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5 Day Intensive Show Jumping, Dressage & Working Equitation Riding Holiday in Malaga Province

Spainriding Mia Isacsson, Alhaurin dela Torre, Málaga, Spain

Get Closer to Horses in Spain

For real horse lovers, this is a dream come true. 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.You will get closer to the horses, you can spend as much time as you want hugging, brushing and playing with them. You will have the opportunity to really get close to horses in riding as well as when you communicate with them and ride in dressage. We have a big showjumping areena as well as a 20 x 60 for dressage. You can ride out in the lovely countryside. We also offer working equitation training. The first day we have a basic riding lesson to find out your level and what you want to get out of your riding holliday. Then we will match you with the right horse. 27- hole golf court within 2 km. Natural Horsemanship uses all round saddles from Kieffer in Germany and County saddlery in England. The bridles are double bridle, single bridle, cavason and you can also ride in just a halter without a saddle.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 176 pounds / 80 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: ponnies up to 15 - 16 hands
  • Horse Breed: Pure Spanish Breed, andalusians, cross breeds

Meet the instructors

Mia
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Highlights

  • 8 riding lessons
  • Friendly, professional guide
  • Theory, core / yoga, and groundwork
  • Daily breakfast and lunch
  • 4 nights accommodation

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Spanish, Swedish
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Málaga Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

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

You will learn how to make a horse understand what you want and even make him eager to work with you. This program offers training at all levels and different kind. Working equitation, dressage, easy jumping, riding in the mountains, liberty training, working with long reins etc. all at your choice.

You will also practice core, pilates, and yoga training. 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. 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.

Typical daily schedule

Day 1

  • 15:00 - 18:00 Theory / groundwork and riding lesson

Day 2 to 4

  • 09:00 - 12:00 Theory/yoga/core/groundwork and riding lesson.
  • 13.00 Lunch
  • Every afternoon one riding class. This class can be switched for other activities yoga, spa, horseshow etc.

Day 5

  • 09:00 - 12:00 Riding lesson

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.

Teaching and Instructors

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 communicating 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 need 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.

Instructors

Mia Isacsson

Location

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.

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 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.

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 is strong but almost invisible.

Food

If you have special requirements, please send the inquiry.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Fruitarian
  • Lactose Free
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.

What's included

  • 8 riding lessons
  • Theory, core yoga, groundwork, and etc.
  • All meals (except dinner if you stay at the beach hotel)
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Transfer

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Dinner
  • Transfer can be provided for 35 euro
  • All our horses and our things carry insurance – however, you are responsible for your own holiday and riding insurance.

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Málaga Airport Airport transfer included: Málaga Airport No additional charges. 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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