Falling Star Ranch
Falling Star Ranch
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"Ask not what your horse can do for you.
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Welcome to the Falling Star Ranch
Training, Lessons, Clinics, Camps
Horsemanship Camps for Adults
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Falling Star Ranch is pleased to offer intensive, comprehensive camps for adults interested in all aspects of horsemanship. This 10-day program takes you "beyond the clinic and workshop experience" and will accelerate your horsemanship and also prepare you for Chris Irwin Certification in Groundwork and, depending on the participant's previous riding skills, for Chris Irwin Certification in Riding.
The program includes topics such as horse psychology, the differences between predator and prey, equine body language, various groundwork exercises (in-hand leading, round penning, lungeing, long-lining), and instruction under saddle to help participants become pro-active riders.
You will learn why the following concepts are important and how to apply them so that they will change the way you relate to your horse to reach the ultimate goal: Relaxation.
Birgit will help you improve your body position, timing, and awareness of your horse's rhythm, further enhancing communication with your horse and thus helping your horse become more willing, more responsive, softer and more focused.
Birgit will also show you how to properly introduce your horse to scary objects, how to build his confidence and how to keep him under control when he does spook, both on the ground and under saddle.
Depending on the horses and participants, we will also be working with trail obstacles and handling behaviour problems such as biting, bucking, rearing, spooking, bolting, aggression, difficult to catch, difficult to lead, difficult to load, difficult to handle feet, not standing for mounting, not standing for fly spraying, head shyness, difficult to bridle, etc.
There will also be some trail rides in the beautiful Robson Valley and of course plenty of time for socializing with like-minded participants.
All training and coaching is based on Chris Irwin's non-resistance methods. These techniques work with every breed of horse, no matter their age or what discipline they are (being) trained for.
Birgit focuses on training both horse and rider as a unit and puts a big emphasis on the horse-human relationship, not only under saddle, but also on the ground, through means of horse psychology and body language.
Birgit will help you break through your regular routines to reach new plateaus on your journey towards a better relationship with your horse(s).
Participants may stay on as volunteers and further develop their horsemanship skills (space permitting). Please inquire for more information.
Students are recommended to bring two horses to work with, an unstarted horse that has never had a saddle on or a green horse, and a well started horse. Participants may also bring a "problem" or difficult horse instead of an unstarted/green horse. Participants also have the option of leasing Falling Star Ranch horses instead of bringing their own.
Uncovered, outdoor pens will be provided for all participants' horses. Please bring your own hay/grain and feed and water buckets (water for horses is available). You are responsible for keeping your pen(s) clean. There is no tack room. Horse trailers can be parked at the ranch for those commuting to and from their accommodations.
There are no accommodations provided at Falling Star Ranch. Participants are welcome to bring a camper or tent and stay directly at Falling Star Ranch. Please be aware that there are no public washrooms (except an outhouse) and no public showers available at Falling Star Ranch. Limited hookups for power are available at $15 per day. Please bring your own drinking water as we have to haul our drinking water. You are welcome to use our firepit to cook your supper.
There is no public phone at Falling Star Ranch. Wireless Internet and cell phone reception (spotty) is available at Falling Star Ranch. The closest payphone is 10 minutes from the ranch at the Dunster General Store.
For those participants who do not wish to camp at Falling Star Ranch, there are several hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts in nearby McBride or Tete Jaune (see links on our Links Page for recommendations). Please make your own arrangements.
Meals and Refreshments
Participants provide all their own meals and refreshments. Bottled water, juice boxes, cookies, muffins, fruit and popsicles are available for purchase at the ranch.
In consideration of all attending and our own pets, we ask that you leave your pets at home. There is the option of boarding pets at a local kennel in McBride. Visit Robson Valley Pet Hostel for more information.
Training sessions will run from 9 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m. weekdays (with an hour for lunch). Participants will spend approximately 15 hours in direct training with their own horses and another 50 hours learning by watching their peers and in group discussions and group sessions.
Please note: Times are subject to change. We are on horse time after all!
These 10-day courses are limited to four participants to maximize the amount of individual attention and instruction that each student receives.
Participants must be at least 18 years old, or 16 if accompanied by a parent.
Each participant will receive a free auditor ticket. The auditor may not participate directly in the program, but may observe and ask questions.
Please email for application and fees.
Get a group of four people together and Birgit will put on a camp for your group when it works for you!
Page last updated December 7, 2011
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