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Intensive Study Classes

 

Foundational Horsemanship (HS101)

October 24 - 28, 2016

Or by special arrangement

 

This 5-day course takes you and your horse through the fundamentals that are key to a life-long partnership and learning. You can also learn with one of our horses.

 

For the new horseman:

Get a jump start on your natural horsemanship journey. You will learn the foundation of Language, Leadership and Lightness, how to ride with a connected seat, basic rein positions and the skills needed to ride with lightness and balance.

For the experienced horseman:

Find and fix the challenges you are having with your horse. Clinicians agree; most problems go back to the basics. Stop the struggle by improving your communication and partnership with your horse.

  -Stop your horse from crowding and pushing on you

  -Get your horse to move softly and willingly off pressure

  -Stop your horse from spooking at everything

  -Make trailer loading easy

  -Quit bouncing in your seat

 

Course Outline:

Understanding the Language of the Horse

    The unique characteristics of the horse

    Leading quietly and respectfully

    Respecting your space

    Reducing the spooks--desensitizing your horse

    Equinality Assessment

Earning Leadership

    The Power of Focus and Intent

    Yielding the forequarters

    Yielding the hindquarters

    Backing

    Ground tying/Standing still

    Moving the horse, not yourself

    Moving sideways

    Preparing for the trailer

Riding Balanced and With Lightness

    Grooming and saddling

    Pre-ride attitude check

    Mounting safely

    Finding your balance

    Go and whoa

    Staying straight

    Rounding corners

    Basic rein positions

    Sitting the trot

 

Format

The course hours are designed to accommodate busy folks with family responsibilities (9a - 3p). You will receive three hours of instruction each day, practice your learning for another 1-2 hours and study readings and videos for an additional hour. Courses are limited to no more than six students at a time. This provides more individualized attention and learning.

 

Tuition: $600

$100 deposit required to hold your spot.

 

Advancing Horsemanship (HS102)

October 17 - 21, 2016

Or by special arrangement

 

This class builds on your horsemanship foundation to advance your riding with soft feel and balance at the walk, trot and canter. It also gives you the skills to ride with finesse in the bridle and without.

 

Course Outline:

Balance within yourself
   On the ground
   While riding
Focus
   Developing soft, yet clear, communication
   Effective pressure, not just mechanics
   Develop horse's willingness to learn
   Awareness of timing, sensitivity, effectiveness
Imagination
   Keeping it interesting for your horse
   Creativity with games and tasks

   Avoiding boredom
Riding
   Footfalls and body movement
   Foot control and cues
   Right cue at the right time
   Riding on a loose rein
   Stick riding
   Riding without reins

 

Format

You will receive three hours of instruction each day, practice your learning for another 1-2 hours and study readings and videos for an additional hour (9a - 3p). Courses are limited to no more than six students at a time. This provides more individualized attention and learning.

 

Tuition: $600

$100 deposit required to hold your spot

 

Sign up for both classes and save $100

 

Your Instructor

Jim "Hutch" Hutchins

Hutch began his horse journey in earnest with a beautiful, but troubled, Thoroughbred from off the track. The search to bring peace and trust to this beautiful grandson of Secretariat led to Hutch's discovery of natural horsemanship and study with horse masters such as Pat Parelli, Craig Cameron, Jack Brainard, Anna Twinney and so many others. These studies gave Hutch an understanding of the horse based on fairness, leadership, and partnership. He has been sharing these lessons with hundreds of students for more than 10 years. As director of education for NWNHC and a former adult education teacher at the University of Washington, Hutch has created certificate courses that simplify the learning process, clarify the horse/human relationship, and encourage and motivate students.

 

Accommodations

We encourage you to bring your own horse partner to get the most value out of your experience, or you can use one of the Center's school horses. Horse boarding is available for $25 per night. Camping in your tent, trailer or RV is included with your horse board or you can stay in one of the nearby human accommodations. 

 

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