Bathurst, NSW – Jan. 25-27 Riding with Synchronicity Course

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helens pics 2013 633 croppedwebFurther develop your ground skills, communication and connection with your horse and develop your riding confidence, communication and balance. Participants in this course will have needed to have previously attended an Introductory workshop or clinic with me or they may request permission to attend by submitting a video of themselves working with their horse on the ground and riding. Please email me for details regarding this.

‘Riding in Synchronicity’ means to ride in perfect synchronicity and harmony, becoming like a centaur where you become part of the horse and the horse becomes part of you. To achieve this we need to understand the horse’s physical body and the biomechanics of how their body works. It is vitally important for horses to be ridden in correct posture and biomechanical balance if they are to enjoy the experience, stay sound, be healthy and reach their highest athletic potential.

This course teaches the fundamental principles and “how to” of learning to ride with harmony, effortless and ease. Start learning the secrets to happy and successful partnerships with horses. Whether you just want to ride for pleasure or have high aspirations for competition these secrets  will be invaluable. These fundamental keys will  develop you to be a great rider and will be of great benefit whether you are relatively new to riding or had many years in the saddle. Even high level competition riders have been greatly helped by this teaching.   If  you are a raw beginner please contact me before booking to make sure that this course will be appropriate for you to come with your horse.

There are some common principles that are found at the highest levels in all great sports people – athletes, martial artists or dancers – these principles also apply to horsemanship and riding.  I have learned these principles through feldenkrais and martial arts, as well as what I have learned  with horses. These principles lead us to riding in complete balance and harmony with the horse and without any brace or resistance to the horse. They include being centered, aligned and using our body in a fluid and unified way – this occurs when we are relaxing completely – the opposite of being in a state of contraction or tension. The techniques presented will  lead to you becoming more balanced and that means safer and more comfortable in your riding, as well as allowing your horse to move with healthy biomechanics. Healthy biomechanics not only allow your horse to reach their highest athletic potential in performance but also result in them being calmer, happier, having less resistance and staying sound. To achieve these aims, the course includes meditation, mind and body awareness and body balancing exercises. I am very excited to share all of this with you. It will be a game changer  for you and your horse.

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Learn exercises to improve rider balance and learn more details about riding dynamics and how to flow with the horse in perfect harmony. Work on your own body balance, fitness, mobility and awareness.

Start to develop HQ engagement and good balance in the horse.

Riding dynamics for walking , trotting and trot diagonals, transitions, cantering, canter leads, and simple lead changes – (NB. if appropriate for horse and rider.)

Some  more specific areas of learning will be the following, with the focus directed specifically toward the needs of the horses and riders attending.

How to better “go with” your horses movement.
Helping the horse to better follow your focus and line of direction.
Riding from your centre with a unified body.
Refining your aids, by using your body more and the reins less.

Come along with or without your horse.

Moonbi Nov 5 day course 2013 001webOf 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 but also actively participate in the theory sessions, Q & A sessions, body awareness and balance sessions, meditation sessions and simulations, all of which make up a big percentage of the course.

For questions regarding the course content, horsemanship or eligibility for the course contact Mel mel@melfleming.com.au

 

Start & Finish Times:

Will vary according to the weather at the time. If it is really hot then we would start early 8:00 or even earlier if people prefer and then have a big break in the middle of the day and then resume in the late afternoon finishing around 7 pm ???

If the weather is cooler we will do closer to our usual time of 9-5.

When we know who is booked with horses we can liaise with each other once we see what the weather is likely to be like closer to the date.

Investment:

The cost to come with your horse is $595 for the 3 days.

The cost to come without your horse is $80/day – this includes participating in the body awareness sessions and simulations, theory sessions and questions and answer sessions. You are not just a fence sitter at these courses.

PLEASE NOTE:  Your horse must be started and rideable unless you just choose to do the ground work components. No stallions allowed without prior permission.

For questions regarding the course content, horsemanship or eligibility for the course contact Mel  mel@melfleming.com.au

Private lessons, Saddle fitting & BALANCE saddles, Bodywork sessions –

balance2Saddle fittings and opportunities to test ride the BALANCE saddles are available on request. Saddle fittings sessions take 1 1/2 to 2 hrs. and cost $150.  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. We then test ride a BALANCE saddle to use as a comparison to get feedback about how well your horse moves in its own saddle compared to a saddle that is known to be ergonomically designed  for horses and riders. If your horse did prefer the BALANCE saddle and you were possibly interested in purchasing one, we would then test ride several different models of the BALANCE saddles to see exactly which one is the best for both horse and rider. Interlaced into this 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.
 
Private Lessons are $110/hr
 
Bodywork sessions – Energetic healing, PEMF or Equissage treatments available or combinations of the above.
To get more details, to book a saddle fitting session, private lesson or bodywork session please email me –  mel@melfleming.com.au 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.

For questions regarding the course content, horsemanship or eligibility for the course contact Mel  mel@melfleming.com.au

Course Venue

“Melrose Park”
1 Melrose Dr
Raglan (via Bathurst) NSW

For details about the venue, including directions and horse and human stay, contact Sally Rosin
srosin1@bigpond.com
02 63 373 919
0409 228 537

 

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