The Most Fun you can have with your horse or ours. Family fun! Gascon Horsemanship vacation!
Gascon Horsemanship Retreat
Who’s ready for a vacation? Ok now who’s ready for a vacation WITH YOUR HORSE? What if I told you Gascon Horsemanship is planning the absolute best horsey vacation you will ever have GUARANTEED!? Don’t have a horse? NOOOOO Problem we have you covered! Well loan you one of our WORLD CLASS Nationals quality, super well trained, (BOMB PROOF) smooth easy riding, Paso Fino Horses!! NO CHARGE! That’s right! Our fantastic horsey DREAM vacation/Retreat is ALL INCLUSIVE. So what you may ask actually is included, EVERYTHING my friends, everything:
Lodging in one of our stylish private bungalows or stay at our amazing New Vegas Hotel. RV or Living Quarters hook ups if you need one. Tons of free and easy trailer and big rig parking with easy turn around. Stalls in our state of the art barn with all feed and clean up provided for your horse. All the trail riding you and your horse can handle PLUS: Horsey soccer (yeah seriously HORSEY SOCCER!) don’t worry well teach you! Cowboy mounted shooting Barrel racing and pole bending Opportunities to learn The Secrets of Crystal Clear Communications with your horse From MG Polish up your presentation and show ring skills if you wish. Learn what it takes to make bomb proof trail and show horses and lots of horse safety. Creative meals and snacks home cooked and great tasting. We have food for vegetarians, gluten free meals, and of course plenty of great meat options! The camaraderie of meeting fellow horse lovers and spending a week learning laughing and living the horsey lifestyle with Michael Gascon the #1 Gaited horse trainer in the world today.
So come on over to the Gascon Horsemanship Ranch for the Retreat of a lifetime! 2000. pr person for 7 nights 6 days all the fun you can handle with your horseor our horse To get your tickets go to Gasconhorsemanship.com/events click on horsey Retreats and buy your tickets.
Michael would be the first to tell you there is nothing magic about what he does, but after seeing him start and ride a wild mustang in about an hour, I’m not sure I agree. As the winner of the several highly competitive Colt starting competitions Clearly the Judges think he’s got at least a little magic…….
I recently had the chance to see firsthand what all the excitement was about. I was invited to attend a clinic at the world famous guest ranch of the Gascon family Horse Haven Paso Finos which is also the home of The Gascon Equestrian Academy. The horses began arriving at the Gascon Academy in POPLARVILLE Ms Friday afternoon. They came in all sizes types and colors of trailers big and small, they came from half a nation away and they came from next door, but they all had something in common. Regardless of breed, size, age, or level of prior training, they all had owners who were longing for a better way to communicate with their equine partners. They all had owners who treasured their horses enough to haul them to a horsemanship clinic many hours from home, in hopes of finding that magical insight that would enable them to have the relationship with their horse that they always dreamed of. As it turns out they were in luck.
Once our new arrivals were stabled fed and bedded down for the evening, the clinic participants had the opportunity to get to know one another. As Dusk gathered the sunny warm lights in the Gazebo clicked on and there was a palatable excitement in the air. We all moved to take our seats under the large Grecian style gazebo with its Sounding board built down the middle so the evening’s entertainment could commence.
The Amazing Movie star horse Substituto de United was there to show off in high fashion, as well as BaBa Lu home bred multiple grand National champion winner and many other great Paso Fino horses that are owned and exhibited by the Gascon Family. Following the exhibition we had a chance to meet all the other participants and talk about what brought us to the clinic and what we hoped to gain from the experience. We all devoured the Pizza thoughtfully provided by our host and stayed up talking late into the night. Finally when we could no longer keep our eyes open we retired to our living quarters and cabins ( Yes they have several delightfully rustic western style cabins to rent to incoming guests in addition to great hook ups for living quarters trailers as well as RVs) to catch a little sleep and rest up for the grand event.
Saturday morning the Clinic started promptly at 9am. After much drinking of Cuban Coffee and enjoyment of fresh fruit, pastries, and all other types of goodies, we were eager to get rolling with the clinic and find out what we came to learn. First up was a 3 year old gaited horse that very green. Michael worked wonders with him in a short space of time using noting but a rope halter, a flag stick and a lead rope. He explained at every step what to do and how to know when the horse is ready for the next step. Every exercise Michael Gascon does with a horse is only performed until the horse understands and complies with what’s being asked. He begins with every horse at the beginning. What does this horse know? What does he need help with? Michael has a deceptively simple system that works miracles with applied correctly.
The system Michael Employs has been passed down and refined by 5 generations of professional horsemen and women on his family. His technique revolves around 2 main things: Respectand clear communications. After sitting through about 20 horses that included 30 year old show horses and 2 Year old wild mustangs, Numerous Gorgeous Arabians, Quarter horses, Paso Finos, Peruvian Paso’s Walking horses and 1 Mustang I was really surprised that the same strategies that work on the reactive Arabian Mare also work on the 2 year old mustang as well as the Most Sr Equine member of the Clinic. I learned by watching Michael that No matter where we are at with our horses today, we can decide to make a change in the way we communicate with our equine partners. If we are not happy with the way our horses behave, it’s simple enough to change and that the responsibility is ours alone. Horses are relatively easy to get to behave. It is governing OUR own behavior/body language that is the secret to success here. In case you didn’t catch that let me say it again The secret to crystal Clear communication and a horse that is well behaved resides in each of us ALREADY. This Clinic we learned exactly what that means
How precisely to know if our horses ARE respecting us
What to do if they are not
How body language and eye contact affect our horses
How to speak to the horse is HIS language not ours for best results
The concept of 1 -10 building pressure when asking the horse to respond to any request
It means first and foremost we must never position ourselves in harm’s way. It is our responsibility to educate and communicate with our horses, so that they know what the boundaries are and how respect our space. I learned that our relationship is not democracy and thats OK. I also learned that as MG says “We don’t make excuses for the horses. What I mean by that is we no longer accept the excuses we all make such as she’s a mare she’s in heat he’s a stallion, that’s just how the boys are, She’s afraid so she wants to be close to me, She was abused in a former life, She came from the kill buyers which traumatized her…… I could go on and on. The point is that we hold ourselves to a higher standard of behavior and that starts today and most importantly it starts with US. We no longer have the luxary of blaming the horse. MG gives us the tools and techniques to understand when where and how to get our horse really paying attention to us, which is the foundation for a much deeper connection. This is basis for allowing us to work in partnership with our horses. And the Great news, it doesn’t take very long once we learn what to do!
And SO the question remains: is what MG does Magic, Science, or Does he actually Horse Whisper? A better question may be does he HUMAN whisper? You’ll have to make that decision for yourself but as for me, while Science and good Horsemanship definitely play their rolls, Michael Gascon always seems to have a pocket full of magic to spread around wherever he goes. Thank God for small Miracles.