Equine Articles

You Love Your Horse, Right? Here’s How to Tell For Sure

Posted on July 9, 2018

The grey gelding pinned his ears and snaked his neck as the two women approached the paddock fence. “Did you see what he just did? He threatened us!” one of the women exclaimed. “I’ll get my whip and beat the *&$% crap out of you!” shouted the other woman to the horse. I gasped—involuntarily—when I Continue Reading »

Why You Shouldn’t Fix Your Riding Problems

Posted on March 6, 2018

I have a quick story to tell you. (And a free video exercise!)   A young woman named Terra was suffering from pain and tension in her upper back, shoulders and neck. She often felt hunched over and uncomfortable.   How I helped her may surprise you.        Since Terra is an equestrian, I Continue Reading »

Why I Hired a Hunky, 22-year-old Personal Trainer

Posted on July 1, 2017

Resting heart rate: 53. This healthy metric is due, in large part, to my personal trainer. But why did I, a female in my 50’s, hire a buff, 22-year-old dude to help me reach my fitness goals? Well, there are the obvious reasons. For one, he’s easy on the eyes. As we run shoulder-to-shoulder, I Continue Reading »

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 »

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