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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 »

Mary Debono to Teach at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Posted on July 1, 2012

Join us for Soundness for Lifesm : Body Awareness for Horses and Humans on August 3 – 5, 2012 at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, California.  Horses will be provided. Register now and qualify for the early-bird discount! At Mary’s Soundness for Life clinic, you can learn how to: Enhance horses’ flexibility, relaxation, 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 »

Feeling Stiff? Sit Your Way to a Supple Spine!

Posted on April 4, 2012

“These days my back often gets stiff and sore. The discomfort saps my energy and I’m feeling older by the day.  It’s also starting to interfere with my ability to hike with my dogs and ride my horse. Besides turning back the clock, is there anything I can do?”   Mary responds: Absolutely! I’ve heard 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 »

If You Know What to Do with This, Your Horse Will Love to be Saddled!

Posted on February 9, 2012

Author’s note:  This post has been expanded and updated in a new post. Please read Girthy Horse? Simple Steps to Make Saddling a Pleasure.    Does your horse pin his ears when you tighten the girth even though you’ve had your saddle custom-fitted? Does your mare get grumpy, swish her tail or threaten to kick Continue Reading »

Mary’s Article, “Making it Easier for Your Horse to Hold Up His Legs” Published in The Horse’s Hoof

Posted on January 30, 2012

Mary’s article, “Making it Easier for Your Horse to Hold Up His Legs”, has been published in the Winter 2012 issue of The Horse’s Hoof magazine.   In the article, Mary describes how the middle parts of the horse – the sternum, ribs and spine – must be free to move in order for the horse to Continue Reading »

Mary to Present Free Feldenkrais and SENSE Method Demo in Alpine, CA

Posted on January 26, 2012

Mary Debono, a Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner and the originator of the SENSE Method, will be presenting a free demo of the Feldenkrais Method for equestrians and the SENSE Method for horses during the lunch break of the  Libby Lyman horsemanship clinic this Sunday. Mary’s demo will include short movement lessons that can help you enjoy a supple spine and a pelvis Continue Reading »

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