To be effective with your horse it is important to get inside their head. To learn their psychology—so you can read them and know what they need. I don’t teach how to do things mechanically, I want you to learn how to feel when to do things. I also give you practical tools, such as Emergency Preparation and despooking clinics so you can feel confident to take care of your partner in any situation.
And of course a good foundation includes riding, and this is where Rider Biomechanics and Aerial Yoga come into play. Over the past few years, I have been developing my own program that focuses on safe, effective stretching and strengthening with the low flying aerial yoga swing. This tool helps my riders dramatically change their riding position within just minutes. My new program is called Namaste Horsemanship.
Namaste Horsemanship is a program that Kelly developed based on her experience as a Natural Horsemanship Instructor,
Low Flying Aerial Yoga Practioner/Instructor, and Rider Biomechanics Specialist.
I know these things all sound like they should not fit together- but they actually do! Click here to learn more.
Intro to Working Equitation
Learn how to prepare your horse for the three phases of working equitation. We will focus as a group on creating confidence and willingness through the obstacles (obstacle phase). This will include an introduction to the garrocha pole. Participants will learn how to prepare their horse so they are confident enough to pick up and carry the pole and use it off of the horse’s back. Each rider will have a private lesson focusing on the dressage phase. Optional: Cattle working. If this is added to the clinic, the focus is on teaching your horse to be confident with the cows and how to move them quietly and confidently. We will learn how to “read the cow” so we know how to move them correctly.
The focus is on you. Through Rider Biomechanics you will learn how to achieve a safe and secure riding position. And gain a better understanding of what you are doing in your body, so that you can be a more effective rider. You will also learn exercises to help you break old negative patterns.
Rider Biomechanics is not just about movement, but also about why things happen. It is not just “look up and get your heels down”, but why did your heels come up in the first place? It looks at your spine and anatomy to make sure you are sitting in a strong, safe position.
Biomechanics can help improve performance and achieve the competitive edge for the more advanced rider. The beginner will learn to sit in a stronger, safer position and find increased confidence from better balance. Through simulations, practice and theory.
Spook & Survive
Beginning with a discussion on why horses spook, and how their spirit level impacts on how they react.
The clinic continues on the ground, with horses online. A variety of stimuli in the form of scary objects and scenarios will be presented to the horses. From the safety of being on the ground learn how to introduce your horse to these objects and how to build their confidence.
Then encounter additional scary obstacles from the saddle. And learn the basic Natural Horsemanship skills needed if your horse spooks when you are in the saddle. In an Introduction to Rider Biomechanics, Kelly will show you how important it is to ride correctly so you stay in the saddle if your horse does spook! Click here to learn more.
Equine Emergency Disaster Preparedness
The unthinkable can happen in the blink of an eye. Barn or wild fire, trailer accidents, incidents on the trail, getting stuck in mud or down a ravine, entangled in wire. How will you respond? Who do you call? What do you do? How will your horse react?
Learn basic equine emergency rescue and trailer safety training. Learn how to prepare your horse for the feel of straps, ropes, and webbing; observe your horse’s behavior when approached by a firefighter in a simulated barn fire evacuation; discover whether your horse will load under the direction of a firefighter in full gear.
If an emergency occurs, yes—Call 9-1-1 and your Veterinarian—but don’t miss this opportunity for Emergency Preparation to prevent and prepare for those potentially life-threatening emergency situations.
Expect the Unexpected…Be able to Respond instead of React!
How would you like for your horse to RUN TO YOU in the pasture?
Walk, trot or canter next to you with no halter?
Circle, do transitions and come willingly to you?
Do you want to play with your horse without any strings attached?
Then this is the course for you. IN this clinic, we will start the foundation for liberty- which means no halter, no lead ropes. Why do this? Because when your horse choses to stay with you, you know that they want to be with you. That they want the connection. Some horses actually prefer to work at liberty- they find it fun- and you can play with them like another horse would. After all, horses don’t put halters on each other! Everything is at liberty. Click here to learn more about this clinic format.
Obstacle Confidence (can be in a workshop or clinic setting)
This workshop or clinic will focus on YOUR CONFIDENCE AND YOUR HORSE’S. Prepare you and your horse for an array of obstacles…from jumps, bridges, water to some items that might be those things you hope AREN’T at the show or trail because they might spook your horse…like tarps, flappy, noisy, and sparkly things….you will learn how to approach these things SAFELY and how to help you and your horse gain trust and confidence so those issues are gone. This would be a great course for anyone….and any horse- particularly a green horse that needs a good outing or a rider that needs to get some confidence back.