Enhancing Horsemanship Skills with Movement and Touch

Paula brings her experience as a movement educator, movement analyst, and movement therapist to her work with riders. Rather than focusing on "fixing" the horse, Paula looks at where the rider may be holding habitual patterns of imbalance or tension, offering specific exercises to help release resistance and find greater ease and flow. Often these restrictions arise from the simple size difference between horse and human, and the fact that our default is often force, rather than a more subtle and soft approach to our horsemanship. When we have a deeper awareness of how our body (and mind) are responding, and how those responses are affecting the horse, we can more easily unravel whatever may be inhibiting both communication and performance in the horse and the rider.

By learning basic movement awareness skills that expand softness and connection, you will create greater physical and emotional balance and ease for you and your horse. Simple groundwork exercises, many drawn from the Tellington TTEAM methods, and movement observation practices help to create clearer communication, and improved physical and emotional balance for both horse and human.

Learning to bring greater awareness and sensitivity to the way that we touch our horses and all of our human and animal friends helps us to understand what we are communicating and what intention we are expressing. Touch sessions integrate understanding the developmental stages of touch (yield, push, reach, grasp and pull) as well as fundamentals of TTouch (the work of Linda Tellington Jones). TTouch is called "the touch that teaches" because it helps the horse, dog or cat to feel and think rather than simply reacting. Tellington Jones speaks of it as "turning on the lights of the body at the cellular level." Mindful touch can help settle the nervous system and unravel patterns of tension, injury or imbalance, resulting in greater freedom of movement, ease and balance. Sessions include instruction in specific touches and exercises that you can do with your animal companions as well as how to use Clicker Training and groundwork exercises to help with physical and behavioral concerns.

What a gift to horsemanship and consciousness! I can't wait for Paula's next class. She provided great practices and tools for transforming the foundation of our relationship with our horses - as well as any other living creature. Such a shift will bring more grace, ease and joy into the lives of all. I will enjoy being present with my four (and two) legged partners more, simply noticing the "problems/challenges" disappearing.
Louise Dobish, Michigan

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Embodied Horsemanship