Spring horsemanship clinic schedule just announced!  The art of the trail ride!

Trail Ride training/natural horsemanship.

May 18th and 19th 2019.

Hosted by Mountain Horse Adventures. Matt and Dr.  Christine Smart VMD

Matt and Christine have owned and operated Mountain Horse Adventures in Sandpoint for 13 years, conducting safe trail rides to the general public in a high volume capacity. Matt has been a professional animal trainer for over 25 years, working with a wide variety of animals including 15 years in the zoo industry. Christine is one of the owners of Pend Orielle Veterinary service and has worked as a Veterinarian for 23 years.

377 Sugar Mountain Rd

Sandpoint, ID 83864

(208) 263-8768

Text (208) 610-2025


Learn a modern approach to Trail Rides and introduce your horse and yourself to  the art of Trail Riding and Natural Horsemanship.


  1. Learn how to introduce your horse to the trails using natural horsemanship.
  2. Learn how to familiarize your horse to all things pertaining to trail rides including tack, trailering, obstacles (such as trees, logs, water crossing, vehicles, bikes and wildlife.)
  3. Learn about trail first aid for you and your horse. Proper shoeing and hoof care for your horse.
  4. Learn how to select and train a new horse for trails and what to do when things go wrong.

Cost and Details

May  18th And 19th (Sat and Sun)

$125 per day/ $240 for both days.

Bring your own horse or borrow one of ours. (For an additional fee of $50 per day. You may request anything from Bombproof to slightly challenging).

Classes go from 9am to 5pm with a 1 hr break for lunch.


Saturday May 18th

Day one scheduled:

9 to 9:30 Participant arrival. Settle in horses/trailers for the day. Hay and water provided.

9:30 /11am: Horse needs, tack, sadding, hoof care.

11am /12pm: Veterinary care for trail rides, and trailering.

12pm/1pm Lunch break

1pm/2pm The horse trailer. Training for safe travels.

2pm / 4pm: Problem horses ( this subject may continue on into Sunday).

4pm /5pm short trail ride.

*All clinic times are approximate and will be adjusted to the participants needs.

Sunday May 19th

9am/12pm : Understanding you own horse. Going from Green to Bombproof.

12pm/1pm Lunch

1pm/ 4pm: Saddle up! Choice of 1hr training ride or 2 hour trail ride. (With time for instruction)

4pm/ 5pm Round table debrief. Open questions.


  • Understanding of the difference between fear and excitability.
  • Understanding of the difference between discipline/ reward and abuse.
  • Learn about trail problems, corrective techniques and calming techniques.
  • Understand how to desensitize your horse for trails and unique situations.

Participant notes.

Lunch is not provided, however there is a store 3 miles away.

There will be limited pens for horses during the day. First come, first served.

Dogs are not allowed on premises.

For questions call or text (208) 610-2025

Trail rides on Schweitzer Mountain, and in the Cabinet Mountains near Sandpoint, Idaho