Andrea Datz Integrative Horsemanship
At Restoration ranch in Fruita, Colorado
Registration is now open!
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If you’d like to spend time one on one with Andrea at the ranch, extended stays after workshops, or working student situations are available.
These workshops give you an opportunity to work with Andrea and her herd at their home in scenic desert southwestern Colorado. Unmounted workshops focus on developing the skills required to be the best possible partner for your horses.
During workshops at Restoration Ranch you have the opportunity to work with a herd of horses already versed in this way of interacting with people. They give honest feedback and insight you can take home to your own horses.
Beyond Body Language and Tango with Horses
'Andrea is a master at helping others learn to communicate more fluidly with horses, whether in the saddle, on the ground, doing liberty work, body work -- you name it. The insights she has to offer are truly transformative for the relationship between horses and the humans who love them.'
The relationship between horse and human is unique. The potential exists for us to communicate efficiently and effectively with our horses using body language and emotional tone, just like the leader of a dance. How we move, how we carry ourselves, the emotional tone we set, influence our horse’s movement, carriage and behavior. In essence, their response to our requests is always accurate , even if they do not do what we intended.
It is my firm belief that every person is capable of developing the feel, timing and balance necessary to be a great dance partner for their horses.
My workshops are not your typical clinic. Where most clinics focus on how we get our horses to do the things we want, these workshops focus on how we improve ourselves. They are unmounted excursions into developing our own skills:
Beyond Body Language: Focuses on expanding our awareness, learning to make good use of our senses to guide us, both in identifying and working with any issues our horses may have, but also how to take better care of ourselves. Learn practical skills that develop your capacity to resonate, access your intuition, and refine your capacity to touch, and create movement that is therapeutic in nature.
Tango with Horses: Following the theme of the improvisational, social dance, Argentine Tango, we explore how we connect and move together. Through unmounted, experiential activities and exercises, learn how to communicate effectively through how you move and carry yourself. This is the heart of compassionate horsemanship - we learn to adapt and respond fluidly to the horse's responses to our suggestions.
By developing our own skills first, we come back to our horses ready to engage in a whole new way of interacting with them. We practice our skills on one another so we bring our best selves to our horses. This is subtle stuff and receiving verbal feedback is useful in refining and embodying our skills.
General Workshop Topics:
Waking up our Senses:
Understanding how the nervous system of horse and human gathers information from the world
Expanding our sensory awareness to include Resonance or the Electromagnetic field of the Heart to connect and communicate
Waking up our Bodies:
Developing greater body awareness and sensitivity to how we feel and how we move through the world
Movement practices that build the strength, balance and coordination necessary to communicate clearly as a dance partner
Learn to Dance:
Fundamentals of communicating through touch and movement
Redefining the roles of leader and follower to find mutually empowering ways of interacting with each other and our horses