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Why Riders Can't Use Muscle Memory

 
Imagine you wanted to change corporate policy at a Fortune 500 company. Would you rather meet with the CEO or plead your case to an entry-level store clerk? Now imagine you want to improve your ability to move with ease, agility and comfort.
 
Your nervous system is like the CEO and your muscles are the clerks who are following orders. So it makes sense to "talk" to your nervous system, instead of stretching and straining individual muscles. People rarely know how to do this, though!
 
In this week's episode of "Easier Movement, Happier Horses," I explain how you can communicate effectively with your nervous system so that you can move with greater ease, comfort and agility. I hope you have a listen. Thanks so much! ❤🐴
 

Before you go: I have exciting news! 

I just opened enrollment to my brand-new group coaching program, Easy Flexibility and Powerful Confidence for Horsewomen. 

I'm inviting a small group of committed, heart-centered equestrians to...

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15-year-old Duffy and His Mom Grow Younger

The following is from a reader of Grow Young with Your Dog.

“I have a 15-year old terrier mix who was has very arthritic hips after a fall down a flight of stairs. His tail had been locked down close to his body and he walked with great difficulty. He often fell over because he was so unbalanced.

 

I have performed the exercises daily on my dog (and on me, as well) and am happy to report that Duffy gets better with each passing day. This morning he even ran down the hall with his tail in the air!

 

"I love that this book approaches healing by combining the mind, breath, muscles and nerves. The rhythmic movements trigger a response in the nervous system that opens a pathway to healing, helping the muscles re-learn how to move correctly again after months of compensating for pain.

 

There is nothing so fulfilling as hearing your pet breathe a heavy sigh when his muscles relax and release under the gentle touch of your hands. This book and Mary's methods are...

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15-year-old Poodle Gets Revitalized

I absolutely love and appreciate getting messages such as this one.

Syeeda's 15-year-old miniature poodle, Sophie, was having great difficulty. She wasn't eating and her mobility and stability were very compromised. She was getting weaker and weaker. Syeeda feared the end was very near.

She bought my book, "Grow Young with Your Dog" and immediately applied the gentle hands-on "moves" from the book to help Sophie. 

Syeeda decided to do the relaxing "moves" with Sophie to help encourage her to eat. Any improvement in mobility and stability would be a bonus.  

I've had several exchanges with Syeeda and her dog's appetite, movement, stability and vitality increased after she started doing the gentle, hands-on moves she learned from "Grow Young with Your Dog."  

Here's Syeeda's first message to me. 

"Dear Mary,  

 In early October, my 15 yr old min. poodle was on her last legs, she had stopped eating and was just skin and bone. Meds at that...

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Imagine THIS to Effortlessly Improve Your Confidence

 

Would you like to be a more confident, competent horsewoman? 

There's a good chance that you do! After all, feeling anxious is one of the most - if not THE most - common equestrian problem that I hear about.

That's why in this episode, you'll learn 5 steps that'll help you become a more confident, skillful equestrian. You'll feel better - and so will your horse.

And it all starts with unlocking the power of your unconscious thoughts.   

For the complete show notes, please visit https://www.marydebono.com/H9 .

More FREE resources:

Feldenkrais® for Riders videos: https://www.marydebono.com/rider.

PDF cheat sheet on How to Create Your Confidence Anchor: https://www.marydebono.com/anchorconfidence.

Join our free FB group, "Happy, Healthy Horsewomen."

Important safety reminder: Riding and handling horses are potentially dangerous activities. If you feel anxiety or fear, it may be warranted! Please don't do anything that...

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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!

 Click here to grab your handy cheat sheet PDF to anchor your confidence!  

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

 

To get the FREE videos of Mary demonstrating the hands-on moves with a horse, go to MaryDebono.com/Horse.

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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