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Almost back in Business – Greater Good Ranch

February 2017, an over abundance of snow and minus 7 temps  – then 39 degrees and rain, then freezing below zero temps again… My arena failed. Due to location and building type – it was not cost affective to repair.
Here is the new building: Contractor finished his part Nov 10th.

 

and the inside:

I’ve added insulation, 2 x 12 x 16′ wall boards – repurposed from old arena, wiring, and lights are next…

Putting the 2x12x16’s in place. 2 ways to get the job done.

All should be finished in a week or so!

Thesis on Masterson Method sessions

This is a fabulous study on the results of Masterson Method bodywork.

Download the 50 page pdf Masters Thesis

Horses’ Responses to Receiving Masterson Method™ Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork™ Treatments

Carla O. Beu – Western Kentucky University, carla.beu596@topper.wku.edu

Intro:

This research documents the changes of comfort levels in horses resulting from receiving Masterson Method™ Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork™ treatments.

The Masterson Method™ (MM) is a bodywork technique used to identify and release accumulated tension from the equine body. MM focuses on three main anatomical junctions: the poll-atlas junction, neck-shoulder-wither junction, and the sacroiliac junction. Research documentation includes pre and post treatment evaluations, the treatments, owner questionnaires, and cribbing observations. Also, all evaluation and treatment sessions were videotaped with the intent of further analysis for changes in range of motion, flexibility, and comfort level as applicable. Each horse received a minimum of two treatments one week apart with a follow-up, post-treatment evaluation a week later. Owners responded to a questionnaire before the first evaluation and after the final evaluation. Each horse was considered one case study. Available data found on Masterson Method effects are anecdotal. This research strives to give an objective report of efficacy through thorough documentation of the pretreatment evaluation, a record of MM techniques used during treatments, and posttreatment reports.

Keywords: Masterson Method, cribbing, bodywork, aggression, horses, lameness

Cribbing info – page 31:

Masterson Method Certification March 25 2017!

March 3, 2017 –  I spent the day with Laura Faber Morris at Wholistic Equine Center, LLC in Whitefish MT for Masterson Method Block 3 coaching. What a fabulous day spent with 4 amazing horses. Onward to MM Certification at WPB Florida end of this month!
It has been a long, amazing journey and I’ve savored every minute. I first saw Jim Masterson on the Rick Lamb show on RFD-TV well over a decade ago… Jumped over and plowed through many obstacles to get here, which makes the journey that much more meaningful. Feeling grateful to and for everyone who helped and guided me on this journey. Thank you.

JUNE 23-25, 2017 3-Days of Intuitive Riding with Anna Twinney




http://www.reachouttohorses.com/mtclinics.html

JUNE 23-25, 2017
3-Days of Intuitive Riding with Anna Twinney

Day 1: Obstacle Course at Liberty – with emphasis on the horse’s language combined with life lessons

Day 2: T.L.C. and Intuitive Riding – connecting energetically with our
horses. Mutual trust and connectedness

Day 3: Animal communication and Enhancing horsemanship; listening to your
horses wishes – breaking old habits and moving into the new
Kalispell (Kila), Montana

Come see what is truly possible when you go within and beyond…

Day 1: The Obstacle Course at Liberty – Friday, June 23rd, 2017 – 9am – 6pm

We aren’t going to waste any time. On the first day you are “jumping into the deep end” of equine communication! The obstacle course is one of the most effective tools in horsemanship and you will join your equine partner at liberty. You will learn how to communicate effectively with your horse, truly gaining the partnership and connection needed for anything you do together. It is a wonderful way to take your partnership to a much deeper level and have some fun at the same time. It is also a true test of that partnership. It’s a time to strip you of all paraphernalia, connect through an unspoken language, and explore your horses’ true voice! And it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been in the obstacle course. Whether this is your first time or your 20th, each trip into the obstacle course will teach you another, a different, a deeper lesson about you, your horse and your horsemanship.

Anna developed the course over 15 years ago, and since then thousands of her students from all over the world have worked with the Obstacle Course for a myriad of uses. You will learn how to apply this safe and effective training approach to deepen your use and understanding of the horse’s language and potentially solve all sorts of problems. From preparing horses for the trail, engaging school and therapeutic riding horses, spook-busting, through to establishing a communication system with performance horses and honoring the needs of the retirees, Anna uses the obstable course for any number of reasons. She will show you how to read the subtleties of your horse’s body language and direct your horse on the ground.

Once you develop a rapport with your horse and an understanding of their intricate and subtle language, the fun really begins. Discover what your horse has to say and the life lesson they have to share with you. Don’t think it’s possible? Don’t think they have anything insightful or worthwhile to say? Prepare to be Amazed.

Day 2: T.L.C. and Intuitive Riding – Saturday, June 24th, 2017 – 9am – 6pm

You will begin with Anna’s exclusive Trust-Based Learning and Compassionate Communication. This is the foundation of the ROTH program’s in-hand work… and there’s a reason for it. You will create a solid footing with your horse, set him up for success, and achieve that connection of grace and ease you’ve always imagined. 

Using Anna’s TLC methods you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of intimacy and relaxation exercises and how to use them correctly
  • Overcome your horse’s challenging habits and behavior patterns
  • Prepare your young horse for his first saddle, bridle and rider
  • Desensitize your horse to common situations and tack
  • Prepare your horse for doctoring and medical examinations/emergencies
  • Earn your horse’s trust and learn how to continue to gain and build his trust
  • Develop methods to read your horse’s mood, personality, character, likes & dislikes
  • Create a toolbox to foster that perfect connection on a daily basis
  • And much more!

Then you will head to the saddle (or in-hand, your choice) incorporating mindfulness riding, potentially leading to bitless and even bridleless riding. You will learn to come away from control and compliance, move into communication and connectedness, and begin to ride with your mind, not just your body.

Day 3: Animal communication and Enhancing horsemanship;  
Sunday, June 25, 2017
 – 9am – 6pm

This day may have the shortest description but it will have the biggest impact on your riding and your relationship with your horse.

In the morning you will begin with animal communication. You will learn how to truly give your horse a voice and be a real partner. Discover how to connect with them, mind-to-mind and experience the most subtle and intuitive riding of your life.

Then after lunch, you will enjoy the Grand Finale! Anna will show you how to take all that you’ve learned throughout the weekend and open up a whole new world of riding, horsemanship and partnership. She will work with you individually to help you solve any problems, break old habits and awaken to a new enlightened relationship with your horse.

Anna is raising the bar and inviting you to take your riding and your horsemanship to a place you might not have even dreamed possible. 

By the end of the 3 days you will understand why we say that the ROTH program is the most unique and comprehensive horsemanship program in the world. There is nothing like it anywhere it and will help you develop the relationship with your horse that you’ve always dreamed of having. 

Space is extremely limited to only a small group of people, and it will sell out fast, so don’t delay or you will miss it!

Anna Twinney – Reach Out To Horses – Animal Communication June 22 2017

An Evening of Animal Communication for Horsemanship with International Animal Communicator, Anna Twinney

Sign up here:
http://www.reachouttohorses.com/mtclinics.html

Gaining a True and Deep Connection with Your Horse
Through demonstrations, lectures, and exercises, Anna will introduce you to the amazing world of interspecies, telepathic communication, or “animal communication” and how you can use this inherent gift to gain a true and deep connection with your horse and intuit and communciate information to and from your horse in the saddle or on the ground. You will begin to uncover your own ability to telepathically connect and communicate with a being of another species. This two-way communication is accomplished through images, feelings, thoughts, emotions, words, and other intuitive senses.

Demonstration of an Equine Wellness Session

A Wellness Session – Observation – the art of evaluating your horse.  

Dates Offered: Saturday November 19th  – 10 am – 3 pm Cost: $ 35   (Bring your lunch 12:30 -1 pm)

  • Prepare yourself; energy, intense or relaxed, soft, breathing, approach the horse, note responses.
  • Discussion – an assessment you can do with your horse. Horses stance, posture, energy level. Innate characteristics
  • Communicate with your horse – ask questions of your horse, get answers, look for questions from your horse.
  • Get in-tune with your horse – sense, feel, recognize responses, soft vision, breathing together, relaxation and wait.
  • Demonstration of a Reiki session on multiple horses at once. 
  • Explore Modalities:  Acupressure Points, Energy Balancing,Essential oils & Red Photonic Light/Cold Laser Therapy.
  • Demonstration of bodywork you can do for yourself and the horse. (Call for training – group or private sessions with your horse)

I love days like this!

Continuation on last post – Todays session was simply focused on getting the 2 way conversation back while offering a Masterson Method body work session to Starry.  There are 3 relationships I have with each horse – the caregiver and chuckwagon, the fitness trainer and within the last 3 years – the bodyworker. Horses who can’t stop moving their feet typically are protecting themselves. Recently I learned two techniques from two different masters to help me convey to Starry, partnership would be beneficial for us both. For this work, the horse needs to stay relaxed and needs to give his permission – neither are easy for Starry. Today however, he worked with me, our conversation was excellent – he moved when he felt it was necessary and I asked him to stand still when it was necessary. The skills I learned stopped his desire to escape. The results were about 90 % cooperation, he did the best he could.

As I worked with Starry releasing his endorphins – flexing his neck and releasing his shoulder muscles he became calm and interested. His feet moved less and he stood more evenly. I did some work on key areas and he did a lot of releasing of tension in these junctions – poll and shoulder area, temporal muscles on his forehead. I tested his back and determined some very reactive body parts that were as spasmed as I’ve tested.  I put the pieces together from my testing and his responses and helped him release the spasms and tension in the front end and hind end – taking him to the edge of his comfort zone, yet well below creating brace from discomfort. Starry was soon more relaxed and trusting than he’s been in a while. He had moments where he wanted to leave, I asked him for a couple more techniques as he would feel much better. He gave me more than I asked for.

The other 3 horses were standing watching and participating as well. Mikaila was yawning big and repetitive – I counted 7  releases in one breath. This session was the best so far – the most challenging and the most productive with beneficial results. I love how Starry is the horse that needs the most work, is the most challenging for me to work with – energetically, trust and communication wise – yet steps up for me when I’ve learned and first stepped up for him… This was the biggest lesson so far, I overcame 3 large and long time obstacles that I simply hadn’t been able to conquer with him for more than minutes at a time. Done, checked off, but never again will I take our combined energy for granted. He has issues that perhaps he will never conquer, he does the best he can while protecting himself, he will never do what someone encourages unless he is convinced that person will remain connected, concerned, responsive, aware and available to make changes second by second. Today was a good day.

 

Commitment to learning with compassion and intent

starry

Over dependance on technology – computers, cameras and cell phones can create disconnect with reality and relationships. When used in a manner that deeply analyzes content that is captured, the depth of awareness can be life changing. I had been considering videoing less because of the disconnect that occurs during the technology recording process… Turns out I would still be my old self had I not revisited the value of reviewing video content with fresh eyes.  I teach ‘seeing’  to my students in every course, I was overdue for a major breakthrough.

For decades I’ve video’d horses – horse events, clinics, lessons, equine bodywork sessions. I’ve also video’d dogs, wildlife, family vacations, life events. Over the past two years it has become increasingly apparent that there are endless levels of perspective and connection when capturing life’s valuable moments as well as learning opportunities. From capturing the simple joy of time spent with family to the depths of an equine bodywork session where the slightest of blinks and breath changes gives huge insight into areas of discomfort – one must know how to capture exactly the views that show the connection of desired intent.

Being behind the lens for the capture– there is an extreme level of disconnect that is required to catch – via zooming, positioning, light balance, background, foreground etc. – the essence of overall images and details. Years behind the lens, then in front of the computer screen is what it takes to do this job… What brings out the value of the capture and the analysis? Why is some of the content insignificant and some breath taking? It boils down to the educated eye – to ‘see’, and then feel the heart and soul of the analysis. In other words, analyzing the insight of the intent of the capture, asking the tough questions during analysis, deep soul seeking connection questions – how, why, what if, level of comfort, discomfort, anxiety, fear…

Then the analysis of viewing – especially with equine bodywork or levels of horsemanship – what are all the details that show up – patterns, trends and how do the details change when viewing by different mind set and perspectives?

Now comes the interesting part and valuable time spent – consideringthinking, putting it together… What are the highlights of significant points of interest and what details don’t seem to matter and then describe why. Finally – what is the connection between significant and insignificant? Overall theme? Lessons to be learned?

Finally, reflection on the learning situations… Is this situation one that has occurred in the past? Is it a reoccurring theme? One time event? What needs to happen in order to heal, balance, modify, release, strengthen?

Exhausting detail, no? Life can be lived in the fast lane – going from one thing to another without reflection, but literally – what is the point? There is always a point… reflection is valuable, painful, enlightening… Application is life changing.

The best life lessons are experienced when the emotions are deeper, more painful or joyful. Earlier this year I was co-host to a horse clinic for the second time. The clinician has knowledge, experience, wisdom, skill beyond measure… I wanted to learn what she has to offer. I helped others get ready who were signed up, offered my best horse to someone else and took another horse. I was deeply connected to the content of the event – wanted to learn as much as I could as well as playing several roles. The clinician stayed at my house, I have many animals to care for at home. I acted as videographer – I video’d the event. All this meaning one moment I was connected to learning, connecting to caring for others, then disconnected – an observer – to view from the videographers perspective, then involved as a participant – needing to connect with my horse – combined energy to work and learn together…

Hindsight – it was an impossible task given my level of fatigue at the start. As it turns out this didn’t hinder – it actually helped – because I couldn’t keep my guard up. The first two days were manageable. The last day, my horse was anxious about being in an area with others, then alone, with my skill set and his actions, he was inconsolable. The lessons I learned this third day were painful – being highly empathic – I could deeply feel his anxiety yet could not help him find comfort. The clinician, Anna Twinney could help him with a simple compassionate conversation. She said he was doing the best he could, pointed out his feelings, responses, she emphasized with him and redirected his anxiety – he responded each step of the way, every time she asked for a bit more – he really tried. I got it – the one thing with the one horse I hadn’t been successful at – a way to deal with his anxiety. I wasn’t concerned about him being dangerous, I was interested in behavior modification, how to help him override his innate characteristics of anxiety and evasion. It wasn’t until months later when I revisited the video of the events on all 3 days, that I gained a fuller, different perspective from what I felt that day. I also could see deeper into many levels of the experiences. Watching the exercises, actions, reactions I gained life changing realizations that regained and directed my power and focus of compassion and intent.

Reflecting on the past in a non exhausted, learning state of mind empowers the future… I am recommitted to capture these once in a lifetime experiences via video, and then analyze, reflect and incorporate the meaning into my life. Personal growth leads to richness of mind, body and spirit.

However you can create this in your life – do it!