3 Month Immersion Course Description
An immersion course is an apprenticeship; an intense study over the course of time with no less than one horse
here at ICOH in Pemberton, NJ. Students will move through the modules at the pace of the individual student.
Students will work 5 days per week with two days off (not necessarily weekends or consecutive days off.) Workdays
are no less than 4 hours long. There will be homework and assignments that need to be completed and turned in for
Students are welcome to piece 3 month courses of study together until the desired level of horsemanship is
reached. In subsequent modules students may bring their own horses but not to the first three month course.
Apprenticeships are available for dedicated students who wish to immerse themselves in the studies of:
1.) Nutrition and theory of healthy horses
a.) Sprouting seeds
b.) Herbs as supplements
c.) Emergency and Preventive Homeopathic remedies
d.) Energy work and meridian points on the body
2.) Hoof care basics
a.) Being able to identify problems and distortions in the hoof
b.) Basic hoof maintenance including using a rasp and hoof knife.
3.) Observation - This is eye training
a.) Including exercises to continue your ability to see what there is to see
4.) Horse behavior
a.) real time observation and understanding big communications and
small intimate communications between mares and stallions and geldings.
b.) the nature of horses and movement
* how to apply this natural movement in our horsemanship
5.) Emotional intelligence
a.) observing emotions
b.) properly identifying emotions
c.) managing contagious emotions
*practicing emotional fitness
6.) Social intelligence
a.) learning to be the cause of; rather than be at the effect of herd dynamics in all situations.
b.) The core practices of Improvisation
7.) Basics of being an equine specialist for facilitation in the arenas of:
a.) equine assisted learning
c.) therapeutic riding.
7A.) Teaching individual and groups of people with horses
a.) helping a student move logically through modules of horsemanship at the pace each student and horse can
b.) problem solving with students and horses
8.) Physical fitness
A.) for horses
a.) strengthening exercises
b.) flexibility exercises
c.) balancing exercises
B.) for riders
a.) increasing available air/stamina
b.) increasing flexibility
c.) increase balance
9.) Positive reinforcement training
a.) in all things we will train using positive and negative reinforcement training. When to bring up dominance.
b.) you will learn how to use food as a training tool
c.) you will learn about clear boundaries when using food as a training tool.
10.) Ground Work with horses - work on the ground with horses on one line
11.) In-Hand work with horses - work on the ground with horses using two reins
a.) short reins
b.) long lines
12.) Lunging horses
a.) without a rider
b.) with a rider
13.) Liberty work with horses - with no ropes at all
a.) in a round pen
b.) in a small field
c.) in a large field
14.) Freestyle riding horses - Bitless
A.) for the rider
a.) riding with an independent seat
b.) riding with one rein
c.) riding with no reins
d.) riding with one stick
e.) riding with two sticks
B.) for the horse
a.) becoming braver
b.) becoming more of a problem solver
c.) taking on the responsibility of being a partner; maintaining gait and direction
d.) following focus, feel and intention
15.) Riding horses with refinement
a.) this is close contact riding with two reins for the human
b.) and for the horse this is learning to live happily, comfortably and willingly in straightness.
16.) Trail riding
a.) learning how to employ the study of social and emotional intelligence when riding out in groups.
b.) understanding the geometry of herd movement on the trail for the purposes of safety for all
c.) you and your horse being able to set the mood and tone for the entire group; essentially, to lead.
d.) Moving together at all gaits including the gallop when that is appropriate
This material represents years of diverse study and work and is Copywriter (c) and the property of MaryAnn
Brewer@ In the Company of Horses Inc. Pemberton, NJ 08068. No part of this document may be reproduced
without the expressed written consent from MaryAnn Brewer or an authorized representative of In the
Company of Horses Inc.
Please note: Any of the above modules can be taught as workshops anywhere in the world!
Base fee is $500 per month for three months ($1500 total for 3 months payable in installments before we begin. 3
consecutive months is the minimum time for an immersion course)
There are many options available for students who live far away for accommodations here at ICOH and locally. Be
sure to ask.
If lodging and meals are needed fees increase $300 per month ($900 total for three months.)
If you would love to take advantage of this opportunity, contact MaryAnn today! Space is limited to two students
To Apply: Copy the following application and Send an email to:
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Include in the email Application:
Personal statement -
Why do you want to participate in Immersion with In the Company of Horses Inc.?
What are your life goals?
What is your strong suit? ex: you are extremely organized, are you really good at math, photography, growing
things, are you very brave? These are just examples, what are you good at?
Outside of horses what are your hobbies?
What is the name of the last book you read?
What schooling have you completed?
Full Physical Address
Best email address
Best telephone number
Gender and Age
Height and weight
Any limiting Physical Conditions that may need special care or attention
Health Insurance Carrier Information: Name of carrier and ID # also include name on policy
Persons (2) to contact in case of emergency - Include:
Relationship to you;
full physical address;
at least two telephone numbers for each emergency contact person.
What experience do you have with herd or stable management?
How long have you waited with a sick animal for the vet to come?
Do you have any experience with:
Energy or body work
Equine Assisted Learning/psychotherapy or Therapeutic riding
Daniel Goleman’s work of Social and Emotional Intelligence?
Share any history you have with horses of your own or others.
What are your horsemanship goals?
Who are some of your horsemanship heroes?
Who is someone you admire, from anytime or place in life, and why?
Share a profound life lesson you have learned from a horse.
|Soft, connected, balanced, responsive,
completely in communication and ready
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