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September 14-16, 2018 -- Clare, Illinois -- Refine Your Feel Immersion

How Does Your Horse Rate Your Feel?
Join Us to Add Flow to Your Partnership Experience

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

Friday September 14th - Sunday September 16th
Clare, Illinois
(Ready to Register Now? Click Here)

Special Coaching with Karen Musson
Your Level, Your Focus, Your Speed

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

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questionboxJ25 Does your sensitive horse get tense at times?

questionboxJ25 Does your confident horse get resentful at times?

questionboxJ25 Does your horse seem to be “going through the motions”?

questionboxJ25 Do you keep revisiting the same challenge?

questionboxJ25 Do you sometimes feel like you are "confronting" your horse when things get challenging?

questionboxJ25 Do you doubt that you are a genuine "Alpha" or “boss” at heart (and your horse knows it)?

What if you could take your horsemanship skill to where it is not necessary to "push through" the brace? What if solving a challenge not only feels good to both of you in the process, but also adds trust and meaning to the partnership as a direct result?

3 Day Immersion - Limited to SIX Rider Spots

How Does Your Horse Rate Your Feel?
Add More Flow to Your Partnership Experience

"Feel is the Direct Line to Your Horse" Karen Musson

Make a quantum leap in how your horse rates your Feel to unlock your next level of partnership. Understand the Facets of Flow and how to apply a collection of small, practical changes that will have a big impact on your horse, your training and your results.

Here we go now:

FRIDAY: Fuel for a Fast Start!
"It's not the little things, it's the Big things IN the little things!" Bid Webb (student)

What does your lead-line mean in terms of true Feel, from your horse’s point of view? How does this relate to your reins? Four distinct types of Feel occur in your lead-line and reins. Each one directly impacts your horse’s posture, balance and quality of movement. Learn the differences, how to apply them on the ground and under saddle, so you can ensure you support your training from the stable to the mounting block as well as during your ride!

By the end of Day 1, you will be practicing a collection of small changes that will have a big impact on your horse's capacity to be mentally and emotionally available, while helping him move gracefully and remain at ease.

SATURDAY: Foot Flow Matters
“We are talking about the actual facts about horses" Bill Dorrance

Have you ever wondered why there is such a long list of common complaints? For example:

  • My horse feels stiff to the right 
  • My horse feels heavy to the left
  • We have trouble with canter departs or maintaining the canter Why does my horse go too fast?
  • Why won’t my horse go faster? 
  • Why does my horse buck?

A BIG reason for this is the influence we have on Foot Flow without true awareness! The flow of your horse’s feet taps right into his instincts, holding deep meaning for him, so guiding this through feel can be so very useful! Foot placement is also a key influence on his posture and shape, which determine the quality of his next maneuver. Learn why guiding Foot Flow can improve your timing by 75%, manage the feel of the connection as well as speed – and it’s NOT rocket science!  

By the end of Day 2, you will have gained the skill to carry feel through to the feet in easy increments and in a way that has natural meaning for your horse.

SUNDAY: From Brace to Grace 
“The horse doesn't offer what we don't give" Karen Musson

As the old saying goes "brace on brace empowers the brace" - the Feel we offer defines the partnership because that is the main thing the horse has to go on.

If, as Bill Dorrance says “It’s in a horse’s nature to get along” why does my horse sometimes resent our efforts or stay tense or get lazy or seem indifferent? We explore what no-one is talking about because it is the current “normal” and what we are doing together to change that so we can heighten our enjoyment!

We now lock in what we have covered so far, with your new “GPS” guidance system for building a mind to engine throughway you can count on. We will focus on:

  • One exercise with many exquisite layers to assess how a horse will travel left, right, straight, the quality of transitions and strength of connection you can expect when you ride and improve all those elements… in two steps. No tricks, just Particles of Feel.
  • How to apply the “brakes” from within the flow of movement vs. bracing against the horse’s flow
  • How to access the mind through to the feet to restore Flow, when “surprising things happen”

By the end of Day 3, you will understand the elements of true connection rarely understood or experienced and how to continue shifting from a strategy of brace (correcting against the flow) to one of Grace (directly influencing flow). 

 

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Registration OPEN - First come, First Served

3 Day Immersion is Limited SIX RIDER SPOTS

We invite you to Come Ride!

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.

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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