Welcome to the Courses page!
See our currently offered courses, what's in the works, as well as some examples of previous courses (because if you want them again we'll work to make that happen!)
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Available Courses - Open Enrollment
Grief, Loss and Support
Grief and loss are all around us. Losing someone, of any species, we love can start a tailspin of despair or simply leave us feeling blank and alone. This offering looks at grief through theory, frameworks and support for you on this very difficult journey. Enrollment is free and it is set up quite differently to our classes but if you need support and want to learn more about grief please join us.
The Gratitude Project 2.0
Gratitude Matters delivers a daily email reminder to stop and reflect on gratitude for just a moment each day for 365 days. Horses are wonderful but they are fragile, expensive and heartbreaking at times. Working from a grateful space can be life-altering. Join us and discover how! The arrival of the email in your box is random and the message is as well. Each email is unique. Along with the email is attached information about gratitude practices, ideas for making gratitude in your life easier and more meaningful. We keep the price point on this low because we are grateful you are in our lives! $10 for a year!
Previously Run Courses
(if you know you want to take one let us know, we keep a waiting list!)
Ouch! Where Does My Horse Hurt?
Have you always wanted to draw horses? To create a portrait of your favorite individual horse? Or just express your feelings for all “divine equine”? This course is a place where you can enjoy your own progress and the process of learning and creating. Whether your preferred style is more “old masters” or “modern pop doodle”, we will have some fun exploring the art of horses. Tap into your creativity! And Yes! YOU can create art!
Getting Your Pasture Puff Back to Work
In this course expect to set goals, and work positively, yet certainly to achieve them. Perhaps your goal is to teach/learn better manners on the ground, build a positive relationship, establish better fitness / partnership, or simply just get up and riding again? This course will help you set, work toward, and achieve those goals.
Horses in Focus
Did you buy that fancy camera with the intention of learning how it really works? Do you want to take better,
share-worthy photos of your horse? This course is for you! Whether you are wanting to learn photography
as a fun hobby, to capture your kids competing at shows, or to just record and appreciate the
elegance (or goofiness) of your horse, you can learn it here! This course is for ANYONE wanting to learn photography skills. No horse required. Content is aimed around our equine friends but is relevant to any subject matter.
What to Expect When You Call the Vet
Emergencies are an inevitable part of horse ownership. In such a stressful situation, we might forget to ask the veterinarian questions to help us understands what's going on. In this course, we'll talk about what you might expect during some common veterinary emergency calls. This knowledge will help keep you calm and sane during such situations, which will in turn help your beloved horse cope as well.
The Best Barn Dog
Because every farm needs a dog! This class will help you help your dog be the best barn/farm partner possible. No matter what stage of training, age, breed or size, you will learn practical training strategies to implement
with your dog. Weekly training goals and feedback on your video sessions and questions is provided in a collaborative and supportive way. Topics will include: recalls (come), leash walking, manners when
greeting people and animals, learning to get out, and stay out of the way, how to introduce dogs to livestock,
and other management tips.
Drawn to Horses
Horses do not like pain and will react in negative ways because they're TRYING to tell us what is wrong.
Many times we overlook their signals. Difficulty in bending, picking up leads, kicking, bucking, pinned ears,
"girthy" horses, etc. could be indications of pain. This course is designed to help people find out where their
horse is having trouble in it's body. You will develop skills to help pinpoint areas of restriction.
Instead of asking " is my horse behaving this way because of pain?" you will be able to assess your horse yourself!
The Big Fix: Changing Behaviour
This class teaches behaviour change. Any behaviour. Any species. Add great habits, break bad ones. The rules that determine how we behave (and how we change) are all fundamentally the same. Once you understand those rules, you can apply them in ways that can be used to change any behaviour. And once you undertand that training is simply applied behaviour change, you'll have a much more conscious understanding of how to train (or untrain) anything!
Coming Soon! Winter of 2020
Something new - and SO important!
The Joy of Teaching Animal Sports!
Teaching isn't always easy - work together with instructors from the equine and canine world to be the best instructor possible. This course explores the elements that make a class great! Teaching, planning, organization, space and cohesion as well as the relationship to students and their animal companions are all explored. Samples, checklists and feedback are embedded throughout the course. If you have taught animal sports before, if you have never taught animal sports - your program and understanding of pedagogy will grow and expand, which benefits both you, your students and their animal partners. Learn how to be the best, most effective teacher possible!