Monday, Tuesday & Thursday : Each day starts with a session designed to improve body and mind awareness from 9am-10:30am. This is the first step towards improved riding.
-Breathing exercises to release tensions, increase strength, improve clarity and re-balance the mind & body.
-Learning skills that will lead to more quiet, clear communication on the ground and under saddle.
-Self Awareness Exercises to improve overall body language and awareness.
-Horse Psychology and how we affect our horses mental, physical and emotional state.
-Learning to blend energies to avoid resistance.
-Centering & Grounding exercises to access the strength from your center and improve stability in the saddle.
Then from 11am-12:30pm learn how to progress from halter work to liberty play by using clear, calm, consistent communication.
Participants will experiment guiding their horses through body language, breath, energy and the most subtle of cues. Lessons will include improving the timing of requests, understanding how and when to ask for more and knowing when to quit. The main goal is to maintain a calm and positive learning experience for the horse and the human, leading them to a more safe and enjoyable relationship.
After lunch there is afternoon arena riding instruction from 3:15pm-5pm.
Exercises to improve riding both in the ring and on trail:
-Transitions through use of breath, turning from your center, rising trot with ease, improving rhythm and freedom of movement.
-Exercises for releasing tensions, increasing comfort and improving communication.
-Grounding exercises to improve stability.
-Developing a more sensitive “feel” on the reins to improve softness and reduce resistance in the bridle.
-Exercises to improve overall balance of horse and rider.