Equine Articles

Activate Your Rib Cage for a Healthier Back and Neck

Posted on February 21, 2017

Does your back or neck ache or get stiff? Wouldn’t it be great to be limber and pain-free? Well, as surprising as it sounds, “waking up” your rib cage may be the key to more comfortable, youthful movement.   The Feldenkrais® audio lesson (exercise) called “Activate Your Rib Cage to Improve Your Back and Neck” is Continue Reading »

Girthy Horse? Simple Steps to Make Saddling a Pleasure

Posted on September 2, 2016

Does your horse pin his ears when you tighten the girth? Does he get grumpy, swish his tail or threaten to bite or kick when you cinch him up? Does your horse seem to hold her breath (“blowing up” or “bloating”) when you’re tacking her up?1 Any of those reactions would fit the definition of Continue Reading »

The Secret to Rounding Your Horse’s Back

Posted on September 2, 2016

Sarah, a 43-year-old brunette with the tan, toned arms of a longtime equestrian, was visibly frustrated. She had hit a disappointing roadblock in her training. Despite working with a respected dressage instructor, Sarah was beginning to feel as if her imported warmblood would never do well in dressage. Her horse, an eight-year-old Dutch warmblood named Continue Reading »

Equine Massage or Feldenkrais Method for Horses? What’s the Difference?

Posted on February 24, 2016

Many people who see me work with horses assume I’m doing a gentle form of equine massage. And I can’t blame them.  They see me touching a horse, who is usually quite relaxed and happy. When I explain to the onlookers that I’m not an equine massage therapist, but a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method®, I Continue Reading »

Mary Debono Presents at Holistic Horse Workshop

Posted on September 26, 2012

Mary Debono was one of the speakers at the First Annual Southern California Holistic Horse Workshop held at the beautiful Valenti Estate in Rancho Santa Fe, CA onSeptember 8, 2012.  Mary presented her unique approach to improving the balance, coordination and confidence of both horse and rider.   Debono began her presentation by letting the Continue Reading »

Mary Teaches a Sold-Out Equine Workshop at the Helen Woodward Animal Center

Posted on August 29, 2012

Equestrians from three states gathered in Southern California to learn how to improve horses’ performance, suppleness and body awareness via the SENSE Method. They also learned how to enhance their own awareness, balance and coordination with Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement® lessons.      Mary Debono and Gary Waskowsky, both Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioners, led the Continue Reading »

Saddling Made Easy by Janice Mills, Practitioner

Posted on July 16, 2012

To learn more about helping a cinchy horse enjoy saddling, please read, “Girthy Horse?  Simple Steps to Make Saddling a Pleasure.”    Tiki, my 7 year-old Arabian gelding, was bred, and broke to ride, for a racing career.  When I bought him as a three year-old, he was very resistant to being girthed.  He would Continue Reading »

Stiff, Resistant Horse? Learn How the Feldenkrais Method can Improve Your Horse’s Performance

Posted on July 14, 2012

”I can’t understand why my horse is stiff.  I exercise and stretch her every day”.  These words were spoken by Ellen*, whose Hanoverian mare was having trouble bending. Turning to the right was the most difficult, and the mare had become resistant and grouchy when asked to bend. The veterinarian ruled out a medical problem, Continue Reading »

An Arthritic Appaloosa Gets a New Lease on Life

Posted on July 1, 2012

Rocky*, a 29 year-old black Appaloosa gelding, had been Denise’s horse since he was just 11 months old and she was a 17 year-old teenager. They had grown up together and were deeply bonded. As they were out trail riding one day, Rocky got hung up in hidden wire and took a nasty fall.  Denise Continue Reading »

Think Outside the Stall

Posted on April 4, 2012

The chestnut horse’s life changed so drastically, so wonderfully, that having the ability to pick up both leads easily is hardly worth mentioning. Except that the story starts with a problem at the canter. And an upcoming horse show.  A big one.   I was teaching a two-week Debono Moves* Equine Workshop at a large, picturesque Continue Reading »

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