“Alchemy Place” Horsemanship Retreat – Moonbi, NSW –
413 Gaol Creek Rd, MOONBI
Start & Finish Times 9:30-5:30
This course can be combined with the Introduction to Riding with Synchronicity Course and the Connecting and Fundamental Feel Course, both of which immediately precede this course. Combine them to make a 6 or 11 day accelerated, intensive learning experience where you can skyrocket your learning. If you are interested in doing this extended option contact me before registering so we can chat and make sure that this learning package is right for you.
The Postural Development and Biomechanics Groundwork Therapy and the Advancing Groundskills are also ideal to have done first but not essential if you already have a calm, connected horse with no extreme postural issues.All horses must already be started under saddle. If you are very inexperienced or very unconfident please check with me before booking so we can make sure this course is right for you and that we can accomodate your needs.
Prerequisites for this course...
The Postural Development and Biomechanics Groundwork Therapy and the Advancing Groundskills are also ideal to have done first but not essential if you already have a calm, connected horse with no extreme postural issues.All horses must already be started under saddle.
If you are very inexperienced or very unconfident please check with me before booking so we can make sure this course is right for you and that we can accomodate your needs.
All of the teaching will based around further building the connection and relationship with your horse, developing your communication, building confidence for both you and your horse and improving the horse’s posture and your own, to thus improve the horse’s biomechanics and their level of hindquarter engagement. Better biomechanics will will make everything more enjoyable for both you and the horse and keep you safer. Better biomechanics will help your horse to become more athletic (better performance), stay sounder for longer and be happier. Whether you are a competitive rider or a pleasure rider the things learned in this course will be incredibly beneficial.
This course will include both Groundwork and Riding.
Learn more about the course content...
We will begin by reviewing, expanding and improving upon the core concepts learned in the Introductory courses and then advance things with more precision, more responsiveness and with a better understanding of the biomechanics of the horse.
Both the human and the horse will develop confidence and feel safer together. You’ll learn exercises to improve riding balance and learn more about riding dynamics and how to flow with the horse in perfect harmony, this includes learning about trot diagonals and canter leads for example if that knowledge is needed.
Because participants will already have a core base of knowledge in my teaching I can be quite flexible with what is taught in the intermediate level courses. After assessing the group as a whole and individually I will form a program to meet the needs of those participating. If you have a specific area of interest that you wish to learn about please let me know via email.
Areas of learning can be the following :-
Reading and understanding your horse more accurately.
Deepening your Connection with your horse, developing intuitive communication.
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.
Exploring transitions, changes of direction, sideways and using longer lines on the ground.
Positive Reinforcement and Marker training
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.
Learning meditation techniques to clear emotions and heal your horse and yourself – mentally, emotionally and physically.
Learning 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.
To set you up and prepare you to get the most out of this course, retaking the prerequisite courses are a great idea. It is amazing the depth you get out of doing them second time round. The foundational concepts are the keys to building the more advanced techniques so the better you understand and can apply them, the easier it is to proceed. You never take it all in first time round, a large percentage goes over your head or is forgotten. Or if you have not yet done the prerequisites here are the links.
Connecting and Fundamental Feel
Introduction to Riding with Synchronicity
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 simulations as well as watch the demonstrations and observe those with horses practice the techniques. People coming without their horses are not just fence sitters. All of these “non-hands on” with horses sessions actually make up a big percentage of this course so the fee is priced appropriately.
Investment The cost to come with your horse is $1090 for 5 days EB (early bird) Price – if 50% deposit is paid before March 10th. After that the price is $1260. These prices include camping and horse yard. If you can’t do all 5 days it may be possible to do lessor days if space permits. Priority goes to those booking all 5 days.
The cost to come without your horse is $65/day. Total of $325 for 5 days – EB prices – if 50% deposit is paid before March 10th. After that prices are $75/day. Total $375 for 5 days. If you wish to camp there is an extra fee of $15/night.
PLEASE NOTE: No stallions without prior permission. Ideally bring the horse that you had in the preliminary courses so you are ready to progress. For questions regarding the course content, horsemanship or eligibility for the course contact Mel 0428 385 745 firstname.lastname@example.org
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‘Functional Saddling’ consultations, BALANCE saddles, Private lessons & Bodywork sessions –
These sessions are available the day before or after the course or in the mornings or evenings of the course.
Find out more details about these sessions
To get more details or book a saddling consultation, private lesson or bodywork session email Mel 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. These sessions are available the day before or after the course or in the mornings or evenings of the course.