Several years ago, Deb D’Amato and Stacey Carter began working together to explore the similarities of horse training and myofascial release. Both of these practices include noticing resistance and gently “melting” it away through touch. Stacey’s Heart Centered Horsemanship approach combines yoga, bodywork techniques, groundwork and riding to teach the horse to stay grounded and attuned, and to yield and soften to requests. Incorporating tension-release and massage techniques helps to establish a connection between horse and human that facilitates natural leadership by creating a space of safety and well-being. Combined with Deb’s extensive knowledge and experience in Myofascial Release, massage, Craniosacral Therapy, and other forms of bodywork, this approach provides tremendous benefits to physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Through bodywork we unwind the horse to restore and reset after physical exertion, develop awareness and the ability to release specific areas of tension that can contribute to lameness and/or behavior issues, increase range of motion and freedom of movement, and deepen our connection while building trust through gentle practices that feel good.
Yin Horsemanship Clinics explore techniques that will help your horse become more grounded, relaxed, attuned and ready to excel at any discipline. Yin Horsemanship balances the more yang practices of riding and working the horse. These methods are restorative and have a calming effect on the nervous system. They help the horse unwind and rebalance after physical or mental stress.
Clinics are open to participants with their own horses and those who prefer to work with our herd. We offer clinics at Labelle’s Equestrian Center in Mt. Ulla, North Carolina or at your facility.
One on One
For those that prefer one-on-one support we are now offering individual sessions at a wonderful farm in Mt Ulla. We can work with you to troubleshoot handling, behavior and training issues and help you improve both bodywork and horsemanship skills and even personalized self-care recommendations, and as there is a suitable covered area at the barn we can accommodate riding skills/issues as well in the event of nasty weather. Email for more information! email@example.com
Many training issues are rooted in physical restrictions, discomfort, energy blocks, and lack of understanding. We can help you get to the root of persistent difficulties and discover solutions that you can implement to help you and your horse achieve a fluid, harmonious partnership.
“Do the best you can until you know better.
Then when you know better, do better.Maya Angelou
Yin Horsemanship is a method of using the Chinese yin principles of slow, yielding and soft to establish a better relationship with your horse. This clinic will show you how to use bodywork as a tool to improve connection and leadership with your horse.
Some frequently cited benefits of Yin Yoga include:
-Calms and balances the mind and body
-Reduces stress and anxiety
-Releases fascia and improves joint mobility
-Balances the internal organs and improves the flow of chi
Yin Horsemanship can do the same things for your horse! These are techniques that ANYONE can do, you don’t have to be an expert rider or seasoned horse person. The practice of Yin Horsemanship builds relationship with the horse because it feels good. The horse becomes softer, more willing to follow your lead, and calmer. This is excellent preparation for more Yang practices such as longing and riding. Horsemanship requires balance. If your horse is stiff, tense, anxious, uncomfortable, or resistant, Yin Horsemanship can help!
Yin To Go
A new series of 3-hour clinics which breaks down the philosophies and techniques of Yin Horsemanship into separate elements focusing on personalized small group instruction and exploration. Clinic size is limited to just 3 participants. The first Yin To Go segment concentrates on Being Present. Lots of hands-on and individualized attention.
Contact us to schedule a clinic or series at our barn or yours! firstname.lastname@example.org
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We took advantage of the rainy day Monday to work on the Yin Level 2 Clinic. Zella and Moon appreciated being our demo horses, and of course Millie got lots of belly rubs from Deb.
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