I-Thou Horse Friendship & Liberty Riding Workshops

I-Thou Horse Friendship Workshop

‘I-Thou Horse-Friendship’ follows the rhythm of horses innate knowing and natural intelligence by respecting their culture and sensitivity.  

By gaining an understanding of horse psychology, herd dynamics, and a ‘learning from horses’ approach where an I/thou relationship is practiced rather than an I/it dynamic.  ‘I-Thou Horse-Friendship’ comes from an approach of how humans can best serve the horse and with congruency act as a herd leader.   It starts with honouring the horse and looking at life from a horse's perspective and becoming aware how our energy and focus affects our equine friends. Discover their language and learn how to apply it to our own lives.

Giving horses a better deal by playing and building confidence with them on the ground first allows everyone to enjoy the experience of "being with horses" in a conscious and safe way.

By working WITH the horse's behaviour, instincts and personality in a responsive, easy and effective way you build a partnership and when a solid foundation of understanding is in place riding bit-less brings confidence flourishes in both horse and rider.

Every riding discipline and interest is suddenly accessible as the union truly becomes a partnership. In our experience being with horses speaks to our need to connect with the earth, with animals, and ourselves.

Clinician: Rosemary Wyndham-Jones


2020 5 January; 2 February; 8 March; 5 April; 3 May; 7 June; 5 July; 2 August; 5 September; 4 October; 8 November; 6 December

TIMES: 10am - 5pm


Liberty Riding Workshop

From Bit to Bit-free to Bridle-free

Intermediate to advanced level natural horse-friendship on your horse or ours. 'Riding from the ground up' using feel, focus and energy on the ground and then transitioning that to riding builds trust, confidence and respect making bridleless riding effortless - creating harmonious interaction between horse and rider.

Accelerate your riding skills through balance instead of what we call "white knuckle" riding with grip, tension and a sense of "staying on" using the reins for balance. Liberty or bridle-free riding (without reins) develops excellent riding and communication skills and the level of trust deepens between horse and rider.

Riding without tack is something we dream about but often think is not possible. Come and experience in the safety of our round pen. Our bit-free bridle training enables you to enjoy safe, confident riding - whatever the discipline.

Clinician: Rosemary Wyndham-Jones


2020 5 January; 2 February; 8 March; 5 April; 3 May; 7 June; 5 July; 2 August; 5 September; 4 October; 8 November; 6 December

TIMES: 10am - 5pm


These two workshops are be combined and are geared towards individual needs and requirements.  The mornings are to progress groundwork skills and the afternoon is given over to learning liberty riding skills (not necessary - only if participants feel ready)

Our weekend getaway was incredible….!!! We had fantastic friendly hosts, learnt amazing new skills, made new friends, all on a beautiful relaxed property in a totally unspoiled part of the New Zealand less than an hour from Auckland. I’m sure if our horses could talk, they would say what happened to those softies we took away for the weekend, who are these focused inspired people. We totally recommend Dune Lakes Lodge for a relaxed weekend getaway or a weekend to extend your horse skills. Fabulous property and facilities. Cheers.

Olwyn & Nadine

I recently had the privilege of staying at your lodge & wanted to thank you for your help & advice. I was with the group of Adult riders from Totara Park - my horse was the Chestnut thoroughbred that played up. You kindly loaned me a saddle & rope halter to ride the three hour trek & gave me techniques to use when he was misbehaving.

As an update I have continued with the natural horsemanship in conjunction with the Adult ride and have even got the Riding for the disabled using it. We have started working with the ponies we use for the Riding for the disabled & the changes in them is really great. I have also not ridden in a bridle since my visit & am looking to purchase a torsion saddle or something equally as good. I learnt a lot from the weekend at your lodge & the horse & I have a new enthusiasm for riding. Thanks.


Last weekend I attend a Natural Horsemanship weekend at Dune Lakes Lodge. I have not had any experience with Natural Horsemanship before this. After the weekend clinic, you wouldn’t believe the change in my boy and ME!

The level of respect he now has for me, the gentle kind way I can now get him to do what I want and MOST IMPORTANTLY “NO HEAD FLICKING”. He didn’t head flick once the whole weekend! I just wanted to share my experience with you as maybe an option for you to try.

I’m not saying that it will work for you, but so far it has definitely made a difference for me and I was able to enjoy my baby again in a calm, non-head flicking way. I still have lots of work to do as the skills Rosemary showed us are not a one-off fix but an on-going way of life for you and your horse to enjoy. I’m hooked!


Prior to attending this course my horses walked all over me. I've had tonnes of lessons both here and in Australia and in a short number of hours I was taught the most valuable lessons. I felt safe and in control of the relationship with my horse, a first for me!"


My young horse, Praise, turned a big corner with her education and training during the Natural Horsemanship weekend at Dune Lakes Lodge. This was our first experience of riding 'bit less'. Praise seemed happy and relaxed without a bridle - and I certainly didn't have any difficulties with my communication with her.

Day two we did some more advanced ground work - lateral work and float training etc. Our two main highlights were when I asked Praise to walk into the float whilst I sat on the mudguard! And the ultimate 'squeeze' - asking her to walk between the two trunks of a gum tree.


Contact us to discuss

470 Wilson Road
South Kaipara Head
Helensville 0874

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