This is your opportunity to have some intensive practice in positive horsemanship. As Claire and Rachel prepare the horses for the coming season of courses, you are invited to join us and train alongside us. This will give you the opportunity to work with many different horses and to learn to train a wide variety of behaviours. You can also watch Claire and Rachel train and learn lots by watching and asking questions.
Training will cover some basic behaviours like standing quietly and being happy with human touch and attention….....
............or learning new tricks like fetch
or learning rein cues at the mounting block...........
...........or training good movement to improve posture
After breakfast at La Casa you will go straight to work with the horses.
We will give you all the help you need to train the horses successfully and feel confident. You will do the same for our rehab horses, helping them to feel confident and trusting with people. The aim of this experience is for to improve your training skills and for us to let our horses experience different trainers, to help with their rehabilitation.
We stop for a coffee-break mid-morning, which gives the group an opportunity to discuss the events of the day so far. Then back to horse-training until lunch in the early afternoon. This is followed by a siesta, where you can sleep, go for a walk or lounge by the pool.
We gather together again round 5 o’clock to discuss progress and make plans for the next day. This is followed by dinner on the terrace in the warm Spanish evening. You are guaranteed lots of horsey chat as the wine flows. Bliss!
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
March Course Dates:
Not Included: Flights, travel costs etc to the Centre (except transfers from Granada Airport and Loja bus station), Compulsory Travel Insurance covering horse-based activities (required).
Seeing Claire approach and work with our horse was truly a wonderful and impressing experience!
"Claire is able to express her ideas and goals in a very clear and understandable way, at the same time being very gentle and undemanding in her handling of the horse. The result was obvious and immediate; our normally shy and anxious horse seemed to enjoy the kind interest given to her by Claire and willingly took her part in the experience.
The workshop with Claire has been very helpful in handling and understanding our horse. We would truly enjoy working with Claire again anytime."
Christina Rey, Azores
To read more about Rachel and Claire and how Positive Horsemanship Spain was founded
From Malaga Airport:
ALSA bus company runs buses from Malaga Airport and Malaga Bus Station:
You can buy tickets on line: it’s best to book in advance to be certain of a seat.
- then search for buses from Malaga to Loja.
There is also an ALSA ticket office directly outside Malaga airport arrivals. (Be aware that not all buses leave from and terminate at the airport – there are more frequent buses from the bus station).
We will meet you at Loja by arrangement. Please confirm your arrival time with us.
Our preferred pick up time is 16:00 at Loja and we would ask you to organise your travel accordingly. We can arrange alternative pick up times but - as you may appreciate – courses are busy and staff and transport availability limited.
Similarly, for drop off for your return flight from Malaga, the first bus leaves Loja at 8:40 (arriving Malaga Airport at 10:30) so you will need to arrange your flights to suit. Check ALSA website for all journeys – times subject to change.
Should you wish to travel from Malaga Airport to Malaga Bus Station, there is a regular shuttle bus that leaves from directly outside arrivals (3 euro). Frequency – approx. 15-20mins - leaves from a blue stand (autobus aeropuerto).
Similarly, at Malaga Bus station the airport bus leaves from blue stand at right angles to main bus stands. There is a left luggage facility at Malaga Bus Station.
Transfers from Granada Airport.
Granada is the nearest airport to Cacin and is 40 minutes by car. We can meet your flight.
You should book flights to ensure arrival in Granada between 15:00 and 18:00 on the start date for the course.
We will accommodate alternative pickups by arrangement if this proves difficult.
Both airports have car rental. We can put you in touch with other course participants - with their permission – so you can co-ordinate car hire share if you wish.