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June 17 to 21 2017 -- Harrogate, UK -- 5 day Immersion Program

Come Ride in a Special Opportunity to 
Immerse with your Horse... yum!
 

Saturday to Wednesday
June 17th to 21st, 2017
Harrogate, UK
(Just Register Now? Click Here)

Refine Your Feel
for YOUR HORSE, through YOUR HORSEMANSHIP

Special Coaching Clinic with Karen Musson
"Dive in" with a combination of small group & individual coaching
dedicated to you and your horse...
as well as "laser" coaching on specific challenges you might be experiencing
 
Your Level, Your Focus, Your Speed

What is your horsemanship goal...? What's your dream...?
What keeps you up at night...?

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questionboxJ25 Are you missing details about how to present a Feel that really "fits" your particular horse? Is there a rough spot or block of some kind in your equine partnership you really want to resolve, or do you just "know" there's more in your horse you are not quite reaching? Do you wish you knew how to "find the way in" reliably for a deeper or easier connection?

questionboxJ25 Are you really an "Alpha" or "boss" style leader at heart, or do prefer the idea of your horse as your co-pilot - more like you're in the cockpit together on an adventure through blue skies and turbulence as you get to know each other deeply, cover for each other in the rougher spots, on the way to a shared destination?

questionboxJ25 Do you love the idea of riding in blended, natural balance with your horse's movement? Or do you wish you had more confidence in your capacity to stay on, and a tangible way to build that? Or both? And not just in "perfect conditions" but when you ride off-road or something surprising happens?

questionboxJ25 When you ride do you ever feel like you have to act "against" your horse's brace to LionsPDUSWikiCommonsbring him to softness or connection? Or do you have a nagging "knowing" that a pressure-based approach brings softness through submission - but that an obedient servant doesn't actually get you where you want to go in your partnership? Do you want to improve the Flow between you, with more ease and grace?

questionboxJ25 Do you sometimes feel like you are "confronting" your horse when things get challenging? Perhaps it even feels like a bit of a fight? What if you could take your horsemanship skill to where it is no longer necessary to "work through" the brace (with brace), where solving a challenge not only feels good to both of you in the process but adds trust and meaning to the partnership as a direct result?

questionboxJ25 Is there something else you wish would be covered in a clinic? (Let me know what that is here)

Do any of these relate? Which ones are at the top the list for you?

 

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 2017 Immersion Program

Delve deeper into those and other topics and get answers - practical, actionable answers - that bring out the higher partnership experience waiting for you in the wings. Take the "lid" (which ironically, we actually impose!) off your potential through a shift in strategy relating in part to "Feel, Timing and Balance" - a phrase coined by Bill and Tom Dorrance to sum up their many layers of wisdom. 

So what do the words Feel, Timing and Balance actually mean in our horsemanship, how do they serve exactly, how do they fit together and - the real key to it all - how do you apply them in practice to improve what we bring to the horses that cross our path?

What do you actually need to know to put the conditions in place for the next level of partnership (and beyond) to become inevitable? That right there folks, is the core focus of our 5 day immersion. 

With the help of hundreds of horses - every one of them a unique teacher - I have found out more in the last 10 years about their exquisite capacity for a higher level of partnership than I ever dreamed existed in the previous 30 years. That's the truth. I seriously thank Chase - the horse that first whispered, then suggested, then insisted in 2006 "That's not it Karen... Go Deeper" for making ultimately inevitable this discovery of what I was missing. It changed my horsemanship forever - when you can reliably touch this other place in your horse there's just no going back. And that's my stand - to help you experience that too, your way for your horse and your horsemanship.

Think it's all a bit too "elusive"? Well, I understand first hand why it can seem that way - the good news is, through clinics, private coaching and video coaching, I've developed a framework of principles to apply and structure to follow step-by-step, down to such specific details you cannot miss

Immersion Program: Rider Package 
(exact daily focus may vary, depending on participants' experience) :

Pre-Work: Tune in (up!) to a Better Feel and Get Started with 3 Smart Practices Anyone Can Do

This is a Bonus pre-training no-one should miss out on! It's some of my best stuff that will set you up for success when we get together in person. Join me for a series of bonus small group sessions on-line (No worries technophobies!! You just click a link and watch - and type in questions in a chat box if you like, piece of cake!) to get acquainted with some core topics and start some simple practices in preparation for rocking it in Leeds! I'm offering this to you in advance ($197 fee waived for riders) so we'll all be "tuned in", ready to roll and able to go deeper together at the 5 Day Immersion.

Day 1: Step into the "Actual Facts" Stream

What's the "actual facts" stream? Get clarity about what your horse needs you to know to dramatically improve your feel and timing, so you can add flow and grace to, well, just about everything. Then get right down to the real business of "particles of feel" and how these play precisely into Feel, Timing and Balance. Start refining your Feel where it counts most (and sshhh... it's also the easiest place to start).

Day 2: Gravity Riding

There are many schools of thought about "correct" riding. In this session we "mine" this topic for the good stuff, with a simple focus: your horse's experience of your riding, how to "get out of his way" (well, short of levitating) and yet ride with connection while supporting his Flow. As an extra bonus, blending with your horse's center of gravity happens to double as the best way to stay on, whether in the arena and "off road" :)

Day 3: Clearing the ContraFlow and Using "Finer Brushes" in the Art of Applied Feel

Uncover which "stealth saboteurs" may be eroding your partnership in ways you might not have realised, and what to do about it - add specific Smart Practices to your game plan to clear the road ahead.

Understand the layered value in the seemingly simple Micro Foundation exercises. Simple on the surface, with opportunities to go deeper into the "particles of Feel" to elevate your practice. Focus on the layer or layers that mean most to you in your partnership right now. Build your skill in one or more of these exercises and you will discover how mighty this "Micro" focus is for precision communication rooted in connection first. Watch your horse learn in an markedly different way that sticks -- and underpins everything you do together.

Day 4: Riding in Flow

Learn how to drop into your horse's flow and shape it as you go. Understand why you have 75% chance of adding brace depending on your timing. Eek! Then relax!! Learn the surprisingly simple secrets to riding the crucial point in locomotion where graceful flow is the most natural thing in the world. When we ride that natural flow point, it's easy to shape without adding or even "working through" brace. It looks effortless and truly brings notable results with ease. Why? In essence we bypass the majority of brace. If that sounds complicated worry not - we step through this in bite-size stages, that's a promise!

Day 5: What Could Go Wrong! Conditions for Inevitable Success

It's inevitable that at some point you might possibly get "stuck". Get clear on how to avoid sliding down the "rabbit hole" as you Shift your horsemanship and partnership into this new realm of possibility. We review the threads covered and how to weave them together in new situations so you take home the keys ("Don't forget your keys!" as I often say) to making your ongoing success inevitable. I want you to go home with a clear, straight-forward strategy to manage your progress, be inspired to continue, and transform the feel of Correcting or confronting challenges to revealing what's already there for the asking -- so you can "go do stuff" with your horse with a new level of enJOYment.

Bonus Q & A Session with Karen

With a date to be decided when we are together, usually 3-4 weeks after the Immersion Course, we will meet up again on-line to share key insights and "wins" in the weeks following the course, and I will answer questions that have come up to help you understand, adjust to stay on track or confirm you are already!

Registration Now Open
Limited Rider Spots -- First come, First Served

A shift in your Feel & Timing to better fit your horse can be enough to unlock your next level of partnership. What's in your Feel defines your partnership. Why? Because Feel is the main thing your horse has to go on - it's how he's "wired". This means Your Feel is the direct line to your horse - when applied with clarity that fits Your Horse. Join us to understand and practice how:

Whether you want to "just" find your flow out on the trail, bust open the door to master your real potential 
or simply refine your feel in a great connection you already enjoy, we invite you to Come Ride!

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Mark Rashid

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"I see an 'opening' as anything that allows us to help guide, however briefly, an individual in the direction we ultimately would like to go. An 'opening' can be, and often is, a very subtle form of communication between horse and rider that can easily slip past us if we're not paying attention. 'Openings' can and do work both ways. [...] It amazes me just how small an 'opening' can actually be, whether working with horses or with people, and how easy it can be to create an 'opening' when one is needed."

Mark Rashid

"I truly believe developing the ability to see and use 'openings' effectively is only one piece of what one might refer to as the 'harmony in horsemanship' puzzle. When this idea of understanding 'openings' is brought together with the understanding of two other simlar ideas - making a connection with another indvidual, and the role distance plays in overall communication - I believe it is then that harmony in horsemanship becomes a much less daunting concept for us."

Mark Rashid

Leslie Desmond

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"Bill knew about a place I did not know existed, or could exist, between a horse and a human being [...] Bill included each one of my horses in that information exchange. Over the course of many months,... he took each one by its lead rope and, later, by the bridle reins. Using what he called his 'better feel', Bill showed me and each of them exactly what he meant by what he did [...] It was not long after I made the switch from force when needed (often) to always customizing the feel I offered to a horse, that two tough horses I had misunderstood for years developed into my most reliable mounts."

Leslie Desmond

The lightest hands carry intent that is recognized instantly by the horse, as seen in the maneuvers he chooses to make with his feet. Whether that horse is ridden or handled, the lightest hands can purposefully influence the speed, direction and sequence of each foot with accuracy, in a manner that is reflected in the horse's body and on his face.

Leslie Desmond

Bill Dorrance

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"The Real Masters Understood Feel [...] For example, De Kerbrech, (French officer in the cavalry of Napoleon III) really understood horses. He had it fixed up so the horse could succeed. [...] The first time I read Beudant's book was in the 1950s. The way he explained things, there was no doubt in my mind about what a person needed to do to get these little things working for them and their horse."

Bill Dorrance

“Feel, timing and balance: sometimes it’s best to talk about feel, timing and balance separately, and to learn how to apply each thing separately on the start. But when you apply these three things a little later in your training, then you see that each one of these things supports the other. They are interconnected and all three are real important. You really can’t get along without all three.”

Bill Dorrance

Faverot de Kerbrech

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“...plus le deplacement du poids est facile dans tous les sens, plus l'equilibre est parfait. En vertue de ce principe, on dit que le cheval est 'en equilibre' quand de simples indications suffisent au cavalier pour modifier a son gre la disposition du poids sur ses colonnes de soutien”

Faverot de Kerbrech

[Translation: ...the easier it is to shift the weight in any direction, the more perfect the balance. By virtue of this principle, the horse is 'in balance' when a simple indication from the rider is sufficient to modify the distribution of weight across the columns of support (four quarters) accordingly]

Duke of Newcastle

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"You must in all Airs follow the strength, spirit, and disposition of the horse, and do nothing against nature; for art is but to set nature in order, and nothing else."

William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle

"A confrontational approach ‘Astonishes the Weak Horse […] makes a Furious horse Madd; makes a Resty Horse more Resty […] and Displeases all sorts of Horses’. The alternative however is not ‘to Sit Weak […] but to Sit Easie’, in the understanding that ‘The Horse must know you are his Master’"

William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle