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May 5th-7th 2017 -- Valporaiso IN -- 3 day Mentorship Program

Dive in Deep Mentorship
It's Time for You
Your horse... yum!

Friday, Saturday and Sunday
May 5th to 7th, 2017

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Mentorship Weekend with Karen Musson
A special opportunity for dedicated students of the horse

Do You Ever Wonder...

What you need most to really "move the needle" in your equine partnership?
Get sureness about your best strategy so you can "see where you're going" with the bite-size steps that will get you there

How do you put the "pieces" together?
or What's the missing "piece"?
or What do I do when my horse does _____________?
Fill in the missing links and blanks so you can get moving with confidence

And how exactly you DO IT, what are the steps?
Karen's been busy reverse-engineering the 'how to' down to the finer particles of Feel - and will walk you through the detail so you don't have to "figure it all out" on your own

But wait...! How do you put this all into practice?
What's the point unless you can apply it within the context of what you like to do to have Fun together.

We will up the game and put Feel to "work" for you as you try your hand at some fun challenges

And...How do you keep progressing after the weekend is over?
It's easy to lose momentum after a clinic when you're "home alone"

We will have ourselves some fun with this and finish the weekend with where to start when you go home and goals to explore until next time, with some virtual meetings to help each other stay on track.


"Dive in" with individual coaching as needed
dedicated to you and your horse...

Your Level, Your Focus, Your Speed


Practice what you know, hone your skills and pin down what help you need the most for your partnership.

And because it's the essence of ongoing success in terms of feeling of your horse and operating through feel, Karen will also be coaching on how to manage your own presence in practice, how to get into your own flow - which is more important than you might yet know, and far easier than you might think! 

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". Your Feel is the direct line to your horse -- when it's aligned with who You are and applied with clarity that fits Your Horse.

A shift in your Feel & Timing to better fit your horse can be enough to unlock your next level of partnership.

Register  Below for Mentorship Weekend

We are limiting rider spots to ensure individual attention.

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


"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


"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


"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


“ 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


"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