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Develop an amazing bond through connection and feel.
Set your horse up for success - health, happiness and performance for both pleasure and competition - by developing his or her posture, strength and athleticism through optimal biomechanics and functional movement.

MULTI - LEVEL course with Focus on Biomechanics.
Small group - so we will be focussing on people's individual needs with individual sessions as well as group learning sessions rather than having a set format. 
Individual sessions can be on the ground or ridden.

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


Where and When:

Barbara Cooper's property
463 Gladigau Rd

May 18-20    9:00 - 5:00/5:30

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 $675 for 3 days - I am offering you all the EB  (early bird) Price for this course - since we are just offering it at the last minute.

The cost to come without your horse is $65/day - a little less than the usual course fee for people participating without horses as I anticipate we will spend a lot more time outside hands on with horses than teaching theory and simulations like we do in the other standard course formats I teach.

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

Barbara Cooper's property463 Gladigau RdWoodside/Harrogate

0492 444 562‬

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

PRIVATE SESSIONS are usually available the day after the course/s May 28th 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 $250. 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 $165/hr  plus travel (if I travel to you) or venue hire, if required. (Coaching in groundwork, riding, trailer loading, problem solving, healthcare and management).
Bodywork   Energetic Bodywork, Postural Development & Rehabilitation Therapy, General Healthcare & Horse Husbandry advice $165/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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