M and M Horsemanship, Mark and Miranda Lyon

M & M Horsemanship

Mark and Miranda proudly feed Purina products to ensure that the best nutrition is provided for their horses.
They want them to perform their best, so why not feed them the best.

M and M Horsemanship, Mark and Miranda Lyon
Please see our schedule for scheduled clinics and when we may be in your area.

Contact: Miranda (501)249-0117 or Mark (402)680-2257

Private Clinics
Schedule a private clinic for your organization, family, or you and your friends!

Host a Clinic!
If you are interested in hosting one of our clinics, we have options available for different agendas and ways to make it worth your while. We are always
available for question by clinic participants and hosts about clinics to do our part in helping keep it organized and run smoothly. We will also design flyers for your clinic to help you get the word out in your community. It is up to the host to arrange advertisement, details of the facility, and lunch options for the clinic.

Clinic Styles and Details
All clinics can be 2, 3, and 4 days or longer if needed

1. A morning session on one topic and afternoon session on a different topic.

2. All day clinic on one topic with a lunch break

3. Private clinics working on any desired topic. These are often diversified in content, and range from roping to mounted shooting to packing sometimes in
the same day. We often do these for a large family or group of friends.

Clinic Topics

Basic Horsemanship
Horsemanship I
Horsemanship II
Trail Obstacles
Extreme Trail Obstacles
Cow Working
Western Dressage
Ranch Horse Versatility
Ranch Roping
Trick Training

Contact Miranda (501)249-0117 to get more information about hosting a clinic.

Clinic and Demo Descriptions
Mark and Miranda teach horsemanship as the basis of working with a horse. This helps the person understand their horse and why and how they do things along with what they may expect next. With this knowledge a person can help the horse in any situation to help them accomplish any task they need the horse to do. Horsemanship can be defined as the ability to move any part of the horse’s body, at any time, with little or no resistance. It can, and is often compared to dancing, to be a good dance couple they must move fluidly and without resistance together, one leading the dance directing the timing and cadence as well as the movements. The follower, willingly following the direction and influence of the leader.
This is accomplished in dancing and horseback riding by feel. M&M focus on what kind of feel the person is offering their horse along with the feel their horse is offering them to make the communication between the horse and rider soft. The person’s body position is just as important as the horse’s body position when performing maneuvers, so the focus to improve how the person sits a horse is just as important. Mark and Miranda like to make this experience fun by trying to incorporate tasks or games that promote good horsemanship and that improve your horse as well.

Basic horsemanship will cover groundwork, proper fit and selection of tack, and basic riding fundamentals

Ground work, getting the horse to move all four feet independently or together from the ground willingly, not pulling on the handler, with respect and without fear. This includes moving the hind legs over both directions from the walk and trot, moving the front feet over both directions away from the handler, and backing up softly and correctly from both body language and a soft cue. Walking and trotting a circle around the handler with proper arc and without resistance.
Tack we will cover saddles, blankets, bits and bridles, reins, and accoutrements, different styles and their proper use and fitting, how, when and why to use them, the advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of tack.
Riding we will cover walking, trotting, and loping as students are ready, we will focus on the proper position of riding and the proper way to direct the horse. We demonstrate and explain lateral flexion and how and why we use it to direct the horse. We will cover moving the hindquarters left and right at a walk and trot, moving the front feet left and right, and backing up softly and correctly. We will start to explain vertical flexion and why it is important and how to get it correctly, this is one of the components of a soft feel.

Horsemanship 1 will continue on in proper body position and motion while riding and how to best complement the horse while in a particular gate, how to direct the horse to take the correct lead from the trot. Advancing the lateral movements of the hind and fore quarters and beginning to incorporate advanced maneuvers into riding. Emphasis will be placed on getting a soft feel and developing the horses proper carriage.

Advanced horsemanship
Advanced horsemanship will continue on and will cover any subject that the student and horse want to cover, this may range from riding one handed or without hands preparing for the maneuvers needed to work cows or compete in reining. All aspects of horseback riding may be covered with an emphasis on the feel between you and your horse. Some topics we have covered are jumping, dressage, reining maneuvers, polo, bridle horse training,

Problem solving
Problem solving is a clinic where we retrain horses and their owners so they can perform better together. Some horses have developed habits that can be dangerous or harmful to themselves or humans that are around, these may include but are not limited to: not wanting to load or unload quietly in a trailer, pulling back when tied, kicking, biting, aggressive around feed, not standing still when saddling or mounting, prancing or jigging while being ridden, difficult to ride away from home or other horses, rearing, bucking, spooking at objects, etc.

Trail obstacles
Learn to advance your horsemanship while building the horse’s confidence and trust using natural or manmade obstacles in practical applications. In this clinic we arrange obstacles to test the horses trust and obedience, when obstacles are accomplished it builds confidence and trust in the horse and rider. We help each participant identify types of obstacles to work on to develop the communication and give ideas on obstacles that are easy to construct and use. Tips and advice are included on getting a better score on obstacle course competitions as well as use in practical real world application.

Low stress stock handling and ranch roping
This clinic will teach you and your horse how to handle and move livestock using low stress principals, and advanced stock handling and doctoring techniques like roping and doctoring cattle in the open. This clinic will teach you where to be and when in order to get cattle to move where you want. Tips on making cattle easier to work, improving your horses cow sense, and rating balance point and pressure. Ranch roping may focus on real world application or strategies for competition, various loops and their uses and advantages, and one, two or three man doctoring techniques.

This demo teaches you how to introduce spooky objects to your horse and how that translates from Theory to the trail

Teaching verses training
Developing your relationship with your horse by understanding the how and why, transferring horsemanship into practical application

Using cattle to improve your horse’s performance
This clinic will show you how to use the horse’s natural curiosity and play drive to enhance their performance and encourage motivation in your horse.

Developing a partnership within the relationship
Deepen the relationship and partnership of your horse thru trust, commitment and discipline. Learn to work with your horse instead of working your horse, Develop the mind of your horse to be your teammate. We help people and their horses work with each other.

Vaquero horsemanship demystified, beginning to bridle horse
This is a demo that explains the rituals and traditions used in Vaquero horsemanship, and teaches the reason behind them, and why they are still valuable today.

Using How and Why instead of What
This demo shows what we have been taught, done the wrong way or for the wrong reason can be dangerous and ineffective. After learning How and Why your training skills will progress to a much higher level and you will be able to decide which methods are right for your situation.

Cowboy Dressage
Learn the advantages and drawbacks to western and english disciplines and how to combine the best of both worlds. This clinic will show the elements of competition and how that may be accomplished in western or english tack using one or two hands. This class will focus on proper movement and carriage and will touch on the history of Dressage and the western Bridle horse.

Ranch Horse Versatility
This clinic demonstrates the five classes in a Ranch Horse competition. It will touch on what is expected in each class and the desired response and attitude of the horse. We will explain what the judges are looking for, the general rules and reveal showing tips and training exercises to improve your score next time. The five classes are Ranch Riding, Trail, Ranch Reining, Cow working, and Confirmation.

Ranch Riding focuses on the general riding ability of your horse, the horse should transition between gaits smoothly and crisply, be able to vary the speed of each gait willingly, should be guided easily, and have a good expression.

Ranch Trail this class demonstrates the ability of your horse to negotiate objects that may be found on the ranch, and be able to complete jobs that may be required of a ranch horse, these may include crossing water, logs or bridge, dragging a object with a rope, opening and closing a gate, standing still while mounting or dismounting, standing still while ground tied or hobbled, and various other tasks.

Ranch Reining in this class the horse and rider complete a pattern consisting of loping large fast and small slow circles in both directions, lead changes, stops, a backup, rollbacks, and spins in both directions.

Cow working this class is composed of three parts boxing, fencing and circling or roping. In this class the horse and rider start in the middle of the arena, they call for their cow and one is released into the pen. The contestant then has 3 to 4 min. to complete the required elements. The contestant first boxes the cow, meaning shows control by keeping the cow on one end of the arena for a period of time, when the rider thinks they have shown control they drive it down the arena keeping it close the arena fence, after the cow passes a marker placed at the middle the rider cues the horse to pass the cow and turn it the other way, when the cow stops and turns the horse does also keeping close to the cow, they then drive the cow back the other way turning it again before it reaches the corner, these turns on the fence may be repeated until the cow slows. This is called fencing. The rider must then circle up the cow meaning drive the cow in a small circle each way or rope the cow, some associations allow either, some specify one or the other, if roping normally there is a two loop limit.

Conformation is the last class it is done at the end of the day, the horse are unsaddled led in to the arena one at a time walked toward the judge, after passing the judge they trot away and turn while the judge watches how they move, they then line up and the judge walks around and gives each one a score based on the desired conformation of a working ranch horse.

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Man prepares the horse for competition, but the victory comes from God.
~Proverbs 21:31~