Anki and her horse building connection on the lead.

I have just come back from the UK and another super fun clinic! I got a great mix of horses and people which really provides the spectators with a widely varied experience. Everything from very green to highly schooled. As always, I was able to showcase my Liberty-Line-Mounted approach and tailor it to each individual combinations needs.

I really enjoyed watching people through the 3 days make progress forward and apply the information to themselves and their horses. Topics covered started with a review class on the Waterhole Rituals with a herd of 5 horses, applied Liberty FUN!damentals and Ground FUN!damentals, Seat Awareness and Communication, and finally Mounted Skill builders. It was a lot!

I wanted to speak particularly about some horses I was seeing for the second time. I was so proud of the progress they had made especially since some were very difficult horses. I really get a kick out of seeing people learn to connect to the challenging horses proving that it can be done with gentleness, love, and patience. Horses that a lot of trainers would be scared to touch and if they did, it would be with a lot of nasty gadgets and force.

Fiona and a “client”

On this trip I also had the pleasure of meeting Fiona Habershon a Zoopharmacognosy practitioner and healer. Her work was right in line with all that I believe about Natural Horse keeping. Here is an explanation from Fiona’s site:

“Zoopharmacognosy is the offering of essential oils, aromatic plants, algae, clay and other natural remedies for self-selection. This innate ability allows the animal to select what it needs to bring itself back into balance both physically and emotionally; looking after itself as it would have done in the wild.”

¬†I watched her work with clinic participants horses and it was super cool. She had a wide variety of herbs, essential oils, supplements and oils that represented what horses would “Self Select” if they were in the wild. She would offer the horses different things and by watching for specific body language and communication she would get a profile of the horses health by what they would or wouldn’t take. The horse almost diagnoses himself. Fiona’s work is inspired by Caroline Ingraham‘s work. I was so impressed, I asked her to come to the states to do a workshop and visit some local farms. We are looking at October 26-27th if anyone is interested contact me. Details are still being worked out but we will have limited space.

If you are interested in the September 20-22nd UK clinic at the New Horse, please contact me. Though several people who attended the June one are signed up, there are still some spaces left. Anyone interested in the new Classical Western Dressage training that is sweeping the US right now should definitely attend. See how Liberty-Line-Mounted Applies to English and Western. Below see a short clip of our work with Taz Carolyn Bourchier’s Lusitano. See full video on Sign up for

Other upcoming events
9/31-10/2 FDH Horsemanship Clinic: Plainfield, MA
11/30-12/2 FDH clinic in New Zealand: at Taralee stables, Carterton, NZ
11/22-11/24- FDH Clinic in Australia Strath Creek, Victoria, Australia
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UK Clinic overview

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