Course Venue

Gracelands Equestrian Glenorie 
Agistment and Indoor arena
Karen Norsa 

2 Gracemere Crescent GLENORIE, NSW

Contact Karen for information regarding the venue and horse accommodation. If you wish to leave your horse on site please contact Karen prior to book yard/ paddock. There is also limited accomodation for people to also stay on site. 
0404 338 652‬ 


Start & Finish Times 9:00-5:00

Prerequisites for this course...

The Connecting and Fundamental Feel in Ground skills course is a prerequisite for students who are bringing horses.    


All horses that participate in the riding sessions must already be started under saddle. No stallions without permission.If the rider is very inexperienced or very unconfident please check with me before booking so we can make sure this course is right for you and we can make sure we can accomodate your needs.



Consolidate, improve and advance your groundskills:-
In preparation for riding,
To help horses be easier to manage with general handling,
To develop more connection, confidence and generally have fun with your horse,
Learn or develop sideways and other lateral work on the ground
Develop your horses posture and optimal biomechanics
Be inspired with "things to do" with your horse on the ground and prepare for liberty work.


For those that are ready to ride we will continue progressing you along or get you started in riding. For those that are not up to riding yet you can do these exercises (or variations of) on the ground in preparation for riding.
Improve how your horse follows your focus
Improve steering
Guide your horse with your seat and legs
Straightness, Bend, Shoulder mobility
Feel your trot diagonals
Move sideways off the leg - beginnings of lateral work
Smooth transitions

The course format will be large group sessions as well as splitting into smaller groups or pairs to focus on specific areas and individual needs.

Come along with or without your horse.

Of course if you can bring your horse along your learning will be maximized as nothing beats hands on experience and having direct feedback from a supportive instructor to accelerate your learning. However the other option for attending these courses is to come and participate without a horse, in which case you would actively participate in all of the theory sessions, Q & A sessions, most  simulations as well as watch the demonstrations and observe those with horses practice the techniques. 

Investment The cost to come with your horse is $595 for 3 days EB (early bird) Price - if paid before Nov. 1 After that the price is $695.

The cost to come without your horse is $165 for 3 days ( $55/day) 

PLEASE NOTE: No stallions without prior permission. Ideally bring the horse that you had in the Connecting and Fundamental Feel course so you are ready to progress. For questions regarding the course content, horsemanship or eligibility for the course contact Mel 0428 385 745
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'Functional Saddling' consultations (saddle fitting), BALANCE saddles, Private lessons & Bodywork sessions -


These sessions are available the day before or after the course or in the mornings or evenings of the course.

Find out more details about these sessions

COMPREHENSIVE saddling consultations where you test ride several BALANCE saddles or saddles of your choice take 1.5 to 2 hrs. and cost $185 (plus travel if I travel to you) . They involve riding in your own current saddle and experimenting with padding arrangements and or adjusting gullets (if possible) to see if  we can improve things with your current saddle. You can ride in several saddles of your choosing (that you bring along) and that you wish to get feedback on. We then test ride a BALANCE saddle to use as a comparison to determine how well your horse moves in its own saddle/s compared to a saddle that is known to be ergonomically designed for horses and riders to maximise comfort and performance.
Riding in the saddles is the best way to get direct feedback from the horse - this way we listen to the horse's opinion (and yours) rather than someone else's. Having a few saddles to feel as comparisons is important (BALANCE saddles or other) in this process.
If your horse did prefer the BALANCE saddle and you were potentially interested in purchasing one (second hand or new), we would then test ride several different models of the BALANCE saddles to see exactly which one is the best for both the horse and yourself. Interlaced into this session is advice on riding and biomechanics for horse and rider as required and as appropriate to the level of experience of the horse and rider.
MINI saddle consultations - It is possible to do shorter saddling consults where we do not test ride many or any saddles and I can just give you my opinion and recommendations based on my experience. This is priced according to the time taken. eg. $55 for 30 mins or $30 for 15 mins. Get in touch in you want advice on whether you need a Comprehensive saddle consult or if a Mini consult will suffice.
Private Lessons/ Training sessions  are $110/hr if at the lesson venue plus $10 for arena use. (Coaching in groundwork, riding, trailer loading, problem solving, healthcare and management). $110 plus travel ($30 if within 20 mins of where I am teaching).
Bodywork   Energetic Bodywork and or PEMF  (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) treatments $110 Equissage treatments  $88








To get more details or book a saddling consultation, private lesson or bodywork session email Mel or call 0428 385 745.  
Letting me know as soon as you can if you are interested in one of these sessions will help me schedule things to make sure I can fit you in. These sessions are available the day before or after the course or in the mornings or evenings of the course.

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