Courses & Lessons

At Havana Horses you can follow courses of one day to two weeks, and lessons of 1 to 3 hours. You will receive individual coaching. More experienced riders can have lessons in groups of maximum four riders.

Language of instruction: English, Indonesian or Dutch.

Minimum age: 8 years
Maximum weight: 85 kg.

Riders can borrow the obligatory safety helmet, and chaps are also available. In Havana Tack Shop you can buy all riding gear!

Our horses go barefoot and we ride with a bitless bridle or sidepull.

Lessons

All lessons at Havana Horses start with haltering and taking your horse out of the field, leading, groundwork games, grooming, and tacking up. You will receive individual coaching.

taking your horse out of the field

You develop your 'horse sense' and leadership skills with natural horsemanship methods. As we ride we focus on relaxing and balancing. You learn to ride the four gaits: walk, trot (sitting and rising), canter and gallop.

pole work in the trot

We teach classical dressage - the horse is in self carriage with the poll as its highest point.


Classical dressage with the poll as the highest point, and with loose reins

Learn jumping on a loose rein! We introduce you to riding without a saddle, with a barebackpad, or even without reins with the neck ring. To improve your confidence and balance we play with barriers & games!



Jumping with the bareback pad and a neck ring!


Intensive Courses
By following an Intensive Course at Havana Horses you will experience the importance of relaxation of mind and body when you want to interact with the horse. You will forget the fuzz and buzz of your daily life and will focus only on yourself and your horse. A course will be adapted to you personal wishes and skills. Jumping, dressage and trail rides can also be included in the course.

We have Intensive Courses of 1, 2, to 5 days, or as many days as you wish. A day lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes drinks and a Javanese lunch at our comfortable Veranda.
The basic goal of our courses is to develop your leadership skills and horse sense, i.e. the quality of being in tune with a horse’s nature. To develop your horse sense you should know two things: first, horses have very well-developed senses themselves, and second, horses are prey animals and behave as such.

Below you find some examples of possible programs of an Intensive Course. The program will be adapted to your personal wishes and skills.

Natural horse behavior

How to Handle a Horse: 1 Day Course
In this course you learn how to interact with your horse in a respectful manner. You learn the basics of handling, grooming and groundwork. You will experience that a horse responds to your body language and mirrors your own behavior!

playing at liberty


Communicating with your Horse: 2 Day Course
In this course you learn how to communicate with your horse from the ground with groundwork and at liberty work, and how to communicate with your horse when riding bareback. Find your balance and experience how you can really work together with your horse. Depending on your skills and the chemistry between you and your horse, riding with the saddle and a trail ride out are options as well.

riding with bareback pad


Natural Horsemanship: 3 Day Course
To become a horsewoman or horseman you need to learn a wide range of knowledge and skills. In this course you learn the elementary basics of natural horse care; natural horse keeping; groundwork and body language; and natural riding. The course will be adapted to your skills and experience. Jumping, dressage and trail rides can also be included in the course.

Courses


Natural Hoof Care: 3 Day Course
Havana Horses offers a Course Natural Hoof Care, for horse owners, grooms and farriers. After following this course at Havana Horses you feel practiced and confident enough to trim the hoofs of your own horse! Have a look at the page Natural Hoof Care for more information.
course natural hoof care