- A Welcome to the New Year! -
The energy and opportunity of a new year has always held special appeal to me. I suppose I am drawn to the freshness of a new year in a similar way that I fancy the cleanslatedness of a young colt.
This past year has brought big changes as MRH relocated to Nebraska. Having to say goodbye to a very special community of horse friends in Colorado was so very difficult. And yet this New Year invites many good things ahead, including the chance to meet a neat new community of mid-western horse enthusiasts!
Having enjoyed a couple of months off, I am back to teaching and training again at the lovely Log Barn Stables. My horses and I are as happy and healthy as ever, due in part to the wonderful environment, exceptional care and friendly community at Log Barn. I have so enjoyed meeting some new folks and their horses here in Nebraska and look forward to meeting and working with many more friendly mid-westerners as the year progresses!
This year, I am excited to announce that I will be developing the Love Horses? Learn Horsemanship! Educational Video Series with the ultimate goal being an online learning forum designed to enhance and supplement the MRH Wholeness Through Horsemanship curriculum. Stay tuned for more information and the first in the video series in the coming months.
I am also eager to share with you that I have my first trip back to Colorado scheduled. I will be in Colorado for the first two weeks of February and am avaible for horsemanship instruction during that time. Please see the "Upcoming Events" section below for specific dates and horsemanship offerings. I am very hopeful to have the chance to reconnect and visit with some of you while there.
As we send out the past year and welcome the coming, I feel as I do so often, a sense of gratitude. Amidst change and transition, I am grateful for the people and places I am able to experience in this wonderful world that is horses and horsemanship. And, of course, I am forever grateful for the friendship and presence of the horse in my life.
I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued interest, support and patronage - thank you! May you enjoy a blessed New Year and I hope to visit with you soon!
- Upcoming Events -
Colorado Private Instruction —
Wednesdays, February 1st and 8th
Thursdays, February 2nd and 9th
Contact Emily to schedule your specific lesson time. Please see updated Details and Rates.
Colorado Trail Rides —
Friday, February 3rd
Friday, February 10th
Haven't ridden the beautiful Colorado trails much this winter? Now's your chance! Join us for this one of a kind, day getaway, featuring fun, food and learning with horses! (Must have been a previous participant in the MRH Trail Riding Program to sign up. Space is limited.)
Colorado Western Dressage Practice Tests —
Sunday, February 5th from 1 - 3 pm
Learn fun new patterns, practice your precision and get valuable feedback about your partnership with your horse in this afternoon western dressage clinic.
2012 Calendar —
The remaining 2012 calendar will be out in the coming month. To ensure that you remain current on happenings, events and offerings at MRHT, be sure to stay subscribed to this monthly newsletter list. To schedule or request a specific clinic in your area please contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Long Distance Coaching —
In appreciation and with respect of your fervor and devotion for horsemanship learning, Emily will be providing the opportunity for long distance coaching and training by means of telephone and video assessment. Please see the following options below:
I. Phone Coaching: Emily will assist you in coaching by means of phone conversation and email coorespondences. $25/hour
II. Video Assessment: Send a video of you and your horse for Emily to review and address your questions. Video may be either sent via YouTube or on a DVD by mail. $50 per 15 min of video. Includes 2 email responses or one 1/2 hour phone consultation.
Reserve your spot for all courses, clinics and events
online at the MRHT Calendar.
Light Hands Horsemanship —
Vision: To be the leading advocate, worldwide, of lightness in the handling and riding of horses.
Mission: To provide horse owners and riders with the education, motivation, and techniques to implement lightness of mind and body in their interaction with their horses.
Values: Listen before speaking. Observe before acting. Empathize before judging. Lead by example. Look inward for answers. Commit to lifelong learning and self-improvement.
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"Light Hands' represents the highest achievement between horse and rider. There are no short cuts on the road to its success. It is a pure partnership built on trust and reward. Light hands are accomplished when full use of the riders correct aids have maintained the horse in balance, cadence and carriage. When a horse is taught to “balance himself” and not rely on the riders hands to hold him in frame, “lightness” occurs.
For me, Light hands represents my own journey in horsemanship. It is what I wish to accomplish with each horse I train. For me, the principles of dressage are the foundation to 'Light Hands Horsemanship'. This is true for every breed and every discipline. I am a western horseman by trade but my 'light hands' were built from the school of dressage.
Light hands begin with the lead rope. From there to the advanced horse, it is a long, exciting and rewarding journey. The feel of “lightness” is like no other. It, in itself is the reward."
- Light Hands Horsemanship Defined by Eitan Beth-Halachmy