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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
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
The Power of Focus and Intent
Yielding the forequarters
Yielding the hindquarters
Ground tying/Standing still
Moving the horse, not yourself
Preparing for the trailer
Riding Balanced and With Lightness
Grooming and saddling
Pre-ride attitude check
Finding your balance
Go and whoa
Basic rein positions
Sitting the trot
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.
$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.
Balance within yourself
On the ground
Developing soft, yet clear, communication
Effective pressure, not just mechanics
Develop horse's willingness to learn
Awareness of timing, sensitivity, effectiveness
Keeping it interesting for your horse
Creativity with games and tasks
Footfalls and body movement
Foot control and cues
Right cue at the right time
Riding on a loose rein
Riding without reins
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.
$100 deposit required to hold your spot
Sign up for both classes and save $100
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.
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.