Ibalansi Horse Center

''Balance is not something you find, it's something you create.''

We aim to teach a full understanding of your horse. Only by mastering the communication at eye-level, you will be truly ready to ask the horse for permission to jump onto its back. Horse riding is a fine form of art. Our goal is to teach this art-form. We believe in soft hands, voice commands and controlling the horse with body position and energy, rather than reins and legs. Riding should be a dialouge between horse and rider. Both horse and rider has to truly trust each other. The horse needs to know that no pain will be inflicted, and the rider has to trust the horse with his life.

Horse Training

Ibalansi offers clinics at our own farm as well as at the place of your choice, on demand. Different options of the backing and schooling of your horse are available. 

 

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Horse Livery

Ibalansi offers livery options for private owned horses within species-friendly facilities and a natural environment, every horse dreams of.

 
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"communication at eye-level"

Problem Horses
We offer the rehabilitation of so called problem horses. We know that every horse has a story to tell. Coming originally from Germany, I specialized in the communication with horses. I have studied Horse Psychology and my techniques are based on modern scientific research. By using Bodylanguage and positive Reinforcement, I become an important partner in the horses life. It is my passion to train horses into the level of liberty dressage. Our method „Ibalansi Horsemanship - be quiet so you can hear the animals speak“, focuses on communication at eye level. We first observe, then communicate and finally re-shape undesired behaviour.

Many problems with horses derive from species-unappropriate stabling. The intense way of keeping horses during modern times could not be more complicated from the way nature intended a horse to live. Have you ever asked yourself the question what it must be like to be stalled in a tiny space for 22 hours a day? And then spend the left over 2 hours being stabbed with spurs and gagged with bits? In our human-world we view being locked up in prison as the highest punishment an individual could get. But why are we doing it to our horses?

Livery
We welcome any problem horses to stay in our livery programme while being rehabilitated. This is our way of keeping horses as close to natural conditions as possible. Your issue horse will be able to quickly release stress and frustration this way.

Backing
Another passion of ours is the backing of young horses. Many people literally ‘break in’ their youngsters. Our method is individually tailor-made to the specific youngster. We use a very well thought-through and tested method of ‘backing’ young horses. With enough time in the preparation to backing, the horse undergoes minimal stress. We aim to motivate our horses with pleasant work, rather than frustrating them.

Once the basics of a riding horse are set, your horse will be able to achieve anything.

Clinics
We provide individual sessions, workshops and clinics. We are keen to teach you how to read horse behaviour and show you the way into a positive relationship with your own horse. Our clinics will be topic specific. A few examples of these topics include: the lazy horse, the hot horse, trailer loading, vices, young horses, western riding, bitless riding, and many more.

We travel to most equestrian estates and private stables in Cape Town, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay on a monthly basis. Bookings are essential, so please contact us for our next available clinics in your area.

Restart for retired off track Thoroughbreds

We have had great success with re-schooling right off the track Race horses. We address their mental health as well as their severe imbalanced bodies. We create safe and highly responsive, highly trained Thoroughbreds which can excel in other equestrian sports like dressage and showjumping.

 

Our livery facilities are based on the concept of species- friendly life. It is in a Horses nature to roam free as much as possible. We can facilitate their needs for social interaction, movement and safety, while receiving daily health care and appropriate feed. Our stables are designed to faciliate social ineraction between horses while being stabled. Modern research confirms that horses are far less stressed if always in ear or eye sight of other herd members. Our stables allow horses to see, hear and touch other individuals at all times. Even when laying down, our horses will be able to see each other and therefore have a sense of safety. Our feeding concept is based on their natural diet. Grazing and roughage are made available ad libitum and concentrates are fed in many smaller portions throughout the day. This ensures a healthy gut system, and reduces the risk of colic.

Our livery facilities are based on the concept of species- friendly life. It is in a Horses nature to roam free as much as possible. We can facilitate their needs for social interaction, movement and safety, while receiving daily health care and appropriate feed. Our stables are designed to faciliate social ineraction between horses while being stabled. Modern research confirms that horses are far less stressed if always in ear or eye sight of other herd members. Our stables allow horses to see, hear and touch other individuals at all times. Even when laying down, our horses will be able to see each other and therefore have a sense of safety. Our feeding concept is based on their natural diet. Grazing and roughage are made available ad libitum and concentrates are fed in many smaller portions throughout the day. This ensures a healthy gut system, and reduces the risk of colic.

Horse Treatment

  • Large 5x5m sociable stables

  • Huge pasture grazing during the day

  • Large dams for the horses to drink and play in

  • Sandy areas which allow resting during the day

  • Medical Care of your Horse

  • Top Quality Feeds

  • Night Checks

 

Owner gets access to... 

  • Stables

  • Secure Tackroom

  • 15 m Round Pen

  • Large 50 x 40m Sand Arena

  • Over 100 hectares of trails for outrides

Additional Services (Training, Clinics, ...) upon request

IBALANSI FARRIER SERVICE

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Ibalansi & F-balance:

Adam is a certified F balance method farrier who specialises in barefoot trimming and shoeing horses.

F balance is established in Europe and especially Germany. F-balance is described as follows:

The F stands for flexibility. His take home message: the hoof is more flexible than the head. He trims the hoof according to three natural factors:

  1. 'Heel length: Anz found that every heel shows where it wants to be cut by showing a little crack or bend caused by the stress of the overgrown material. The distance from the stress point to the hairline happens to be the same medial and lateral and even the same on both limbs of the fronts or hinds.'

  2. 'Sole level: the hoof wall should be trimmed to the level of the functional sole.'

  3. 'The functional sole may not be cut.'

To make a reservation for Adam's mobile service, please send us an email or give us a call.