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Sat, May 25


Highland Springs Equestrian Center

Kelseyville, California | Course 3: Relaxation

A three-day course focused on relaxation of horse and rider. Content discussed in a classroom setting and applied during group and individual lessons. For Lesson Day Auditor Sign Up Contact: Anne Martin || 707-530-4660

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Kelseyville, California  | Course 3: Relaxation
Kelseyville, California  | Course 3: Relaxation

Time & Location

May 25, 2019, 9:00 AM – May 27, 2019, 5:00 PM

Highland Springs Equestrian Center, 8900 Wight Way, Kelseyville, CA 95451, USA

About the Event

DAY ONE ~ Biomechanics of Relaxation

Lecture on Biomechanics and How These Operations Lead to Relaxation

o Learn why relaxation is a building block for postural strength and your horse’s success.

o Examine the gateways to physically and mentally supporting the horse to find relaxation

and enhance learning.

Hands on Work with Manual Release

o Observe physical elements of relaxation including the: tongue, hyoid, TMJ, atlanto-occipital

joint and dental mechanics.

DAY TWO ~ Gateways to Physical and Mental Relaxation

Lecture on phycial structures and sympathetic vs. parasympathetic nervous system

Practical Application - Bridlework to elicit these responses

o Discover how and why jaw releases and lateral flexions at the AO joint are beneficial

o Look at how bits can help and/or hinder the relaxation process.

o Leave with an understanding of how horses bend.

DAY THREE ~ Individual Lessons ~ Manual or Bridle Work

Postural alignment is the basis of proper movement.

o Implement the human’s rotation and awareness to help horses release

o For rider or horse, poor and incorrect posture can lead to a long list of injuries.

o Learning relaxation is vital before building postural strength

o How to help your horse find it.

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