/student. **
  • Auditors – $15

Troubleshooting Series – Attend A Clinic Or The Entire Series

Having problems with your horse and not sure how to fix them? Our clinic or series of "Trouble Shooting" will offer you a one hour one-on-one sessions with Chris Ruthven. In this series, he will guide you through what ever problems you may be encountering. You will then go home with strategies to practice and return in 4 weeks to show your progress. At the next session Chris will evaluate your progress, and help you determine how to proceed. 

  • Limited to 6 students.
  • Includes breakfast, lunch, coffee, tea and water

Series Dates:

TBA

Pricing

  • 1 Clinic – $75/student. **
  • Entire Series – $240/student. **
  • Auditors – $15

C&C Colt Company's Baby Steps Clinic helps put a great start on your young horse"Baby Steps" Clinic

Preschool for your foal. Chris Ruthven provides you with the tools, skills and exercises to help your foal become a confident horse. Bring Momma!  Find a more detailed description under Clinic Descriptions section below. 

  • Limited to 8 students.
  • Includes breakfast, lunch, coffee, tea and water

Dates:

TBA

Pricing

  • $75/student. **
  • Auditors – $15

** – A 50% deposit is required to reserve your spot with the balance due 1 week prior to the date of the clinic. All deposits are NON-refundable, unless you get your spot filled.

Contact Caren Ruthven for RSVP or more information at cccoltcompany1@gmail.com or 903-564-9844.


Clinic Descriptions

Chris Ruthven holds regular clinics and gives private lessons - www.cccoltcompany.comBaby Steps

Preschool for your young horse.  In this clinic, Chris provides you with the tools, skills and exercises to start your foals on the road to being a confident adult.  Get these building blocks in place and everything else just comes easy for them.  You will learn the skills necessary to teach your horse ground manners, be respectful, calm and trusting in your leadership, all in a way that is stress free and easily understandable for both you and your baby. 

Get it right from the very start!

Foundation Building And Repair – Troubleshooting Common Problems

Regardless of the age of the horse, the key to success is dependent on how strong its foundation training is.  Chris begins to build this foundation from the ground up, using the same techniques he would use in starting groundwork with foals.  In this way, he begins to rebuild the horses confidence and success in the learning process. 

For the horse that has already been started, but still has issues, Chris aides the student in identifying holes in the horse's foundation, troubleshooting common problems, reading the horse and learning to react sooner to the more subtle signs the horse presents before they become a big issue.  Traditional horse training is very physical and typically addresses psychological issues with physical answers.  Chris stresses the importance of addressing psychological issues with psychological answers. 

As Chris puts it, "If the software isn't right, the hardware doesn't work." 

Clinics covering topics like Problem Solving, Starting Young Horses, Foal Handling and more are covered at C&C Colt Company - www.cccoltcompany.comFrame For The Future – Taking The Next Step

Once a solid framework is in place, the horse is then prepared both mentally and physically to go in any direction with more advanced training in a specific discipline. 

To do this Chris builds on what is presented in the Foundation Building And Repair theme, further developing and refining the students' communication skills, increasing rapport and respect between horse and human, and teaching the leadership skills necessary for building a strong framework for the future.  All advanced maneuvers are simply a combination of very basic tasks.  By identifying and breaking down the individual components of a maneuver students will learn how to effectively combine any components into more advanced level movements. 

Along For The Ride – Developing Feel

Chris teaches the student how to let go in the saddle by riding with their seat rather than their reins.  By developing the riders' seat through learning to sit in the middle of the horse and using the hands for guiding rather than forcing a frame, the horse becomes softer and more responsive, and the rider becomes more confident, trusting the horse to take them for a ride rather than the rider taking the horse for a ride. 

With traditional riding lessons, the student is often encouraged to bring the horses' face toward the body with the reins in order to achieve collection.  Chris teaches the student how to bring the horses' body to the face, achieving collection in more natural way and eliminating bracing issues. 

12-Week Colt Starting Series

Learn how to start your own horse with Master Colt Starter Chris RuthvenIn this new 12-week series, Master Colt Starter Chris Ruthven walks you through the step-by-step process of developing your own horse – all the way from the ground to that first ride in the saddle and beyond. Chris's new Colt Starting Series is a fusion of the philosophy and techniques he covers in his signature Foundation Building and Repair, Frame For The Future and Along For The Ride Clinics.  Chris will guide you through the process of checking for and filling in holes in your horse's foundation.  You'll learn techniques to develop respect and confidence in your horse through ground work exercises and desensitization techniques.  Chris will also teach you how to read the horse and to react sooner to the more subtle signs your horse presents, which is usually where people run into problems when starting a horse.  By the time you are ready to step up into that saddle, your horse will be ready for it – no rushing through the process in this program!  Once under the saddle, your horse will learn how to first accept a passenger before moving on to accepting basic rider aids and beyond.

Everyone will get individual one-on-one time with Chris, and will move at the pace appropriate for each horse/human "couple".  Chris will assign customized "homework" to do between each weekly session based on individual needs.  As with any training program, there can never be any guaranteed outcome.  However, what we can guarantee is an insightful look at what it takes to start a horse under saddle, and that you will get out of this program what you put into it.  Individual results will vary depending on the age, experience, physical ability, emotional development and personality of each horse as well as the time that you devote to your assigned homework.  

We understand that not everyone can just stop everything for 30 or 60 days to attend a full-time training program.  So that's why we've set up our program to run once a week.  You can still live the dream of learning how to start your own horse from a Master Colt Starter, but still have a life.  This series will have 2 groups running at the same time in order to accommodate different scheduling needs.  Group 1 will meet every Thursday and Group 2 will meet every Sunday.  Between each week's meetings, you'll complete the homework that Chris assigned you.  Chris will be available by phone if you run into any unexpected challenges. 

Discipline specific learning is also offered at C&C Colt Company - Reining, Cutting and more offered - www.cccoltcompany.comDiscipline-Specific Learning

Lessons and clinics are also available for those seeking training for specific disciplines – please call to discuss your individual needs.

> Click here to view short video clip of Chris teaching how to start a reining spin during a clinic.