On horseback in woods and fields 

Are you interested in horses and want to learn more about a horse's natural behaviour, body language and needs, in idyllic natural surroundings?

Then Natural Horsemanship - USA is a class for you! This is the class for those who want to grow and bond with their horse, and who enjoy training, hiking and outdoor activities.

In this class you will spend a lot of time on the horseback in woods and fields, along with others who share the same interests. In this class it is most important that you are engaged and enthusiastic - irrespective of whether you are a beginner or have experience with horses. You are welcome to bring your own horse if you have.

Varied, horse-friendly work

In this class we focus on how to ride a horse in a natural, healthy and horse-friendly way. We believe in variation, working both from the ground and from horseback.

The class is just as good for those who have a desire to train young horses and for those who just want to have a nice year in the presence of horses. Teaching is adapted to your skills and desires.

Throughout the year you will get to learn and experience a variety of exciting activities including

  • Horsemanship
  • Riding
  • Colt training
  • Outdoors with horses - campfires and overnight trips
  • Horse anatomy and horse massage
  • Hoof knowledge
  • Feeding and BCS
  • Horse's natural behaviour and needs
  • Trip to Hjerkinn - mountain riding
  • Horse psychology
  • Horse body language
  • Leadership training
  • Horse gaits
  • Farm life - get to know the other animals on the farm

...and much more! There is a lot to look forward to!

Focus on skills

Throughout the year, we focus on training various skills; both equine skills and skills that relate more to the human, such as becoming a safe and fair leader. Therefore, you may not know everything about horses and horse teams from the start, but we expect you to be interested in learning. In order to become good with horses it is also important to work with oneself. Dare to challenge yourself!

Your main class at Høgtun will be taught three days of the week. In addition you can choose electives for the remaining two days. Read more about our electives here.

Adapt to your level and your goals

Do you want to ride a lot, or do you want to spend more time training young horses? We adapt the teaching to you and the rest of the class' skill level, and help you set your own goals for the year. Together we shape the curriculum that suits you best!

Teaching on an idyllic farm 

Maybe you have a dream of running small farm yourself? Since the teaching takes place on an idyllic farm, you will get definitely get taste of that. The farm is about 15 minutes away from the school. In addition to horses they have sheep, goats, chickens and more. 

On the farm there are around 30 horses and enough equipment for everyone. The horses are mainly Icelandic, born and raised in flocks. They are working barefoot horses that are allowed to enjoy themselves all year round. The farm is idyllically situated with dirt roads, a round paddock, a large riding track and many cuddly animals. Winter at the farm offers fantastic winter days with sparkling snow. If you want to bring your own horse, contact the school and we will discuss how to facilitate this.

Teaching on an idyllic farm

Maybe you have a dream of running small farm yourself? Since the teaching takes place on an idyllic farm, you will get definitely get taste of that. The farm is about 15 minutes away from the school. In addition to horses they have sheep, goats, chickens and more. 

On the farm there are around 30 horses and enough equipment for everyone. The horses are mainly Icelandic, born and raised in flocks. They are working barefoot horses that are allowed to enjoy themselves all year round. The farm is idyllically situated with dirt roads, a round paddock, a large riding track and many cuddly animals. Winter at the farm offers fantastic winter days with sparkling snow. If you want to bring your own horse, contact the school and we will discuss how to facilitate this.

Hiking and lodging

Around the farm there are many beautiful hiking trails and you will experience hiking on these roads. We will also experience spending nights in tents or under the open sky.

In one of the first weeks of autumn we go on a three-day riding tour at Hjerkinn / Dovre. Picture the magical autumnal colours. It is on days like this we get to know each other, experience long riding days in the mountains and simply have a cosy time.

International trip to Colorado, USA

During the course of the year the class travels to Colorado, where we will visit a large ranch that specialises in natural horsemanship. At this ranch you will learn more about natural horse breeding and about breeds apart from Icelandic horses. Are you curious about wild horses and how to train them? Here we will see wild horses in their natural element and how the ranch works with them.

If the Coronavirus situation makes traveling abroad difficult or not tempting we will make an alternative plan in Norway. If so - the cost of this course will be significantly less than announced below.

Equipment

The school has a lot of horse riding equipment available to borrow, but you need your own helmet, warm clothes and shoes for all seasons. For the complete equipment list see equipment list horse.

Skiing week in Oppdal

In February the whole school will travel to the Oppdal ski resort. We are gonna live in cabins at IMI-Stølen which has a lot of good facilities and cozy rooms!

Here we will have a good time skiing and relaxing in the cabins afterwards. A lot of proficient instructors will accompany us and you will get lessons that suit your skiing level. We offer classes in alpine and telemark skiing as well as snowboarding and cross country skiing. 

_DSC4396

The teacher: Anne Aamodt

Anne is a trained agronomist and runs her own farm with horses, sheep and goats. On her farm there has been large-scale horse riding for many years. Anne is also an educated Strasser hoof specialist and an instructor in basic and advanced hoof care. In addition to being an authorized horse masseur at Axelssons, she has had several stays in the United States where she studied with Leslie Desmond, among others. Furthermore, Anne has taken horsemanship courses with Stefan Forsman, Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling and a number of others. On top of her impressive track record, Anne is still a down-to-earth and humble person. She works well with both animals and people due to her warm and calm personality. Anne will be happy to share her knowledge and experience with you.

Costs

49000 NOK includes study trip to the USA and rent of horses, instructor, equipment and other trips in class.

If by any chance the coronavirus situation make us have an alternative plan inside Norway - the cost of this course will be significantly less.

To get an overview of what your year at Høgtun will cost, visit our economy page.

To get an overview of what your year at Høgtun will cost, you can use our price calculator tool

Instagram

Follow Naturlig Hesteliv on Instagram to have a look at everyday life with this class.