‘Banyandah’ Howlong NSW- VIC Border, Oct. 10-18 Intro & Intermed. courses

Connecting with Horses & Ground Skills Course – Oct 10-12

Three 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 horse’s minds, emotions and their physical bodies. It teaches the core principles of centering, breathing, body scanning, energy awareness, body language and intuitive and physical feel, which are the essential keys to success with horses. As well as teaching the subtlety of energy this course also teaches  in detail the physical aspects of skills, techniques and use of equipment needed for good horsemanship. Great horsemanship all starts on the ground. 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Investment

The  investment to come with your horse is $595 for the 3 days. The investment to come without your horse is $65/day or $195 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. No stallions without prior permission.

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

Riding in Synchronicity – Intro Riding Course –
October 13-14

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 you are not doing the Introductory course in the immediate course preceding this course but have done it before  some time ago I would highly recommend either redoing it all 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 two riding days.

Come along with or without your horse.

students-under-treeOf 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  investment to come with your horse is $390 for the 2 days. The investment to come without your horse is $65/day or $130 for the 2 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. No stallions without prior permission.

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

 

4 Day Course -Intermediate Level – October 15-18

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Participants in this course will have needed to have previously attended an Introductory clinic with me or 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.
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.

Come along with or without your horse.

Of course if you can bring your horse along your learning will be maximised 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 (although this may depend on numbers as 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.

Investment

The cost to come with your horse is $780 for the 4 days if you pay a 50% deposit before July 15th. After that date the price will be $845.
The cost to come without your horse is $65/day.

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

Private lessons  ($110/hr), 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.

Venue and Accomodation

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

 

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Photos on this page are all taken at Banyandah.  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.  Catering for lunch and dinner is available with extremely delicious gourmet cooking.   I highly recommend staying on site and taking advantage of the catering  so you stay fully immersed in the relaxed atmosphere to support your learning. 

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Banyandah 3 day Intro Course October Ground Skills with Horse – Full Price 


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Banyandah 2 day Intro Course October Riding – Full Price 


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