Level 1 courses



17th - 18th Feb - Level 1 weekend course - Sold out

30th - 31st March - Level 1 weekend course - spaces available

12th - 13th October Level 1 weekend course


2 day courses held at Dodderhill Equestrian Centre. Droitwich. WR9 0BE



This is a two day ground skills clinic that will teach you how to be a safe and confident leader on the ground and provide you with the preparations for how to achieve this in the saddle too. Levels 1 to 4 are all about putting a solid foundation on your horse so that you are ready to go anywhere and do anything together. In Level 1 you begin by learning a language so you can communicate with your horse.


Your level 1 clinic will consist of theory sessions, simulations and practical sessions with your horse. 


Theory sessions.

We will look at basic horse behaviour and psychology, helping you understand why horses (being prey animals) do the things they do, how they learn and the body language they use to communicate with and then how us (predators) often think and respond to situations very differently to them meaning that we often struggle to have the harmonious relationships we dream of. Whether you are on this clinic to improve and deepen an already great partnership or to get help with challenging behaviour(s), learning to see things from the horses point of view and understanding 'why' they do what they do is vital.



These will help you improve your 'tool savvy', awareness of body language, your 'feel' for the horse and your timing.


Practical horse sessions.

In these sessions you will begin by learning how to have your horse respect your personal space when leading and handling, giving you more control and keeping you much safer. You will then learn how to play the seven games (the language) with your horse, this will improve your communication and partnership, helping your horse gain confidence in themselves and in you as a leader as well as becoming happier, more polite, more responsive and more willing to please. As we learn the seven games we will also be using them to problem solve if needed and deal with any challenging behaviour that may occur both on the ground and/or ridden. 


By the end of the 2 day clinic you will have covered everything you need to be able to pass level 1 of the Parelli Program. 


The Venue.

Dodderhill Equestrian Centre is based near Droitwich (WR9 0BE). Facilities include a large 60m x 20m Indoor arena, a playfield, stables and grazing for your horse and a common room for classroom sessions and meals. There is also the option of staying onsite, please get in touch with Arron for more information. 

Book online below... Or

email rachaelshawyer@gmail.com
or call 07917 443 288

When you book a course we will send you an information and logistics form to help you plan your stay. This contains course timings, what to bring for you and your horse, directions to find us and a list of local accommodation.


If you would like me to send you this form before you book so that you can work out options please just send me a quick email asking for a Dodderhill courses logistics form.

Level 1 courses - Course price £320. Deposit = £120

Course Price includes:

2 days tuition,

stable with a shavings bed (or paddock if weather allows)

lunch and evening meal on Sat and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. 

Use the drop down scroll to select the dates of your choice.

Spectators places available, please email to book. Thank you.

*Deposit non refundable


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