IN GOOD HANDS

An all inclusive Irwin Insights Vacation.

Equine Body Worker ~ Masters Course

A 4-day Skills Certificate Course with Chris Irwin and Master Certified Trainers introducing Irwin Insights to all modalities of Equine Body Workers. 

 

Pre-requisite  

This course is designed exclusively for participants who have achieved a diploma, degree, or a basic level of certification in equine body worker modalities such as:

Saddle Fitter

Farrier / Hoofsmith

Massage Therapist

Chiropractor

Veterinarian

Osteopath

 

ETHOS

Chris Irwin is an internationally respected guest clinician at leading Veterinary Colleges, Massage Therapy Schools, and the Vluggen Institute for Equine Osteopathy.  

What Chris brings to Equine Body Workers is a newfound critical awareness for how the body language – or “bedside manner” - of the hands-on healer is often contradicting their intention and limiting their results with horses.  

Examples:  The Veterinarian who could not realign a dislocated stifle in a horse.  Believing the joint was “worn out” the doctor declared the horse should be euthanized.  When the owner asked Chris for a second opinion he showed the Veterinarian what was biomechanically “working against him”, how to realign both his body language and also the position of the Vet assistant holding the head of the horse, and suddenly, “miraculously”, the Veterinarian was easily able to reset the stifle.

The farrier can learn how to use his or her body language, alignment, and responses, to help even the most difficult horses learn to stand still and balanced, willingly holding their leg up.

The massage therapist or chiropractor discovers that while their hands can be working on one part of the equine body to achieve relaxation, it is the biomechanics of their legs, hips or shoulders that send contradictory biomechanical message to the horse that cause stress. 

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • • Frame of Body = Frame of Mind.  Discover new insights into the somatic connection between the body, mind, and behavior of horses.

  • • Understand the counter-intuitive psychology of horses

  • • Learn to read the most nuanced body language of horses

  • • Enhance essential handling and groundwork skills with horses

  • • Develop enhanced diagnostics for behavior of “problem horses”

  • • Develop enhanced diagnostics for problematic biomechanical causes and effects during groundwork

  • • Develop greater diagnostics for problematic biomechanical causes and effects during riding

  • • Networking and discussions with high integrity colleagues

  • • Enjoy the option of magnificent trail rides into the Canadian Rockies!

Upcoming Date(s):

Due to COVID-19 we will not have courses in 2021,  but stay tuned for 2022 dates

All Inclusive

All the Irwin Insights courses are All inclusive, this means that we completely take care of you! You do not have to worry about anything, and can completely focus on processing all the information you receive during the course.

While staying in one of our cozy and state-of-the-art cabins the Willow Ranch team will take care of all your meals, snack and drinks. 

 

At Willow Ranch we love to take care of people, so we will make sure that we will do everything we can to provide you with everything you need. 

Do you want to relax a bit after a day of learning, and want to see the beautiful nature around the ranch? Our guides love to take you on a short ride at the end of the course day.  Do you want to wake up watching the horses while enjoying delicious Italian espresso? The Willow Ranch team will make sure you get that. Are you worried how to get to the ranch from Edmonton Airport? Our shuttle will take care of that! Wondering what to do in your down time? Use of our gym, library and "ranchgames" are also included.

We believe that offering all inclusive, really means all inclusive! 

 

The use of our horses for the course is also included, but if you prefer to bring your own horse(s). We have a horse hotel where your horse can stay in during the course. And of course this is also included in the course. 

Other Options

Its important to us that everyone can enjoy a holiday at Willow Ranch exactly how they like it. 

Thats is why we like to offer some different options of how you can join us for the course besides our all inclusive option.

ALL INCLUSIVE COURSE WITHOUT CABIN STAY

Join for the course and the meals, but stay somewhere else. A great option for guest that are traveling with their own camper or RV (we have some spots on the ranch where you can park your RV). 

COURSE ONLY

Join in for the full course but take care of your own meals. A great option for guest that live in the area.

More info and Sign Up

To sign up or for more information on our course please send us an email  (info@willowranchvalemount.com) or give us a call ( +1 250 566 4100)