Does your partner have a hitch in their get-along? Or maybe you're interested in pro-actively avoiding such a thing!
In an Equine Positional-Release session I'll share with you everything I notice, what I'm doing, how I'm doing it, and what you can do to support the changes afterwards.
Sessions start with an assessment -- and also a bit of intake information. This is a comprehensive approach.
You'll be asked to walk the horse away and back and circling left and right so I can analyze the gait and the movement through the horses body. I'll let you know what I see - asymmetries in range of motion, areas where motion should be happening but isn't, hoof asymmetries.
Very often I start a session near to the center of gravity -- the forelegs and the sternum, then the neck... the cranial-atlas joint is pretty important, too. Then, depending I may continue with either the hindlegs or the spine.
One of the things about Equine Positional-Release / Ortho-bionomy is that it's not how many locations you do so much as how well you do them, so it's also entirely possible to do a whole session in one location.
Generally, though, I will eventually get around to showing you how to mobilize the feet to self-correct and I will also share with you any of the things you can do after I leave.
some background -- I got into trouble relying on some folks to take care of my horses. By the time I figured out something was wrong, it was really wrong! Also about that time I threw out my back. This is how I found Ortho-bionomy and found that there was also a whole branch devoted to horses.
I have became an Associate Member of Ortho-Bionomy® in 2011 and have taken several classes in Equine Positional Release® and attained a Level I certificate in August 2011.
Poles-3' and courses
This is based largely upon TTEAM. There was once a time when Centered Riding and TTEAM collaborated with each other (in the 80's) and there was a great deal of cross training between the groups. It was during this time that I learned TTEAM techniques -- both for rehabilitation and for basic ground manners.
The horses get it, and that's what counts. It makes sense to them, calms them down, and makes them solid citizens. So I continue to this day to use these methods.
Lunging benefits the horses in many ways. It's a great way to warm up a horse in a sem-controlled setting, a great way to build muscle on a rehabilitating horse, a great way to school a horse when you (the rider) can't ride. It establishes some basic leadership skills.
I like to see a horse lunging reliably well before backing.
Long-lining allows for another level of finesse with the training of the horse beyond lunging. It can also serve as a 'simple' warm up and it can for sure substitute for a ride.
Horses don't need to know how to be long-lined, but they sure do benefit from it when they do.
Using the round pen helps establish and solidify leadership skills as well as engender and build trust. This is in many ways the foundation of the training. The horse is given the greatest amount of freedom so that when it chooses to work with you, it represents the greatest amount of cooperation.
Skills here start with the basic go/stop, go faster/slower, turn/turn in, and then progress to more involved combinations of these skills.
It may seem odd to bring Reiki into a training session for a horse, or to do Reiki for a horse. It's a great thing, though! Reiki can address physical things and mental/emotional things. (ie Chakras, Meridians, the energy of the organs and systems, alignment, and more.)
This is a versatile modality that is quick and easy to incorporate into a session, keeping the flow of what is happening in the session, and can stand alone as its own session.
Resonance Repatterning® is one of the 'big guns.' This will be a separate session or set of sessions to address the bigger issues and goals surrounding your horse's training.
For instance, things like:
These are the types of things you can do without Resonance Repatterning®, for sure, yet the reason to use Resonance Repatterning® is that it cuts to the chase. Rather than repeating an affirmation for 28 days, you do a session and most of the work of 'changing your mind' is done in an hour or so. I think of Resonance Repatterning® as taking off the parking brake and pressing on the gas pedal. You start moving in the direction you want without holding yourself back.
'The Crew' is kept on a paddock paradise track whenever weather permits -- pretty much all the time.
Feeding is done 4x/day in stalls. Hay is thrown 4x/day on the track. Stalls are 12x12.
The arena is a full size dressage arena, without a structure around it, of manufactured sand. (And with a really large pecan tree in it, but it's not in any of lanes.)
There is a circuit around the arena and around the acre the arena is on which is very useful for warming up and cooling down. During the summer, I also tend to ride under the trees and on other parts of the property.
We are close to parks, but due to the traffic on FM1460, I wouldn't recommend riding on that. Maybe when they get the sidewalks finished ...