All I can try and do is try and sum up in words the thanks I have for everyone this weekend. I am so glad I sent that email to Sandra offering Jack to the course. The welcome, the advice, the support, the guidance, the help and the whole experience was overwhelming. I am not sure who learnt the most me or Jack! And then to to load Jack at the end nearly took me over the edge, very emotional Thanks to Kelly, the RAs and the students for a great weekend love Paul Ellie and Jack
My husband Tim and I went on the 5 Day Foundation Course from 26th-30th March 2012, and it was definitely one of the best weeks of my life. We were originally on the waiting list, but got the call the week before so we were last minute attendees.
We managed to get a room at the Willowdene B&B nearby. It’s only a 2 minute drive or a 15 minute walk from Hartsop Farm and is a beautiful farmhouse owned and run by Mr. and Mrs. Walker. (Their details are listed in the course details on the IH website.) We were given a very warm welcome and we’d like to recommend them very highly. There were 2 other ladies staying there who were also doing the course, and we had a good old natter on the Sunday evening to get to know each other. We found out that we all have (or in my case had) horses called Jack!
I was a bit nervous on the first day, but we were given such a lovely welcome from Kelly and Sandra. All 12 of us on the course got to find out about each other and what we all hoped to achieve from the week. It was great how well we all worked with each other over the 5 days. They were such a great gang, so a massive thank you to any of you that are reading this
There was a variety of different levels of experience among us, and what really impressed me was how the course allowed for everybody without having to change it’s content or format very much at all. Tim was a complete novice, having done nothing more than scratch horses in fields before. But he thoroughly enjoyed his week and didn’t feel at all out of place. He was chuffed to bits when he got his first join-up on day one. (As we all were, I’m sure.) I was so proud of him, and I think it was quite a brave thing for him to do to go into the round pen on his own with the horse (Brook), even though Kelly was sat just outside the pen watching and guiding him every step of the way. Linda was in the pen with him too to help him when he did his first full join-up with tack, just to guide him on how to put the saddle and long lines on, but on the whole he revelled in “jumping in at the deep end” learning to fit Duallys, lead, use a 20ft lead line, do lots of join-ups, groundwork, grooming, picking up feet, tacking up and long-lining. He enjoyed it all immensely and I think he’s well on the way to catching the horsey bug, so I want people to know that having very little or no experience is not going to be a problem at all if you want to do the course. All the tutors and fellow students are so supportive and helpful and inspirational.
I found the whole week to be incredibly educational, life-changing and huge amounts of fun. It is very intense with loads crammed into the 5 days, and the first couple of nights I was asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow! But it also manages to have a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere too, and you soon get into the swing of it. I ended each day with just a huge sense of achievement and satisfaction. My mind was spinning with information and inspiration and excitement, not to mention loads of “light-bulb moments” throughout the week. I want to do the course all over again, not to mention all the others too
So a HUGE thank you to all the tutors from that week for being so inspirational and kind and generous with their time, skills and knowledge, not to mention all the anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories . Kelly, for giving me my first experience of join-up, for the fab loading demo and for starting the idea of the corporate “Project Tim“! Sandra, for the fun human-human leading, join-up and arcing work. (Glad you and Kelly enjoyed Tim’s birthday cake on the first day Linda, for your fascinating lectures and for guiding me through my second join-up and third with tack. Ian, for welcoming us to your beautiful farm, for taking us on such a fantastic afternoon long-lining the ponies round the village, working with us on leading and groundwork and for your fun leg handling lecture and demo. Gitte, for the hilarious but insightful blindfolded human-to-human long-lining session and the review and feedback of our videoed join-up session. Julia, for your incredibly knowledgeable saddle fitting lecture and demo, and the very helpful rider positioning assessment. Rosie, for your fun outlook, your feedback on my final join-up and for teaching us the “Rosie Skip”! Also not forgetting “Lynda with a ‘y’” for videoing our join-up, Emma for the Equine Touch demo, and for using your magic hands on my back and neck muscles too. And last but not least, Mary the helper who was so great to spend time with and who worked so hard doing the job of 4 people. It was a real pleasure to meet and work with you all, and I really hope to see you all again soon. We’ll be doing more courses and helping out at demos so no doubt you’ll have to put up with us all over again
And not forgetting a HUGE thank you all the wonderful horses who taught us such a huge amount about ourselves as well as about them. Impy, for being such a sweetheart and for being the first pony I ever joined-up with. You‘ll always have a very special place in my heart for that . Brook, for teaching me about my energy projection levels and leading tactics, and also for teaching me which is MY weaker rein. Reno, for showing me how to read each individual horse and demonstrating to me just how subtle I can be, and also for my first ever join-up with tack and for introducing me to the joys of long-lining. Sarah, for her work with me on groundwork and for being such a sweet, sensitive soul. Present, for a very enjoyable and memorable afternoon teaching us long-lining around the village. Barney, for allowing me to put all that I had learnt together and for showing me that I still have lots to practise, learn and have fun with. And to all the other horses and ponies that I didn’t work with personally but still got to see other students working with: Sox, George, Gromit, Reuben, and Jack who was brought along by Cathey, one of the students that week. Not forgetting old Rusty who did all the rider positioning assessments! I’ll never forget you all.
I can’t recommend this course highly enough, regardless of your level of knowledge, experience or confidence. It really is life-changing.
Tim said jokingly at the start of the week that he just wanted to learn what a horse is. On the last day he said he’d learnt a lot about what a horse IS.
I attended the 5 day foundation course at the end of March this year. This was the first IH course I have attended and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to do more.
The tutors were all amazing and made everything easy to understand. I can't believe how much I learned in such a small space of time. Everyone I speak to who tells me they have problems with their horse, I recommend IH.
I now watch Kelly and Monty's demos and videos from a totally different perspective and its fantastic.
I would thoroughly recommend that anyone who has contact with horses should attend these courses - its amazing how much your relationship with horses improves when you have.
Post by joanneelewis on Apr 25, 2012 19:22:28 GMT 1
Well I am currently on day 3 of the 5 day foundation course. Ive had so many emotions going on I dont know which way is up but in a very very pleasant way. So many light bulb moments I could single handedly do Blackpool illuminations too. ;D The team is amazing, as are the horses. Each and every one has something new and challenging to offer but nothing is ever too much. If the next 2 days bring me as much pleasure knowledge and confidence in my abilities then I will happily fly home and get back here for the next course as soon as possible. Thanks guys, and I include my fellow students in this , for showing me the light and for helping us all make the horses lives so much better.
oh to be a wild horse. Freedom to roam, eating all day, the ability to run and when you've had enough of the bloke you can pass him on to the rest of the herd. Bliss!!
Well, what started out as a surprise present for my wife (tickets for a Monty demo) has ended up with me completing the 5 day Foundation course.
Since I went to that first demo and after a couple of visits to the horses up the field with my wife, I decided to attend the course with her. And what a 5 days it was.
There was me in the classroom, surrounded by horsey people. Did I feel like the odd one out? No. because everyone was there to learn the basics of IH from Kelly, the team and the horses.
The fact that everybody was doing things for the first time put us on even ground. Yes, there were things I had to ask about and get help with (such as tacking up) as everything was new to me. But there were things that I could answer by not knowing that much, from an ‘outside’ perspective.
In a way I feel special, as there must be very few people that have achieved Join-up and Follow-up with the first horse they have ever worked with.
I absolutely loved long-lining through the village (though the glorious weather helped too) and I also loved the way that each horse taught me something different about us.
In fact, when I returned home and visited the horses up the field, they seemed to have ‘shrunk’ in size because I felt more confident around them.
The IH courses changed my life I started wanting to help an abused welsh pony looking for a better way to do things and thus began the journey of my life. I drove from Glasgow to Witney with my tent for the five day foundation course and was first in on the first day - I was petrified and then Kelly came in and made me feel so welcome and at home I all my fear subsided within about two mins All of the IH team and people attending the course were lovely and everyone was so friendly that I cant think why I was ever nervous. I have now worked my way through all of the initial courses for my MRPCH and am now working on my psychology project. Every course has been a fabulous and wonderfully enlightening experience where I have learned a great deal not only about horses but also about myself. I now wish to obtain my MRPCH and also work towards becoming an RA I have also undertaken a counseling course (for humans) and hope to train in equine assisted therapy and run a retreat where I can offer all of the wonderful things I have learned to the world at large ;0) It really has been an amazing and life changing experience for me and I feel like I have found my true purpose in life which is an amazing and exciting thing Thank you Kelly and the IH team for making this possible ;D
Post by corrine6282 on Jun 24, 2012 13:06:26 GMT 1
Having just finished the 5 day Foundation Course this week, all I can say is WOW!! I wish I could have stayed for longer and completed some of the other courses, but circumstances wouldn't allow it (my sisters 25th birthday!!!).
I found the teachers and the course content to be excellent - and what an eye opener??? I now feel confident to start a relationship with a horse again, and I am now actively looking for one (if you know of any heavy weight hunters for sale, I could be interested )
I plan on bringing my mum to a 5 day course in the near future as I believe it will help her become more confident around horses as well, and possibly even get her confident enough to participate in looking after my new horse, rather tha just providing the food when we go out ;D ;D ;D ;D
I really enjoyed the course, and I KNOW I have made some friends for life, so thank you again for providing the opportunity for like-minded people to come together and to learn in a constructive environment.
Joe and I came along as helpers on the 5 day Foundation Course in June and had the best time ever - Joe turned to me on the morning of day 2 and said "Mum, this is what I want to do" - and so ....... I now have in my hands the application forms for him to do the course at the beginning of September - hopefully this is the beginning of a whole new chapter in this young man's life after a pretty grim past 5 years! I am hoping to do the course too (finances permitting) but failing that perhaps i'll be able to be there as a helper once again. Cannot recommend IH enough everyone.
Hi everyone . I have just recently attended the 5 day foundation course and the weekend horse psychology. And I am buzzing and over whelmed how much I have learnt. I was very nervous attending the courses but as soon as I entered the room everyone was so welcoming and helpful and it was fantastic to be with like minded people heaven for us horse people ☺.... Spending most of my time with dogs and horses I was some what terrified of talking in front of a class of people, but with the power pose in force ( thanks Kelly ) my life has changed ... that and friendly people I think I'm over coming my nerves. .. I am truly hungry to keep learning and becoming the best owner horses would choose . I have learnt so much and have so much better understanding . The courses are amazing and I cannot recommend them enough and I'm very eager to book my next 2 courses to complete stage 1 of Intelligent Horsemanship. I have better understanding and the relationship with not only my horses but my serverley abused rescued dog and horse are responding well . So to all who are thinking or going on courses be excited VERY excited because you will learn have fun be relaxed and be in great company, don't be nervous because everyone will be fantastic . Love to all and let's be the best we can for Horses of this world ❤