Connecting and Fundamental Feel – Mangrove Mountain NSW, – June 26-28


Three full days to immerse yourself in learning the philosophy and techniques of “Connecting with  Horses and Riding with Synchronicity”. This 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 this teaching whether they are a beginner or had years of experience. It begins to teach people how to understand their horses minds, emotions and their physical bodies.  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.

Connect with your horse’s heart and mind and hear what horses have to say – learn to listen.

Learn the principles and qualities of great leadership

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

Learn how horses learn

Learn the ever elusive and commonly unteachable quality of FEEL – mentally, emotionally, physically, energetically

Learn techniques on the ground that help horses to use their bodies with healthy biomechanics and lead into the fundamental aids and techniques used to ride horses in harmony and in a balanced and engaged way. The qualities of feel, timing and balance learned on the ground will help develop the skills you need to be a great rider.

As well as connecting with the horse, Mel specializes in teaching people to understand equine posture, balance and  biomechanics,  engagement and collection. This will be of particular importance to dressage riders but it is actually very important at its most fundamental level to riders of all disciplines, including trail riders. This course will teach people the beginnings of this learning. These principles can also be applied to driving and harness horses.

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”. This is very different than “fence sitting” as you are not only observing demonstrations and the participants with their horses but will also actively participate in the theory sessions, Q & A sessions, body awareness and balance sessions, healing/meditation sessions and simulations, all of which make up a big percentage of the course.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are a raw beginner and/or feel very unconfident or unsafe in handling or riding your horse please contact me before registering and booking into this course with your horse. No stallions without prior permission.

For questions regarding the course content, horsemanship or eligibility for the course contact Mel


To participate with your horse – 3 day course  – $595
To participate without your horse – 3 day Ground skills course  – $80/day

There are only six horse spots available so book early to get a spot.


Mangrove Mountain
Jo Woolley’s Property
61 Williams Rd
Kulnura Nsw

For details about the venue and  horse and human stay contact Jo Woolley

Start and Finish Times:

9:00am – 5:00pm

Private Sessions – Lessons, Saddle fitting & BALANCE saddle test rides – Available on request. Saddle fittings and riding sessions will need to be at another location as there are no riding facilities at the sanctuary.

Private lessons  ($110/hr), Saddle fittings and opportunities to test ride the BALANCE saddles are available on request. Saddle fittings with the BALANCE saddles take 1 1/2 to 2 hrs. cost $150.  
Please email to get more details or to book a session. Please let me know as soon as you can if you are interested in one of these sessions so we can plan and make sure we can fit you in.

Register on line

You can make your payment by direct deposit, cheque, credit card ( 2.5% surcharge) or by PayPal (2.6% surcharge). The details of how to  pay by dd, cheque or cc can all be found on the registration form below.

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 or Download Registration Form

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Indemnity Form

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If paying with PayPal (there is a 2.6% surcharge) click here

If you wish to pay via PayPal send me an email and I will send you a PayPal invoice.

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