This is my favorite retreat/clinic of the year! I really get a chance to get to know the participants & help them individually. I always get amazing feedback of the accomplishments & friendships that ladies have made during & following the retreat. I offer unmounted stretching & grounding activities, a clinic style horsemanship-on-the-trail instruction where we will talk about finding balance & breathing and how it relates to our seat & neutral pelvis while riding, wonderful meals prepared for us & nightly discussions by the fire about expectations, goals & body awareness. The concept of the weekend/week is to fully immerse you in relaxing into your ride, you will leave with tangible concepts you will be able to easily apply to your future rides and a relaxed confidence that your horse (and your body) will thank you for !
This is a highly integrated weekend. Yes the goal is to better our riding! We will be using many different modalities & activities to increase our body awareness & bring about strength in flexibility. During the riding sections of the retreat there will be specific talk about the unmounted work that we’ve already practiced. Instruction on & off the horse comes from me! Christina Savitsky, to learn more about my experience & certifications click on this page.
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As part of your retreat you will be staying in the beautiful lodge of the Pecos Bar X Bar Ranch, each room has a queen sized bed or two double beds with a private bathroom with lots of water heaters so no cold showers! Meals will be prepared & cooked by our own private chef, and there will always be plenty of snacks available so bring your saddle bags. We will be the only riders here on the ranch (over 4,000 acres to ourselves!) Chances are good that we will see some wildlife & the views are spectacular!
This weekend is WAY more than your average clinic, you’re getting hours upon hours of riding instruction, including unmounted activities, some lecture, and 8+ hours in the saddle riding in a small group (a maximum of 9 participants) with individualized instruction, there are no auditors or audience to critique your every move, just you, your horse, the earth & sky! The small group offers the best situation for discussion both on & off your horse, and you’ll meet other people looking to learn the same things you are. So there will be great discussions too!
This retreat is WAY more than your average dude ranch, you’re getting individualized attention, you are on your own horse or one of ours, & riding instruction from an accomplished instructor with multiple certifications. In order to keep the camaraderie of the group, there is no day-rate available. The retreat cost includes your clinic fee, lodging accommodations, meals, horsemanship instruction, guided discussions, etc.
Requirements to participate in this Cowgirl Retreat are pretty simple, you have to want to be a cowgirl!! Heck you don’t even have to be flexible or athletic! But you will need a steady mount. You are welcome to bring your own horse or rent one from us for the week. Your horse must be trail friendly, and you must be comfortable riding in a group at a walk & a trot without an arena, over uneven terrain. All of our horsemanship work throughout the weekend will be in open areas or out on the trail, just like the cowgirls do it. A full packing list for you will be provided when you enroll for the retreat.
Dates: Friday June 20th – Monday the 23rd of June 2014
Cost: $1,109 or $1209 if you’d like a private room with queen bed & private bathroom. **prices subject to NM State Tax
e-mail: Christina@BuckarooBalance.com to reserve your spot!
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Each retreat is limited to a maximum of 9 participants and their horses
Contact Christina if you would like to host a Cowgirl Retreat! I love to travel & give my hosts a gracious discount!! You will need a facility with nearby overnight accommodations, places to eat meals as a group, chef or catering, place for evening talks, overnight accommodations for our mounts with direct access to riding (trails preferred) must be within a 10 min drive of lodging. Horses for rental are also preferred, but not necessary, as long as you’ve got one for me to ride!