Contact Info

Kathleen Castro, President
The Santana Center
1459 Boston Neck Road
Saunderstown, RI 02874
Email: Santana Center

Phone: (401) 644-2127
Check back often for any new classes being offered. Upon request only.

Basic Horse Care :  What you need to know.

No Foot, no Horse? Hoof Care and Shoeing 101
There's an old saying among horse people: "No foot, no horse." A horse's entire weight, often more than 1000 lbs, is supported by four, relatively small feet. Without healthy feet, a horse is in trouble. Come and hear about basic hoof anatomy, hoof care, causes of unhealthy hooves, principles of trimming and types of shoes available.

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Help my horse is down!
Roger Lauze from the Massachusetts SPCA-Angell presented information about the Animal Care and Adoption Centers. Founded in 1868 by George Angell protesting the racing of two horses to death over 40 miles of rough roads, the MSPCA began with 1200 members. It has now grown to over 120,000 supporters from all 50 states and 27 countries. This seminar covered basic rescue care and transport that you may need to know for your horse. We were able to practice on "Lucky" and the rescue sling, slide and equine ambulance.

Natural Horsemanship and Colt Starting
It started in the United States and its called by many names - natural horsemanship, resistance-free training, join-up, etc., but it's created a whole new approach to training and horse/human relationships. We learned a lot from Mike Windsor about the history, how it evolved, who does it, why it works and how you can use it!

Horse Care and Horsemanship
This course was designed for the new or "about to be" horse owner. Participants received information about general horse care, feeding, stabling, trailering and riding. Participants got tips on how to reduce costs and maximize the joy of owning (or maybe leasing) your own horse - this hands-on workshop was about horse basics - vital signs, hoof and dental care, worming, feeding and basic tack; types of riding and general safety on or around horses.

EFT and Brain Gym
Emotional Freedom Techniques centers around the profound effects of the body's subtle energies using the theory that "cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body's energy system." EFT is an emotional form of acupuncture with no needles. Instead, we tap with the fingertips to stimulate certain meridian energy points while the client is "tuned in" to the problem. Brain Gym includes targeted activities that integrate body and mind to bring about rapid and often dramatic improvements in concentration, memory, reading, writing, organizing, listening, physical coordination, and more. What great tools for riding. Thanks Bruce!

Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation

Horses 101 for Parents

Do you have a child who is simply in love with horses? Are you confused about where to go and what type of activities you want to do? Are you worried about safety? Expense? This short workshop will provide an introduction to parents about horses, riding and horsemanship. Bring your interested son or daughter and decide together. Topics will include: types of horses and riding styles; safety around horses; what you should expect in a lesson; typical expenses; 4-H or other activities; basic terminology. Horses will be on site for hands-on demonstrations.