Introductory Groundwork and Intermediate Course – Busselton, WA – April 10-18

Connecting & Introductory Ground Skills
April 10-12

 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. It helps people understand that a lot of the difficult behaviours and emotions that they experience with horses are often actually reflections of themselves and that horses are often just showing humans the emotional issues or blockages or restrictions that they need to address within themselves. Learn about the spiritual nature of horses and the spiritual connection between horses and humans.  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

Develop safe horse handling skills and habits on the ground.

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.

Investment

The investment to participate with your horse is $695 for the 3 days (Early Bird price) if you pay 50% before Feb 10th after that price is $795.
The investment to participate without your horse is $115/day or $345 for the 3 days.

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 mel@melfleming.com.au

Intermediate Course –  Groundwork and Riding – April 13-18

Participants in this course will have needed to have previously attended an Introductory clinic with me. On some occasions people 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.

The content of this course will be based upon the following, but will be adapted to specifically target the needs of the horses and riders that are attending.

We will begin by reviewing, expanding and improving upon the concepts learned in the Introductory course.

Then advance the ground skills with more precision, more responsiveness and with a better understanding of the biomechanics of the horse. Explore transitions, changes of direction, sideways and also using longer lines.

Both you and your horse will develop confidence which means safety and better performance.

Learn exercises to improve rider balance and learn more details about riding dynamics and how to flow with the horse in perfect harmony, this includes learning about trot diagonals and canter leads.

Learn about posture, self carriage, balance and biomechanics for both the horse and rider and how to enhance these through ground work and riding. Start to develop HQ engagement and collection in the horse.

Some more specific areas of learning would be :-

Reading and understanding your horse more accurately.
Deepening your Connection with your horse, developing intuitive communication.
Getting your horse more calm, connected, responsive and athletic.
Developing Feel, Energy awareness and how to use energy.
Becoming clear  and more precise with Body Language.
Using ground skills as a diagnostic tool and for your horse’s emotions and  as physical therapy for your horse.
Using obstacles to create visually clear mental pictures and “games” to help your horse learn.
Putting ground skills to purpose eg. trailer loading, crossing bridges, creeks etc.
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.
Clearing emotions in your horse and yourself.
Learning bodywork and horse care practices to improve your horse’s physical health and well being as well as improve and develop their physical capability, athleticism and performance.

 

students-under-treeCome 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, in which case you would actively participate in all of the theory sessions, Q & A sessions, body awareness and balance sessions, healing/meditation sessions and most simulations, as well as watch the demonstrations and observe those with horses practice and experiment. Those participating without horses are not just auditors (listeners) or fence sitters – they are active participants and receive equal benefit, coaching and participation in the healing, meditation and simulation sessions as those bringing horses. These sessions without horses make up a large percentage of the course. So to be fair to those bringing horses we need to make the fee for those coming without horses equitable and their is HUGE value in coming without your horse. Taking people without horses also opens up the opportunity for more people to be able to attend.

Intermediate Level Course –  for those who have done the Introductory Groundwork course and ideally Introductory Riding courses with me previously. However it may be possible to do the course without having done the Intro Riding course with special permission, if you meet certain requirements.   

 

Investment

The investment to participate with your horse in this 6 day course is $1390 (Early Bird price) if you pay 50% before Feb 10th after that price is $1590.  (Each course is limited to 8 people with horses – so book early if you don’t want to miss out.) 

The investment to participate without your horse is $690. (There is a day rate  if you can’t attend the whole 6 days – EB $115/day).


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 mel@melfleming.com.au

Private Sessions – Lessons, Saddle fitting & BALANCE saddle test rides, Healing sessions

Private lessons  ($120/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 $175.  
 
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.

 

 

 

Course Venue

Woody Pear Park
885 Acton Park Rd
Acton Park ( via Busselton)  WA

For details about the venue contact Paisley Walker paisleypnh@gmail.com

 

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You can make your payments 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. If you wish to pay by PayPal fill out the online registration form and indicate that you wish to pay by PayPal and I will send you a PayPal invoice.

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