Natural Horsemanship Internships
Our Natural Horsemanship Internships are great for horse enthusiasts, ready to learn how to read their horse and develop honest leadership skills.
Are you ready to challenge yourself ? Learning more about Herd Dynamics, Communication / Body language skills and Leadership? Not only will you enjoy riding our scenic trails, listen to the river, relax at the pool or Saloon / Games-room, but also you’ll sleep like a baby in one of the private bedrooms of the beautiful Log-home on the property. Be part of the ranch family, creating beautiful healthy meals and experience a variety of horse / ranch work and play. Pair all of that with Bernadette’s passion and patient natural horsemanship instructions, and you’ll be sure to go home with skills that you can use for the rest of your life!
For small groups of up to three students max.
2 weeks NHS Internship Stay: $ 1,750 p.p. CAD excl taxes
4 weeks NHS Internship Stay: $ 2,950 p.p. CAD excl taxes
(Incl. all learning see internship program, 3 meals a day and accommodations)
Deposit 50% of Internship Fees payable at time of reservation
Balance Internship Fees are payable 30 days before arrival through Etransfer (Canadians) or PayPal (Internationals). email adress: email@example.com
The Internship learning experience is offered between June 2 2024 until September 22 2024. (min. age 18yrs)
2 week stay (10 day sessions) or 4 week stay (20 day sessions)
Internship Philosophy explained
Our Natural Horsemanship Internships program offers a life-changing experience. This customized program expands your vision of who you can be and what you can accomplish. In all of our ranch internships, we challenge our interns to clearly identify and continuously re-evaluate their interests, goals, and purpose. At the same time, you will benefit immensely from the Total Horse Care and Natural Horsemanship Philosophy.
To make a natural connection with the horse it is obvious that we need to communicate with him on his level. For this to be possible we need to raise our awareness especially of our unconscious actions as we are continually giving him signals whether we mean to or not. The horse reads our body language and emotions which of course are both related to our thoughts. As we become more in touch with all our senses we can respond with appropriate sensitivity and timing. So often problems arise in training horses just because we are doing too much. Basically Natural Horsemanship is about the horse teaching you about yourself!
Connection and Awareness become knowledge:
Knowledge Leads to Confidence! If we are not aware of ourselves we cannot expect the horse to understand us or feel good being in our company.
While learning to connect with a horse, who is a purely intuitive being, we will learn to be quiet and still in the present moment and authentic in our communication. Luckily for us, horses are extremely tolerant of our human clumsiness. Equally this allows us to learn from him along the way if we pay attention to the feedback.
The horse has no hidden agenda and asks us to become more natural and take total responsibility and ultimately grow confident around them!
What an internship day looks like:
This is not a job, and it is not a vacation. It is an internship geared for talented people who have a background with horses. Ultimately you have a strong desire to learn natural horsemanship plus share our love for a Healthy Ranch Lifestyle.
The first day is all about settling in, how to organize your energy in this new environment etc.
In the early morning we locate the horses on the range and bring them back and return to the house to prepare breakfast and eat together. After clean up we go meet our herd of horses in the arena and explain herd dynamics etc. and demonstrate/learn how to ‘catch’ the horse.
While handling/training horses and humans we also emphasize the holistic care for the horse and teach barefoot trimming and general hoof care.
We use the ranch indoor and outdoor arenas, where we go over Leadership “passive, assertive and dominant” roles. Communication, Energy use, Lightness, Rapport and Connection. From time to time we practice simulations with other students, groundwork /games with horses (This teaches how to interpret your own body language).
After Lunch clean up and depending on progress of the morning exercises, we may ride either in the arena or out on the trails, or spend more time on the ground and practice what we have learned!
Non-horse related chores: Cleaning own room / bathroom and help clean kitchen and living room, weed control, companion plant gardening, repair fences
Services / Amenities:
- Monday-Friday 5 hrs daily Natural Horsemanship Learning
- Daily delicious fresh home made meals and private room in Log-home on the property
- Wireless Internet at the ranch
- Fully equipped Games room (Pool table, Darts & Fusball Table)
- Yoga / Pilates 3 times a week
- Saltwater Pool
- Non Smoking Ranch
- Pick up/Drop off fee: $150 per ride to and from Airport or E bus station or Hotel in Kamloops (per vehicle max. 3 students)