Do you love to play with horses on the ground? We do, and we invite you to come and join us for a horsey holiday with a difference.
You come to our lovely farm in Andalucia and choose your horse for your holiday. All our horses are in rehab following rescue, and a big part of their recovery is learning that humans can be fun as well as trustworthy. That’s where you can help them by being their lovely person who takes them out, plays with them and helps them to feel happy.
In return, they will teach you lots about horse handling, training and developing their confidence. On this course, we vary between taking the horses out for walks in-hand and playing with them with obstacles.
Our farm is situated near Granada and we have wonderful views over to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. All walks are off-road, following trails in and around the olive and almond groves. On one day, we’ll have a longer expedition, where we’ll have a picnic lunch and spend most of the day out and about.
At other times, we’ll work with the horses in the enclosed areas, helping them to negotiate obstacles and learn to be confident with new things.
This is great training if you want to do Horse Agility, Handy Pony or TREC with your own horse. You will learn all about positive reinforcement training and how to set your training up for success.
You stay in our lovely Casa in the village (about 2 kms from the farm). Your holiday is fully inclusive, covering all meals and wine and beer after 5 p.m. From the time we collect you until we drop you off, you don’t need to spend a cent!
After breakfast at La Casa you will go straight to work with the horses.
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?
Arrival: from 2pm 15th May
Tuition Days: 16th, 17th 18th, 19th May
Departure: 12pm 20th May
November Course Dates:
Arrrival: from 2pm 25th November
Tuition Days: 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th November
Departure: 12pm 30th November
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).
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.