Vicki Rose has been been teaching riding lessons and training horses since 1989.  She loves teaching riders of all levels safe and proper horsemanship whether in the arena or out on the trail.  Vicki is most passionate about starting colts and doing groundwork with horses both young and old.  She believes the groundwork lays the foundation for all successful riding, and she includes it in all her lessons.  Whether you have an interest to go on a relaxed, stress free trail ride or perhaps learn how to trot and canter with balance and grace, Vicki can help you meet your goals.  

Equine Assisted Learning 

In a typical EAL session, we usually begin by sitting together outside the horses' paddock, observing them and chatting about what's presently going on in your life.  Perhaps you're experiencing a specific challenge at work or home, or maybe you are carrying a long-held grief about someone or something you've lost.  Oftentimes simply observing the horses from outside their paddock and watching them interact with one another sparks conversation that brings insight or clarity.  Contact or close proximity to the horses is not required. 

 

If a client is comfortable going in with the horses, I might suggest a particular exercise with them that we could do to explore things further.  Exercises range from simply being in the space with the horses, to touching or grooming the horse's body, to trying to move the herd (or just one of them!) around the paddock or into a particular spot.

What happens is this:  however we move through the world is how we'll interact with the horses.  By observing the horses' reactions to our behavior and observing our own body sensations and feelings, we start to get immediate and honest feedback about how our behavior is working....or not working.

  • Learn how to connect with your body so that you can learn to quiet and soothe your mind

  • Reveal and release old behavioral patterns and beliefs that keep you separate from your power and truth

  • Bring voice to your true inner wisdom

  • Integrate and establish yourself in wholeness-physically, emotionally and spiritually

  • Learn how to live your life and be in relationship fully in each present moment, one day at a time

This is a program for women who want to expand their spirit of adventure and have the often transformative experience of camping outdoors with horses.  Participants will learn how to set up the horses' camps and take care of their feeding and watering.  You will also learn to set up your own camp, from pitching a tent to setting up the communal kitchen.  Learning about the local ecology and the plants and animals that inhabit the environment around our camp rounds out the environmental education component of these weekends.  Cowgirl Campouts include trail riding for those with horse experience, and hiking, biking, yoga, guided meditation, or just relaxing for everyone.  Horse(wo)manship Sessions are also available for those who want to do some personal exploration.  These weekends will focus on learning good horsemanship skills in an environment of female camaraderie, adventure, admiration of nature, and good ol' fashioned fun!

Horse(wo)manship is a program Vicki developed that teaches women how to connect to their authentic selves and navigate life’s challenges through the help of a horse.  In their herds, horses naturally move through their days by skillfully navigating the relationship challenges listed below. They have evolved to survive in the wild by learning and refining their relational skills within their herds. 

 

To become a horsewoman is to become a part of their herd.  The horse that does not successfully navigate these skills is at risk because its successful collaboration with the herd assures his/her survival.  And the opposite is true as well-the overall success of the herd depends upon each member's ability to refine these skills.  Even though the horses we use in our programs are domesticated, they still retain their instinctual nature and behaviors.  The principles behind Horse(wo)manship are universal and not entirely species-specific, which allows us to learn directly from they way these magnificent beasts move among each other.  In this way, horses can be our greatest teachers for navigating the sometimes difficult social circles in our lives.
 
Through our exercises with the horses, we'll explore certain themes which arise in our lives and oftentimes can:
   •    Create difficulties in our relationships with others
   •    Inhibit our ability to achieve our goals and dreams
   •    Hamper our ability to be our true authentic selves
 
Vicki's Horse(wo)manship program will teach you how to:


Become More Mindful and Present

Access the Power of Detached Observation
Communicate Clearly
Learn How To Collaborate with Others
Know When to Lead and When to Follow 
Match Your Body Language to Your Feelings and Intention
Set Boundaries and Command Respect of Personal Space
Have Confidence Which Will Give You a Feeling of Safety
Trust Yourself 
Navigate Transitions

Learn How to Let Go When Appropriate
Advocate and Speak Up For Yourself and Others
Listen Better
Set Goals and Regroup After Setbacks
Use Energy and Life Force To Your Benefit
Set Clear Boundaries Between Worktime and Playtime
Understand and Transcend the Predator/Prey Dynamic 
Work With Distractions

By observing the horse, working with them in the round pen, journaling, and practicing short guided meditations, Horse(wo)manship participants learn that horses can be the greatest teachers for the lessons of our lives. In the Horse(wo)manship work, we learn about and actually practice working through the challenging themes in our lives that keep us from living a life of lightness, freedom, and full presence in our authentic selves. 

Horse(wo)manship Sessions

Cowgirl Camping Adventures

Riding Lessons, Horse Training, and Colt Starting

Vicki manages the retired horses that are boarded at Castlewood Ranch.  With over 40 years of experience keeping horses, you can be assured that your horse will receive the best of care.  Click on the photo below to view photos of the facility and for boarding rates.  View our Retired Horse Management Rate Sheet here: