Introductory Course – Groundskills & Riding Nov. 24-27 – Burpengary QLD

IMG_9336 webFour full days to immerse yourself in learning the philosophy and techniques of “Connecting with  Horses and Riding with Synchronicity”. This course will be beneficial for all who are new to my 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. It teaches the core principles of centering, breathing, body scanning, energy awareness and body language which are the essential keys to success with horses.  Begin the journey to becoming a “true” horseman. “True” meaning what horses would consider a horseman.

Connect with your horse’s heart and mind.

Learn the principles and qualities of great leadership

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

Learn how horses learn

Develop safe horse handling skills and habits on the ground and riding.

IMG_9378 webLearn 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 collected 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.


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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, effortlessness 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 will be found at the highest levels in all great sports people – athletes, martial artists, dancers and even singers – 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 through my experience with horses. These principles lead us to riding with fluidity, without brace and resistance and moving freely with the horse. They require being centered, aligned and using our body in a smooth, unified way, without getting into a state of contraction or tension. The techniques presented will  lead to you feeling more balanced and that means safer and more comfortable in your riding, as well as allowing your horse to move with healthy biomechanics which results in them being calmer, happier, have less resistance and reach their highest athletic potential. To achieve these aims, the teaching includes a lot of body awareness and body balancing exercises. I am very excited to share all of this with you because it will be a game changer  for you and your horse.

Come along with or without your horse.

IMG_9221webOf 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 along as an auditor (that is a participant without a horse) where you will participate in all of the theory sessions, Q & A sessions, most of the body awareness and balance sessions and simulations (this may depend on numbers – some of these sessions might need to be restricted to those bringing horses) watch the demonstrations and observe those with horses practice and experiment with the exercises and tasks.

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. Your horse must be started and rideable unless you just choose to do the ground work aspects. No stallions without prior permission.

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


THE COST TO COME WITH YOUR HORSE IS  $795 for the 4 days.

TWO DAY GROUNDSKILLS ONLY OPTION – $397.50 (Priority of spots will be given to those booking for all 4 days)

N.B. There will be extra charges for stabling $30, overnight or day yards $15 and camping $15 or $25 for powered sites.

The cost to come without your horse is $65/day or $260 for the 4 days.


Private lessons, Saddle fitting & BALANCE saddles

Private lessons  ($110/hr) plus arena hire, Saddle fittings and opportunities to test ride the BALANCE saddles 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 I can plan and make sure I can fit you in.

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

Course Venue

Burpengary Equestrian Centre
Burpengary, QLD

Charges for stabling $30, overnight or day yards $15 and camping $15 or $25 for powered sites.

For venue details contact Julie McLaughlin
0418 190 199

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