Connecting and Fundamental Feel in Ground skills – Kangaroo Creek (via Grafton), NSW – Oct 31-Nov 2


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 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.

The information taught in this course will lead you to be SAFE and have an ENJOYABLE, PLEASURABLE and HAPPY relationship with your horse, where both you and your horse can be happy and enjoy the experience of interacting and riding together. It is also the essential foundation for the POSTURAL DEVELOPMENT & BIOMECHANICS courses which help horses to use their bodies in a healthy way where they truly engage their hindquarters and can become super athletes.

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 to READ your horse/s and recognize how they are really feeling and the emotions they have. Identify the body language that shows your horse has suppressed emotions. These suppressed emotions are commonly the cause of most behavioral issues and problems people have with horses. Horses are SO misunderstood because people confuse stress and anxiety in horses with excitement and enthusiasm or don’t read that horses are shut down and hiding the stress or negative emotions that they are really feeling. This is the cause of many accidents with horses.

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.


The cost to come with your horse is $595 for the 3 days.  The cost to come without your horse is $80/day or $240 for 3 days. Horse spots will be limited to 6 so book in early to secure your spot.

Start & Finish Times 9:30-5:30


Joan Van den Ende’s property
1221 Kangaroo Creek Rd, Kangaroo Creek
0418 793 040.

There are yards for horses and you can camp with power, water and easy accessible toilet/ shower facilities. There is also a caravan that can fit 2-3 people.

For details about the venue contact
Emily Wiblen   0437 144 474

There will be an Intermediate course in Macksville the following weekend (Nov. 5-7) – Riding and Groundwork – which could be a great follow on for some people. If you are interested in this get in touch and we can discuss whether this would be suitable for you.

: 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 Please scroll down for booking forms.

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 $180.  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 – 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.

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