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During this holiday, you will have the possibility to get specific about the skills that you need to develop.This will make a big impact on your future riding. You will get the understanding of the system of training from basic up to Grand Prix. Great for single person, for families or a small group. You come alone or with some friends and you will have all instructions and riding exclusively for you. Classical dressage, the way Mia Isacsson looks at it, is a nice and friendly way to train the horse, but still with high goals of performance and perfection. Balance & body awareness is very important. You will be having private lessons and a lot of time to feel what your body is doing, to ask questions and discuss your riding. There is a 27 - hole golf course within 2 km from the horse facility. The first day you will have a basic riding lessons to find out your level and what you want to get out of your riding holliday. Then Natural Horsemanship will match you with the right horse. You will ride in dressage and all round saddles from Kieffer in Germany and County saddlery in England. The bridles are double bridle, single bridle, cavason and you can as well ride in just a halter and without saddle.
Lovely little house in the country side, only 20 minutes from the airport and the beach. Your hosts Mia and Harald will make sure you have a nice stay with everything you need. You will sleep in a bedrom in the main house and if you wish you can have the horses grazing just outside. A.C. - hot and cold . Bathroom with bathtub. A lovely garden with several fruit trees surrounds the house. You will find a BBQ area, yoga area and a sweet litte swimming pool with sunbeds. And two adorable cats to cuddle with. Some of the exercises with the horses can be done in the feelds of this cozy little horse facility and within only 5 minutes walking / riding distance there is a well-maintained riding center with large show jumping areena and dressage areena 60 X 20. Here you will also find the Stable Bar.
Breakfast is always included in the price. When lunch and dinner is not included, it will be available at the local restaurant with all kinds of delicious food, great wines and exellent service, or at the beach or any suitable restaurant when going away for some sightseeing. Ofcourse you can also have all meals here at Spainridings house. Some package includes working with the horses in the mornings and in the afternoon you are free to book what ever suites you: more riding lessons, go riding at the beach, do some sight seeing, play golf, book yoga classes, visit a Spa, having a massage or another treatment, walk in the beautiful surroundings or just read a book and relax in your sun bed. You do not need to book anything in advance, we are here to help whelp you. There is always things going on - in and around Malaga, so when you are settled here we check what is available and what you prefer to do. If you come alone we are happy to keep you company. Free wifi and work desk in case you need one. The excellent Lauro Golf complex is only 2 km away, which is a 27-hole course, driving range and restaurant. Your hosts will help you to organize transfer or a taxi to where ever you want to go.
If you want, you can have a "Working in hand" riding lesson - where the the teacher helps the rider to ride the horse from the ground to start with, so that the rider can learn the feeling of the movements and how to give proper aids. Then step by step, the rider starts to take over. The teacher is always there to find the highest possible level for the horse and rider and assist when required. Before you can require great things from your horse, you need to find your own balance. That is why you will practice breathing, relaxation, presence, leadership, concentration, body control, focus and how to give clear signals in order to get a responsive horse..
Mia's training will make a change in the way you look at horses, riding, communication and yourself. You will get experiences that you will carry with you the rest of your life and they will be useful even when communicate with humans. Dressage is about trying to be as perfect as possible, to have a real connection with the horse and control of your own body as well. Do you really want to learn how to ride with fine aids and make the horse happy to work with you? Understand how to communicate with your horse, to be one with the horse? Body awareness riding entails using as little effort as possible in influencing the horse to perform as much as possible.
Classical Dressage is a method where you are responsible for the horse to feel self secure and happy while working. You try to see things from the horse point of view. Related to the horse's skills, personality and physics you choose the right exercises and level of speed. Some horses needs more time to understand and to be able to do what you ask them to.
You want to work with the horse, not against the horse. You usually start with work from the ground - communication, relaxation, breathing, and harmony together with your horse. That makes you aware of all movements, shoulder in, haunches in etc. and therefore easier to perform later. When you feel ready to mount a horse you go on focusing on awareness of the bodies of the horse and rider. Doing the movements slow to make it easy to feel the exact position of both hind legs. When starting the trot and canter the ultimate goal is to maintain without neither rider or horse start to get tensed or stressed.
Mia Isacsson has been coaching people since 1997. Her special method is designed to make people grow and discover their inner potential. The content of her courses is a mix of everything she has learned that she has found useful. Mia teaches different techniques appropriate to the current phase and level of the horse and rider. The theories come from classical dressage, academic riding, centered riding, etc.
This holiday will take place in Malaga, Spain. Malaga, the Spanish city which adjoins Costa del Sol, is a popular tourist destination and for good reason. For several years, this beautiful city has been overshadowed by its other Andalucian cities such as Granada, Cordoba, and Seville. However, Malaga is now receiving a lot more attention as a tourist destination. In fact, its art is being compared to that of Madrid and its food to that of none other than Barcelona.
The world famous artist, Picasso was from Malaga and has been quoted about his own city – “to be a Cubist you have to have been born in Málaga”. Some of the key attractions in the city are of course the Alcazaba and the Renaissance Cathedral. There is also a cathedral in the heart of the recently restored historic city center which also attracts a great deal of visitors. The Picasso Museum is yet another hot spot for art lovers. In terms of beaches, one of the most popular beaches in the city is the La Malagueta beach. For one of the best views make sure to visit the 11th century Gibralfaro castle. Paying a visit to the CAC Malaga Contemporary Art Center is also definitely worthwhile. If you like to party, then you will be pleased to know that Malaga parties late into the night. There are several bars along the beach of LaMalagueta and Pedregalejo while the old town is full of clubs and live music bars where you are sure to have a great night. Some of the other hotspots include Calle Granada, Plaza de la Merced and Calle de las Beatas in the Old Town. For a spot of relaxation head down to the Paseo del Parque promenade, which is dotted with fountains, and the Puerta Oscura Gardens that offers magnificent vistas.
Despite being a growing town Ronda retains much of its historic charm, particularly its old town. It is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views, and for the deep El Tajo gorge that carries the rio Guadalevín through its centre. Visitors make a beeline for the 18th century Puente Nuevo 'new' bridge, which straddles the 100m chasm below, before taking in the views from the Alameda out over the Serranía de Ronda mountains.
A few kilometres from Ronda, just outside the white village of Benaojan lies one of the most spectacular cave systems in Spain, and in the mouth of one, several galleries of cave paintings that are as old as 30,000 years, and were created by paleolithic people of Ronda before the last great ice age. Best of all, the caves are open to the public with a local tour guide to explain the significance of the artwork.
Colloquially known as The Rock, (or simply 'Gib'), is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom sitting at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Spain to the north and the people of Gibraltar are ferociously loyal British citizens despite being bilingual in English and Spanish.
Gibraltar is a unique place for the curious traveler. Take time to explore the caves and tunnels especially those not meant for tourists! The inside of the rock is an absolute labyrinth with secret internal roads and tunnels four times longer than those on the surface. Military presence and security in this otherwise deserted area is strong but almost invisible.
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Besides from the schedule, you have some spare time to go shopping, ride at the beach, have a dressage or showjumping riding lesson, see a horse show, do some more meditation, yoga or other exercises, do a hiking or cycling trip, walk the Camino del Rey, canoeing in the Malaga Lakes, swimming in the Malaga lakes, play a round of golf, enjoy the beach and all its restaurants, see amazing horse shows and flamenco shows, go to the spa to have some massage. Torremolinos and Malaga is full of things to do.
You can also do some sightseeing - visit the local farmers' shops, museums, Malaga, Marbella, Ronda, Gibraltar, etc.
Just let Mia know what you want and she will help you find it.
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