Do you want to learn how to tame and ride horses in a natural way? How to communicate with the horse in a way that the horse understands? This is the perfect course for people interested in horses, no matter how much or little experience you have with horses. During this course, you will get outstanding nature experiences in the beautiful west of Norway, and you can combine this course with other courses, such as Learning Norwegian.
This is the course for those who like horses and want to learn how to give them a healthy and harmonic life. The course is held at an idyllic farm close to the school. At the farm there is about 30 icelandic horses, living in a herd outdoors. There is also lots of sheeps, goats, hens, dogs and cats living at the farm. In addition to learning a lot about horses, you will get the opportunity to join other exciting happenings at the farm, like taking care of the newborn lambs and hiking in the mountains collecting sheeps in the fall.
The main focus of this course is getting to know and understanding the horses behaviour and needs. This way you will understand why the horse does what he does, and you will learn what to do to get the desirable behaviour from your horse. We emphasize harmony between you and your horse, and you will learn how to communicate with the horse instead of using force/punishment. We never use a whip or spores, or a snaffle bit either.
This implies acquiring knowledge about the horse’s natural behaviour, body language, physical and psychological needs and how we can use this knowledge to get a confident and harmonic horse and mutual joy, respect and trust. This is equally important wether you compete, go horsebackriding, do therapy or just have your horse as a hobby/familyhorse.
The farm is placed in a great area for trips with the horses. We will also travel to the national park Dovre, and go riding in the mountains for three days. There will also be several trips with the class, and sometimes with the horses, in the area around the school.
This course is one of the 10 main courses provided at Høgtun and runs normally from Wednesday after lunch through to the rest of the week. As an international student, you will have to take the Learning Norwegian course as well. You will normally have Learning Norwegian before lunch Monday through Wednesday. After lunch Monday and Tuesday you get to choose optional subjects described in the courses and trips section.
In November it is time for the school study trips. All students select one out of 6 trips:
Some main courses have their own trips with the class in addition to this. (Horse, Powder, Bootcamp, Creative and Fotball).
These trips are mandatory (and included in the price given for that course).
Other classes have one of the 6 November trips as a part of class. (e.g Alpine adventure – Spain have the climping in Spain trip as a part of the main course.) This means that the Climbing Spain trip is recommended as a November choice for this class. But it is not mandatory. Students in this class could select one of the other November trips if they want to. The price for the November trips is given on the presentation page for that trip, and is not included in any main course price.
The learning Norwegian plus course have Norway as recommended trip, but you select whatever you want.
Natural Horsemanship has their own trip to Iceland in April/May in addition to the November trips