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Improve Your Confidence with a Simple Brain Hack

 
 

Do you get anxious when you ride?  Or suddenly feel nervous about cantering? Would you like to feel more confident and resourceful in your life?

In this episode, I'll walk you through a simple brain hack that can help you feel more confident in any area of your life. It's helped a lot of equestrians feel more competent and joyful with their horses. It can help you too!

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Full transcript of the podcast episode is below:

Hello, and welcome to Easier Movement, Happier Horses. I'm Mary Debono. And I'm so glad you're here today. We're going to talk about confidence or maybe the lack of confidence. So I have a simple brain hack for you that just takes a few minutes. And actually once you get it sorted out, it takes no time at all, and it can help you feel more confident,

more resourceful in any situation. And I've taught this to a lot of questions and they just love it because let's face...

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Your Horse Has Habits Too - Here's How to Change Them

 

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Is your horse stiff to one side? Does your horse hollow her back or stand asymmetrically? Does he pin his ears when he tighten the girth?

In this episode, you'll learn how to identify and help change your horse's unhealthy habits of posture, movement and behavior.

You'll learn a gentle, effective way to enhance your horse's body awareness and help your horse release unhealthy habits of tensing muscles. This hands-on technique can also improve your "feel" and improve communication and connection between you and your horse. This is the first step in helping your horse experience more freedom and flexibility.  

 

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Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life

 
Did you know that you have about 60,000 – 70,000 thoughts a DAY? And around 95% of those thoughts are unconscious? That means that you’re telling yourself the same things over and over again. And since most of that self-talk is negative and unhelpful, you’re programming yourself to fail. Yikes!

Using cutting-edge neuroscience, Mary will teach you how to stop that habitual thinking in its tracks. You’ll learn simple, fun ways to manage your mindset and control your thoughts. It's a powerful way to improve your confidence and competence. Listen to the episode so you can get your brain working FOR you!     

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Are You Hurting Yourself or Your Horse with This Common Habit?

 

Some habits are really useful. Other habits can be detrimental to ourselves and our horses. In this episode, you'll learn how your habits of movement and posture can contribute to stiffness, back pain, imbalances and even spinal damage!  

You'll learn simple ways to break out of your habitual, unconscious routine  and develop greater self awareness. With improved awareness, you'll move with more ease, comfort and choice. And when you explore non-habitual movements with your horse, your horse can become more flexible and balanced too. You'll also find out how to get my FREE videos. These unmounted exercises can help liberate you from harmful movement habits and improve your seat, position and balance on your horse.  Effortlessly!   

Podcast Episode #2 of Easier Movement, Happier Horses:  

Hello and welcome. I hope you're doing great today. Well, in this episode, we're going to be talking about your habits and I don't mean habits like...

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You Have to Do This Before Your Horse Can Improve

 

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 Welcome to Easier Movement, Happier Horses. I'm Mary Debono, your movement and mindset coach. If you'd like to have flexible, balanced movement or relaxed, confident mindset, and a joyful connection with your horse, you're in the right place. I can't wait to share what I've learned over the past 30 years of helping improve the performance and partnership of horses and their humans.

Thank you so much for being here. Now. Let's dive in Hello and welcome to easier movement, happier horses. I'm Mary Debono and I'm so glad you're here. My goal in this podcast is to help you discover how you and your horse could have balanced fluid movement or relaxed mind, and a joyful connection with each other. And one of the ways that I do that I help people get there is to take every day routine things that they do,

like leading their horse, grooming their horse, tacking up their horse, and do them in such a way that it actually stimulates...

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Introduction to Easier Movement, Happier Horses Podcast

 

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 Welcome to Easier Movement, Happier Horses. I'm Mary Debono, your movement and mindset coach. If you'd like to have flexible, balanced movement, a relaxed, confident mindset, and a joyful connection with your horse, you're in the right place. I can't wait to share what I've learned over the past 30 years of helping improve the performance and partnership of horses and their humans.

Thank you so much for being here. Now. Let's dive in. Are you or your horse stiff, crooked or tense? Well, my name is Mary Debono and I have a new podcast called "Easier Movement, Happier Horses." And my mission is to help you and your horse feel more flexible, balanced, and confident at any age. So I'm so excited.

you're here. I want to tell you about what's coming up in this podcast. So, you know, I'm a Feldenkrais Practitioner and an NLP Practitioner. So I work with the body and I work with the mind and I've been helping improve the athletic...

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The Strangest Reason to Sabotage Your Goals

 

I stared at the phone in my hand.

Did I hear that right?

"Excuse me, did you say, 'yogurt?' You can't come to your brother's memorial service because you have YOGURT?"

 

"Yeah, I did. You know how some people have animals? And some people have plants? Well, I have yogurt.

"And I can't leave it unattended. It's a starter culture."

 

This was either the lamest or the very BEST excuse I'd ever heard.

 

I was glad that Keith, the guy on the other end of the phone, couldn't see my expression.

I had called to invite him to his only sibling's memorial service.

But he wasn't coming. Apparently, he couldn't leave his yogurt.

 

Money wasn't the issue. I already told him I'd take care of his airfare and hotel.

The truth is, Keith had never really liked his brother.

They hadn't gotten along since they were teenagers.

 

Knowing all that, I still wanted them to reconcile.

Even though one had died.

I wanted Keith to think fondly of his deceased brother. To have some...

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Video Webinar - Using Feldenkrais to Improve Equine Performance and Partnership

Do you know who's been busy during the pandemic?

Wendy Murdoch!

 

An international clinician and creator of the SURE FOOT® equine stability program, Wendy has been using her stay-at-home time to interview DOZENS of equine experts.

 

And I'm honored to be one of them! 

 

In the webinar, we discuss how the Feldenkrais Method® can improve equine athletic performance.

And to deepen your connection and partnership with your horse.  

And so much more. 

 

Some webinar nuggets:

00:06:00 - Learn the simple game that helped train my eye and predict how a horse would behave.

 00:15:14 - I was so much older in my 20's! I had lots of aches and pains (including a hip problem and severe carpal tunnel syndrome). Then the Feldenkrais Method® changed my life. ‍

 

00:28:50 - Does your horse struggle with one of these common issues?

 

00:43:09 - Why I help people upgrade their mindset habits.   ...

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Healing Sweet Pea's Suspensory Ligament Injury

 

 

The chestnut horse stood before me, her long mane gracing her arched neck.

I watched as the veterinarian and the horse’s person looked at a radiograph of the mare’s left front lower leg, which showed a clearly defined suspensory ligament.

 

The vet explained to the woman that the horse would not be able to recover from her suspensory ligament injury and would be permanently lame. 

The woman was distraught by the news.

Confidently, I strode forward and announced that I could help the horse return to full soundness. I did my signature Debono Moves* work with the horse for five minutes and, magically, the horse healed.

 

Magically, indeed! Rubbing the sleep from my eyes, I recounted my dream.

I laughed at the arrogance of my dream self, but I didn’t dismiss the dream. It felt important. And there had to be a reason why the suspensory ligament was shown in such detail. I wondered what it all meant.

And just who WAS that beautiful horse?...

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From Oh Sh*t to Okay

 

Want to know how the Airedale recovered so quickly from carpal arthritis?

Curious how a yellow Lab returned to soundness after a devastating knee ligament injury?

Wondering how a 70-pound dog with debilitating spinal arthritis started running and playing again?   

 

They all had one thing in common.

I didn’t focus on their problems.

 

I left the problems to the veterinarians and other medical personnel.

 

Instead, I helped these dogs find new possibilities for easier movement.

They learned to use their bodies in new, more comfortable ways.

And they developed better body awareness and coordination.

 

And guess what happened…

The dogs’ problems went away!

 

When faced with a doggie dilemma, people often get stuck in a problem state.  

They’re so focused on the problem that it obscures their ability to see anything else.

 

Maybe you’ve done it too.

It’s perfectly understandable.

 

But focusing too...

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