We have some really fantastic and informative courses coming up this spring.  We love to host a course here, we enjoy it, the horses enjoy it and so do the guests , who often return every year- it is lovely to be among like minded people , learning something new while at the same time enjoying a few days holiday (or of course you can always stay longer and have a proper relaxing break, enjoying the pool, riding and other facilities). We also welcome non participating friends.  There are some bargain flights to be had at the moment so have a look at the dates and treat yourself.

We are happy to tailor make your break, if you want to arrive or depart on different dates and if you want to stay for more than one course we will work out a great discount for you.

We currently have a 20% discount offer for courses booked and paid before the 14th February and if you did stay for two or more courses you can save a total of 30% !

The courses:-

On the 27th to 30th March we welcome back Sarah Oliver from Dare2bebarefoot. https://www.facebook.com/www.dare2bebarefoot.co.uk/ She is such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher. As well as learning the theory of hoof trimming and diet, you will have hands on experience , you can actually trim our horses so that you really get a feel of what to do.

With the 20% discount the price is only 310 euros per person, 160 euros for non participants based on 2 people sharing a room ( single person supplement of 35€ per night)  If you stayed on for the communication course the total price for both courses with the discount  would be 650 euros. All course prices include 3 nights accommodation, airport transfers all meals , use of heated pool, Jacuzzi and mountain bikes and of course the course!

You can see photos of our most recent course last September here :- https://www.facebook.com/pg/Cortijo.Los.Lobos/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2280798961990623

See details of the event here :- https://www.facebook.com/events/1871611826209185/

From the 30th March to the 2nd April we welcome Monique Ros. Monique teaches animal communication and we are fascinated to meet her and find out how we can communicate with our horses and other animals.  Monique is a Carolyn Resnick practitioner  and  a very popular teacher, running regular courses. She also runs an animal rescue centre https://www.facebook.com/ViresAnimaliae/?tn-str=k*F

Price for the course with 20% discount = 415 euros or 650 euros if you attend the hoof course as well.

See details of the event here :- https://www.facebook.com/events/399218610614008/ 

On the 10th until the 13th May we are welcoming back for the 3rd time the very popular Sue Fraser of  https://www.facebook.com/peakequineUK/  Sue teaches clicker training with horses and having used the clicker myself for over 15 years I can verify that it is the kindest and most successful way of training your horses. Sue’s courses are great fun, as you can see from one of our previous courses here :- https://www.facebook.com/pg/Cortijo.Los.Lobos/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1707344342669424

Price for course with discount = 440 euros and you can save a further 10% if you book one of the other courses.

Here is a link to the event details  https://www.facebook.com/events/324553085019825/

From the 13th to the 16th of May we have Bern Easterford , an equine bodywork and acupoint therapy practitioner http://www.thequiethorse.net/?fbclid=IwAR0IWdCWviI80uuBAWRMGRicC8XrMc8g4pwwCsnmkteHLdAvvYFv6ek25KM

Bern’s course was really popular last time, with fantastic reviews from our guests. He has such a lovely calm, kind way of dealing with horses and you can’t wait to try out what you have learnt on your own horses!

Price for the course with the discount = 400 euros per person

You can see photos of a previous course here https://www.facebook.com/pg/Cortijo.Los.Lobos/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2029239910479864 and find details of the course and prices here https://www.facebook.com/events/404195546781391/

Last but not least, from the 16th to 19th of May we have Tracey Cole returning again. Tracey is an Nlp and Hypnotherapy practitioner and had 100% success with our previous guests who attended her riding confidence course. You can read about Tracey and find reviews from satisfied customers here https://www.facebook.com/traceycolenlp/  and see photos of a previous course here https://www.facebook.com/pg/Cortijo.Los.Lobos/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2033998680003987

Price for the course with the discount = 440 euros

See the event for details  :- https://www.facebook.com/events/312633606228403/

Last week Clive and I paid a visit to Ceramica El Jaral, just a 15 minute drive in the village of Villanueva del Rosario. What a lovely morning we had, messing around with clay, with coffee , beer and tapas. Juan is a great teacher and it is a really recommended, fun morning for all the family. If you are staying with us for at least a few days, you could easily fit in two sessions so that you can go back and glaze your finished pieces and take them home with you.

https://www.facebook.com/artejaral/

 


Did you know that if you are on holiday with us between the end of November and the end of April you could have a day on the slopes? Just an easy 1 1/2 hour drive away, the Sierra Nevada ski resort is a fantastic day out. With runs suitable for beginners to experienced and great facilities for snow boarders , it is a fun day out for all the family.

The resort is over 3000 metres high, meaning that the snow is great even late in the season. Our snow record has been one of the best in Europe over the last few years, with the addition of snow canons to keep the pistes topped up to perfection.
You can even see the Mediterranean and the mountains of Morocco from the amazing Laguna side of the mountain, such a stunning view.
If you ski in the spring it can be beautifully warm, you could ski in a t shirt, in fact on the last weekend of the season they have a day where you get a free lift pass if you ski in a swimsuit :)

The prices are great too, with a lift pass averaging at around 40 euros, depending on the season and equipment hire is great value too. Another bonus is that the prices for food and drink are hardly more than the usual Spanish prices and best of all, if you avoid weekends and peak holiday weeks, you can almost have the pistes to yourself.

You could be riding or walking in the mountains in hot sunshine or enjoy a day at the beach one day and be skiing the next , and what better end to a tiring day skiing than to come back here for a lovely hot Jacuzzi- how great is that?

When we first moved here in March 2000 our garden and pool area was just a field. The only trees we had were our big pine tree by the car park and the Ash tree in the communal courtyard area.  Over the years we planted trees and shrubs and flowers , our only aim was to landscape and sculpture the area to make it look pretty.  A few years ago we realised that our 11 olive trees were producing a lot of olives and, as a small family run oil pressing business had just opened in a nearby village, we decided to have a go at producing our own oil.  We were surprised at how much oil we got and the flavour was amazing, so fresh and healthy tasting. That first year we picked around 200 kilos and got 50 litres of oil. The people at the factory told us that our oil yield was very high, probably due to the fact that we have to hand pick the trees. Because of all the plants and flowers underneath, we can’t put nets down as the locals do.

The garden when we first moved in 

Over the years our yield has varied slightly , either due to the weather or how many people are picking – sometimes it is just Clive and I , so it is a struggle to pick all the trees within the 3 days we have to get them to the factory while they are still fresh. It does tend to average around 250 to 300 kilos with a yield of between 45 and 50 litres of oil, which is more than enough for us to use ourselves and sell to guests.

 

While up on a roof doing some painting on a beautiful January morning I took this birds eye view of the horses and mountains

Having tried the new river walk on foot we decided to give it a go on horses this morning.  I took Scarlett and Clive took Leo. It is often difficult for horses to do a route they are not familiar with, so we took them up into the mountains first, to cover some familiar ground , finishing off on the new part along the river. To be honest, most of the route once we got high into the mountains was totally new to Scarlett, but she took it all in her stride. It was a very warm sunny morning for late December, and with their thick winter coats they were getting quite sweaty so we took a few opportunities to let them stop and eat grass to cool off. (there is also a restaurant half way round, ideal for a beer and tapas!) .

    arriving at the restaurant for a well earned rest, drink and tapas

The ride including beer stop took about 2 1/2 hours, 14 kilometres in total, a nice length for spring and autumn and with a longer stop for something to eat it could easily be a 3 hour ride. (there are some nice spots for picnics too :) )A lot of the river part of the route is in the shade so would be good for the summer too.   We were very proud of how the horses accepted being asked to take lots of new twists and turns, especially as some of the ground was a bit soft under foot, with some narrow paths and low branches to contend with.  The beauty of this new river trail is that it also opens up lots of new options for different shorter rides too, linking trails we already do. We will now have to try some of the other horses :) .