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! Find out more here.
Kelly certified up to a Three Star level Parelli professional. Her skills and understanding of the Natural Horsemanship Program can help those in the program bridge to the next level. In this clinic, you choose your level and Kelly can help you and your group get there!
Not only is Kelly good at teaching horses and students ground skills, but she is also a very accomplished rider. Many complain that Natural Horsemanship is great for groundwork, but not in the saddle. Kelly can help you bridge that gap. Kelly is the President of the International Society of Rider Biomechanics. She will bring that unique set of skills to any riding your clinic includes.
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.
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!
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!
Natural Horsemanship Program for the Deaf
I’m working with Dr. Clare Manning and the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, California to establish a Natural Horsemanship Program for the Deaf. We believe the world of Natural Horsemanship may hold a very special significance for Deaf individuals in the future. The unique way most Deaf individuals process information visually is actually considered an asset, not a deficit, in the Natural Horsemanship approach to communication with horses.
The pilot program with the California School for the Deaf in Fremont is an all volunteer effort. We need a riding facility (for free) where we can hold the Program. And we are looking for volunteers to help. There is no money, just a willingness to donate your time and passion—as we are ours. Please help us to make this vision a reality.