In April, I take my second out of three modules of Equine Hanna Somatics training. I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to learn this amazing technique and also to have the ability to share it with horses and their owners. This spring is very exciting for me, as I will now be able to offer Hanna Somatics to both equestrians (certified in 2008) and their horses as well. And if you know me, you know I’m always testing something… After recently viewing a YouTube video of “NAL – Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping – Valle de Bravo – Qualifier” I was captivated with how the horse and rider move before, during and after jumping! In talking with one of my equestrian clients later, she recommended that I look up George Morris, who is considered the “founding father” of Hunt Seat Equitation. She said that Morris advises riders to relax their body when he teaches them to jump. After hearing that, I thought, my work with equestrians has just that effect but the learning takes before they ride. Then, once they’re on their horse, their brain can operate them with greater ease and natural strength without having to “think” about it (which is fairly impossible for anyone mounted on a moving horse).
So, I’m launching 2016 with a research study in which I teach Hanna Somatic movements to help equestrians and their horses operate in a more natural, relaxed mode to see what effect this has on their jumping. Of course, the equestrian’s riding instructor will be invited and will be the jumping instructor. I will provide on-site somatics for rider and horse (short session). Comprehensive Equine Hanna Somatics sessions will need to occur 1-2 days prior to the arena session, so the horse has time to integrate that session before jumping. I’m located in San Jose, CA. If you are interested in participating in this study or would like more information (there is no cost to you for my time, other than what your riding instructor charges), please contact me at 408-858-2960. Happy 2016 and may you ride like the wind!