Were two of the best days ever.
Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend in Nokomis! They were two of the best days ever. Marie, you were such a great instructor and I learned so much. My favorite part was getting to go on our own and work on the whole horse. I don't know if you remember, but I was working on Gidget, and she put her chin on my shoulder, made herself comfortable and proceeded to do Head Up all by herself. At that moment tears came to my eyes because I realized what a difference we can make in a horse's life and how good the Masterson Method techniques can make them feel. It was also at that moment that I knew that this is what I was meant to do (as I would have stayed there for hours and worked on every horse there) and I am going to try to complete the certification process as quickly as my schedule and my commitments allow!
Again, thank you for 2 outstanding days and for sharing your knowledge with us!
Can't wait to add some more incredible tools to my "Tool Box"
I worked on a QH mare over the weekend that belonged to Pilates instructor whose been looking to "lease" her out....This mare is a hoot and then some. She's very animated and has made it quite clear that she is really connected to this woman and doesn't want to be leased to anyone.
She hadn't had any body work done on her other than myofascial work sometime in her past so I went very slowly with her. At first she was a bit apprehensive. When she realised what I was doing was making her feel really good, she relaxed and began to zone out. By the time I'd released both of her hind legs along with the sacral release, she responded ( mind you in perfect slow motion) by doing a "Downward Dog" stretch and then moved into an "Upward Dog" stretch"...As she did this she gave out a huge sigh in between the two movements, (not unlike what a person would do if making these move) and finished by staying completely stretched out front and rear to the point that we both thought she's be unable to right herself.
She stayed in that position for what seemed to be at least 2 minutes. Meanwhile as we both stood there in disbelief...thrilled with her willingness to help further her release, we watched the muscles beneath her skin in the sacral area begin to vibrate and were able to see her entire sacrum open up and literally expand in front of our eyes! It was truly amazing! At first we were so shocked, neither of us could speak....we just stood there staring at her in disbelief! Finally the mare uprighted herself and for the first time since the owner has owed her (2 years) the horse stood perfectly square and was no longer "Downhill".
I laughed and jokingly said to the owner that I think her horse is saying that "If I can do Pilates / Yoga moves you should keep me as a back up instructor"! I think this really opened her eyes to the connection that they really have with each other. It's moments like this that make the bodywork that JIm has taught me so incredibly rewarding!
Naturally we didn't have a video camera with us and didn't get this on camera. However, I am going to be working on one of the owner's other horses next week, a Polish Arab (who reminds me of "Pegasus") and is very un-grounded. I will ask the owner if she'd write a testimonial for your newsletter on what she experienced with her mare if you'd like to have it for an upcoming newsletter. It was so.......oooooo cool!
Can't wait to add some more incredible tools to my "Tool Box" at the Terra Haute Phase I course! See you soon.
The Final Steps
It was the final steps that brought the book and the video together. Each of those are excellent as a stand alone, but my effectiveness would not be complete without hands-on learning.
The best equine bodywork modality
The best equine bodywork modality that is easy to learn and that the horse can respond to and be a participant. A great way to build a better and more subtle bond with your horse.
Excellent Workshop! It was great to get a chance to ask questions in person and get a detailed answer. Also it was definitely helpful to get the correct method demonstration in person.
Bond and Build Relationship
Would recommend to anyone who would like to bond and build that relationship with their horse, and for recognizing how the horse communicates.
Eye opening, mindset changing, and an absolutely wonderful way to create a more relaxed, happier horse. Just seeing the changes first hand, I'm completely won over by the Masterson Method. I can't wait to learn more!
Comprehensive and Spiritual Weekend
This has been a comprehensive, informative, and spiritual weekend. I will bring this new found attitude and these techniques home to my barn.
2 Days of hands-on was great
Being able to have 2 days of hands on experience was great. Also, having multiple instructors to help was extremely helpful.
Seminar is worth it
This seminar is worth it even if you have read the book and have been practicing on your horses, for the instructors and coaches experience and the experience you get on different horses.
I've learned so much!
I've learned so much this weekend. The book is very good but there's no substitute for seeing it in real life.