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4 Day Body Awareness Family Horse Training in Costa del Sol, Spain

Spainriding Mia Isacsson, Alhaurin de la Torre, Malaga, Andalusia, Spain

Horse Riding Holiday in Spain

Indulge yourself in this horse riding holiday in Malaga with Natural Horsemanship. During this holiday, you will have workshops with theory, learn communication, groundwork, liberty training, long reins, and body awareness riding. You will get the understanding of how to make the horse happy to be with you. Great for single person, for families or a small group. Afternoon free to book more riding lessons, other activities or just relaxing.

Back to Nature! How to take care of your self, your body, your power and your immune system? At our little Farm House you will find a garden with a lot of fruit trees and vegetables. The aim is for us to be as as self-sufficient as possible. According to the season, you are welcome to take part of growing, watering, harvesting and cooking with fresh food from the garden. Having fun and laughing is a key ingredient in every recipe. Even if you chose to stay in our apartment in Torremolinos, you will have the oportunity to have fresh food from the garden.

There is a 27 - hole golf course within 2 km from the horse facility. The first day you will have basic riding lessons to find out your level and what you want to get out of your riding holiday. Then you will be matched with the right horse. Torremolinos is 25 minutes away from the horse facility, there you can enjoy the beach, Spa, massage, shopping, restaurants etc. The organizer can help you with transfer. 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.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 176 pounds / 80 kilograms
  • Horses Height Range: Ponies to 15 - 16 hands
  • Horse Breed: pure Spanish breed, Andalusian and cross breeds

Meet the instructors

Mia
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Highlights

  • 3 morning workshops with theory
  • Minimum of 1-hour riding every day
  • Communication, groundwork, and liberty training
  • Long reins and body awareness riding
  • Core / pilates / yoga for riders
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • 3 night's lodging

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Spanish, Swedish
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
Airport transfer available:
Málaga Airport (US$39 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
12:30

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff
  • Laundry

The little country house

Just 20 minutes from the beach and Malaga airport you will find this cosy little country house. Your hosts Mia and Harald will make sure you have a nice stay with everything you need. You will sleep in a room in the main house and you will have the horses grazing right outside. Air condition – hot and cold. Bathroom with bathtub. One bedroom with a double bed, another bedroom with two beds, 90 cm and 135 cm wide, and a bed sofa. A small living room with one 90 cm bed and bed sofa. A lovely garden with all kinds of vegetables, herbs and several fruit trees, lemon, orange, kaki and pomegranate, surrounds the house. Every season offers different things that you can pick and eat fresh from the garden. If you want you can take part of growing, watering, harvesting and cooking with fresh food from the garden. Having fun and laughing is a key ingredient in every recipe.

You will find a BBQ area, yoga area and a sweet litte swimming pool with sunbeds and outdoor shower. And two adorable cats to cuddle with. Some of the exercises with the horses can be done here. 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 and lunch are always included. Dinner can be added and are also available at the local restaurants with all kinds of delicious food, great wines and excellent service, or at the beach, only 20 minutes away, or at any suitable restaurant when going away for some sightseeing. You can always upgrade to have more meals at the house. Some camps have afternoon free to book what ever you prefer: more riding lessons, go riding at the beach, 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. 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.

Apartment in Torremolinos

You will have a private bedroom with shared bathroom in this lovely, light and well-equipped apartment with south facing terrace. There are two bedrooms with two single beds in each one and bedsofa in the livingroom. 1o minutes walk to the beach. The pedestrian street in Torremolinos center is around the corner and you have only 5 min. walk to the trainstation. Bus, taxi, 24/7 store and pharmacy in the street below. 15 minutes by train from the airport. Close to Malaga, Marbella and Fuengirola.

Elevator. TV, DVD, Washing machine, Aircondicion (warm and coold), dishwasher, microwave, BBQ, sheets and towels and kitchen-ware.

You can either rent a car to go to the horses or your host, Mia, will stay with you in the apartment and you go together to the horses in the morning.

Program

Body awareness riding entails using as little effort as possible in influencing the horse to perform as much as possible. It is inspired by the Classical School - School of Lègéreté. The goal is a horse in natural balance, self-carrying, relaxed, moving through the whole body, listening and waiting for the rider´s gentle signals and enabling the horse´s natural curiosity to succeed.

Before you can require great things from your horse, you need to find your own balance. You'll practice breathing, relaxation, presence, leadership, concentration, body control, focus, and how to give clear signals in order to get a responsive horse. All tuition is tailor-made to suit each individual rider´s level and preferences, starting with the basics.

If you want, you can start with "working in hand" riding lesson - where 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.

There will be three and a half hours of working with Natural Horsemanships private horses every day, You'll work with communication, leadership and liberty training and easy ridng, with focus on details and perfection. Afternoon free to book extra riding lessons at the riding center with school horses at all sizes and for all levels.. There you will find a big show jumping arena and a dressage arena 20 X 60m.

The teacher

The teacher is always there to find the highest possible level for the horse and rider and assist when required. 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 communicating with humans.

Schedule

  • 09.00 - 12.30 Afternoon and night free for others activities

Please note that the schedule can be changed to suit you better if you wish.

Instructors

Mia Isacsson

Location

Malaga

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.

Distances from Malaga

  • Cordoba, 158 kilometers
  • Gibraltar, 138 kilometers
  • Ronda, 99 kilometers
  • Pileta Caves, 118 kilometers

Ronda

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 center.

Visitors make a beeline for the 18th century Puente Nuevo 'new' bridge, which straddles the 100 meters chasm below, before taking in the views from the Alameda out over the Serranía de Ronda mountains.

A few kilometers 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.

Gibraltar

Gibraltar, 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 are strong but almost invisible.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Seafood
  • Fruitarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

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.

Spa treatments

If you would like to visit the Spa at Hotel Melia, at the beach in Torremolinos, Natural Horsemanship is pleased to help you with transfer and reservations. For more information, please send inquiry.

What's included

  • 3 morning workshops with theory
  • Communication, groundwork, liberty training, long reins, and body awareness riding
  • Free core / pilates / yoga for riders
  • Minimum 1 hour riding every day
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • 3 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Flight
  • Transfer- can be arranged
  • Dinner
  • All our horses and our things carry insurance – however, you are responsible for your own holiday and riding insurance.

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Malaga Airport (AGP). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. You can easily take a taxi from the airport or Natural Horsemanship can organize someone to pick you up at an additional cost.

Airport: Málaga Airport Airport transfer available: Málaga Airport (US$39 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Re-booking can be made up to 4 weeks before the booked date, against a re-booking fee of 10 percents of the total course fee. 

Non-riders who share accommodation with a rider pay 100 Eur per day.

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