Alexander Technique for Horses part 4

The following day both Martha and Laura were due to have a lesson at their local riding school. I met them both afterwards. I do not know who looked more excited. Martha’s eyes and whole demeanour looked super awake and alert. She was holding her head and easily on top of her clearly lengthening spine. …

Alexander Technique and Horses part 3

"Muscles are designed to tense and contract a lot more quickly than they are designed to release. This is a very useful mechanism for helping us to get out of trouble in a hurry. Scientists call it the fight/flight response. However both horses and humans often find that these fight/flight responses can get out of …

Alexander Technique for Horses part 2

“Ok, then what happens? What do you do next?” Laura asked with growing curiosity. “Well you don’t actually do anything as such. You continue to attend to your own all over balance as you place your hands on the horse. The hands are quietly attentive and enquiring. The more open and lengthened and widened your …

Alexander Technique for Horses part 1

WORKING WITH MARTHA "You know that Alexander Technique teachers now work with horses?" I said to my friend Laura. Laura was standing underneath the neck of her horse Martha and making long strokes down in the direction of her shoulder blades. "No I didn’t know that Alan." I knew that Laura would not know this …

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