As bookings come in for this years' courses it is good to remember all the courses we ran in our first season starting last September. It's incredible to think that only started running courses in September last year, the response was amazing. All the courses had so much going on so this will be a Course Review Series for those people who were unable to come or un decided get a flavour for what goes on here at Cortijo de Segura during a course.
Lesley headed up the course with her incredible knowledge of hooves and trimming which also included hoof dissection, Rachel went into detail about how lifestyle and diet can affect the horses hooves and Claire showed how to train horses to have their feet trimmed. It was a brilliant in depth course covering much more than just trimming with wonderful participants.
We also had great fun socialising and cooking together in between learning.
Everyone learnt so much and the horses were great considering it was their first course with lots of new people handling their feet. They are all rescue horses with either emotional and/ or physical problems due to neglect, we were very proud of them.
We love learning from Lesley and are really lucky that she is helping us with our rescues, the ongoing coaching for the hoof trimming is invaluable. She is also a trained saddle fitter for Free and Easy saddles which are completely adjustable and move with the horse. As the horses change shape from season to season and develop physically we can adjust the saddle to make sure we have the best fit and the horses remain comfortable.
We are really looking forward to running this course again in March and an advanced Hoof Trimming for Horse Owners in September.
I was fortunate enough to see Lesley Holehouse run her hoof trimming course last year. It was brilliant! What an informative lady. And as for the venue, ahhhhhhhh.
Relaxing by the pool with a glass of wine. Alfresco candle lit dinners. Sitting with like minded people. The positivity flowed. I came home feeling as if I had been on holiday, as well as learning masses!
The team are great, warm and welcoming.
And, haven't laughed as much for ages!
Thank you all you lovely peeps at Cortijo de Segura. Xx
Downtime in between training sessions could either be spent back at the villa, relaxing by the pool, in the garden or having a lounge upstairs on the very comfy sofas.
Each evening meal was spent in great company on the outside terrace, with tasty home-cooked food, plentiful wine and a lot of laughs, I still miss everyone!
It truly was an extremely enjoyable week, spent with a fantastic group of ladies with joint purposes in mind, which is to provide the best possible care for the equines in our lives.
I returned home with a renewed confidence in my own work with barefoot trimming, increased knowledge and knowing I can rely on the support of Lesley Holehouse for future back up and advice whenever it's needed. The wealth of knowledge that Lesley has accumulated during her years trimming hooves and the experts she has worked and trained with is priceless in my opinion!
I definitely wish to enrol on future training courses at the centre and further my knowledge and would like to take this opportunity to wish Claire, Rachel and Lesley all the best for the Connection Training Centre's future success, you deserve it!
The course was well organized and thought out - we didn’t just learn how to trim barefoot horses, from one of the worlds best trimmers, but also had the benefit of Rachel Bedingfield’s scientific expertise, with a demo on the digestive system and how it affects the hoof. Lesley (who also makes saddles) did a saddle fitting demo, showing how that can adversely affect the whole horse. Our host, Claire, showed us how she taught a fearful and dangerous rescue pony to have his feet trimmed.
An excellent 5 days and a wonderful bunch of women, students and teachers, missing you all!