Embodied Horsemanship: Natural Partnership for You and Your Horse & TTouch for HorsesPrayers & Run-on Sentences
Our problem - may I include you? - is that we
don't know how to start, how to just close
our eyes and let something dance between
our hearts and our lips, we don't know how
to skip across the room only for the joy of the leap.
We walk, we run but what happened to the skip
and its partner, the gallop, the useless and imaginary
way we could move through space, the horses we
rode before we knew how to saddle up, before we
had opinions about everything and just loved
the wind in our faces and the horizon in our eyes.
Sometimes the reason we were first drawn to horses gets lost. We lose touch with the playful, joyous part of being with a horse. We become automatic and hurried - fragmented in our attention. I like to think of horsemanship like yoga. In yoga, where you place your feet and hands, how you move into and out of the pose, your breathing all are essential to that asana. Being with horses requires that kind of mindfulness and a curious, friendly beginners mind.Horses can teach us a great deal about ourselves if we are willing to listen. On the ground or in the saddle, finding harmony, softness and balance with a horse is like sitting with a Zen master. There is nothing terribly abstract about being around a 1200-pound flight animal. You have to wake up and be open to the moment. I love horses for their clarity, honesty and generosity. They teach me again and again what is really important softness, balance, listening, connection and love. Download Embodied Horsemanship brochure EMBODIED HORSEMANSHIP includes:
NATURAL PARTNERSHIP FOR YOU AND YOUR HORSE
is about learning to be more relaxed, confident and improvisational in your relationship with your horse. Slowing down, feeling your own body, focusing your intention and being present are often the biggest missing steps in horsemanship. They get lost in the rush of preparation, in the push of riding goals, the pressure of competition. Natural Partnership is a simple, six-step practice that helps you to be more connected, more playful and successful as a rider and horse person, whether your goals are competition or pleasure.
uses TTouch, Clicker Training and groundwork exercises to help resolve physical and behavioral issues. TTouch is called "the touch that teaches" because it helps the horse to feel and think rather than simply reacting. TTouch releases held patterns of tension, injury or imbalance. The result is greater freedom of movement and balance. Sessions include instruction for the owner or trainer in specific touches and groundwork exercises that you can do with your horse. RIDING WIDE AWAKE: Movement Classes for Riders
is NOT conventional riding training. It IS a mindful riding practice for those seeking to improve their communication and connection with their horse. Simple, non-habitual exercises both on and off the horse help develop awareness, breath support, connection and balance. These engage the brain in new ways, creating a more harmonious relationship to the horses movement. When you come into the body" and release old habits, you become a more feeling, effective rider regardless of your discipline or competitive level.
Read Riding Wide Awake in Dressage Today
with Paula Josa-Jones and Sarah Hollis
Horse dancing isnt just about dance or even horses. It is about listening, relationship and connection. With equine performance trainer Sarah Hollis and Paula Josa-Jones, this workshop focuses on building an intuitive and attuned relationship with the horse, using the movement language and consciousness of the herd. The experience of partnering with a horse with both movement and stillness cultivates awareness, clarity of intention, and an open heart. Because horses mirror our physical and emotional expression, they can show us when we are out of sync" - in other words when our inside and outside are not congruent. Participants find that learning to be with a horse in this quiet, reflective and embodied way builds confidence and expands the way they see themselves and their relationships at home and at work. No previous riding or horse experience is necessary.
*This workshop is offered in a one or three-day format.
Contact Paula to inquire about upcoming workshops or to schedule an appointment.Download Embodied Horsemanship brochure I am available for individual sessions and workshops. For more information or to book an appointment:
firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out my form