'The Art of Feel' Body Awareness Theory Course
Improve how you communicate with your horse
- part of the Connecting with Horses series
No horses are needed for the course, so its a great way to give time to improving yourself without worrying about the horse. Its also a good for keeping warm in the winter or when it's raining and still learn! It also means that you don't need to own a horse to join in.
The aim of the course is to give you some techniques to help you become more self aware of restrictions you have when connecting with horses whilst riding and to give you more tools to enhance the quality of your communication.
The key is "Less is more,"
the hard bit is understanding how to do this.
Essential Elements of 'The Art of Feel'
Top to toe warm-ups to find and release tight joints, improves body awareness
Learn how to lower your centre and develop poise without stiffness
Understanding rider asymmetry
Discover where you hold stiffness and tightness and how this affects the horse
Easier transitions and lighter aids
Using release to cue rather than force or tightness, Developing 'open door' cues rather than 'closing the door' cues. Find out if you are a 'giver' or a 'taker'
To improve connection and timing Also relieves anxiety and tightness and develops mindfulness.
Riding with intent instead of force - Energy dynamics
Using intent with shape, movement, changing degree of intensity and rhythm
Riding a perfect circle
The hardest movement to ride well, by understanding the influence of the horse's body on a rider it is much easier to ride big and small circles effortlessly.
Find out what works with a partner that can talk!
If you belong to a local riding club, go to equine college, or have a group of friends that enjoy discussing and improving their riding dynamics then give Martha a call to set up a course of five sessions in your area. Each session lasts between one and half and two hours and needs a minimum of a week in between to assimilate what you learn into your riding and a good dry, warm space to be able to move around in.
Minimum four participants - the more the merrier!
Please contact Martha to either set up a course or find one near you!