Natural training horse 2021

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“Ride, learn, travel and relax – Equestrian Training Courses at Masia Can Grau”

6 days / 5 nights - 3 hours x 4 days - four different courses – half board basis
Vilafreser

Year 2020

horsemanship: 8-15 nov,
dressage&paso esp: 22-29 nov,

Year 2021, Consult for availability

You love horses and cannot decide whether to go on vacation to travel to foreign countries and cultures or stay home and spend your holidays in the stable and practice riding? With us you can do both! In our Finca Can Grau situated at the Costa Brava – the Wild Coast - at 100km north of Barcelona we offer different equestrian training courses. The courses are held in the morning half day to give enough time off to combine riding-holidays to discover the beautiful Pre-Pyrenees landscape and Catalan culture.

Ideal for holidays accompanied by friends or family no-riders, for they can practice another kind of outdoor sport (mountain, water), do sightseeing of the area or simply relax on the nearby beaches or our pool, while you are riding in the morning. As well as coming together with your best friend or buddies from the barn and enjoy a new riding and travel experience together.

The courses are designed for horse-lovers and riders with little o more experience who want to learn more about horses, horse training, different types of riding and improve their handling and riding skills. We give the possibility to adapt courses for whole groups.

Our teacher Susanne Lenk is a professional full time horse trainer. She is an official Riding Teacher, Physiotherapist for humans, Osteopath for horses and certificated Horsemanship Expert with a lot of experience in training young and difficult horses, showing on horse fares, writing for horse magazines, teaching horsemanship and giving riding lessons to students. She speaks fluent Catalan, Spanish, German and English.

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1. NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP: Introduction in ‘Doma Natural’

Do you want to know more about equine ethology to better understand your horse's behavior and be able to educate your horse in a respectful way? For example, how to motivate a horse to follow you freely in the arena? We invite you to disconnect from daily stress, live the moment, learn to relate and communicate with horses without having to use force or punishment. With the principles of ‘Doma Natural’ Horsemanship you can learn to use universal equine body language in handling from the ground and improve the reactions of your horse while ridden. In the course we adapt to the interest of the participants and work on topics such as: body language in groundwork and liberty, techniques of respectful use of ropes and reins in handling and riding, desensitization techniques without flooding the horse with fear, relaxation exercises for the horse , control and obedience exercises for the horse, preparation for bitless riding and riding with neck ring.

Riding experience: low, riders with some experience (walk, trot and canter in an arena)

Technical difficulty: low (exercises adaptable to conditions, approximately 1,5h riding daily)

Riding discipline: indifferent

Minim/maxim: 2-8 participants

 

Course duration: 4 half days Timetable: 10h00-13h00

DAY 1: Arrival in the afternoon / evening, meet the group, dinner

DAY 2: History and information about the ‘Doma Natural’ – Natural Horsmenship in Spain, Liberty work with body language in the round pen. Getting to know the horses.

DAY 3: Groundwork basic with the leash. Riding with less rein aides and more body expression

DAY 4: Groundwork getting the horse to follow and copy your moves. Riding bitless.

DAY 5: Respectful desensitization. Get the horse used to new object or situations without flooding, Riding bitless

DAY 6: Breakfast and departure

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2. SEAT & AIDS: perfecting riding skills by improving seat and aides

This course is made for grown up riders who want to improve their seat, balance and sensibility body awareness for a better communication with their horse while riding. The objective is, having horse and rider feeling and acting as one sol being. In order to reach that magnificent goal the rider has to be in balance without being stiff for the horse to become light on the aides. In a calm and affable setting, without military style teaching, far away from competitions and stress, we give the opportunity to feel the horse and experiment riding with new body awareness.

Our certificated riding teacher is a physiotherapist for humans too and combines these two professions to the benefit of riders and horses performance. She will evaluate the riding skills and physical conditions of each participant and elaborate an individual plan of exercises. During the course we will do physical exercises on the ground as a preparation of the rider’s body and mindset before getting on the horse like stretching, flexibility, coordination, body awareness and strength. In the riding lessons we will work on the seat and balance but as well the rider’s sensibility and capacity to communicate in a subtle manner to the horse. We give the possibility to take extra individual physiotherapist treatments or riding lessons.

Riding experience: low, riders with some experience (walk, trot and canter in an arena)

Technical difficulty: low (exercises adaptable to conditions, approximately 1,5h riding daily)

Riding discipline: suitable for all English rding styles like dressage, jumping, trail and leisure

Minim/maxim: 2-8 participants

 

Course duration: 4 half days Timetable: 10h00-13h00

DAY 1: Arrival in the afternoon / evening, meet the group, dinner

DAY 2: Stretching for riders on the ground, preparation of the horses, riding session get to know the horses and assessment of the physical condition and riding skills, developing exercise plan on the ground

DAY 3: Balance and coordination on the ground, riding session improve seat and balance, stretching for riders on the ground

DAY 4: Strength and condition on the ground, riding session improve independent coordination of aides, relaxing techniques for riders on the ground

DAY 5: Body awareness on the ground, riding session subtle communication with the horse, stretching for riders on the ground

DAY 6: Breakfast and departure

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3. DRESSAGE & SPANISH WALK: Introduction into the traditional Spanish riding style ‘Doma Vaquera’ and the Spanish walk

Do you want to become a Spanish horseman – or woman – ‘Vaquero’ and learn the traditional way of Spanish riding the ‘Doma Vaquera’? We give you the opportunity to ride horses in the saddle of Spanish cowboys with sheep lining and large iron stirrups in the typical manner. The ‘Doma Vaquera’ is originally a working equitation with cattle and bulls. Today it has become a discipline of dressage which shows the skills and coordination between horse and rider. The horse is handled with one hand only, in different figures in walk and gallop. In the course we show how to use the seat and legs to guide the horse in order to be able to ride with one hand only on the reins. In substitution of the traditional severe ‘serreta’ as a bit we will use a soft bit according to our convictions of the horse’s welfare. During the course the participants learn how we instruct the horse in the execution of the Spanish walk ‘El paso español’.

Riding experience: low, riders with some experience (walk, trot and canter in an arena)

Technical difficulty: low (exercises adaptable to conditions, approximately 1,5h riding daily)

Riding discipline: indifferent

Minim/maxim: 2-8 participants

 

Course duration: 4 half days Timetable: 10h00-13h00

DAY 1: Arrival in the afternoon / evening, meet the group, dinner

DAY 2: History and information about the traditional Spanish way of riding ‘Doma Vaquera’, Preparation of the horses, Sessions of riding in two groups, get to know the horses and typical exercises ridden in ‘Doma Vaquera’

DAY 3: Teaching horse Spanish walk, Sessions of riding in two groups, aides in preparation of one handed riding

DAY 4: Teaching horse Spanish walk, Sessions of riding in two groups, one handed riding, exercises of ‘Doma Vaquera’

DAY 5: Teaching horse Spanish walk, Sessions of riding in two groups, one handed riding, exercises of ‘Doma Vaquera’

DAY 6: Breakfast and departure

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4. DRESSAGE & ”GARROCHA”: Introduction into the traditional Spanish riding style ‘Doma Vaquera’ and ‘Garrocha’

Do you want to become a Spanish horseman – or woman – ‘Vaquero’ and learn the traditional way of Spanish riding the ‘Doma Vaquera’? We give you the opportunity to ride horses in the saddle of Spanish cowboys with sheep lining and large iron stirrups in the typical manner. The ‘Doma Vaquera’ is originally a working equitation with cattle and bulls. Today it has become a discipline of dressage which shows the skills and coordination between horse and rider. The horse is handled with one hand only, in different figures in walk and gallop. In the course we show how to use the seat and legs to guide the horse in order to be able to ride with one hand only on the reins. In substitution of the traditional severe ‘serreta’ as a bit we will use a soft bit according to our convictions of the horse’s welfare. During the course the participants learn to handle the ‘Garrocha’, a wooden bar to drive the cattle, which is now used to show the riders coordination and horse’s obedience in difficult figures. The ‘garrocha’ es to the Spanish ‘Vaquero’ what the lasso es to the American cowboy.

Riding experience: low, riders with some experience (walk, trot and canter in an arena)

Technical difficulty: low (exercises adaptable to conditions, approximately 1,5h riding daily)

Riding discipline: indifferent

Minim/maxim: 2-8 participants

 

Course duration: 4 half days Timetable: 10h00-13h00

DAY 1: Arrival in the afternoon / evening, meet the group, dinner

DAY 2: History and information about the traditional Spanish way of riding ‘Doma Vaquera’, Preparation of the horses, Sessions of riding in two groups, get to know the horses and typical exercises ridden in ‘Doma Vaquera’

DAY 3: Sessions of riding in two groups, aides in preparation of one handed riding, handling the garrocha on the ground without the horse

DAY 4: Sessions of riding in two groups, one handed riding, exercises of ‘Doma Vaquera’, getting the horse used to the garrocha from the ground

DAY 5: Sessions of riding in two groups, one handed riding, exercises of ‘Doma Vaquera’ with the garrocha

DAY 6: Breakfast and departure

 

Extras

• individual physiotherapist treatments,
• individual riding lessons,
• half or full day ride,
• visitit of a traditional saddler manufacturer and riding equipment shop,
• winery visits 

Accommodation

Masia Can Grau www.masiacangrau.com