This course can be taken as a stand alone course or as Part One of the Postural Development and Biomechanics Groundwork therapy course.
Learn the philosophy and techniques of “Connecting with Horses and Riding with Synchronicity” – the art of creating beautiful partnerships with horses. Inspiring and supporting horses and people to become confident and empowered, to be together in harmony, move with freedom and balance and become more athletic. We address all areas of mind, body and spirit to help horses and people reach their highest and most magnificent potential.
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 nature of horses and the deep 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 work with the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects this course is at the same time is very practical. Teaching a quality of FEEL in working with horses 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, that it is just a god given talent that some people have and others don’t, but I have found a way to teach this intrinsic and elusive quality and make it available and obtainable for everyone that has the commitment and dedication to learn.
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 also 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 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 3 days EB Price (if paid before May 14) after that the price is $695. The cost to come without your horse is $65/day or $240 for 3 days EB Price (if paid before May 14) after that price is $75/day.
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 email@example.com
Please scroll down for booking forms.
Private Sessions – Lessons, Saddle consults & BALANCE saddle test rides, Bodywork.
Private lessons ($120/hr),
Saddle consultations and opportunities to test ride the BALANCE saddles are available on request.
Saddle consultations and test riding the BALANCE saddles takes 1/2hr to 2 hrs. ($50 / 1/2 hr)- cost depends on the time taken and how much you want to experiment – it also includes riding coaching if appropriate. The session also includes assessing your current saddle and seeing how it could be improved with padding or any other possible options. These sessions are not just about selling you a BALANCE saddle.
Bodywork sessions / PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) or Equissage treatments $88 upon request. These sessions are available before or after the course.
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.
Ballina Equestrian Centre Grounds
Register on lineYou can make your payment by direct deposit, cheque, credit card ( 2.5% surcharge) or by PayPal (2.6% surcharge – send me an email and I can send you a PayPal invoice ). The details of how to pay by dd, cheque or cc can all be found on the registration form below. Register Online
Indemnity FormPlease download and return the completed Indemnity form