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 workshop at the renewed Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, on August 3 – 5, 2012.
Since many horses express their dislike of saddling by nipping, ear pinning, kicking or tensing their ribcage (“bloating”), part of the workshop was devoted to teaching the participants how to use pleasurable, calming hands-on SENSE moves to make tacking up more comfortable for horses. The participants transformed saddling into an enjoyable experience, recognizing that happy, supple horses are also more likely to be relaxed and responsive when ridden.
In a nutshell, the students learned skills to bring both horse and rider into balance and recognized that the SENSE Method is a thoughtful way to give back to your horse and deepen the horse-human bond.