December 2019 Newsletter

December 2019 Newsletter

 

I have finally returned after what seems like a very long time away from my much loved home in Keysbrook WA. 

The past few weeks have been busy, with Jen Abdelnoor and I doing 3 x Mind and Body Mastery clinics together in New Zealand.  Riders who have attended these clinics will understand how we work together to notice and change both the rider and horse physically, emotionally and mentally for the good of both parties.

For those who don’t know what we do, Jen and I jointly analyse the riders’ biomechanics which can vary from weakness, tightness in the fascia net which may be causing asymmetrical issues, breathing issues. Mental blockages which are stopping forward progress can be picked up, or if the rider  knows there is a problem but can’t work out what is wrong with their equine relationship this can also be analysed.

Once the assessment is made jointly by Jen and myself, the rider is taken off the horse for a brief Physio session with Jen on the treatment table in the arena. This starts to address the rider’s issues, and after this session the rider is put back onto the horse to re-tune to the alterations made to his/herself and the effect it has on the horse.

At this point I take over and coach the rider with the changes, giving them references on how these biomechanical changes can be kept. 

Day two starts with delving deeper into the body as the riders start on the treatment table for a longer session which is then followed immediately with a lesson with Ann to consolidate the changes. Often mental or physical blocks the rider has held for a long time can be changed in these sessions and can have far reaching effects for the future. 

Pilates sessions on Day 1 and video feedback of the changes are used daily with workshops to cement information over the days. Some of these, plus new techniques, will be used next year in WA in our joint clinics in April/May. I will be looking for expressions of interest in Albany, Margaret River and Keysbrook so that we can plan these clinics. 

The week following our clinics in New Zealand, Mary Wanless arrived from the USA where she had been working. Sue Pennington was hosting both Mary and myself so it was great to spend some time with both of them. Sue showed us around some of the beautiful New Zealand countryside and beaches. 

I am continuing to challenging my fears, a year ago I was terrified to walk over these swinging/ hanging bridges. I can now manage a tree pose on one. What fears have you got that need to be challenged and you would like to overcome?

Mary’s 3 day ridden clinic (Fri-Sun) started near Auckland, with 12 riders riding in pairs for an hour.  You may think that a bit strange to have 12 riders in a shared lesson, however as each pair takes their turn, the other riders are thankful to be able to move to the other end of the arena and work on the pieces of body awareness and getting that part to function in a way that instantly improves the horses. 

At midday Mary does a question and answer session with both the riders and the auditors, and goes into valuable detail for all, to fully understand and at times feel, the difference within their own body or nervous system and how it is affecting both horse or rider.

The afternoon is followed by the next set of lessons. I was privileged enough to stand in the arena for most of the lessons with Mary for the 3 days, watching and listening in detail to the instructions and viewing the changes as they developed. I was asked to go work with some of the riders and support them while they were at the other end of the arena working alone if they wanted it. It’s always interesting for me to see what will Mary target first, what is drawing her attention. 

After this clinic Sue and I drove home, dropped off horses and prepared for the 4 hour drive to the 3 Day RWYM Teacher Training in Tauranga, which started on the Tuesday morning. Amy O’Neill joined us at this stage. Amy has been my sponsored rider for the past year and we have grown a great relationship together having many deep discussions about bodywork of both horse and rider. Because of this I have encouraged Amy to do RWYM Teacher Training. 

The Teacher Training was yet again an eye opener. It always impresses me that Mary never stops developing, evolving and building on what she would like us to know and coach. Since her last book “Rider Biomechanics” was published, she is giving us wonderful detail on the rider’s and horse’s fascia nets and trains. I love the way she teaches us this in a way that is so clear to understand including how to notice a snag in this net and some of the fixes for it. 

Each day is conducted starting with Theory, then a group session analysing 6 riders and giving them constructive corrections. Afternoons have all of us teaching in groups of three’s and swapping every 30 mins so each of us rotate to teach, ride or observe. Each day is finished with more theory and a questions and answers session. 

I always find a wonderful supportive group of people at these clinics, and it is also a chance to catch up with RWYM colleagues and friends. 

 For those of you that work with me on a regular basis, get ready for 2020, because I have invested in some super new equipment and toys that will be used in the workshops and in lessons to help you develop more as sensitive feeling riders into the future. One of these new pieces of equipment will be used this coming weekend. 

As the year comes to a close I wold like thank you all for your wonderful enthusiasm, hard work and dedication to your riding and development with your horses and to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas with family and friends plus the very best rides with their equine partners in 2020.

Over the Xmas holiday period I will be available to do lessons. So if your taking leave over this time and want to concentrate on you and your horse, feel free to contact me and we can workout a plan. The clinics will start up in the new year in January. 

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November 2019 Newsletter

November 2019 Newsletter

Hi Guys.

The newsletter is a little late this month as I’m away doing clinics.

I’ve just completed clinics in Mackay and Canberra and as always, loving working with such dedicated riders. Mackay had me putting my thinking cap on, as one rider Anita Evers, who a lot of you have met in the building of Jane workshops in WA, was struggling to tune into her body since having a concussion a month ago.

We gave her a facia ‘wake up’ down her sides, front and back so she could feel her skin and edges, but she still was struggling with feeling her feet. “Ah ha” I thought, my magic bag had just the thing to get her in touch with her feet and we pulled off her boots and socks. By placing the spiky sausage shaped instruments of torture under her foot on the stirrups we regained her sense of feel to her feet. This gave her the final touch of regaining the full feel of her body again.

Canberra is a lovely place to coach too, the indoor venue at Sherony Park is amazing with the owners always happy to see us and bending over backwards to accommodate any need. Nothing is too much trouble, and it’s delightful to see them always improving and loving their property of which they are so proud of. Holding clinics there works for them and brings in an income and we are appreciative of their welcoming us.

The big star of this clinic at Canberra was a lady who was very crooked in the saddle. She knew she had a big problem which was affecting her horse and not helping him, as he has muscle wastage on his right side, and excess muscle on the left side near his shoulder. Due to him now also developing head shaking syndrome she brought another lovely mare which her coach loaned her. This mare was rounder than her own horse so it really highlighted her asymmetrical issues as her saddle from her own horse slid to the right on the mare.

Most of the auditors believed her stirrups were not level, but in fact they were level. This wonderful determined lady worked so hard to level her seat bones and put her weight into the stirrups. We had to change her saddle, as over the months / years the padding had become uneven leaving her an impossible task, and fortunately another rider loaned her a saddle for the clinic. She went that evening to Big W and bought two sets of scales on my request and stood on them in an on-horse position, one foot on each scale. Looking forwards and making her weight even into each foot, then looked down to see what the dials showed. To her surprise she had 5kg more weight into her right side.

The rope you see on her right side was to allow me to pull her into place, and then as I released it she had to learn to feel how to stay there. Over the two days she became more and more level and on day two had the same reading on the scales left to right. A number of techniques were used to make this incredible change, including spiky balls, soft Franklin balls, boards engaged on the right only and a rope around her hips to pull her into place.

If it wasn’t for her incredible determination, focus and wanting to change for her horse’s sake, it would never have been achieved. Well done Leanne Davis, it was great to see all the other riders cheer you at the end of the clinic. Sorry you needed a Zimmer frame the next day to walk.

Thank you Anita Evers, Annie Maren Benton and Sally Letts for all your organisation of the clinics and hosting me in Mackay and Canberra.

Late in October I spent two days participating the Belinda Bolsenbrook Masterclass clinic. My mind has gone over again and again the information presented to us at this clinic. The depth of knowledge and the eye for detail is mind blowing. Each day we started with a theory lesson which went into wonderful detail and explanations.

This clinic had a big focus on the hyoid apparatus. Belinda’s main belief is training the horse with correct bio-mechanic function to enable the horse to have longevity into old age. With careful, precise training, noticing the smallest detail and correcting the tiniest of misalignment, you can have a happy, healthy horse that can carry the rider into his older years.

Without this development you will possibly encounter issues of kissing spine and joint problems. The lack of this development is often seen in an emotional fall-out, as the horse can’t cope with the imbalances. With Heidi we explored the release of the hyoid which affects the horse from the tongue right through their ventral line, and any issue or blockage will stop the horse being able to carry the rider round and through. Every muscle in the horse’s body eventually connects to the hyoid.

What was incredible with Heidi is her sensitivity to the slightest pressure around her head and its impact on the tongue, hyoid and the rest of her body. In the first clinic earlier in the year, we removed her flash noseband. In this clinic my whole, very loose, noseband was removed!

OMG I had to get over that belief that a horse doesn’t look good, is missing something without a noseband – the horror and amusement! However, the feel of her little by little experimenting with letting go, releasing the blockages through her body and being able to come over her back and in self carriage, was incredible.

I will spend the next few months building on encouraging her to let go of the tension and building her strength so she can carry me easily in good posture for longer periods. My home-work is set, and when Belinda returns at the end of March 2020 I hope to have it established and a flowing energy throughout her body developing and being maintained for longer periods.

I am enjoying a few days break in Canberra with Sally Letts which is just as well as when I finished my last clinic, I lost my voice. My next stop is New Zealand and I’ll update you all on that in my next newsletter. Don’t forget our next clinics and lessons are as follows:

New Zealand;

7th-8th Nov Hawkes Bay Private lessons

9-10th Nov Hawkes Bay Body and Mind Mastery with Jenifer Abdelnoor and myself

13th-14th Nov Northlands Body Mastery

16th – 17th Nov Waimauku Body Mastery

 

Western Australia;

6th-7th Dec Oakford WA

14th-15th Dec Albany WA

 

Happy Riding,

Ann

 

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October 2019 Newsletter.

October 2019 Newsletter.

Hi Guys

I can’t believe we are into October and the latter part of the year already.

In September we finally had the Building of Jane workshops and I have to say that I and the other attendees were blown away by how much detail and information flowed over that weekend. I see so much more detail now in the horse in my lessons, it’s like my eyes now have an x-ray quality to see so much more.  A number of people who couldn’t attend have requested we run it again, and if there is enough interest, I would consider bringing Anita over again from Qld, so I am taking expressions of interest in doing a workshop in 2020.

Here is a video of us building her at the last workshop.

The next 2 months are going to be a great learning time for myself as I attend a number of educational opportunities to keep expanding my own knowledge and skills.

Carl Hester, a rider and trainer I think everyone holds in high regard, is coming to Perth so I am going along to watch his master class.  I’m sure most of the horse fraternity will be in attendance hanging on his every word in awe.

I am then attending the Belinda Bolsenbroek master class, and I can’t wait to work with her again and fine tune and absorb her depth of knowledge.  Due to a clash in dates, I had to forfeit one of my own favourite venues to attend this clinic, but I know it’s worth it as everything I learn, I will hand on to my students.

Straight after the Belinda Bolsenbroek Clinic I will be travelling to Mackay and then Canberra, before returning to New Zealand to work once again with Jennifer Abdelnoor on 3 clinics.

Finally, while in New Zealand in November I will be attending a Coaching Training with Mary Wanless and watching her coach a 3-day clinic.

So, if you want to cram in a lesson before I leave on the 27th Oct please contact me, or book into a clinic. Im only get back late on Saturday 30th Nov.

For those of you that don’t look at FB I thought you may like to read my latest blog.

Working with ‘Energy’ and your horse. 

At my recent clinics in Darwin the subject of ‘energy’ came up for some great discussions. As a result, I thought it would be useful to share some of my basic ideas on working with ‘energy’ and your horse.

I like to keep all my lessons in a good energy space for both horse and rider. This is a place where it is encouraging the relaxation of the mind and body of both the horse and the rider. This is where it needs to be, and then the harmonious dance between the horse and rider can begin.

Energy can also be translated into the emotional state of your horse or yourself. A horse’s energy might be UP in a number of ways – nervous, excited, happy, quick, wanting to please or even sad or depresses. Or, it may be DOWN – dull, slow to react, soured, depressed, shut down.

Horses, like people, can have high or low energy and they can both have this in a positive or negative way. Noticing how your horse’s energy is and then how your own is, is an interesting observation – if the energy of your horse is in the negative form, changing your own energy or emotions can start to bring the horse into a more positive space for training and spending time with each other.

‘Up your energy’, what does it mean? I’ve often heard people talk of lifting their energy. When they demonstrate it, I observe the front of the body lengthening in a negative way and holding an upward breath into upper rib cage, resulting in their centre of mass/balance being too high and making them unstable. Also, ‘upping’ the energy is sometimes translated into an aggressive response from the rider. In the end, it’s going to be left to the interpretation of each person how they will respond.

I like to think of lifting my emotions to joy, excitement like butterflies in my tummy, expansion of breath into my tummy and back. It all depends on the horse’s energy as to how I would use mine. When the rider’s energy and the horse’s energy in synchronised, both come into flow, and flow happens when you both listen to each other and match each other’s energy in a positive, supportive way.

So how does it affect you? What does it do to your breathing – is it carried up, short, quick or do you lengthen your front? If you are told to ‘up your energy’ can it be not in an aggressive form but rather in the form of excitement and encouragement? With internal excitement, body language and voice of joy or happiness, for example “yay, good boy”. If you lower your energy how does it translate – are you heavy in the saddle? How does your breathing change? Can you empty your lungs with an out breath through pursed lips to contain the internal pressure (barometric pressure) and soften your tone without collapsing down onto your horse, so he does not hollow and push his hind legs and pelvis out the back? Do you use low tones in your voice, for example in the form of a deep hum down to your diaphragm?

This is only a small portion on the subject of ‘energy’. I am always intrigued and curious about how this plays out between horse and rider and I would love to hear your thoughts on it. I would love to hear how working with your energy with your horse has played out and what changes were made.

Up and coming clinics for October:

4th Oakford. Pm into the evening.

5th Oakford. All day and back to our old format. You are welcome to join us for lunch. Clinics accommodate 9 riders per day, in private 45 minute lessons, with/without video feedback and mini-workshop at lunchtime and then again at the end of the day.
Clinics can be structured to enable riders to leave shortly after their lesson if they are under time constraints, and will ride early or late in the day, or stay for the day to watch other lessons and participate in the video feedback/ mini-workshop.

11-12th AHAA club contact the club to book.

18-20th Albany

29-30th Mackay Qld.

Clinics for November:

1st-2nd Canberra NSW.

Booking details for all clinics are on the website www.annmontgomery.com.au

Happy Riding

 

 

 

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Working with ‘Energy’ and your Horse

Working with ‘Energy’ and your Horse

At my recent clinics in Darwin the subject of ‘energy’ came up for some great discussions. As a result, I thought it would be useful to share some of my basic ideas on working with ‘energy’ and your horse.

I like to keep all my lessons in a good energy space for both horse and rider. This is a place where it is encouraging the relaxation of the mind and body of both the horse and the rider. This is where it needs to be, and then the harmonious dance between the horse and rider can begin.

Energy can also be translated into the emotional state of your horse or yourself. A horse’s energy might be UP in a number of ways – nervous, excited, happy, quick, wanting to please or even sad or depresses. Or, it may be DOWN – dull, slow to react, soured, depressed, shut down.

Horses, like people, can have high or low energy and they can both have this in a positive or negative way. Noticing how your horse’s energy is and then how your own is, is an interesting observation – if the energy of your horse is in the negative form, changing your own energy or emotions can start to bring the horse into a more positive space for training and spending time with each other.

‘Up your energy’, what does it mean? I’ve often heard people talk of lifting their energy. When they demonstrate it, I observe the front of the body lengthening in a negative way and holding an upward breath into upper rib cage, resulting in their centre of mass/balance being too high and making them unstable. Also, ‘upping’ the energy is sometimes translated into an aggressive response from the rider. In the end, it’s going to be left to the interpretation of each person how they will respond.

I like to think of lifting my emotions to joy, excitement like butterflies in my tummy, expansion of breath into my tummy and back. It all depends on the horse’s energy as to how I would use mine. When the rider’s energy and the horse’s energy in synchronised, both come into flow, and flow happens when you both listen to each other and match each other’s energy in a positive, supportive way.

So how does it affect you? What does it do to your breathing – is it carried up, short, quick or do you lengthen your front? If you are told to ‘up your energy’ can it be not in an aggressive form but rather in the form of excitement and encouragement? With internal excitement, body language and voice of joy or happiness, for example “yay, good boy”. If you lower your energy how does it translate – are you heavy in the saddle? How does your breathing change? Can you empty your lungs with an out breath through pursed lips to contain the internal pressure (barometric pressure) and soften your tone without collapsing down onto your horse, so he does not hollow and push his hind legs and pelvis out the back? Do you use low tones in your voice, for example in the form of a deep hum down to your diaphragm?

This is only a small portion on the subject of ‘energy’. I am always intrigued and curious about how this plays out between horse and rider and I would love to hear your thoughts on it. I would love to hear how working with your energy with your horse has played out and what changes were made.

 

 

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September Newsletter

September Newsletter

 

Hi Everyone

The past month saw my final trip to Darwin for this year, and once again it was a great trip and I feel so grateful for the opportunity to work with such lovely people who face many climate challenges and yet remain positive in their quest to become better riders.

I’m excited to let you know about some updates on the unique workshops that are happening next month.

 The building of Jane has been split into two separate days, as the feedback I received was that a lot of people couldn’t do two days. The dates are 14th and 15th of September and booking is via the website www.annmontgmery.com.au

Prices are $115.00 for one day, and $200.00 for two days, which includes tea, coffee and biscuits.

In these workshops, Anita Evers from Qld, who originally built Jane, will take her from the boxes and re-build her piece by piece, bone by bone. Jane’s bones tell the story of her life and the hidden secrets of what was under her skin and muscles.

You will be able to look closely at the bones and handle them, and as we build her, we will be answering any questions you may have.

When Jane is built, her limbs will actually move, so you can see the joints operating and this will give you an understanding of what is happening with each step your horse makes.

We will sit a saddle on Jane to see where it sits over the bones and shoulders.

We will but a bridle on her to see where the bridle and bit sit.

We will sit a human pelvis and spine onto the horse skeleton and a small full skeleton as well.

Why not have a weekend away, learning from this unique workshop with your friends and enjoying discussing your discoveries?

For people wanting to enjoy a weekend away, or travelling from the country or longer distances, we can offer camping on site. Alternatively, close to the venue there is a super Bed and Breakfast at Braybrook Boutique BNB and Cottage. Tel 0411 877 188 or email evanhicks63@gmail.com

I’m hoping you can make it, there are only 10 places a day available to keep it a worthwhile experience for attendees.

Also, in September, I will be returning to Margaret River to do the final Clinic for the year at Yalambi Farm Stud. Bookings are open for this Clinic already and details are on the website.

Upcoming dates

1st  Sept:  Baldivis Adult riding club (booking via the club).

8th Sept:  Sunninghill Equestrian Centre, Stoneville.

14 & 15th Sept: The building Of Jane, Keysbrook

21-22nd Sept: Margaret River, Yalambi Farm Stud.

27th Sept: Murray ARC (booking via the club)

Booking for all clinics are on the website www.annmontgomery.com.au

Happy Riding.

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August Newsletter

August Newsletter

Well the months seem to have run away from me as we find ourselves in August already.

Last month I experimented with using a few new venues, which gave us the safety and comfort of two gorgeous indoor arenas, one at Yalambi Farm Stud near Margaret River and the other at Oakford Equine Hospital in Oakford. It was a bit of a treat and ensured we could continue with lessons even if it poured down in the winter months. Both venues had wonderful surfaces and for the rest of this year we will continue to use Yalambi Farm Stud, but will return home to Rebecca’s venue on Peter’s Way later this month for lessons in the Oakford area.

The Oakford Clinic was our second Lateral Clinic in the series and the last one will be in Albany on 24-25th August. This Albany Clinic only has 1 space left but if there is enough demand we could add in the 26-27th Mon-Tues to accommodate more riders.

Jane is finally on her way! Who on earth is Jane you maybe asking….. Jane is an Equine Skeleton I have been trying to get over here from Qld, which was generously given to me by Anita Evers. Jane is going to be a valuable asset to use for coaching and clinic teaching. I feel privileged to be given the responsibility for Jane to live with me and share her story.

Some of you may be familiar with Anita, however for those of you who are not, Anita is a hoof trimmer and endurance rider, as well as a starter and trainer of horses. She has done 6 equine dissections with Sharon May-Davis. Anita did not just attend these clinics but also assisted, working with Sharon and Libby Franz on two skeletons. She has built two whole equine skeletons for herself and has several legs and spines and incomplete skeletons that she refers to regularly.

When Anita flies over, she and I will be doing a once-of 2 day clinic on “THE BUILDING OF JANE”. Dates are 14-15th September 2019 at Keysbrook and will be a unique rare opportunity to learn more about equine biomechanics.

On this joint clinic with Ann Montgomery and Anita Evers, we will be inviting a limited number of riders to be involved in seeing the skeleton being constructed, to handle and see the bones of the horse at close quarters, to ask questions and to discuss the biomechanics of the horse as we put Jane back together from her traveling boxes.
Booking for this and other clinics are on the website www.annmontgomery.com.au

Tomorrow I am exceptionally lucky to be flying to Darwin to do a couple of clinics, and it will be a welcome warm up from the cold, wet weather we have been experiencing in Perth.

Up and coming Clinics

8-9th Darwin NT
10-11th Darwin NT
16th Fri Oakford
17th Oakford
19th Murray ARC: contact the club for booking.
23rd Albany Private Lessons: contact Sarah Williams on tegz1@hotmail.com or 0488 695 157
24-25th Albany Lateral Clinic.
31st Aug-1st Sept Baldivis ARC : contact the club for booking.
14-15th The Building of Jane Clinic.

Booking for all clinics are on the website www.annmontgomery.com.au

Happy Riding.

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