31 episodes

Do you want to create a life with horses that nourishes body, mind and spirit? Do you value self-awareness, curiosity and kindness? You’re in the right place! In this podcast, we’ll cover an array of connected topics. We’ll discuss how to improve body awareness, flexibility and balance for both you and your horse. We’ll explore how anxiety and tension affect horses and humans, and what you can do to promote relaxation and confidence. Since your thoughts affect not only you, but your horse as well, we’ll delve into emotional awareness, mindset and how to develop your intuition. All these topics can deepen your connection with your horse. And we know that a strong human-equine connection not only improves your body and mind, but it can nurture your spirit as well. So please join Feldenkrais® teacher, international clinician and bestselling author Mary Debono each Thursday as she helps you enhance your movement, mindset and connection with horses.

Easier Movement, Happier Horses Mary Debono

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Do you want to create a life with horses that nourishes body, mind and spirit? Do you value self-awareness, curiosity and kindness? You’re in the right place! In this podcast, we’ll cover an array of connected topics. We’ll discuss how to improve body awareness, flexibility and balance for both you and your horse. We’ll explore how anxiety and tension affect horses and humans, and what you can do to promote relaxation and confidence. Since your thoughts affect not only you, but your horse as well, we’ll delve into emotional awareness, mindset and how to develop your intuition. All these topics can deepen your connection with your horse. And we know that a strong human-equine connection not only improves your body and mind, but it can nurture your spirit as well. So please join Feldenkrais® teacher, international clinician and bestselling author Mary Debono each Thursday as she helps you enhance your movement, mindset and connection with horses.

    Why Your Horse Cares How You Dress

    Why Your Horse Cares How You Dress

    Let me start by putting your mind at ease. This isn’t about the KIND of clothes you wear. It’s literally about HOW you dress. How you put your clothes on. And take them off.
    You’ll learn how putting on your shirt or jacket the same way over and over can create an unbalanced seat, a leg that creeps up and even pain in your back, neck and shoulders.
    Not to mention discomfort and confusion for your horse!
    And that’s because the way you dress is influenced by your movement habits. And your movement habits can determine how balanced–or how unbalanced–you are in the saddle.
    And it’s not just restricted to how you put on your shirt. How you put on your pants, shoes and socks also matter. Along with other activities such as how you grip your steering wheel, wear your watch and hold your phone.
    And even the habitual way you tack up your horse.
    We have very strong habits around those things we do on a regular basis. And that can be a good thing! But many habits are formed because we’ve developed movement restrictions that leave us with little choice in doing activities, such as dressing, in a different way.
    After listening to this episode, you’ll be able to use everyday activities to positively influence your horse’s well-being. And your own.
    💥Want to get expert coaching on putting this into practice?💥
    Go to https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorse to join the waitlist for our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse.
    Be among the first to know when we open our doors again. And qualify for valuable bonuses!
    FREE resources:
    Easily improve your movement and position in our FREE rider masterclass. Feldenkrais® for Riders videos: https://www.marydebono.com/rider
    Podcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h30
    Join our free Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/happyhealthyhorsewomen

    • 18 min
    How Relaxation Creates Healthy Movement in You and Your Horse

    How Relaxation Creates Healthy Movement in You and Your Horse

    Want to get rid of a common cause of stiffness, soreness and fatigue? In this episode, you’ll learn a NEW way to use relaxation to improve suppleness, generate more power and enhance well-being. And this works for you and your horse! 
    It's likely that you and your horse have excessive tension in certain muscles. You’re overworking some parts and underusing others. It’s an incredibly common problem!
    It’s something that humans and horses do unconsciously, out of habit. What may have started as a healthy response to an injury or some other stressor, has become a maladaptive habit. 
    This unnecessary muscular work is a common cause of stiffness, soreness, fatigue, weakness and damage to joints and muscles.
    In today’s episode, we’ll explore a new way of looking at relaxation(it’s not what you think!)and its importance in being able to use your muscles powerfully and effectively. You’ll know how to apply these concepts to both you and your horse!
    💥Want to get expert coaching on putting this into practice?💥
    Go to https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorse to join the waitlist for our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse. 
    Be among the first to know when we open our doors again. And qualify for valuable bonuses! 
    FREE resources:
    Easily improve your movement and position in our FREE rider masterclass.Feldenkrais® for Riders videos: https://www.marydebono.com/rider
    Podcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h29
    Join our free Facebook group:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happyhealthyhorsewomen

    • 29 min
    Change Yourself, Change Your Horse

    Change Yourself, Change Your Horse

    What do you do when your horse feels stiff, resistant, or “lazy?” Do you use stronger leg or rein aids? Maybe add a touch of spur or a tap with the whip? In other words, do you simply make your request LOUDER? 
    If you do, I’d like to offer you another option. One that will work a whole lot better. And FEEL a lot better to you and your horse too. 
    In this new approach, you'll turn the focus off your horse and onto YOU. Many excellent riders do this intuitively. Instead of pushing and pulling your horse, you'll create the movement in yourself and invite your horse into the experience. 
    In this episode, I’ll share how you can get started with this approach. Don’t miss it. It can be a game-changer for you and your horse! 
    💥Want to get expert coaching on putting this into practice?💥
    Go to https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorse to join the waitlist for our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse.
    Be among the first to know when we open our doors again. And qualify for some valuable bonuses!
    FREE resources:
    Easily improve your movement and position in our FREE rider masterclass. Feldenkrais® for Riders videos: https://www.marydebono.com/rider
    Podcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h28
    Join our free Facebook group:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happyhealthyhorsewomen

    • 20 min
    What Do You Feel When You Touch Your Horse?

    What Do You Feel When You Touch Your Horse?

    What do you feel when you touch your horse?
    Maybe you notice that your horse is itchy. Or that a certain spot is tight or sore. 
    These observations, while important, only tell a very small part of your horse’s story.
    Would you like to learn a lot more about your horse? Like why she moves and behaves the way she does?
    I’ll give you a simple, powerful exercise you can do to improve this ability to feel your horse on a deeper level.
    When you educate your touch, your hands will naturally pick up more information about your horse. You may even start to sense WHY your horse is stiff, resistant, or sore
    And very importantly, your improved attention to detail will deepen your connection with your horse.
    Want to get expert coaching on putting this into practice to help your horse - and yourself - have more flexible, balanced, and confident movement?
    Go to https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorse to join the waitlist for our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse.
    Be among the first to know when we open our doors again. And qualify for some valuable bonuses!
    FREE resources:
    Easily improve your movement and position in our FREE rider masterclass.
    Feldenkrais® for Riders videos: https://www.marydebono.com/rider
    Podcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h27
    Join our free Facebook group:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happyhealthyhorsewomen

    • 22 min
    Get Rid of Limiting Beliefs

    Get Rid of Limiting Beliefs

    Do you ever hear yourself saying things like,
    “I’m an anxious person.”
    “I’m not confident.”
    “I’m stiff and uncoordinated.”
    “I’m a procrastinator.”
    “It’s so hard for me to improve.”
    Those labels you slap on yourself are LIMITING BELIEFS.
    They hold you back. They don’t help.
    If you’d like a simple, quick way to get rid of those limiting beliefs and transform them into beliefs that’ll bring you more success and joy, you’ll enjoy this week's episode of Easier Movement, Happier Horses.
    Want to get expert coaching on putting this into practice to help your horse - and yourself have more flexible, balanced, and confident movement?
    Go to https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorse to join the waitlist for our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse. 
    Be among the first to know when we open our doors again. And qualify for some valuable bonuses!
    FREE resources:
    Easily improve your movement and position in our FREE rider masterclass.
    Feldenkrais® for Riders videos: https://www.marydebono.com/rider
    Podcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h26
    Join our free Facebook group: 
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/happyhealthyhorsewomen

    • 22 min
    How To Communicate With Your Horse

    How To Communicate With Your Horse

    Do you wish your horse listened to you better?
    Do you want to stop pushing and pulling on your horse?
    Do you want to know what your horse is feeling and thinking?
    Do you want to be able to influence your horse in a gentle, partnership-based way?
    If any of those questions resonate with you, you’ll enjoy listening to this week’s episode of Easier Movement, Happier Horses.
    Want to get expert coaching on putting this into practice to help your horse - and yourself - have more flexible, balanced, and confident movement?
    Go to https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorse to join the waitlist for our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse. 
    Be among the first to know when we open our doors again. And qualify for some valuable bonuses!
    FREE resources:
    Improve your body awareness and riding effortlessly! Get free Feldenkrais® for Riders videos: https://www.marydebono.com/rider
    Podcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/H25

    Join our free Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/happyhealthyhorsewomen

    • 39 min

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