What better way to start but to take an introductory clinic with a level 1 registered MA3 instructor to see if this sport is for you? We provide all the equipment needed and you are also welcome to bring your own equipment – just no compound bows please! In a basic 4-5 hour intro clinic we start with covering archery safety, equipment and basic shooting skills while stationary. You will learn to shoot with holding several arrows in your bow hand as well as shooting while skipping on the ground to simulating motion as being on a horse. We will also cover shooting on the ground back behind you (some targets in mounted archery are to be shot once you and your horse have traveled well past the target).
If you bring your own horse we spend time getting your horse acclimated to what it will be like for them carrying the equipment and this process starts while you are still on the ground. Next we cover carrying the equipment while you are mounted and throwing down equipment on the ground to practice for any type of emergency situation. You will start using a smaller Jr bows while mounted as they are easier to handle and learn with.
Safety comes first and you can't rush the process as your horse is learning. You can also use one of our horses as well to learn on! From these intro clinics, you can take away tips to practice at home or come practice with us as an MA3 member!
In the warm weather we practice 1-2 times a week! Schedule and location varies so contact us for details!
Fees: $120 if you bring your own horse and $140 if you borrow one of our trained mounted archery horses. This fee also includes one of the following:
- MA3 registration for individual $55.00
- MA3 registration for family $75.00
** For insurance purposes, all participants must be an MA3 member to participate!
Learn How To. . .
SHOOT ON THE GROUND
Learn shooting and safety techniques from the ground, and how to shoot while in motion. Even if you have never shot before, you will be taught and have time to practice while on the ground. We take this one step at a time and soon most are shooting quite well within an hour! You will even learn how to shoot while walking and skipping and when facing backwards to simulate back shots while on the horse.
We will teach you various nocking styles (how to get your arrow onto the string). There are several draw styles (how you pull the bow string back) and we will give you a sound basis before you ever shoot from the horses.
Desensitize the Horses
This part can't be rushed! It is vital to develop a trusting bond with your horse and we do not wish the horse to be fearful of archery. Some horses take to it easily while others need many practice sessions to be steadfast but safety remains key. Sometimes this takes several months for reactive and sensitive horse.
We introduce the horse to all the equipment, sights, sounds and movements of the archer well before we ever shoot from their backs.
Spring & Fall Shoot