Gentle Horsemanship Course

This intensive course in horse psychology provides information on the language, attitude and instincts of the horse as well as the gentle starting of a horse and the training of remedial horses. Our first goal is to gain the horse's trust which is a result of respect towards us. Having trust and attention we are able to communicate with the horse on a totally different level. Everything happens in a gentle way and still we are persistent. In this course you will learn how to be a leader which also includes your mental state of mind and your thoughts. You will learn not only about horses but also about yourself, how to become more self-confident and calm inside. Only when you are calm inside you can really talk to horses. Technically the course includes theory lessons, ground work, round pen demonstrations like how to start a horse under the saddle and how to help a horse with problems.The environment at Parkland Ranch is the perfect place to start a new relationship with your horse and with yourself. We have a very limited number of people in the course to ensure maximum learning and a family like atmosphere.

This course is intended for either the beginner or advanced rider. As the participants will receive individual instruction, they will be taught according to their own level of experience.

May 14 to 17, 2020 / June 18 to 21, 2020 / August 13 to 16, 2020

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Yoga and riding

Experience 3 days of yoga and riding, connecting yoga's guiding principle of Ahimsa (non-harming) with the Parkland Ranch's gentle approach to working with horses. Explore how yoga balances the physical body and promotes mental clarity and calmness to enhance your connection to your horse. Daily yoga classes combined with groundwork and trail rides will allow you to deepen your understanding of yourself and your horse, improve your riding, or simply relax and rejuvenate.

Yoga classes will be led by Lisa Towson, certified Iyengar yoga teacher. She is owner of tamarack yoga centre in Dauphin ( and co-owner of Yoga North in Winnipeg ( Lisa began riding at Parkland Ranch; she felt an instant connection to Judith's approach to horses and riding.

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Balanced riding (1-day)

This is for everybody who wants to experience the secrets of balanced riding - learn lots of useful practices to improve your seat on horseback. If you can’t bring a horse we will provide one for you.

You also have the opportunity to try out “Barefoot” saddles during the course! These saddles are treeless and most comfortable for horse and rider.

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Handling your horse (1-day)

This course shows you the basic and most important handling procedures of your horse, like leading, tying and lifting hooves. It also provides an insight of Judith's Method of Horsemanship.

May 30, 2020

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Education as a horse trainer

This education is divided in 3 levels of 3 weeks each with field work in between the courses. The courses take place between April and October and each level may be completed in either one year or spread over several years. The education as a horse trainer in a natural and gentle way covers all knowledge about the horses instincts and behavior, the horse's language, communication and work in the round pen, ground work, horse's playground, desensitizing, loading, remedial horses, working with wild horses, hoof trimming and health care, preparing for the first rider, the actual riding and training of the horse and riding with cordeo. The lessons will be held in the morning and in the afternoon you have time to practice your riding skills in our riding style which we call "balanced riding"and at the same time enjoy Canada's marvelous landscape! .

Level 1: May 14 to June 4, 2020
Level 2: Individuel date
Level 3: Individuel date

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