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Horsemanship Clinic


Horsemanship is not just a skill; it’s a way of life. We are passionate about sharing the vital horsemanship skills that are the backbone of our operation. Join us for an unforgettable experience that will bring you closer to your trusted equine partner and closer to the heart of the 6666 Ranch.

 

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6666 Ranch Horsemanship Clinic


Join us for an unforgettable experience at the 6666 Ranch Horsemanship Clinic. Set against the backdrop of the legendary 6666 Ranch, this three-day clinic promises to be an extraordinary journey to better your horsemanship skills and develop the feel necessary to take your riding to a new level. Led by Four Sixes Ranch General Manager Joe Leathers and assisted by our experienced 6666 Ranch Cowboys, participants will gain invaluable insights into horsemanship and develop a feel, all while immersed in the rich heritage of this iconic ranch.

Joe Leathers 6666 Ranch

Please note that participants’ horses must have a minimum of 90 days under saddle, as this clinic is not geared toward colt starting. A sound and willing horse is crucial to your personal growth as a horseman and to fostering a positive learning environment for all participants. 

You will be treated to hearty breakfasts and delicious lunches served right at the ranch. RV hookups are available for added convenience, or you can choose from a list of local hotels just a short drive away. With your evenings free, you’ll be able to explore nearby dining options just a short drive from the ranch for dinner. During your stay at the 6666 Ranch, you’ll have the opportunity to overnight your horse on-site where many of the industry’s greats have lived. 

Whether you join us with your horse or as an auditor, prepare for full days of riding from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a midday break for lunch. Auditors are welcome to participate for the entire clinic or choose daily access, which includes both breakfast and lunch as well.

Come ready to absorb the wisdom of these great horsemen and take in the breathtaking views of the ranch. With countless hours in the saddle, Joe and our 6666 Ranch cowboys are ready to share their unparalleled expertise. Don’t miss this opportunity to enrich your horsemanship skills while enjoying the iconic Four Sixes Ranch.

Handy Horsemanship


Born 1958, Joe Leathers has been horseback working for some of the largest ranches in Texas. Starting and finishing hundreds of horses and working with different cowboys has given Joe a unique perspective of not only horses but horsemen.

Joe Leathers 6666 RanchJoe believes that a good horseman is someone who has a program, but has the ability to change that program to be able to get into the horse’s mind and not just control his body. The ability to break down and control the different body parts of a horse is imperative to creating a handy horse. This includes “without resistance” the head, neck, shoulders, ribs and hip. A Handy Horse becomes a partner that moves freely and willingly to accomplish any job you wish to perform.

Developing Feel

There are a lot of people who know how to start a horse and put a foundation on that horse, but many do not understand how to take that foundation and build on it to make what Joe calls a “handy horse”. Building on that foundation takes “feel” from the rider, and the message being received creates willing responses from the horse to accomplish the job that is placed before him.

Joe says that it is very hard to teach feel. Feel is something that has to be experienced. Once you experience feel, it creates a “WOW moment” in the rider’s abilities and allows them to accomplish anything imaginable with their horse. No matter what discipline you use your horse in or what job you have to do, once you’re in the horse’s mind and he’s moving freely and willingly then he needs a job to do in order to apply what you both are learning.

Have Questions?


Please see Frequently Asked Questions below.

Four Sixes Ranch Nutriments Joins Horsemanship Clinics as Branded Partner Sponsor

GUTHRIE, TEXAS, April 1, 2024 — 6666 Ranch Nutriments is proud to announce our official partnership with the Four Sixes Ranch as a sponsor of their esteemed Four Sixes Ranch Horsemanship Clinics.
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Clinic Fee

• $1500 for 3 Day Horsemanship Clinic
• $1250 for 3 Day Horsemanship Clinic riding Return To The Remuda Sale Graduate

Audit Fee

• $375 for 3 Day Horsemanship Clinic
• $250 for 2 Day Horsemanship Clinic

Upcoming Clinics

May. 2

6666 Ranch Horsemanship Clinic

Guthrie, Tx

Sep. 5

6666 Ranch Horsemanship Clinic

Guthrie, Tx

This clinic met all my expectations. I have gained much knowledge and experience.

Dean Harvey

I had a wonderful time. Would rather spend 3 days in Guthrie than 2 weeks in Hawaii. The course was great.

Clint Henson

It really helped with my confidence.

Regina Faucette

We audited this clinic and it exceeded my expectations! Joe was very inclusive and made sure participants and auditors understood material. What a wonderful experience this has been.

Dakota Apke

Good time that challenged us and our horses.

Mike Jeffcoat

Joe was extremely informative and very good at explaining what to do and why. I appreciated his willingness to go the extra mile to help on problems not direclty related to what he was teaching. I would definetly recommend him.

Beverly Clevenger

Joe's approach to teaching horses and people is unmatched. Thank you for this opportunity!

Mary Belle Olson

Everybody was so helpful and nice. My horse and I improved so much.

Lauren Evans

This was a great clinic. Joe was a calm, honest and positive teacher.

Dayna & Bree Latham

I had no expectations. With that being said it filled all and some. Joe’s layering was just what I needed. He worked horses on the ground exceptionally.

Lisa Penton

Fantastic! Joe is awesome.

Gina Volturo

I enjoyed Joe's style of teaching. I improved as well as my horse. I like that he broke it down and allowed us to go one at a time.

Tonja Challis Branson

Joe's subtle observations are uncanny - he can see what the horse is thinking. He teaches with empathy based on his lifetime lessons. Highly recommneded of course! (Although I prefer to keep him a secret!)

Kate Caballero

"My wife Chris and I own Big Creek Land and Livestock, a cattle and horse breeding operation in central Kentucky. We also specialize in hosting various horse activities at our facilities. We recently had the opportunity to host Joe and Louise Leathers for a horsemanship clinic. It truly was an awesome experience. Joe is a top-tier horseman who has tremendous communication skills that create an excellent environment for learning. His horsemanship skills combined with his years cowboying and managing the sixes present a unique blend of instruction. From the foundation to the finish, his style of instruction truly encourages and elevates horse and rider to the next level. We would highly recommend Joe to anyone seeking to learn and grow their knowledge and horsemanship skills."

Mike and Chris StokleyBig Creek Land and Livestock

"You touched all of our lives deeply. Handy Horsemanship with Joe Leathers is a 5-star clinic. Joe sets the tone for a positive encouraging learning environment that is unparalleled in any clinic I’ve ever attended. Mr Leathers helps you identify where you and your horse are and works to help you find the feel, and when you are pushing you and your horse past your learning limit. His patience to help me find the feel was one of the most selfless patient acts he could give each of us. He did not get on my horse and show me my horse could do it, he guided me through attaining movements with my horse through better communication. I honestly was overwhelmed by the positive environment he led. Each of us encouraged each other inspired by the example Joe led with. Truly the best learning and growing clinic I’ve attended! So blessed and fortunate he was willing to travel to KY and help me in my horsemanship journey. His knowledge and ability to share that on my level of understanding was amazing!"

Susan Dickinson

It met more than I expected.

Landon Bruhn

"I attended the Joe Leathers clinic in July at the Stokley’s place. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. I grew up riding English at home in Denmark, so Western riding is new to me. My horse is an older horse but very green in his training and Joe’s way of explaining his way of doing things helped me out tremendously and therefore helped my horse understand what I was trying to make him do. Joe is a very good teacher, and I could see it in his eyes that he really enjoyed the young generation of the clinic. Well done Joe! I hope you’re coming back to Kentucky soon."

John Hugerup Rasmussen

This clinic exceed my expectations. He was very one on one with everyone and made sure questions were answered and understood. I loved that he didn't use dead broke horses.

Hannah Austin

Joe Leathers did an outstanding job and was very helpful to all of us who attended. We worked on so many things to help make ourselves and our horses better and I would definitely jump at the chance to spend more hours in the saddle with him teaching us the correct way to put our horses in the best position to get the job done correctly…I’m 77 years old and never too old to learn from a pro like Joe Leathers.

Bill Mauk

I learned it is more important to use my legs than the reins to direct your horse because it gives your horse more feel and he/she will start to yield to your leg pressure. I also learned that neck reining is for speed and to use a voice command for more speed. After taking what I learned and applying it to my own horse, he is more focused, stands better, and has more feel. While tracking the roping dummy he stays more focused on it. He doesn’t look off to the side and stays right with it. Even when we rope the dummy he stays right with it. I learned what feel really feels like, my horse is responding to lighter pressure and making bigger yields.

Kenleigh French13-years-old

I attended my first Joe Leathers Clinic this July 2023. I was seriously lacking confidence and knowledge of the breakdown and control of the different body parts and creating a partnership with my horse. In just three days of the clinic, I noticed an improved demeanor in my horse (and myself) and an improved relationship with him. This clinic has opened a new door for me which I am eager to go through. Joe - I cannot thank you enough. Looking forward to more with Joe in the future.

Joanne SharpsteenWinchester, KY

This clinic was worth it's weight in gold x5, Joe & Brandy are attentive to everyone's needs & experience levels.

Suzi BrownGravois Mills, MO

Joe Leathers is walking talking encyclopedia of knowledge. And most important of all, he knows how to express that knowledge to people. I can't wait to bring my family here.

Nick CaronnaLake Havasu City, AZ

Joe was very informative and helpful. He took the time with each individual as needed providing important feedback to them to make them successful.

Judi HamakerVan Wert, IA

This clinic gave me the tools to create a better foundation for my horse and make my horse soft and responsive.

Ryan HusemanAmarillo, TX

My experience was awesome, I got to learn from great people at a great place. I learned so much that will help me with my horsemanship down the road.

Charles RussellUmbarger, TX

Joe did a great job of breaking down each task to make it achievable quickly. It worked on all levels of horses at the clinic.

Wendy WeemsCollinsville, TX

What is the order of events for each day?

All times are approximate, here is a general schedule.

Day 1

7:45 a.m. – Meet under the fly for breakfast and meet fellow clinic participants.

8:30-9:00 a.m.  – Warm up horses in the arena.

9 a.m. – The first day will be kicked off by a welcome from Joe Leathers and introductions by the participants as he evaluates and assesses each horse and rider’s experience and needs. From there participants will dive into developing new skills while mastering drills that will be valuable tools to take home and continue to apply. Joe will offer instruction and feedback to ensure participants get the most out of the clinic and participants are encouraged to ask questions.

11:30 a.m. – Break for lunch

1:00 p.m.  – Q & A Session, followed by continued learning and drills. End the day with a review.

Day 2

7:45 a.m. – Meet under the fly for breakfast and meet fellow clinic participants.

8:30-9:00 a.m. – Warm up horses in the arena.

9 a.m. – Start the day off with Joe by learning new skills and drills.

11:30 a.m. – Break for lunch

1:00 a.m. Q & A session, followed by continued learning and drills. End the day with a review.

Day 3

7:45 a.m. – Meet under the fly for breakfast and meet fellow clinic participants.

8:30-9:00 a.m. – Warm up horses in the arena.

9 a.m. – Start the day off with Joe learning new skills and drills.

11:30 a.m. – Break for lunch

1:00 a.m. – Q & A session, followed by fine tuning skills. End the day with Joe out on the ranch prowling the pasture.

Does my horse have to be broke to participate in the clinic?

Participants’ horses must have a minimum of 90 days of riding experience to be eligible for the clinic.

What if my horse or I need more attention than others who are more advanced? Is there any one-on-one time?

The way that the clinic is structured, all participants will benefit whether they are beginner, intermediate or advanced riders. Joe’s style of instruction is similar to layering a cake. He starts with the foundation that all horses should have, improving and fine tuning what is already in place and developing new skills. He will then move on to more complex skills that are appropriate for each rider. This allows everyone to progress at their own pace, while still having the support of the group.

Is there any one-on-one time?

Joe takes the time to understand each rider and horse’s needs and tailors his instruction accordingly. Even though this clinic is in a group setting, every participant gets one-on-one instruction with each drill and takes the time to ensure that each individual rider and horse gets the attention and instruction they need to progress.

Can auditors ask questions and partake in conversations regarding the clinic?

Yes, auditors are included in all class discussions, and it is encouraged for both riders and auditors to ask questions throughout the clinic.

Will there be seating for auditors, or do we need to bring chairs?

Plastic folding chairs are available for auditors, but we recommend attendees bring their own outdoor chairs from home if they prefer something more comfortable.

Can participants use video cameras, phones, etc. to record or take photos of the clinic?

Auditors and riders are permitted to take photos and videos throughout the clinic. If you post them on social media, please tag the ranch and use the hashtags #6666Ranch and #6666HorsemanshipClinic #6666Horsemanship

If I bring a friend to keep me company and help out will they be required to pay an auditor fee?

If your companion is planning on sitting in the stands or eating meals at the chuckwagon, they will need to pay for a three-day audit.

If something comes up and someone can’t make it or must leave during the clinic, will any refund be given?

If a participant has already paid a deposit but cannot attend, they are able to move their clinic reservation to another available date. In the case where the participant will not be able to attend at all, everything except the deposit will be refunded. It’s important to note that once the clinic has started, there are no refunds available. If the participant needs to make any changes or discuss their situation further, they should reach out to the clinic organizers as soon as possible to explore available options.

Is the deposit refundable?

No, the deposit is non-refundable. However, if you are unable to attend the clinic you signed up for because of illness, family emergency, horse injury, etc. you are allowed to move your deposit to a future date.

If a participant/auditor must bring their children, is there an additional cost for them?

Only clinic riders and auditors are allowed to attend. If the participant is under 18, a parent is allowed to attend as an auditor free of charge.

Can participants/auditors tour the ranch?

Unfortunately, we are not staffed to offer tours of the ranch. However, we will provide some time during the clinic for you to visit the Horse Division Clinic and view the stallions if you would like.

Are Coggins or UTD shot records required?

A current Coggins and health certificate is required on your horse.

Is there a farrier on site if my horse pulls a shoe?

We cannot guarantee that a farrier will be on-site during each clinic.

Is there anything that we need to bring for ourselves or our horses?

We recommend bringing water, snacks, and a lawn chair to relax after the clinic. For your horse, you are responsible for all their needs including but not limited to tack, buckets, feed, etc.

Is there a dress code?

Jeans and boots are required. We recommend you check your favorite app on the website for local weather and come prepared for the season.

Does the ranch offer bunkhouses or living quarters for clinic participants?

No, there are not accommodations available at the ranch. Participants can rent an RV Spot for $50 per night or at one of the <hotels/motels> nearby.

Are there hotels/motels nearby?

The Four Sixes Ranch is very remote. Please visit this <link> for a list of nearby accommodations.

Are RV hookups available?

Yes, RV hookups are available for $50 per night. There is not water or sewer at the hookup, but there is a nice portable restroom close by.

Are generators allowed for RV/Living Quarter Trailers?

Visitors are not allowed to run generators while on ranch property.

Are there public restrooms available?

We do have a public restroom available for ranch guests.

Are there public showers available?

Sorry, there are no public showers available.

Are meals supplied during the clinic?

Each day participants will experience a Chuckwagon breakfast and lunch prepared by veteran cowboy and renowned Chuckwagon Cook Charlie Ferguson under the fly and with the Sixes Wagon on all three days of instruction. Participants can gather in the 6666 Ranch Fly at 7:30 a.m., located beside the covered arena. We will start with a prayer and breakfast will be served by 7:45 a.m. Participants are responsible for their own evening meal.

What will the Chuckwagon be serving for Breakfast and Lunch?

Charlie keeps the Sixes’ Cowboys well-fed as they work their way through branding season and will do the same for you! He serves up hearty meals and there will be plenty for everyone including mouthwatering dishes like cornbread, coffee break cake, biscuits and everyone’s favorite, buttermilk pie.

What if I have a food allergy?

Please make us aware of any allergies you may have in advance of your arrival at the ranch, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Is alcohol allowed on the premises?

Alcohol is prohibited on the premises.

Is there a veterinarian on the premises?

There are veterinarians on the premises for emergencies. If you need a non-emergency appointment, please call several weeks in advance to schedule.

Are there stalls available?

Yes, accommodations for one horse is included with each clinic registration. Depending on the season and availability, it may be an indoor stall or outdoor pen.

Am I allowed to arrive at the ranch a few days early or depart a few days late?

We understand that some participants may be traveling long distances and would like to allow for their horses to settle in and rest before the clinic, so we do allow arrivals on the Tuesday before the clinic and departures on the Sunday following the clinic. Arrangements must be made one week prior to your arrival by calling (806) 596-4424.

Who will feed my horse during my stay?

Participants are responsible for feeding their horse.

Do participants have access to the arena when the clinic is not in session?

Yes, participants are allowed to ride in the arena before and after the clinic each day.

Are participants allowed to ride on the ranch while the clinic is not in session?

No, participants are not allowed to ride on the ranch, in the pastures or around the pens. The only place available for riding is the arena unless participants are accompanied by Joe.

Is there any herd, cow or fence work included in the clinic?

This clinic is focused on horsemanship and does not include competition training.

Will Joe tune my horse for me?

The objective of the clinic is to improve your horsemanship skills and develop the feel necessary to take your riding to a new level. Joe does not make a practice of riding participants’ horses because through his instruction he gives the rider the ability to break down and control the different body parts which is imperative to creating a handy horse and in turn will result in the horse responding and riding properly.

Can participants lease/rent a horse to use in the clinic?

Unfortunately, we do not have any horses available for lease or rent for participants. For those unable to bring their own horse we encourage them to sign up as an auditor.

Are there any recommendations to consider before attending the clinic?

To benefit from the three-day clinic your horse should be in good physical condition. He or she should be fit enough to be ridden for three consecutive days without experiencing soreness or exhaustion. Also, we recommend that your horse’s teeth have been checked within the past 10 months.

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