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Falling Star Ranch
Academy of Foundational Horsemanship

Birgit Stutz and
Marc Lavigne

General Delivery
Dunster, B.C.
V0J 1J0
Canada

Phone (250) 968-6801

 

 

 

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"Ask not what your horse can do for you.
Ask what you can do for your horse."

- Chris Irwin

 

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Training, Lessons, Clinics
Mentorship Programs
Intensive Horsemanship Courses
Workshops, Short Courses, Demos

With Birgit Stutz, Irwin Insights Level 4 Master Certified Trainer
(first Irwin Insights trainer in Canada to be awarded Level 4 Master)

Lessons/Coaching

 

Birgit Stutz, Irwin Insight Level 4 Master Certified Trainer

 

  • Are you new to horses and would like to learn how to ride?
  • Would you like to learn how to ride with confidence and trust in yourself and your horse?
  • Would you like to improve your confidence with horses both on the ground and in the saddle?
  • Would you like to improve your horsemanship skills?
  • Would you like to improve your partnership with your horse on the ground and in the saddle through mutual trust and respect?
  • Would you like to learn more about groundwork exercises
  • Would you like to learn how to become a pro-active rider?
  • Would you like to have a happy, willing, calm, level-headed, collected, focused, supple and balanced equine partner instead of an inverted, braced, angry, sullen, high-strung horse?
  • Do you dream of being perfectly in tune with your horse?

Birgit Stutz, an Irwin Insight Level 4 Master Certified Trainer, and one of the top certified Irwin Insights trainers, can help you with all this and more!

Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship offers riding lessons and coaching in English and Western style as well as horsemanship/groundwork lessons. All teaching and coaching is based on Chris Irwin's non-resistance training principles, in combination with Centered Riding principles and understanding of biomechanics.

Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship's lesson programs is suitable for riders of any age, skill level or background and allows students to progress at their own rate and develop well-rounded horsemanship skills both on the ground and in the saddle.

Well-trained lesson horses for all level of riders are availabe, but Birgit will also work with you and your own horse if you prefer. Lessons may take place at Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship or at a client's place.

Birgit focuses on training both horse and rider as a unit and puts a big emphasis on the horse-human relationship as a whole, not only under saddle, but also on the ground, through means of horse psychology and body language.

Birgit's friendly attitude combined with her passion for coaching, her extensive knowledge and skills, as well as her attention to detail provide you with the right environment to learn how to ride, regain your confidence, improve your riding and develop a stronger relationship with your horse.

Let Birgit help you create the riding experience you
have been dreaming of!

Take your horsemanship to a level far beyond your expectations!

Call Birgit at 1-250-968-6801 or email for more info.


Birgit Stutz teaching a lesson at Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship

All lessons include basic handling, horse care/grooming, groundwork and safety discussions. Students will also gain an understanding of horse behaviour (why horses do what they do).
Students learn how to ride with a balanced, centred seat and learn the correct use of aids, both on the ground and in the saddle.

  • Specializing in customized one-on-one instruction
  • Birgit works with you and your horse to help you achieve your goals.
  • Beginners welcome
  • Well-trained lesson horses available
  • Will travel to clients

Be the better horse, by playing horse games by horse rules.
- Chris Irwin

Philosophy
Priorities for Lessons and Clinics
Types of Lessons/Coaching Offered
Requirements
Horses
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Philosophy

Birgit's mission is to help riders of all disciplines and levels improve their partnership with their horses, ride with confidence and make their riding experiences safer and more enjoyable.

Birgit's teaching emphasis is on developing and strengthen the relationship between people and their horses by developing confidence, mutual respect, trust and understanding between horse and rider. Birgit teaches people to reprogram their bodies to change innate predator behaviour and adapt it to the prey behaviour of horses, and how to confidently manage the behaviour of their horses by developing relationships built on confidence and mutual trust and respect.

Birgit's training technique is based on an understanding of horse psychology, body language, bio mechanics and fundamental riding skills. Birgit believes that in order to become true leaders and to communicate clearly with the horse, riders have to learn to understand the horse's perspective, learn its language, and become truly well-balanced, both physically and mentally. Therefore, the rider has to learn how to effectively use his or her body language with consistently centred riding aids that are supple and as soft and as strong as necessary.

Birgit's students learn how to be pro-active when working with horses, be it on the ground or in the saddle, in order to prevent problems instead of reactively fixing them. Awareness, consistency, perseverance, assertiveness, focus, calm, patience, compassion, empathy, courage and the ability to multi-task are all important traits on the journey to becoming a good horseperson.

" Ask not what your horse can do for you. Ask what you can do for your horse." - Chris Irwin

"Horsemanship is an ongoing journey that requires practice, patience, perseverance, calm, compassion, empathy, assertiveness, awareness, focus, courage and the ability to be pro-active while multi-tasking to a high degree. These qualities of the rider's mind can only be communicated clearly to the horse by a rider who can effectively use his or her body language with consistently centred riding aids that are supple and as soft or as strong as necessary. The more we know, the more willingness we can get from our horses with greater ease and less resistance." - Chris Irwin

 

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Priorities for Lessons and Horsemanship Clinics

  • Safety of the horse and handler/rider
  • Consistency and clarity of requests
  • Psychological well-being of the horse
  • Confidence building for horse and rider

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Types of Lessons/Coaching Offered

Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship offers lessons and coaching in the following areas:

  • Basic safety, handling, grooming and beginner riding (English and Western)
  • Intermediate riding (English and Western)
  • Advanced riding (English and Western)
  • Groundwork (in-hand leading, round penning, lungeing, long-lining, double lungeing)

All students must learn horsemanship. This will be fitted into the lesson.
Not all horsemanship is riding!

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Lesson Horses

Our horses are not the usual type of lesson horses. They are well trained and responsive , and are ridden by experienced riders on a regular basis. Through careful training, the horses are allowed to keep their own personalities and stay sensitive and responsive, giving you immediate feedback, instead of being shut-down and dull and just putting up with whatever the rider asks them to do. Birgit believes strongly that every horse is an individual and that the secret to unlocking their full potential is reached by putting the needs of the horse ahead of the handler in every context. By doing so she has many times produced amazing changes in horses and as a result in their humans too.
Our horses are all kept outdoors year-round in groups, and through their natural keeping they are very alert and sensitive. They are wonderful teachers!

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Additional Information for Lessons

  • Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship offers a friendly, relaxed, fun atmosphere.
  • Riders are instructed in an encouraging manner.
  • Students (and horses) are not pushed beyond their comfort levels or limitations.
  • Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship's equipment and tack is of good quality and kept in safe working condition.
  • Lessons are given year-round (Falling Star Ranch Academy of Foundational Horsemanship has an indoor arena), however, lessons may be cancelled due to heavy rain, strong winds, extreme heat or cold. Other times ground and/or theory sessions will be given during inclement weather.
  • Abilities and contributing factors (such as weather conditions) are all considered for every lesson.
  • Well-trained lesson horses are provided. However, you are welcome to bring your own horse to lessons (check with Birgit for health requirements) and Birgit will work with you both.
  • Lessons can be arranged at your place as well (mileage fee will apply).

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Please email or call us for more information on our services.
We look forward to hearing from you!

We invite you to stop by and have a look at our horses (please phone ahead to make sure we are around). We will be happy to show them to you, and we hope that you will enjoy them as much as we do.

 

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