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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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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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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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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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A New Use For Polo Wraps

 

Go grab two polo wraps, standing bandages or even a couple of hand towels out of your linen closet.

Then lie down on the floor and join Mary in a short, super effective exercise to activate your deep core muscles.

You'll learn how to both relax your back AND get stronger and more coordinated all at the same time! 

As always, do only what's easy, comfortable and safe for you to do. Less is more!

If you'd like to improve even further, go grab Mary's FREE rider masterclass. You'll learn how to have a more balanced, independent seat - effortlessly. Don't delay. Your horse is waiting for you!           

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This Mindset Shift Can Help You be More Balanced on Your Horse

Part 1 – The Rider’s Habits

 

There’s one tool that I’ve seen help equestrians more than any other. It can help riders successfully navigate challenging situations with their horses. It can also help equestrians achieve long-term goals such as: improving riding skill, enhancing equine athleticism and strengthening the horse-human connection.

In short, it’s the best thing I’ve found for achieving physical and emotional harmony with your horse.

Are you curious about the tool I’m referring to? Good! The tool we all need is just that. Curiosity.

Since you’re reading this post, I’m guessing that you’re already a curious equestrian. You’re interested in helping your horse feel better in mind and body. But like all skills, we can become more adept at using curiosity.

In this post and the next, I’ll share how you can use curiosity to help yourself and your horses move and feel better than ever.

 

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Help Your Horse Bend Better

 

This Simple Mindset Shift Can Transform A Stiff, Resistant Horse

Part 2:  The Horse's Habits 

 

In Part 1, I introduced you to Gina and her bay Arabian gelding, Piper. Gina was frustrated that Piper resisted bending, especially to the right.

Gina’s trainer had demanded that she use stronger, more insistent aids, but that just created more conflict and unpleasantness between horse and rider.

When Gina consulted me, I noticed that she sat heavier on her left seat bone, which made it difficult for her horse to bend. This unbalanced sitting can cause back pain, stiffness and tension in both horse and rider.

I led Gina through a Feldenkrais® exercise that improved her body awareness and helped her to sit balanced on her seat bones. Happily, it also got rid of her back pain and sciatica!

But the next time Gina rode, she was disappointed to discover that Piper still didn’t bend easily. She was sitting in balance, so why wasn’t her horse bending...

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How to Have Happier, Healthier Knees

 
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