DESIGN YOUR OWN MASTERCLASS
My Topic Masterclass is a three part series where you get to choose your Topic as well as receiving private one-on-one coaching from me. I would like to invite you to join me in this unique event that I will run entirely through Facebook.
FIRST WEEK – receive your first video lesson
In the first week I will send you a personalized tailored video lesson, where I will demonstrate an approach related to your chosen topic using my own horses. You will have two weeks in which to practice your homework. When you are ready, you upload a short 4-10 minute video of the exercise you have been practicing onto the Masterclass Community Facebook Group.
MASTERCLASS COMMUNITY GROUP
The Masterclass Community FB Group is where you will upload your 4-10 minute video homework and where you will have the opportunity to collaborate with the other students from your community who are also posting their videos towards the end of the second week. This is a place for sharing and encouraging your fellow students through videos snips, images and group discussion throughout the event.
THIRD WEEK - PRIVATE COACHING SESSION NUMBER ONE
This is the first of two one on one thirty-minute webinar lessons I will prepare for you. We delve into the topic you have chosen, I include a variety of slides, scientific research and 3d anatomy to give you a deep understanding about the responses or challenges for you horse. Together we discover any physical and emotional restrictions that may be holding you back. We will develop your groundwork or riding skills, the timing of your aids, your balance and your poise. Using the short 4-10 minute video you posted of your homework in the Masterclass Community Page, I will be able to show you exactly and very accurately where you have work to do and where you are succeeding and give you a structure of exercises that you will take to practise as your homework for the two weeks to follow. When you are ready, you will again upload a short 4-10 minute video of you practise onto the Masterclass Community Page.
PRIVATE COACHING WEBINAR NUMBER TWO
This is the second of two thirty-minute one-on-one webinar I will prepare for you. Together we discuss your second 4-10 minute video and discover the possibilities for refining your aids, melting away restrictions and building on your successes Just as before, I will be able to pinpoint areas for improvement by going deeper into the details and show you the way forward.
CONCLUSION - GROUP Q&A SESSION
Now the time has come to consolidate all our experiences from the past weeks. I will host the Q&A as we discuss our findings, share our thoughts and take the next steps in our shared journey towards personal fulfillment and the health and well-being of our horses.
CHOOSE YOUR TOPIC AND GAIN A DEEP UNDERSTANDING ABOUT
Restrictions & Imbalances
Assess restrictions and imbalances. Few horses are evenly balanced, most suffer hidden weaknesses, creating stiffness and restrictions. Ease these from the saddle.
Conformation & Mindset
Limit the impact of Conformation and Mindset. Distinguish between psychological and physical bracing. Learn how to heal the mind and the body.
Chase the Brace
Gain a deep understanding of muscle chain function. Understand Cause and Effect, grasp the impact one restriction has further along the body.
Learn to read equine body language. Recognise the posture, eye expression and micro-releases that tell you when you are on track with your health and rehabilitation work.
Connect & Consult
Connect and consult via the Group Forum. Share your discoveries and benefit from the support of your fellow Mastery Students in your own private group.
Ease Braces through Gymnastic Exercises
Learn the correct frame and placement of the body to aid your horse shake off their braces and move in a functional way.
Discover how muscles, fascia and nerves can be smoothed out, switched on and regain their proper function quickly. Observe how rapidly muscle chains can be reactivated when the correct muscles are recruited.
Gain appreciation that ligaments take a little longer and how to lay the groundwork for their recovery in a systematic and progressive way.
Secure your horse’s Wellness Future
Stiff horses lack the flexibility to move freely, hypermobile horses lack the strength to move within a healthy range of motion.
Develop the skills to help stiff and overly flexible horses work in balance through lateral work, on the straight and during transitions.
Monitor restrictions, work to ease the braces and further align your horse, overwrite old and harmful habits and overcome emotional and physical boundaries.
Train for Strength & Flexibility
Create the right environment for improvements in performance and longevity as you learn correct muscle chain function.
Help your horse develop its own awareness of physical and mental restrictions and guide them as they find the courage and willingness to work with you towards greater soundness and optimal health.
Combine ground work, body work, and emotional work together into one holistic programme as you begin to secure your horse’s wellness future.
Knowledge is power. A good working knowledge of biomechanics is the province of all informed horse owners who want nothing but the best for their horses.
The informed horse owner who gains an understanding of biomechanics offers their horse the opportunity to work to the best of their ability and helps protect them from injury. Dysfunctional movement places unnecessary strain on joints and often leads to compensation patterns which lead to greater forces being placed on the already compromised body. Learn to distinguish between poor versus healthy movement.
Since the horse is more than muscle and bone, in this course we will be holistic in our approach to training and horsemanship.
Holistic training means taking account of emotional distraction, learning how much or how little pressure our horses can manage in a training session. This also means taking into account the physical restrictions our horses may be constrained by and learning how to help them expand their boundaries.
To accomplish these two tasks, we need to open our hearts as well as our minds so that we can join in a meaningful dialogue during all our interactions with our horses. For the sake of mind and body we always need to train from a position of relaxation.
We need to learn their language, we need to learn their needs, we need to see the world from their point of view in order to communicate our needs to them. This is a two way street; this is communication.
WHO IS THE TOPIC MASTERCLASS FOR?
Are you seeking true partnership? Do you want the best for your horse - mind and body?
Every riding horse should be free to develop and contribute as a willing partner via academic riding. This is Belinda’s philosophy and the Academy’s Guiding Principle.
These classical principles allow your horse to function to the very best of their ability and achieve their own level of greatness, free from pain or fear. It is our privilege as partners to guide and shape this willingness into an expression of exquisite and healthy movement.
To prevent injury, wear and tear of the joints, every riding horse needs to learn how to move in correct alignment.
They also need a balanced mind, an emotional state that is calm and free from fear. No one needs to carry emotional baggage that can be soothed and smoothed away – what the mind bears, the body exhibits.
In this course you will,
- Help yourself and your horse move in a biomechanically correct way
- Strengthen, straighten and soften your horse
- Recognize non-functional movement
- Understand value of a horse moving in self-carriage
- Create the right climate for accelerated conditioning of horse and rider
- Expand your knowledge and understanding in and out of the saddle
- Flourish in a safe and respectful environment
- Become a more informed and holistic rider
“Good posture is essential for healthy functional movement. A balanced mind is as essential.
Each week as I guide you through my three part course, I will show you how to shape your horse so that he will learn how to hold himself correctly and create good habits.
Showing your horse the way to become a more balanced athlete is a quite simple process when you know how recognize then dissolve acquired crookedness and natural imbalances she displays. This has a great effect on your own balance and riding ability.
I have rehabilitated a great many horses in my lifetime - not all imbalances are obvious, it is often the subtle releases that have a huge impact on the horse’s outlook and work ethic.
Even the apparently healthy horse becomes happier and performs more consistently at the peak of their performance capabilities.
You will also see how quickly the healthy movement patterns we encourage in our horses have a profound effect on their mental and physical health.
Witness your horse change shape in front of your eyes as they shake off their old habits and past traumatic experiences. It is the most uplifting experience!”
Find the missing pieces and experience the pleasure of trusting in yourself as you grow and progress with your training.
Leave frustration behind as you learn to re-phrase the questions you ask your horse. Great communicators always train with relaxation and mindfulness. Be ready to be told NO! by your horse – learn how to embrace that communication and find the way to YES!
Grow your relationship skills and discover how to create a stronger bond with your horse:
- Develop Quiet Mindfulness & Greater Focus skills that keep your horse engaged with you
- Follow in the Footsteps of the Old Masters and learn about the Classical Tradition
- Create beautiful Movement and study the Therapeutic exercises bring about lasting change
- Help your horse overcome Emotional and Physical braces that are holding them back
- Develop your awareness of your horse’s attempts to communicate with you – learn their language
- Discover how nerves, muscles bones work together to create functional movement with Anatomy in Action