Kelseyville, California | Course 3: Relaxation
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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.