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Somatics (Horse + Rider)

3 Somatic Exercises for Hoof Care Practitioners

Hoof trimmers, farriers and riders alike all experience tension, soreness and fatigue in our hands, wrists and forearms… and this significantly limits our ability to work with as many horses as we would like on a daily basis. In this article, I’m going to teach you how to begin unwinding the tension that is responsible […]

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Somatics (Horse + Rider)

Relax your Horses Back & Ribs with this Hands-on Exercise

Supple your horses back and relax his whole rib cage before you ever get on to ride with this simple exercise. Kinetic Mirroring is one of the three techniques we use in Equine Hanna Somatics® (EHS). Kinetic Mirroring is easy to do, works with natural reflexes, and is gentle enough for all ages and fitness […]

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Horse Health

Managing Fecal Water Syndrome – Naturally

Free Fecal Water Sydrome – Finally it has a name! My heart-horse Doc has had periodic wet poops and occasional stomach issues for years. Not diarrhea, exactly, but extra water that comes out with each poo… and sometimes before, after, or instead of the usual fecal balls. Since learning that this condition has officially been […]

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Mind-Body Horsemanship

Want to stop a horse from diving for grass?

You don’t have to “keep your horses attention” or “be more interesting” or “get your horse to focus on you instead of the grass” to have a horse who won’t dive or pull on the rope or reins to snatch for grass. You don’t even need to train them not to eat grass while wearing […]

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Somatics (Horse + Rider)

How to Get your Heels Down & Legs Relaxed

You know it’s important to keep your heels down when you ride a horse. Did you know that rather than ‘pushing’ your heels down, you can allow your heels to get lower by learning relaxing your calf muscles? Rather than stretching your calves, you can learn to passively lengthen them! Below, I’ll teach you how […]

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Mind-Body Horsemanship

#1 Exercise to Help a Barn Sour Horse

Does your horse ever get anxious or ‘disconnected’ when you take him or her away from the herd, or barn sour at leaving their comfort zone? It can be frightening, dangerous, or just irritating or embarrassing – but it’s only natural for horses to feel separation anxiety. The trick is to understand what causes them […]

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Somatics (Horse + Rider)

The Best Psoas Muscle Stretch is actually Pandiculation

You have heard that tight hips, sore groin and low back pain are often related to tension in the large hip flexors (aka the psoas muscles). BUT what you may not know is that the best psoas muscle “stretch” for equestrians is actually a Somatic Movement called Pandiculation! In this article I’m going to teach […]

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Mind-Body Horsemanship

7 Tips to Ride with a Soft and Following Hand

A big part of learning how to ride a horse is learning how to have a soft and following ‘hand.’ In this article, I’ll share with you the 7 things I find I have to go over with every new student, regardless of their level or riding experience. I cover exactly how to use your […]

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Mind-Body Horsemanship

What is Connection and How to Bond with a Horse

It was always my dream to have a special connection with a horse. To have the kind of bond with a horse like the Black stallion and his boy. A horse who comes when I call, waits for me at the gate and respond to my thoughts. A horse who greets me with a nicker, […]

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Mind-Body Horsemanship

Go Beyond Natural Horsemanship, to Dialogue

My approach goes way beyond natural horsemanship. Would you like to know how to use less pressure and more subtle body language? Or how to harness the power of your personal electromagnetic field to create a near-telepathic level of ‘invisible aids’ that will magnetize any horse to you? Those are completely achievable dreams – and you don’t […]