Definitely a clinic on trailering & trailering safety... in addition to proper wrapping, loading and all the horse-related stuff; it would be great to include a part dealing with how to inspect a trailer to make sure its safe to transport a horse- no rusted-out floors, etc.; and how to maintain a trailer... that kind of thing.
Overall horse health- first aid, 'warning signs' of common illnesses, when to call a vet, how to properly wrap and bandage, identifying lamenesses, etc. Also, a general overview on things like the importance of dental care; what proper hoof form looks like, etc. (and anything else not often taught to students)... it would be great if your vet and/or farrier could come and deliver these parts of the clinic (if they have the time/willingness).
Tack fitting- how to assess proper saddle fit for both horse and rider (maybe a local, reputable saddle fitter could come out and give a demo); also, proper bridle, bit and martingale fitting...
I also like the ideas about horse anatomy, human first aid, show preparation, tack care, etc.
Originally Posted by Martha Drum
...But I don't want to sit helmetless on my horse while he lies on the ground kicking a ball around without a bridle while Leatherface does an interpretive dance with his chainsaw around us.
Have a George Morris style Jumping Clinic. Collect a bunch of photos and possibly videos, and critique them explaining what you're looking for and why. Then have the kids critique some photos themselves, and review their critiques, gently pointing out inaccuracies or things they might have missed.
Jane Marshall Dillon's Form Over Fences is a wonderful resource for this, even though the clothes and tack are very dated, the content is very fresh.
You can also have a judging clinic with videos. First give a general lecture on the judging standard and what judges are looking for, and then explain how to mark and score a card. Then show video of a couple of rounds and explain how you would score them. Then pass out judge's cards, and play video of a small class of 6 - 10 trips and have everyone mark cards, score and place the class.
Tremendous learning experience that sharpens the eye with the side benefit that it will cut down on the bitching about the judges at shows!
Great idea, btw. Glad to hear someone's trying to produce horsemen, not just riders.