June Newsletter 2017

//June Newsletter 2017

June Newsletter 2017

Hello from Jim

 

Typical English countryside

 

Hello All,

There’s been a lot going on since I last wrote. I’ve just returned from a great trip to England where we taught 25 first-time students at two Weekend Seminars, 24 students at Advanced 5-Day Courses, and Certified 7 new Masterson Method Practitioners, (MMCP’s) and, finally,  we had about 25 MMCP’s attend a very good Practitioners Day at Emily Baker’s, Dovecote Stables in Churchill, Oxfordshire.

Sometimes I’m asked if it’s hard to work 18 days in a row, (which I did in England) and the answer is – it’s not really work!  I have a day off every day from 5pm to 9am to enjoy dinner and a few beers at a nice pub (somewhere in the country) with a growing group of friends and Practitioners who’ve become very supportive in England. Even the sheep are coming in to see us… sometimes uninvited, to see what’s going on.

It was extra fun to have eight or ten German students at the Advanced Courses this trip, having met and taught them at a Weekend Seminar in wet, cold Germany last November. They are a fun, eager group to teach. Walter Saxe is our German Instructor and Coordinator, who came over to help and follow up on his students, (at least that’s what he said) but I suspect he may also have come to attend our evening pub meetings at which we discuss horses, students, and local ales, and at which we are very thorough. However, we did produce seven more MMCPs in England and Europe this trip, in addition to 81 people taught, and just over 200 horses worked on, so our system is working.

UK Coordinator and Instructor, Vicky Devlin teaching at the Advanced 5-Day Course

 

It’s always fun to get a good yawn!
WESTERN STATES EXPO
When I got home from England, I had four days to catch up at the office before leaving for the Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento, California. A very experienced team of Mentors, Coaches and Instructors were on hand to assist me. Thank you to: Barbara McCann, Gari Thompson, Dianne Adel, Loni Langdon, Sandy Vreeberg, Terry Erlwein and enthusiastic and bubbly Field Work student Becky Mertens. We were well attended at the booth and at the demos.
Booth Babes” and me at the Western States Horse Expo

Those of you who attended the demos watched us work on horses with “Mystery Performance and Behavioral Issues.” These were horses with movement or behavioral issues, the sources of which couldn’t be found in the feet and legs, and not obvious anywhere else either. I’ve found that often the source is in the deeper core muscles of the body, or muscles that put “torque” on key junctions such as the sacroiliac, the neck/withers, or the poll/atlas junction. The Masterson Method® does a good job releasing tension in deeper muscles that are aren’t accessible, because it’s the horse who is doing the releasing – the bodyworker is just bringing the horse’s awareness to the problem in a way the horse can’t brace against it.

We also worked on the horses between demos – the purpose of which was to see if the owners would be able to see/feel an improvement in their movement or behavior in the weeks to come. We did something similar with four horses at the Minnesota Horse Fair two months ago, on which we reported an update in the May newsletter. At this Expo, Quarter Horses Destin and Dusty, Thoroughbred’s Bat Girl and… good ole Whatsisname (stand by for next newsletter) were our demo horses, pulled together on short notice in Sacramento. I promised to report on them in the this newsletter, but having just arrived home after a few stops on the way, I would rather gather their stories, and some photos and videos of their demonstrations, and report to you in the next edition.The Western States Horse Expo demos were fun and interesting and most importantly, educational.

SADDLEFIT 4 LIFE
The Monday after leaving the Expo, I met to compare notes with Jochen Schleese who, in addition to making his own brand of saddle, has a very thorough training program; SaddleFit 4 Life, in which he teaches owners very important points of saddle fit, both for the horse and the rider. 
 
Asked if we endorse any particular brand of saddle; the answer is: we don’t endorse any particular brand of saddle, but we do endorse good education – since we’re in the education business.
 

It was great to connect up again with Murielle Richard-Price, who is one of our Certified Practitioners and is also the Director of Education for Saddlefit 4 Life.  She orchestrated getting the two of us together to talk about education and to learn more about each of our specialties.

 

Jochen Schleese drawing outline on a horse 

 

 

WORKING ON MUSTANGS
The following day, we drove through the California Gold Country heading south towards the Mojave Desert; our destination LifeSavers Wild Horse Rescue, somewhere near Lancaster, CA. Once there, we experimented (in a good way – no horses were harmed in the making of this newsletter) with working on problem mustangs.

Thanks goes out to MMCP Terry Erlwein who set this up for me, and Jasmin Sage, MMCP from Las Vegas, NV who joined us there.

Terry, Cheyenne, Me, Jasmin and Darlene taking shade near the pens of Mustangs

This is an interesting operation in that Cheyenne Price (pictured above with the big smile) as trainer and operator of the facility, works with both humans and horses. During the course of talking about ways to help troubled mustangs, the topic of Equine Assisted Activity and Therapies came up, which led to a conversation about how we might work together with our MM Equine Specialist Program. Funny how that subject keeps coming up. I figured being in the middle of the desert with nothing but wild horses around, it would be all about horses. Wrong again!

MASTERSON METHOD EQUINE SPECIALIST
Our latest news is that we have been accepted to present at the PATH International Conference in November, 2017. We thought we were out on that, but thankfully, we’re in. We hope to get more exposure for our program in the EAAT world.

We now have a dedicated MMES website, certification training programs in place, and a couple of three-day courses on the calendar. Please check below for course locations and dates.

AMERICAN HORSE PUBLICATIONS CONFERENCE
After working on mustangs, we headed for Phoenix (and more desert) to attend the American Horse Publications Equine Media Conference. This was indoors, with air conditioning – finally some cool air. We hooked up with interesting people, writers, editors, publishers, and renewed our commitment to education with the W.F. Young family (Absorbine.) We really like those people.

Lissa Mele and Amy Cairy from Absorbine (W.F Young) flank Jim at the AHP Conference

When I finally settled home again, I worked with two students, Gretchen Deane and Jill Trueblood, to complete their Masterson Method Certification here in Iowa.

Gretchen Deane and Annabelle, my driving mare
Jill Trueblood and Jeremiah, Annabelle’s full brother

CONSIDERING THE HORSE, MIND AND BODY

I am now getting ready to leave town by turning my travel compass west to Littleton, Colorado to teach a Weekend Seminar and partner with author and trainer, Mark Rashid in what we are calling: Considering the Horse, Mind and Body clinic.

While the courses are full, there are still auditing spots left for the July 10th – July 12th (Monday- Wednesday) co-clinic with Mark.  I’d audit it myself if I didn’t already have a front row seat.  Click on the above link or check out our EVENTS calendar on the Masterson Method Facebook page.

Well, that’s it for now. Stay tuned, and hope to see you all someplace soon.
Until then, like me,
Enjoy your horses.
Jim

 

 

American Horse Publications Equine Media Conference “Saddle Up Scottsdale” June 15-17, 2017

Jim and I attended the American Horse Publications Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona as business members.  We’ve been members for a couple of years, but have never attended the conference.  It’s where the “Publishing Media Members” – think Practical Horseman, Western Horseman, Horse Illustrated, among many others – rub shoulders with “Business Members” – think SmartPak, Absorbine, PATH Int’l, Purina, along with Individual Members think freelance writers, photographers and schmooze with Colleges – think Gluck Equine Research Center from the Univ of Kentucky.

Needless to say, it was a great way to “spread the word” about The Masterson Method.  We connected with many magazines, split up and attended break out educational seminars such as, “Event Marketing” that I attended and “Surviving the New Media Landscape with Lessons from the Old West,” that Jim sat in on.  Everyday was packed with information, great food and connections!

There was a lot of time to schmooze – which we did!  It was fun to be with like-minded people for three days of education and inspiration.  The keynote speaker was Lisa Roskens who headed the Omaha 2017 Organizing Committee which brought the World Cup Competition to Omaha, Nebraska this year.  I took notes on her talk in which she told the story of how she brought this huge world competition to an obscure city that not many people considered “horse worthy”.

Jim and Lisa Roskens

1)  Make no small plans.

2)  When you think of a goal, ask yourself, “Now what?”

3)  Get Organized.  Ask questions and embrace skeptics – they can be your best friends. They will make you think of answers and sometimes to problems you haven’t even thought of.

4) Be honest about what you don’t know and then go out and find the best people you can to help you.

5)  Create a culture that encourages creativity and embraces change.

The conference was amazing, our heads were spinning.  We had to leave early to get home, so we missed the media awards on the final evening.  On our way out, Jim and I helped ourselves to somewhere around 16 free magazines to read on the flight home.

I encourage any business that wants to send and receive press releases from our industry and connect with luminaries of the equine publishing world, to consider joining:

Jim and I attended the American Horse Publications Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona as business members.  We’ve been members for a couple of years, but have never attended the conference.  It’s where the “Publishing Media Members” – think Practical Horseman, Western Horseman, Horse Illustrated, among many others – rub shoulders with “Business Members” – think SmartPak, Absorbine, PATH Int’l, Purina, along with Individual Members think freelance writers, photographers and schmooze with Colleges – think Gluck Equine Research Center from the Univ of Kentucky.

Needless to say, it was a great way to “spread the word” about The Masterson Method.  We connected with many magazines, split up and attended break out educational seminars such as, “Event Marketing” that I attended and “Surviving the New Media Landscape with Lessons from the Old West,” that Jim sat in on.  Everyday was packed with information, great food and connections!

There was a lot of time to schmooze – which we did!  It was fun to be with like-minded people for three days of education and inspiration.  The keynote speaker was Lisa Roskens who headed the Omaha 2017 Organizing Committee which brought the World Cup Competition to Omaha, Nebraska this year.  I took notes on her talk in which she told the story of how she brought this huge world competition to an obscure city that not many people considered “horse worthy”.

Jim and Lisa Roskens

1)  Make no small plans.

2)  When you think of a goal, ask yourself, “Now what?”

3)  Get Organized.  Ask questions and embrace skeptics – they can be your best friends. They will make you think of answers and sometimes to problems you haven’t even thought of.

4) Be honest about what you don’t know and then go out and find the best people you can to help you.

5)  Create a culture that encourages creativity and embraces change.

The conference was amazing, our heads were spinning.  We had to leave early to get home, so we missed the media awards on the final evening.  On our way out, Jim and I helped ourselves to somewhere around 16 free magazines to read on the flight home.

I encourage any business that wants to send and receive press releases from our industry and connect with luminaries of the equine publishing world, to consider joining:

 

Look who we met? Jean Abernethy, The Creator of the World’s Most Popular Equine Cartoon; Fergus, (the Horse)

 

Masterson Method Equine Specialist Program News

Do you volunteer for an equine-facilitated program serving veterans, people with disabilities, people recovering from addiction, and others receiving the healing benefits of working with horses? Consider applying your interest in the Masterson Method® to therapy horses and their clients!
Doing bodywork on horses helps clients develop a new relationship to their horse while the horse releases tension: it’s win-win! Register for the Masterson Method Equine Specialist (MMES) Training in Liberty Hill, Texas on July 17th-18th to learn how to bring the Masterson Method to equine-assisted activity or therapy programs.

UPCOMING DEMO: July 6, 2017 * Cold Spring, NY
The Putnam Horse Council in NY State is partnering with Topfield Equestrian Center in Cold Spring, NY to offer a free, public demo of the Masterson Method!
Come watch Masterson Method Certified Practitioner Tanja Kraft demonstrate the basic principles of this bodywork, and hear MMES program coordinator Megan Dushin briefly share about this new application of the Masterson Method in coaching or therapy settings.
Email mdushin@gmail.com for more details.

HOST A TRAINING
Do you have 8-10 horses who serve in equine-facilitated programs? Are you interested in hosting a training in Masterson Method Equine Specialist Programming? Earn a free seat plus 20% discount on the prerequisite Weekend Seminar course by hosting a 2-day MMES training at your site. Learn more about hosting requirements on our Masterson Method Equine Specialist website.

 

Walter Saxe, MMCP and Instructor in Germany: Second Report from the Mustang Makeover

Walter Saxe’s second report in the Mustang Makeover Germany challenge: (A quick reminder – Walter is helping a trainer in the Mustang Makeover – Germany by using the Masterson Method® to jump start the process).

Yesterday I visited the small Mustang mare for the second time. Great, as she has changed. She has visibly increased weight and is much more accessible. She immediately allowed me to stroke her over her head. On the right side of the neck to the withers I could touch her very well, she protected the left side, which is surely affected by the memories of brand marking the mane’s comb.

So I started with the right side and slowly went down the bladder meridian with my hand to look for indications of tension.

For those who do not know this Masterson Method® technique, here is a brief explanation. The Bladder Meridian begins above the eye on either side, and runs between the ears, along the top line of the horse to the coronet of the hind hoof.

We apply the bladder meridian technique with our fingers only by touching the hair and watching the response of the horse. If there is tension they show reactions – blink with the eye, twitch with the lip – it is often the most subtle signs that are shown. If you stay and wait at these spots for a few seconds, and bring the horse’s focus to it, it will begin to release the tension, start to chew or lick, the eyes may become gentle and quiet, and they may snort …

The best effect is, however, that you listen and start “talking” to the horse:  show me where you are tense and I will help you release it. This creates a wonderful, trusting relationship.

The small mare showed me tension at the neck, the lower part of the mane’s comb, and at the withers, in the area of the saddle and lumbar area. To get nearer to the hind leg was not possible yet, it became too uncomfortable for her. But that I could touch her there is a huge advance, compared to the first time.

Then I tried other techniques at the poll and neck, and lo and behold, she allowed it with pleasure.  First she allowed for lateral flexion of the neck, with gentle release of the muscles on the right side, vertebra by vertebrae.  On the left side, I tricked her a bit by treating her from the right, you can say I applied the technique reversed (an option for all Masterson Method® practitioners, if a horse is “protected” on one side). The little mare licked, chewed, and snorted as a sign of relaxation.

The biggest Wow effect I had was with the head-down technique.  Here, the horse drops her head and can thus relax the short muscles above the atlas. In this position she allowed me to gently massage the noticeable knots of muscle, and gave herself and me the greatest sign of letting go – a shameless yawn :-)). Unfortunately, there was no camera to capture that.

Also, the head-up technique allowed her to shorten the same muscles and me to massage them.  I could even loosen her TMJ.  Finally, I approached the chest and front legs. She released tensions at the pectoral muscle.  I could touch the front leg down to the knee, but not an inch lower.

It is really remarkable how the instincts of a wild animal are present: the fear of snakes at the front legs, or the instinct of sensing prey in the area of the back.  I am already looking forward to the next session and will report.

From Walter Saxe – Masterson Method MMCP – Instructor in Germany

(editors note:  To follow Walter’s progress, see it on the Masterson Method Facebook page)

 

We’re Not Pulling Your Leg!

Masterson Method Hat Discount

All Masterson Method hats are now 10% off through the end of July.

Happy 4th of July!

 

Use coupon code: hatsale to receive the 10% discount

 

The Masterson Minute:

In this Masterson Minute, well, a little bit more then a minute…….

In honor of meeting the marketing team from Absorbine (W.F. Young) we thought we would highlight one of the videos shot for their education department on The Masterson Method®.  To see the playlist of videos filmed by Absorbine, click here:  Absorbine/MastersonMethod Education
For more general (and free) Masterson Method® videos go to:  The Masterson Method You Tube Channel.

 

 

Testimony from Karen Healy

I purchased Horse Massage, Light to the Core a few months ago and I did not realize what a profound difference it would make for my mare. This has been the missing element that has contributed to the improvement of our relationship.

She, being a spirited horse (not to say that is bad, in fact I love it), has calmed down in many ways. Where once just being left alone in a pasture by herself was almost traumatic for her, she is now much more confident and settling in with it.

With all her releases through the light touch, though I was aware of some of her issues – poll, front legs, stifles, back, etc. I am rediscovering them on another level, seeing the body connection, and am happy to be involved in assisting her to release tension.

The Masterson Method® is awesome and I will enjoy continuing the journey with it. I thank you and my horse, Savannah, thanks you, too!

 

New Certified Practitioner: Claire Morshead Lifton from Devon/Cornwall, UK

Claire Morshead
Lifton on the Devon/Cornwall, UK

I have had the honour and pleasure to have been connected with horses for a large part of my life. I am a qualified riding instructor and have been lucky enough to work in both the UK and Germany with dressage horses, show jumpers and youngstock. In recent years I have been involved with running a small TB Stud Farm and have spent time producing and competing my own horses, eventing up to novice level and dressage to medium level.
I am passionate about helping people get the most from their horses and have learnt over the years that a happy horse and top performance come from a whole horse approach to management and more often than not this has included holistic therapies. The Masterson Method encapsulates this approach which is why I was so keen to become a practitioner.

My aim is to develop good working relationships with the owners vets, physiostherapists, farriers, equine dentists and fellow complimentary practitioners in order to to be able to help owners facilitate the whole horse approach. From my first pony Rocky, a Dartmoor pony rescued by my parents to my current rides Rollo and Pie I am always learning. I am keen to enhance my skills further by working with different horses and continuing my education in this field.

Tel: 07921001504
Email: redwoodequine@gmail.com
Facebook: RedwoodEquineBodywork

 

New Certified Practitioner: Cath Anthony Biggleswade from Bedfordshire UK

I have been riding since I was 8 years old at the local riding school. Every spare minute was to try and get more pony time with non-horsey parents. Eventually shared a loan pony! I worked hard at school to get my exams so I could keep the pony! Went to college at Milton Cambs and Moulton College in Northampton to study both Equine Business Management and then the Management of horses. Along the way I took my BHS exams. Still needed my horsey fix – all I really wanted to do was ride!
I worked with them now for 27 years and run a family business with my long suffering husband and daughter. I have always had a keen interest in horse behaviour and “problem” horses and wanted to help them and their owners build a better partnership primarily looking at it from the horse’s point of view.
The Masterson Method has filled the gap in my life so I can continue to help horses: being non-invasive and following the responses of the horse was “perfect” – a technique which improves performance by working with the horse rather than doing it to the horse and looking at the whole horse.
Tel:  0780 363 1400

 

New Certified Practitioner: Nicola Beech Cheshire from NW of UK.

Nicola was interested in horses from a young age. She starting out helping at the local riding school in exchange for free lessons. Later on she completed a BTEC national diploma in equine studies, followed by other equine qualifications.

After a night school course in human massage, she became interested in equine massage, and completed a foundation in equine massage therapy.  She has been working as an equine massage therapist for the last few years, recently finding The Masterson Method® and qualifying as a certified practitioner in 2017.

Nicola is also interested in natural horsemanship, horse psychology and enjoys riding her two horses, Molly and Ted.

Website www.rockin-horse.com
Phone/text 07934888757
Email nicolabeech@hotmail.com
Facebook @beech.nic

 

 

New Certified Practitioner: Inese Stopele from Örebro län, Sweden

Inese’s passion for horses started as far back as she can remember. A horse like Black Beauty or Artax from The Neverending story were “on the wish list”. 🙂  Inese was an amateur showjumping rider in her home country Latvia until the age of 19. But she has always enjoyed just being with the horses more than competing.

In 2011 Inese moved to Sweden. Buying a 15 year old thoroughbred horse with – as it turned out later – many health issues, was why Inese became obsessed with gaining knowledge and deeper understanding about equine health, anatomy, psychology, nutrition etc.

For several years Inese followed different popular natural horsemanship methods, but at some point understood, that quite often people were trying to “fix behavioral issues” which actually were health related problems. Too often people misunderstand their horses’ behavior and try to “train the pain”.

As Inese learned more and more, she understood how important a Whole horse approach is. There must never just a single problem be addressed, we must look at the whole horse. Physical and psychological comfort and well being, teeth, feet, balanced nutrition, tension and pain free body – all of it matters if we want to build a healthy and happy partner and athlete.
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Inese is willing to travel in the Mid-Sweden region. Inese speaks English, Swedish, Latvian and Russian languages.

Email:  inese.stopele@gmail.com
Facebook:  Inese.Stopele.MMCP

 

Tip of the Month from Newly Certified, Cath Anthony:

“Remember, we are not trying to fix the horse – just looking for
a small improvement!”

 

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