There’s a lot going on in this newsletter this month so I won’t bore you with the usual, “Just got back from Timbuktu…” kind of stuff.
So, I just got back from Salisbury, UK and… well, I did just get back from there… and I can report that the natives are restless. Well, actually I can’t even report that the natives are restless because on one of our courses there were 12 participants from S. Africa, Holland, France, Germany, Austria, Scotland, Japan, the U.S. and other places around the globe, and only one from England! We also did courses with many eager if not restless natives of England, including a Certification Completion Course that added twelve new MMCPs to the rolls. Congratulations and well done!
The accommodations at Withyslade Farm were good, and the locals were friendly.
Gathering from all corners of the globe.
At Manor Farm in Teffont, Salisbury.
We held a two-day MMCP Educational Conference attended by 43 MMCPs and Field Work students at the Unicorn Trust in Gloucester. One of our featured Educators were MMCP and well-known UK Horseman and Behavioralist Richard Maxwell. Max, who in his “earlier” days served in the Household Cavalry Queen’s Life Guard, demonstrated in-hand groundwork techniques that he uses to release tension in key junctions of the body that most affect performance.
Max with equine partner in hand.
Our second Educator was Master Saddle Fitter Stefan Hamm from Germany who presented classroom and practical saddle-fitting clinics on ways to improve the fit of a saddle without necessarily always having to recommend that the client purchase a new saddle.
The third was that bloke from the U.S. who makes horses blink and yawn. All-in-all a very good trip and conference.
I also need to thank Masterson Method Certified Practitioners (MMCPs) and Assistant Instructors Leigh Jackson and Sam Naylor and Coordinator Instructor Vicky Devlin, for sticking it out through the whole eighteen….or was it nineteen, days of teaching and conferencing. You’re not only dedicated, strong, positive and talented teachers, but might also be a little “off”, and should seek help before the next trip. Thanks.
Stefan Hamm on saddles.
Don’t forget the students.
Apparently some Scots disapprove of unsolicited selfies. ; )
We have an interesting clinic coming up in July with neuroscientist and author of Evidence Based Horsemanship, Dr. Stephen Peters, horseman and author Mark Rashid, and that Jim Masterson guy at the Happy Dog Ranch in Littleton, CO. Your Horse’s Brain: A User’s Manual.
Space at the brain lecture and dissection part of the clinic is limited, but there will be unlimited space the week following for auditors at the working clinic with Mark and Jim: Considering the Horse: Mind and Body.
Am back home now enjoying Iowa spring thunderstorm weather,
working with eight newly certified MM Practitioners (congratulations all)
and buggy drives in between.
Also body-clipped, a slightly embarrassed but infinitely patient, Annabelle for summer
(glad that’s over)!
Sorry this newsletter’s a little late. Been a lot going on here.
See you earlier next month!
Until then, like me
Enjoy clipping your horses!
Great Articles To Read
Masterson Method Instructor Loni Langdon gave an interview on Keeping Equines Healthy and Happy, Holistically. Read the article here.
Paul Sherland, a Beasley, TX Weekend Seminar participant, interviewed Masterson Method Instructor Becky Tenges after the seminar.
Watch and read the interview here.
“The Masterson Method offers you and your horse a way to build trust and strengthen your connection, even though you’re not riding or working on the lunge or in the round pen. If every aspect of the Masterson Method, you have to watch your horse very closely to look for reactions to your touch and your movements. Your horse is communicating with you through his reactions and you’re communicating back through what you do in response. This training and practice in watching your horse closely can benefit your riding and training IF you carry it over into those activities.” – Paul Sherland
Masterson Method Instructor Walter Saxe has written an article in German, published in a German Magazine. For our German readers, read more here.
“Does your horse have trouble with his leads? Does he have a sore or stiff back? Does he have an intermittent front end “lameness,” is he restricted in the shoulders, or is he short-strided in front? In this excerpt from his best-selling book Beyond Horse Massage, bodywork innovator Jim Masterson, founder of The Masterson Method®, explains how to provide one release that can help solve all these problems. …”
Read the full article here.
A Horse’s Story
One horse’s improvement after the Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminar in Cobourg, Ontario with Masterson Method Instructor Lori Hoppe.
“Hello all from the Masterson Weekend Workshop May 11/12th! Lauri Rusk here. I wanted to share a little story on Oscar, who we used in our weekend work shop. I have permission from his human to do so.
Oscar has been in Jen’s lesson program at Maplewood for several years. (I found out he’s actually 26 years old, not 23!) He’s always enjoyed his job and really loved the kids and beginner adults who he taught to ride. Over the past winter though, he had started to get grumpy and not wanting to move forward, so that was Jen’s cue to retire him from the program. All retired lesson horses are welcome to live out their lives at Maplewood, but Jen does her best to find them their forever person, so they will be doted on and loved in their twilight years. This is what happened for Oscar a few days before our workshop. His human adopted him, but then was leaving for vacation, so she told Jen she could use him for final lessons while she was away, so all the kids could say goodbye to him. He also ended up joining our workshop and getting some awesome body work.
Before his person went on vacation, and before I knew he would be used in our workshop, I had set up to massage him when she was back. So, out I go last Thursday to do him and meet his new human. Lovely, lovely lady and she just adores him. We get talking and I thanked her for letting us work with him in the clinic. She had no idea he’d participated – lol! Her comments were: “I am so glad you worked with him. I just got back, and rode him yesterday for the first time. He was not stumbling on the front (he sometimes would, as he’s got arthritis in his knees), and he was picking up both canter leads fine, when he normally has trouble with the left one. When I took him out for a hack, he wasn’t sluggish as usual and had his head up and was really moving out and wanting to go forward. I thought it was because I was trying out a different saddle! Lol!” She continued to say it was like riding a different horse, and she’s been doing weekly lessons on him for a few years! So, good job everyone – you may have felt clumsy or unsure while learning your techniques, but what a difference you made in 26 year old Oscar. Job well done!! His human was so impressed that she signed right up for our next work shop on May 25/26.
Thought you’d all like to share in this wonderful story.”
Attending a Masterson Method Course
Join in on the fun and amazing experience of a Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminar!
Things were pretty relaxed at the Polish taught Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminar in Wiskitki, PL last month, with Polish Masterson Method Instructor Beata Filonowicz.
Checking in with group photos from more Beyond Horse Massage Weekend Seminars around the globe. 🙂
Uddel, NL Weekend Seminar
Wiskitki, PL Weekend Seminar
Warwickshire, UK Weekend Seminar
Ruinerwold, NL Weekend Seminar
“An amazing weekend with knowledgeable and accomplished instructors. I learned so much that I have been able to apply.” ~ Coventry, CT Weekend Seminar Participant
Coventry, CT Weekend Seminar
Cobourg, ON Weekend Seminar
Longmont, CO Weekend Seminar
Beasley, TX Weekend Seminar
Coatesville, IN Weekend Seminar
“The weekend course taught by Coralie with assistants Cheryl, Katie and Deanna exceeded all expectations. The structure of the class; knowledge and helpfulness of the instructors; and specifically the motivation/positive energy of all made for two unbelievable days. I cannot wait for the 5-day.”
~ Coatesville, IN Weekend Seminar Participant
Masterson Method Equine Specialist Program News
New Equine Specialist
A few moments captured from the MMES Training in Greenville, NC.
The Masterson Method Equine Specialist specializes in sharing specific light touch Masterson Method techniques with persons served in equine-assisted learning and therapy programs. By doing this bodywork on horses, participants deepen their connection with horses while also gaining self-awareness and self-regulation skills; meanwhile, therapy horses are tended to through simple bodywork and learn a new way of relating to people. It’s a win/win!
Find an MMES training near you!
The Masterson Method Explained by Jim Masterson
New Certified Practitioners
June 29 – 30 Sherwood, OR
July 20 – 21 Portola Valley, CA
July 20 – 21 Afton, MN
July 27 – 28 Ocean Shores, WA
August 10 – 11 St. Croix Falls, WI
August 24 – 25 Augusta, ME
September 7 – 8 Neola, UT
September 14 – 15 Kerrville, TX
October 5 – 6 Wilton, CA
October 19 – 20 Watsonville, CA
October 19 – 20 Mannington Township, NJ
May 2 – 3, 2020 Milo, IA
Australia & New Zealand
August 3 – 4 Lacey’s Creek, AU
September 7 – 8 Myrtleford, AU
November 16 -17 Redfern, AU
November 23 – 24 Yarck, AU
taught by Jim Masterson
July 13 – 14 Sheffield, UK
August 24 – 25 Bad Sachsa, Germany
taught in German
August 31 – September 1 Zandbergen, Belgium
September 7 – 8 Ruinerwold, Netherlands
October 2 – 3 Bozhurishte, Bulgaria
*Note this is a Wednesday – Thursday seminar.
October 3 – 4 Pfaffenhofen, Germany
taught in German
*Note this is a Thursday – Friday seminar.
October 5 – 6 Oxfordshire, UK
taught by Jim Masterson
October 19 – 20 South Lanarkshire, Scotland
taught by Jim Masterson
October 26 – 27 Großefehn, Germany
taught in German
October 26 – 27 Miesenbach, Austria
October 26 – 27 Petrykozy, Poland
taught in Polish
July 20 – 21 Midrand, South Africa
November 23 – 24 Midrand, South Africa
September 28 – 29 Rosedale, BC
Masterson Method Equine Specialist Training
Masterson Method Collaborative Clinics
Considering the Horse – Mind and Body Collaborative Clinic with Mark Rashid and Jim Masterson
July 8 – 12 Littleton, CO
October 15 – 17 Cambridgeshire, UK
July 10 – 12, 2020 Littleton, CO
Your Horse’s Brain: A User’s Manual with Dr. Steve Peters, Mark Rashid and Jim Masterson
Advanced 5-Day Course Schedule
USA Advanced Courses
July 22 – 26 Coatesville, IN with Coralie Hughes
September 23 – 27 Watsonville, CA with Sandy Vreeburg
October 7 – 11 Manchester, NH with Samantha Walker
October 7 – 11 Coatesville, IN with Coralie Hughes
October 28 – November 1 Tucson, AZ with Vanessa Helvey
January 27 – 31, 2020 Watsonville, CA with Sandy Vreeburg
Europe Advanced Courses
September 30 – October 4 Oxfordshire, UK with Jim Masterson
October 7 – 11 Oxfordshire, UK with Jim Masterson
Canada Advanced Courses
September 9 – 13 Cobourg, ON with Mark Fletcher
September 30 – October 4 Fraser Valley, BC with Mark Fletcher
Australia Advanced Courses
November 25 – 29 Yarck, Australia with Jim Masterson
Certification Completion Course Schedule
September 21 – 22 Iowa
October 12 – 13 Oxfordshire, UK
November 20 Coroglen, NZ
November 30 – December 1 Yarck, Australia
Expos and Demos
Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center June 30 with Megan Dushin