Noted Hoof Researcher Visits SENSE Method Equine Workshop

Internationally-recognized veterinarian, hoof researcher and equine barefoot advocate Robert Bowker, DVM honored us with a visit to the SENSE Method Equine Workshop held in South Lyon, Michigan last month.

Dr. Bowker participated as I led the class through a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson, which is a series of gentle movements designed to enhance coordination, flexibility and posture.  Participants learned how to free up their back, shoulders and neck by improving awareness of their spine, ribs and sternum.  It was gratifying to see people being able to turn their heads easier, reach farther with their arms and eliminate back pain!

Next, I explained how we can apply the same concept to a horse, using my hands to invite awareness and motion to the horse’s spine, ribs and sternum.  We could see how this improved the movement in the equine’s back, shoulders and neck. Pairing up with a horse, the participants then practiced the SENSE Method moves I had demonstrated.

Mary demos SENSE Rib Moves

It was wonderful to see how the Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson had prepared the students by giving them an experience of the effectiveness of these gentle movements. They understood in their own bodies how increased mobility in the ribs, sternum and spine leads to freer movement in the back, neck and shoulders, so it was easy for them to help their horses make that connection too. These SENSE moves are especially useful for horses that are stiff, sore or short-strided, as well as those transitioning from shoes to barefoot.

After the class ended, Dr. Bowker generously shared his findings on the many benefits horses receive when we trim them correctly and leave them barefoot.  We were an appreciative and captive audience!  (BTW, an excellent resource with tons of great information on natural hoof trimming is thehorseshoof.com.   Yvonne Welz does a fantastic job of producing a highly-informative barefoot hoof care magazine too.)

Happily, it looks like I’ll be returning to Michigan to teach another SENSE Method Equine Workshop in late August.  Please contact me if you would like more information. Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you’ll consider posting a comment.  I always love to hear from you!   ~ Mary

Dr. Bowker and Mary Debono

Mary helps student feel the SENSE move on herself as she works with a horse


Mary Debono
Mary Debono, is a Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner who teaches people how to increase mobility and confidence while minimizing the effects of aging and injury. She is the author of the award-winning, Amazon #1 bestseller, "Grow Young with Your Dog," and the creator of Debono Moves. Mary travels internationally to teach workshops with an equine, canine/feline or human focus. She also offers online consultations. Mary lives in sunny Southern California with her husband, horse, dog and cat. Visit her at www.DebonoMoves.com
Mary Debono
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