Back Country Horsemen of B.C.: Saddle up at horsemen’s clinic

Local horse-riding enthusiasts have a great opportunity Saturday to take their passion to a new level.

Local horse-riding enthusiasts have a great opportunity Saturday to take their passion to a new level.

The West Kootenay Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of British Columbia (BCHBC) is offering a full-day symposium on a range of topics related to horses and wilderness and back-country riding.

“One of our mandates is to educate our members and all horse people on the back country and the safety aspect, the actual use of the horses in the back country,” said the West Kootenay Chapter’s Rick Fillmore.

The four clinics will educate participants about different bit styles and how they affect a horse’s movement, discovering the benefits of barefoot hoof care, identifying wild edibles, and how to physically and mentally prepare a horse for the experience of back country riding.

Each horse has its own temperament and understanding its needs and tendencies is a vital part of riding.

“They are all different,” says Fillmore. “They’re just like people, (they) all have different temperaments.”

The symposium is open to all, and starts at 9 a.m. at the Warfield Hall.

“It’s basically for anybody who wants to learn about horsemanship and how your horse works.”

For more information contact Laurie by email at laurie.merlo@gmail.ca or Rick at 367-9834.