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EMHH Episode 13: Is Your Horse REALLY Relaxed? Are You?

 

You want your horse to be relaxed and responsive. But do you know if your horse TRULY is relaxed? Some horses appear relaxed, but they’re NOT.

You’ll learn why “relaxed readiness” is essential for your horse’s athletic ability – and your own. You’ll learn why relaxed muscles have more potential strength than muscles that are chronically tight.

Want to help your horse - and yourself - have more flexible, balanced and confident movement?

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You'll be among the first to know when we open our doors again. And you'll get special bonuses!

Questions? Email [email protected].

Thank you so much for being here. I can’t wait to talk with you again. Bye for now.

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These Special Moves Can Help an Injured or Stressed Horse Recover

 

Slow, rhythmic movements can help an injured, stressed horse recover.

With my hands resting lightly on the bay mare’s rib cage, we simply breathed together for several minutes. Her breathing was shallow. And faster than normal. It was obvious that the horse was stressed. Very stressed.

The mare, whose name was Grace, had recently returned from a camping trip in the mountains. Three days of riding in rocky, mountainous terrain had taken their toll on the horse. She hadn’t been conditioned to handle that type of grueling work.

 

Her person, a well-meaning woman named Estelle, was distraught when she realized what she had “done” to her horse. Until they were out on the trail, Estelle didn’t realize that her fellow campers would be riding for several hours a day. For three days. On steep, rocky trails.

While riding with her fellow campers, Estelle had been caught up in the moment and probably wasn’t thinking clearly. The bay mare, wanting to stay...

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EMHH Episode 4: 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.  

 If you have any questions, please email [email protected].  

I hope you join our FREE Facebook group, "Happy, Healthy Horsewomen."

I look forward to seeing you in the group!

xo, Mary

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EMHH Episode 1: You Have to Do This Before Your Horse Can Improve

 

Click here to get the FREE videos of Mary demonstrating the hands-on moves with horses.

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 more flexible, balanced movement.

It can undo past damage to body and mind. It could encourage relaxation and responsiveness can encourage and create a positive learning state and build trust in partnership because you're inviting your horse into the conversation.

Questions? please email [email protected].

I hope you join our FREE Facebook group, "Happy, Healthy Horsewomen."

I look forward to seeing you in the group!

xo, Mary

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Would Your Horse Know What to Do?

 

Help me! Help me!

The man called out as he came lurching down the path, a rifle clutched against his chest.

Yikes!

 

I was hand walking my leopard Appaloosa, Spotzy, with a friend when we noticed the armed man coming towards us.

Quickly realizing that the man’s “rifle” was a realistic-looking pellet gun, we ran to help him.

The man had been bitten on his right hand by a large rattlesnake.

 

With the snake’s venom racing through his body, the man, who I’ll call John, told us that his lips had already turned numb.

And now he felt the numbness spreading. John was really scared.

And he started to freak out.

 

I knew that the quieter John was, the better his chances of recovering from the rattlesnake bite.

Since I seemed more adept at calming down the panicked man, my non-horsey friend ran back to the ranch to call 911.

(Yes, this happened years ago - before we all carried phones with us!)

 

Don’t forget, I had my horse...

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Girthy Horse? Simple Steps Make Saddling a Pleasure


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 a “girthy” or “cinchy” horse. Cinchy horses are so common that many equestrians think nothing of it. But resistance during tacking up can set the tone for your whole ride, and lead to diminished equine performance too.

Tying your horse up short may prevent you from being bitten, and disciplining your horse may discourage the biting, kicking, or tail swishing, but neither method will improve how your horse feels about saddling. In fact, punitive measures usually increase tension in your horse’s mind and muscles.

That’s no way to build a trusting relationship with your horse! Plus, it can lead to diminished performance and a...

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