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Max was asked to help with a big horse who would not accept saddle
We know the horses' history and "why"
he has a fear of the saddle but having had him fully checked and scanned to confirm he is no longer in any pain, it was time
to convince him that he could accept a saddle without pain or fear. In the past any attempt to girth up would result in an
extreme reaction. After working with the horse to release neurological tension through hands-on bodywork, he then worked with
him through groundwork to instil trust. The results have been amazing. This lovely big horse has a long way to go but at we
are now on the path to helping him accept a saddle stress free!
The clinic was also a great success again and Max
very kindly accepted an "over subscribed" number of riders as we'd had such interest! Given the number of riders,
I limited the number of Auditors so that everyone felt "involved" and all were able to ask questions, share experiences
etc as we went.
The Scottish weather was kind to us, albeit a little windy on the Thursday, but by Friday we were
enjoying blue skies and basking in the knowledge and wisdom being given!
On the first day we concentrated on groundwork.
Max showed us how to work our horses using a 12ft rope to move all feet and work on changes of direction on circles. This
creates lightness, balance and responsiveness in your horse. Max explained that even "quite" horses can benefit
from these exercises as quite often they can be "unavailable" which can make them heavy in your hands and unresponsive
A perfect example of this is my Highland, Murdo. He is bomb proof, lovely to ride and very soft but I
have problems getting a canter in the school when I ask. In the past, Instructors have told me he's just a stubborn pony
and I need to whip him to "make" him move! This I was not happy about but had tried and it didn't work at all,
he would just stop and "shut down” completely so I gave up this idea quickly! Max explained that he was so chilled
but he was "unavailable" and that we needed to show him that he could do it with easy by lightening his movement
through the groundwork first. The results were both instant and amazing! Once I was on board, he was as light as a feather
in my hands and through the use of a "wip wop" initially, Murdo was offering canter with the slightest aids.
What amazed me most though is that his "mental" attitude changed completely and instantly. In the words of Max,
he went from a "can't , shan't, won't" horse to a "whats next!" horse. In the past if
I prepared for a canter, I could almost feel him go into "reverse mode" both mentally and physically but now he
feels willing, happy to comply and relaxed with no fear or resentment at being "made" to work.
Day two was spent working on riding problems / any issues individuals were experiencing and all felt huge improvements were
made and that they now had the knowledge to improve and keep going.
Some other comments from participants:
"Fantastic clinic! Max is very informative, informal and funny - pure brilliance!"
so much and it was so easy to understand what he was teaching"
"He explains everything in simple terms and
the results are there for everyone to see. I know I can carry on this work with my horse easily"
so down to earth, approachable and helpful."
"A life changing experience! I feel I've gained so much more
confidence in myself not just in my horse - I feel empowered to face new challenges with confidence!"
things in simple terms that you can understand".
I am delighted to confirm that Max has agreed to return in
September 2013 for the next clinic. If you would like to attend, either to ride or watch, please contact me as many spaces
have already been pre-booked!