Back to Nature: Horse Clinic on the Buffalo National River

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Jill M. Rohrbach

If riding horses is your way of getting in tune with nature, here’s an upcoming clinic for you. Actually, it’s more like two clinics in one. Mark & Dusty present The Adventure Clinic: Breaking the Language Barrier & The Complete Trail Riding Clinic.

The cost is $400 per horse/rider and includes three days of instruction on July 23-25. Check-in is 9 a.m. on Friday, and the event concludes at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The fee does not include meals and the camping fee at Steele Creek Horse Camp on the Buffalo National River near Ponca. You’ll pay $10 a night for camping.

America's First National River (1972)Space is limited to 10 horses/riders. You can secure your reservation with a 50 percent deposit. The balance is then due when you check in for the clinic. Proof of negative coggins is required, of course. Front shoes or boots are recommended for horses.

All camping essentials from food to drinking cups to insect repellant is your responsibility. You need to provide feed, hay and water (buckets too) for your horse. Proper horse camping is one of the topics that will be discussed throughout the weekend.

For reservations, contact Mark Peterson at 651-238-2017 or You can learn more about Mark and Dusty at

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