The Mindful Horsemanship program is designed for the individual who wishes to evolve their connectivity with Horse through multi-levels of self-awareness, intuitive awareness of the horses’ communication, refined communication skills and the ability to make clear choices that honor the Horse.
At any given moment, when we are asking for partnership with Horse, the state of our own “being-ness” and quality of our energy is a vital part of the relational development process. Often when we are focused on a goal or task with our beloved horse we can lose the deeper spiritual and energetic connection with horse. We are focused on “doing” and accomplishing and we forget to become more aware of our own layers of thought and feeling patterns that create the quality of our consciousness and energy field. (photo left: Angie working with Lilly; photo right: Rebecca working with Corazon)
Our thoughts and feelings have a great influence with those with whom we wish to partner. Horses are highly tuned to and astute at understanding these nuances of communication, and respond to them. Unfortunately most clinics fail to address this important aspect, creating a missing link between horse and human. This missing link is what creates the connectivity that we seek.
When a human explores the layers of consciousness that create their personal space and energy, and becomes more mindful and intentional in creating an open and expansive field of possibility in conjunction with the “how to,” so much more becomes possible with horse.
Emotions are energy. Yet, we don’t want to spend all day processing what we often call “negative emotions” just to have quality time with our equine friends. We all have choice about what we will think and feel. Developing the ability to be more mindful of what we are thinking, and how those thoughts produce results in our partnerships, empowers us to choose the thoughts that support the partnership.
What might be possible with Horse when the critical mind shifts and softens to curiosity, neutrality and appreciation?
This program teaches a multifaceted dimension of communication that can profoundly change many relationships. You will learn new ways of important horsemanship communication and relations; while also exploring the importance of creating an aligned, intentional, open, clear, and fluid field of energy within. The result is a union with Horse that is an expansive fully present state of exploration. (photo right: Driving Sylvie)
- High emphasis on the development of “feel” to develop your relationship with horse.
- Exploration of using the energy field/bubble and body language/posture in communication with Horse.
- A clear communication process and foundation for creating connectivity with your horse.
- Understanding how horses communicate with each other and how to apply the knowledge to create deeper relationships.
- Experience one of Kathy’s master teaching horses in hand 75% of the program.
Program Activities may include:
- Exploring herd dynamics and finding your position within the herd.
- Leading from the front, behind and side and what those positions mean to your horse.
- Playing in the “Field of Opportunity” and exploring the metaphors Horse offers you.
- Exploring relationships with a young filly, mustang, lead mare and the elders of the herd.
- The powerful and fun process of line driving.
- Playing and dancing at liberty with horse.
Ultimately we are all looking for a sense of belonging and connection. Horses also seek to fill this need. We also seek a level of communication that is beyond the average and moves into a higher dimension.
Whether you would like to . . .
- Create a deeper bond with your own horse;
- Become more fluent in connecting with many types of horses;
- Understand the key ways you can help your Equine Facilitated Learning clients have a profound experience of awakening;
- or gain new awareness of how to use your energy, intention and body posture to refine your communications with Horse;
… this program will offer you the theory, insights, and steps to create this mindful dance of connectivity and flow.
The teaching horses are masters at working with both beginners and advanced equestrians. Private sessions and/or clinics are available. (photo right: Kathy with Moon and Corazon)
Horses are available for those individuals attending the clinics at Kathy’s Moon Shadow Ranch in Berthoud, Colorado. You will spend a great portion of the day with a horse in hand learning, creating connectivity, and experiencing the magic in the horse’s heart field.
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Contact Kathy directly for a Mindful Horsemanship Private Intensive. Private Intensives start at $800 per day and may be booked for up to three days in length.
“Working with a yearling brought back many memories of when I had my own filly as a youth, and the difference of methodology was dramatic. The technics I witnessed as a child were to power-over and dominate the horse into submission. Kathy’s program, however, mindfully slows everything down creating a solid foundation of trust and mutual respect between horse and human.
Kathy modeled dancing in relationship with horse highlighting the power of our energy centers and body positions to “open the door” or stop the flow. This provided me with an internal mental model I could pull from when I stepped in to dance. Learning how to listen to and read both my own and the horses’ body energy was vital. When I brought the energy up to a lope, Kathy coached me to notice where I was in my body; I was light-headed, filled with delight and joy, and a bit dizzy.
Kathy invited me to breathe from my belly holding the intention to stay fully present in joy while in relationship with Corazon’s big energy. I positioned my body behind the horses’ shoulder, shifted my belly to “open the door” and invited Corazon to lope. This time I felt more centered in my body and fully present as his big magnificent energy moved forward. Joy filled my entire being as we then shifted the energy down to a trot and then down to a walk. Bowing to my partner we ended our dance as one – in awe my body tingled with a fresh sense of being alive.”
|“Many horsemanship classes are taught in a group setting, with a high student to horse ratio or student to teacher ratio. In Kathy’s class, each student is assigned a horse and has plenty of time to practice under the careful guidance of her talented staff. I came away with a much greater understanding of how to partner with my horses through clear and concise, yet gentle, communication. This class is as educational for the novice as it is for the seasoned horseperson. I highly recommend Kathy’s Natural Horsemanship class as part of the Academy’s training or simply to learn new ways to communicate with horses!”