‘Banyandah’ Howlong, (NSW/VIC border) – Fundamental Feel in Ground skills May 26-28, Intro Riding May 29-31, Intermed. Course June 2-6

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Course 1 – Connecting & Fundamental Feel in Ground Skills Course  May 26-28

 

 

Three full days to immerse yourself in learning the philosophy and techniques of “Connecting with  Horses and Riding with Synchronicity”. This Ground Skills 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 my teaching and whether you are a beginner or had years of experience I believe it will be of great benefit to you. This course will begin to teach you how to understand horse’s minds, emotions and their physical bodies. It also goes deeper into the spiritual/energetic nature of horses and the spiritual/ energetic 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. Whilst we acknowledge and work with the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of horses this course is at the same time very practical. Teaching a quality of FEEL in horsemanship handling that most people never learn in a life time. FEEL  is the HOLY GRAIL of horsemanship, it is the fundamental essence of all great horsemanship. Some believe that it can never be taught but I have found a way.

Here is what you can learn at this course:-

Connect with your horse’s heart and mind and learn to listen  and feel.

Develop skills to develop the centered, still and present way of being that horses love – the qualities of great leadership.

Learn the ever elusive and commonly unteachable qualities of FEEL – mental, emotional, physical and energetic feel

Learn the art of nonverbal communication – thoughts, energy and body language Learn how horses learn Learn how to problem solve and understand your horse to resolve any behavioral/training issues that you are having.

Develop safe horse handling skills and habits on the ground to set you up for any activity or  handling that you may need on the ground and which translate into aids and skills needed in riding.

Learn techniques on the ground that all lead to horses using their bodies with healthy biomechanics and developing good posture and hindquarter engagement.

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, in which case you would actively participate in all of the theory sessions, Q & A sessions, most of the body awareness / balance sessions and simulations (this may depend on numbers – some of these sessions might need to be restricted to those bringing horses), as well as watch the demonstrations and observe those with horses practice the techniques.  All of these “non-hands on” with horses sessions actually make up a big percentage of the course which is why the pricing for those  wishing to come without their horse is approx. 50% of the full course fee. People coming without their horses are not just fence sitters. They get equal value to those bringing horses for at least 50% of the course.

Investment
The cost to come with your horse is $595 for the 3 days Early Bird Price (if you pay 50% before Feb 28th). After that the price is $695. The cost to come without your horse is $80/day or $240 for 3 days Early Bird Price (if you pay 50% before Feb 28th) after that the price is $90/day or $270 for 3 days.

The course is limited to 8 people with horses so that a lot of one on one attention can be given. Priority will be given to those booking for the full course. Book early so that you don’t miss out.

Start & Finish Times 9:00-5:00

PLEASE NOTE: If you are a raw beginner and/or feel very unconfident or unsafe in handling  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

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Course 2 – Introduction to Riding with Synchronicity May 29-31

Building Confidence and Communication in the saddle

Smoky cantering‘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.

 

******IMPORTANT NOTE: If it has been a while since you did the  Introductory Ground skills course I would highly recommend redoing it as a refresher OR at least doing day 3 of it again just to get you and your horse in the mindset and flow again. You will then have your horse and yourself settled in with some ground work so you will get the most out of the riding course. There will be some ground work in the riding course but we will be able to get more riding done if both you and the horse are already mentally and emotionally in the right space.

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 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.

 

Investment

The cost come with your horse is $595 for the 3 days  (if a 50% deposit is received before Feb 28th) or $695 there after.
The cost to come without your horse is $80/day or $240 for 3 days Early Bird Price (if you pay 50% before Feb 28th) after that the price is $90/day or $270 for 3 days.

The course is limited to 8 people with horses so that a lot of one on one attention can be given. Priority will be given to those booking for the full course. Book early so that you don’t miss out.

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

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Course 3 – Intermediate Level Course  June 2-6

 

 

Prerequisites – 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.

What will you learn ?

In this course,  major focus areas will be to:-

Develop a deeper connection with your horse by learning how to become more still, present and centered and by noticing and helping alleviate any stress, anxiety or tension in your horse.

Become aware of the subtleties that indicate the physical and emotional holding patterns that are preventing you and your horse having the safe and harmonious relationship that you would both love to have.

Learn to better read (more correctly understand) your horse and what is going on for him or her mentally and emotionally.

Develop your quality of physical and energetic feel and awareness.

Learn to understand your horse’s physical body and how it operates – biomechanics for healthy happy horses.

Biomechanics is the next step to building connection and developing a harmonious partnership with your horse.   If your horse is not comfortable physically and able to move with effortlessness and ease, which is the result of healthy biomechanics, he or she is never going to really enjoy physically doing things with you. Helping your horses to develop healthy biomechanics  and good quality movement comes from developing these qualities in yourself. If you don’t know what it feels like in yourself to move with freedom and ease, with structured alignment and unification, then you can never offer this feel to the horse and in fact, you will probably end up taking these qualities away from you horse. This learning will also benefit all other areas of your life. Living with pain, discomfort and restriction, where moving is anything other than pleasurable, is not fun.

In every course I teach the specific course  format will be adapted to suit the individual needs and priorities of the horses and riders/humans that show up – we never stick to an exact format, we spontaneously flow with what each horse and human needs. However, below are a some of the more specific things that we often address and outcomes that result from the intermediate level courses:-

Both you and your horse develop confidence which means safety and better performance.
Read and understand your horse more accurately.
Deepen your Connection with your horse and develop more accurate intuitive communication.
Your horse becomes more calm, connected, attentive, responsive and athletic.
Develop Feel, Energy awareness and how to use energy.
Become clear  and more precise with Body Language.
Understand how horses learn
Learn about Positive Reinforcement
Use ground skills as a diagnostic tool and for your horse’s emotions and  as physical therapy for your horse.
Use obstacles to create visually clear mental pictures and “games” to help your horse learn.
Put ground skills to purpose eg. trailer loading, crossing bridges, creeks etc.
Learn about posture, self carriage, balance and biomechanics for both the horse and rider and how to enhance these through ground work and riding.
Learn how to better “go with” your horses movement, that is, how to flow with the horse in perfect harmony.
Ride from your centre with a unified body.
Refine your aids, by using your body more and the reins less.
Help the horse to better follow your focus and line of direction.
Learn exercises to improve rider balance and learn more details about riding dynamics including trot diagonals and canter leads.
Develop more HQ engagement and collection in the horse.
Learn body awareness, body balancing and meditation techniques to clear emotions, heal, move more freely and fluidly and empower yourself  – mentally, emotionally and physically.
Learn 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.

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, in which case you would actively participate in all of the theory sessions, Q & A sessions, body awareness and balance sessions, healing sessions and simulations as well as watch the demonstrations and observe those with horses practice and experiment with the exercises and tasks. All of these “non-hands on” with horse sessions actually make up a big percentage of the course which is why the pricing for those  wishing to come without their horse is close to 50% of the full course fee. People coming without their horses are not just fence sitters.

Investment

The cost to come with your horse is $990 for the 5 days (Early Bird Price if you pay 50% before Feb 28th) after that it it $1090 or $220/day if you come for less than 5 days. The cost to come without your horse is $80/day or $400 for 5 days Early Bird Price (if you pay 50% before Feb 28th) after that the price is $90/day or $450 for 5 days.

The course is limited to 8 people with horses so that a lot of one on one attention can be given. Priority will be given to those booking for the full course. Book early so that you don’t miss out.

Start & Finish Times 9:00-5:00

PLEASE NOTE:  No stallions without prior permission.

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

Please scroll down for booking forms.

 

Private Sessions – Lessons, Saddle fitting & BALANCE saddle test rides, Bodywork sessions (which can also include PEMF, Equissage treatments)

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 $180.
Energetic Bodywork and or PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) treatments upon request $120. 
Equissage sessions – $88
 
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

 

Banyandah has wonderful facilities and accommodation for both horse and rider. For more information about the venue and accommodation contact:-

Jane Reid   horseheaven@albury.net.au  (02) 6026-8800

RMB 5527 Riverina Highway Howlong

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Banyandah is a very beautiful horsemanship facility situated on the Murray River with a big variety of riding arenas, open paddocks, bushland  and horse play and riding areas. There is also great accommodation onsite or  the option of camping.  I highly recommend staying on site so you stay fully immersed in the relaxed atmosphere to support your learning. 

 

Register on line

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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