An all inclusive Irwin Insights Vacation.

Introductory Skills Course for Equestrians

A 4-day comprehensive Skills Certificates course with Chris Irwin and his team of Master Certified Trainers at Willow Ranch.  Each student receives private and small group coaching in developing enhanced awareness for essential handling, groundwork training and riding skills with horses.




  • • Discover new insights into the cause & effect of your body language

  • • Understand the counter-intuitive psychology of horses

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

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

  • • Develop essential handling and groundwork skills with horses

  • • Develop revolutionary riding skills with horses

  • • Have fun, relax, learn, evolve, and enjoy the option of magnificent trail rides into the Canadian Rockies!


The Mind Your Horse course offers participants the option of accomplishing credits to achieve individual skills certificates aligned within the Irwin Insights Master Certification Program.  This is the best path forward for students new to Irwin Insights or for those who have already achieved a few skills certificates in Irwin Insights and are working towards Master Certification.

1St Level Master Certification in Irwin Insights requires a total of 10 credits.  This course is structured so that a person does not need to ride horses to achieve Level 1 Master Certification.  A 1st Level Master Certification can be achieved by attaining the first 10 credits in the course focused on Handling Essentials and Groundwork Exercises.  

The Mind Your Horse course provides daily theory sessions along with private and group coaching with the horses.  Each of the following Insights can be achieved to earn credits at Level 1 and 2 for a maximum total of 13 credits.



  • • Daily classroom theory/Q&A 

  • • Horse Handling Essentials:  Levels 1 & 2 = 2 credits

  • • Loose Leading:     Levels 1 & 2 = 2 credits

  • • In-Hand Leading:   Levels 1 & 2 = 2 credits

  • • Lunge:  Levels 1 & 2 = 2 credits

  • • Round Pen: = 1 credit 

  • • Long Lines (Ground Driving): Levels 1 & 2 = 2 credits

  • • Riding: Levels 1 & 2 = 2 credits

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.


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). 


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)