Their students solve long-standing problems and find a deep connection with their horses.
This Course gives you the opportunity to experience positive horse training and to develop your practical skills. You will be able to work with the horse of your choice depending on the kind of issue you’d like to cover. This can be anything from starting reward-based training to building your confidence for riding.
Rachel is an exceptional teacher. She helps you to find your personal comfort zone, where you are relaxed and happy to work with the horse. Then gradually and safely, she helps you to expand the zone to achieve more and more. You will be surprised at how relaxing and enjoyable horse training can be.
After breakfast at La Casa you will go straight to work with the horses. Lessons will be one-to-one with Rachel. She will dis-cuss with you what kind of training you would like to cover and help you to select the best horse to work with for the Course.
Lessons will be a mixture of practical hands-on work and discussions on the theory behind the practice. You will always feel supported and confident as you learn.
We stop for a coffee-break mid-morning, which gives the group an opportunity to discuss the events of the day so far. Then back to horse-training until lunch in the early afternoon. This is followed by a siesta, where you can sleep, go for a walk or lounge by the pool.
We gather together again around 5 o’clock to discuss progress and make plans for the next day. This is followed by dinner on the terrace in the warm Spanish evening. You are guaranteed lots of horsey chat as the wine flows. Bliss!
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Arrival: from 2pm 23rd May
Tuition Days: 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
Departure: 12pm 29th May
Arrrival: from 2pm 17th October
Tuition Days: 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
Departure: 12pm 23rd October
Not Included: Flights, travel costs etc to the Centre (except transfers from Granada Airport and Loja bus station), Compulsory Travel Insurance covering horse-based activities (required).
Rachel is a Founder and Director of Connection Training. She had a lifelong passion for horses and seized the chance to own her first horse when she was 40. This began a deep and fulfilling journey which took her through natural horsemanship, barefoot hoof trimming and into reward-based training. At 60, she is happier than ever spending her life with horses and helping others to enjoy their horse-led life.
Her first degree was in agriculture and she was the U.K’s first State Organic Farm Adviser in the 1980’s. She then went into management training and coaching, applying her knowledge of communication and personal development. Finally, in her 40’s she was able to lead a life led by horses, moving onto her first farm and owning her first horses. She became an equine nutritionist; studied Tai Chi for riding extensively and began teaching horse-owners how to train their horses using reward-based training.
Her specialisms within Connection Training are the science behind the practice and rider confidence. She is an expert in the science of emotions as it applies to horses and learning. Following a fall, which resulted in her breaking her back and having to regain her confidence from scratch, she has developed an expertise in confidence building for riders. Her approach is highly effective and has helped many people to regain their confidence and to experience true joy with their horses for the first time.
From Malaga Airport:
ALSA bus company runs buses from Malaga Airport and Malaga Bus Station:
You can buy tickets on line: it’s best to book in advance to be certain of a seat.
- then search for buses from Malaga to Loja.
There is also an ALSA ticket office directly outside Malaga airport arrivals. (Be aware that not all buses leave from and terminate at the airport – there are more frequent buses from the bus station).
We will meet you at Loja by arrangement. Please confirm your arrival time with us.
Our preferred pick up time is 16:00 at Loja and we would ask you to organise your travel accordingly. We can arrange alternative pick up times but - as you may appreciate – courses are busy and staff and transport availability limited.
Similarly, for drop off for your return flight from Malaga, the first bus leaves Loja at 8:40 (arriving Malaga Airport at 10:30) so you will need to arrange your flights to suit. Check ALSA website for all journeys – times subject to change.
Should you wish to travel from Malaga Airport to Malaga Bus Station, there is a regular shuttle bus that leaves from directly outside arrivals (3 euro). Frequency – approx. 15-20mins - leaves from a blue stand (autobus aeropuerto).
Similarly, at Malaga Bus station the airport bus leaves from blue stand at right angles to main bus stands. There is a left luggage facility at Malaga Bus Station.
Transfers from Granada Airport.
Granada is the nearest airport to Cacin and is 40 minutes by car. We can meet your flight.
You should book flights to ensure arrival in Granada between 15:00 and 18:00 on the start date for the course.
We will accommodate alternative pickups by arrangement if this proves difficult.
Both airports have car rental. We can put you in touch with other course participants - with their permission – so you can co-ordinate car hire share if you wish.