Intermediate Course

Prerequisites –  Participants in this course will need to have previously attended an Introductory clinic with me. Upon request some people may be given permission to attend by submitting a video of themselves working with their horse, if the video shows that they have suitable prior knowledge and skill. Please email me for details regarding this.

 

What will you learn ?
 Because all students attending with horses will already have a basic foundation in my horsemanship principles the format will be very flexible and adapted to suit the individual needs of the horses and humans that are enrolled. I will assess each horse and human and individually structure a plan to help them progress to the next level. 

Goals will be to :-

  • Develop a deeper connection with your horse by learning how to become more still, present and centered.
  • Develop your physical and energetic feel and awareness.
  • Learn to better read and more correctly understand your horse mentally and emotionally, by becoming aware of the subtleties that indicate stress, anxiety or tension in your horse. 
  • Learn to understand your horse’s physical body and how it operates – biomechanics for healthy happy horses. This 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 groundwork or riding with you. Helping your horses to develop healthy biomechanics  and good quality movement comes from developing these qualities in yourself. You need to know what it feels like and be able to move YOUR body with freedom, ease, unification and correct alignment, to be able to lead your horse into healthier and more athletic postures. 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.

Below are some more specific areas of learning that can be covered and outcomes that result.
Develop confidence (for horse and rider) – this means being safer, having a more enjoyable experience and achieving better performance.
Help your horse become more calm, connected, attentive, responsive and athletic.
Communicate better with clearer intention and more precise Body Language.
Learn how horses learn
Learn about Positive Reinforcement
Use ground skills to release stress and tension in your horse, as physical therapy for your horse and to further develop communication.
Use obstacles to build confidence, add variety, create visually clear mental concepts to help your horse learn and to test your communication skills, precision and focus.
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 develop all these areas through ground work and riding.
Learn how to better “go with” your horse’s movement, that is, how to flow with the horse in perfect synchronicity.
Ride from your centre with a unified body.
Develop balance.
Refine your aids, by using your body more and the reins less.
Help the horse to better follow your focus and line of direction ie. improve your steering
Learn about riding dynamics including trot diagonals and canter leads.
Develop HQ engagement and collection.
Learn body awareness, body balancing and meditation techniques to clear emotions, move more freely 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 body balancing sessions, healing sessions and simulations.  Commonly “non-hands on with horse” sessions make up close to 35%  of the course.  Non-horse participants get equal value to the riders in most of these sessions therefore pricing is valued appropriately.  People coming without their horses are not just fence sitters.
 

Investment
The cost to come with your horse is $990 for the 5 days or $200/day.  The cost to come without your horse is $65/day or $325 for 5 days

Start & Finish Times 9:00-5:00  

PLEASE NOTE: If you 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 lessons, Saddle fitting & BALANCE saddles, Bodywork sessions –  

balance2Saddling consultations and opportunities to test ride the BALANCE saddles are available on request. Saddle fittings sessions take 1 1/2 to 2 hrs. and cost $165.  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
 To get more details, to book a saddle fitting session or private lesson, please email me –  mel@melfleming.com.au 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.

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

Course Venue
“Melrose Park”
1 Melrose Dr
Raglan (via Bathurst) NSW
For details about the venue, including directions and horse and human stay, contact Sally Rosin
0409 228 537

 

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