Create the PARTNERSHIP of your DREAMS through CONNECTION, LEADERSHIP with LOVE, and great SKILL development.

Develop an amazing bond and relationship through connection and feel.
Develop your skills - physical feel, timing and balance, rope handling, body language, cue communication, energy awareness and energy projection as well as your intuitive skills.
Set your horse up for success by developing his or her posture, strength and athleticism through groundwork therapy.

 

Where and When:
Gracelands Equestrian Indoor
2 Gracemere Crescent 
Glenorie, NSW

March 16-18
9:00 - 5:00 

 

This course lays the foundation for beautiful partnerships with horses - mind, heart and soul connections with horses. It is a groundwork only course.

Learn how to connect, communicate and understand your horses - why do they do what they do, how do they learn, and what needs do they need met?

Develop your Intuitive Sensing and Energetic Awareness
Learn the ever elusive quality of feel that horses love.
Learn Practical Horse Handling Techniques
Start developing your horse's posture for optimal biomechanics

Set up a foundation in groundwork for your horse to develop good posture and optimal biomechanics for a happy, healthy, sound and athletic horse. In future courses learn riding techniques that support healthy biomechanics and where you can ride as one, in total synchronicity with your horse.
Be nurtured and guided to develop yourself, mentally, emotionally and physically to become the person you need to be to be a great partner for your horse.

This course teaches the philosophy, core principles and foundational techniques of "Connecting with Horses and Riding with Synchronicity" - the art of creating beautiful partnerships with horses. Inspiring and supporting horses and people to become confident and empowered, to be together in harmony, and move with freedom, balance and athleticism. With softness, gentleness, kindness and love, you can have leadership and develop a magical bond with your horse, a true friendship. Connect to your horse's mind, heart, body and soul.

How good would it be:-
To feel safe and to feel that you and your horse could communicate clearly and understand each other.
To have a horse that is a willing partner and wants to participate.
To have a calm horse who at the same time is magnificent, expressive, energetic, graceful and a physically strong, powerful athlete who could safely carry you down the trail or be a performance horse.

This is my dream horse. A partnership like this is created not bought, it is also not directly transferable from one person to another.  Even if you bought a horse that seemed to fit the bill, unless you learn the skills, that horse won't maintain those qualities. They can't. They will fall to the level of skill and be affected by the mindset and the energy of the person they are with. We have to develop ourselves. This teaching addresses all areas of mind, body and spirit to help horses and people reach their highest and most magnificent potential and achieve these goals.

Learn more about the course content...

This Introductory course is the most important of  all the courses I teach. It sets the foundation of concepts and principles from which all the rest is built. It is essential for all who are new to my teaching and whether you are a beginner or had years of experience I believe it will be of great benefit to you.

This course will begin to teach you how to understand horses minds, emotions and their physical bodies. It also goes deeper into the spiritual nature of horses and the deep connection between horses and humans. This course teaches the core principles of centering, breathing, body scanning, energy awareness and body language which are all essential keys to success with horses. Begin the journey to becoming a "true" horseman. "True" meaning with the qualities that the horses themselves would choose to have in a horseman.

Whilst we  work with the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects this course is at the same time is very practical. Teaching a quality of FEEL in working with horses that most people never learn in a lifetime. FEEL  is the HOLY GRAIL of horsemanship, it is the fundamental essence of all great horsemanship. Some believe that it can never be taught, that it is just a god given talent that some people have and others don't,  but I have found a way to teach this intrinsic and elusive quality and make it available and attainable for everyone that has the commitment and dedication to learn.

Here is what you can learn at this course:-

Connect with your horse's heart and mind and learn to listen  and feel.

Develop skills to develop the centered, still and present "way of being" that horses love - the qualities of great leadership.

Learn the ever elusive and commonly unteachable qualities of FEEL - mental, emotional, physical and energetic feel

Learn the art of nonverbal communication - thoughts, energy and body language

Learn how horses learn

Learn how to problem solve and understand your horse to resolve any behavioral/training issues that you are having.

Develop safe horse handling skills and habits on the ground to set you up for any activity or  handling that you may need on the ground and which also translate into aids and skills needed in riding.

Learn techniques on the ground that lead to horses using their bodies with healthy biomechanics, developing good posture and having hindquarter engagement

This course is groundwork only. However, it is preparing you for Riding in Synchronicity.  'Riding with Synchronicity’ means to ride in perfect synchronicity and harmony, becoming like a centaur where you become part of the horse and the horse becomes part of you. To achieve this we need to understand the horse’s physical body and the biomechanics of how their body works. It is vitally important for horses to be ridden in correct posture and biomechanical balance if they are to enjoy the experience, stay sound, be healthy and reach their highest athletic potential.

The learning and development of good biomechanics and posture  initially needs to be done through groundwork not riding. However it needs to be very specific groundwork that is always targeting optimal posture and good biomechanics. A lot of the groundwork that people do, including lunging when it's done inappropriately and too early in the horse's development, is actually detrimental to the horse's posture.

The horse needs to develop the strength to carry themselves and their own forehand in an engaged way (meaning that the HQ's is doing more of the weight bearing/support and initiating the forward propulsive force for locomotion) BEFORE adding the weight of a rider and a saddle. The heavier the person and less experienced they are in assisting a horse to find HQ balance and self-carriage the further the horse needs to be developed and strengthened on the ground before riding. During this time and through this process the human can also be developing themselves.

A good rider is also a good athlete. What do we need to do to develop ourselves ? Lose weight perhaps or increase our mobility, flexibility, symmetry, strength and balance ? Developing our body awareness and the feeling of connected, fluid movement flowing through our body so that movement feels smooth, effortless and easy is essential. Doing a groundwork program with your horse is a great way and a great time to also develop your own physical fitness and skills. 

 

This is  FEEL GOOD HORSEMANSHIP  - it causes horses and humans to FEEL GOOD !!! 

 

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. People coming without their horses are not just fence sitters. All of these "non-hands on" with horses sessions actually make up a big percentage of this course so the fee is priced appropriately.

Investment The cost to come with your horse is $615 for 3 days EB (early bird) Price - if 50% is paid before Feb 27th with the balance due before March 8th. If 50% deposit (or more) is not paid before Feb 27th the fee will be the full price of $715.  A 50% deposit will secure your spot but full price will apply if total amount is not paid before March 8th. Horse spots are limited to 8 so get in quick.

These courses ares are intimate groups with lots of personal attention, including personal attention to those that come without their horse. So as well as participating equally with those bringing horses in all the non-horsey activities (of which there are a lot in this course) there will be opportunities for you to ask questions about your own horse and have discussion on how the course content might need to be adapted to meet your horse's and your own specific needs. The cost to come without your horse for the 3 days is $225 ( $75/day) EB price - if paid before Feb 27th. After that the price will be $255 ( $85/day).

PLEASE NOTE: No stallions without prior permission. For questions regarding the course content, horsemanship or eligibility for the course contact Mel 0428 385 745 mel@melfleming.com
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Details about the venue and human accomodation...

  Mudgee Showground

Contact Lea for questions about the venue, horse facilities and camping options etc.

leacuthbertson@bigpond.com0400 036 286

'Functional Saddling' consultations, BALANCE saddles, Private lessons & Bodywork sessions -

PRIVATE SESSIONS are usually available the day after the course or sometimes in the morning or late afternoon of the course days. Make sure you book these in advance, especially if you are interested in the saddle fitting so I am sure to have the saddles with me that may be required.  

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 $220. 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 on how you may be able to improve your current saddle with re-flocking, gullet changes or padding changes. This is priced according to the time taken. eg. $66 for 30 mins. Get in touch if you want advice on whether you need a Comprehensive saddle consult or if a Mini consult will suffice.
 
Private Lessons/ Training sessions  are $125/hr  (Coaching in groundwork, riding, trailer loading, problem solving, healthcare and management and much more). Indoor arena hire is an additional $15/session. I may be able to travel to you if you can't get to me - Travel charges will apply $45 for travel within 25 min radius of where I am based at Glenorie. If you are booking more than 3 hrs or there is another lesson really close to you this travel fee can be waived or shared.
 
Bodywork   Energetic Bodywork, PEMF or Equissage sessions, Postural Development & Rehabilitation Therapy,  $125/hr
 
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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