March Break Camp

Sign up today for the March Break Camp. Only $20 per day. Camp runs 9:30am to 4:30 pm. Contact Erika, Stable Manager today!Screen Shot 2017-03-05 at 10.41.25 AM.png

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Horses and Hot Chocolate

Come Celebrate the Holidays with Horses and Hot Chocolate

Wednesday December 28th
1:30 to 4:30 pm

Willowbank EventCall or text now to register for this event: 613-297-2805. You can also submit the form below or send us an email. We want to be sure we have enough hot chocolate and snacks for all! 🙂

See our new heated stable and arena. Join us for fun and games with horses, hot chocolate and snacks.
The fun with horses doesn’t have to end with the snow and cold of winter.

Ride all year round @ Willowbank. Sign up now! willowbankinfo@gmail.com

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Dressage at Willowbank

Dressage is the French word for ‘training’. However, ‘training’ may be interpreted in two ways. The first is ‘equipping the horse with the skills needed for a specific purpose’ (e.g. pleasure riding, hunting, jumping, driving, plowing, logging, military/police mounts). The second is ‘developing the full potential of the horse.’ Incorporated in this second goal may be the intent ‘to achieve the same quality of movement under a rider, as demonstrated by the horse while completely free’. Dressage fits in the second, more general category. In practice, the two perspectives link together.

Ian Miller warming up at The Royal in Toronto
Ian Miller warming up at The Royal in Toronto

The benefits of dressage, or ‘flat work’, are recognized and used in disciplines that are more specific. (Ian Miller warms up his show jumpers with dressage!)

At Willowbank, we attempt to apply a time-tested ‘dressage’ methodology for developing the potential of the horse, faithful to the principles of gentle, light communication between horse and rider. There is always room for adjustments, our programs are developed in response to the horse or the horse-rider combination. The overall system can easily accommodate groundwork from equine agility training, techniques from Centered Riding TM and current ‘natural’ horsemanship, and techniques from mental health practitioners to promote healthy horse/human relationship.

Willowbank uses the Para equestrian development system of video and professionally judged dressage tests, from time to time. But the goal of dressage should not be winning, but helping both self and horse to express their potential in body, mind, and spirit. This documents progress and motivates further effort. A rider ‘competes’ only with him/herself.

Willowbank is concerned simply with the well-being of horses and riders, and the contribution horses make to human well-being.

Impisch taking a dressage lesson from Angie
Impisch taking a dressage lesson from Angie