Andrea Datz Integrative Horsemanship


beyond body language and Tango with horses

September 21, 22, 23 2018

Restoration Ranch, Fruita, CO

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'Andrea is a master at helping others learn to communicate more fluidly with horses, whether in the saddle, on the ground, doing liberty work, body work -- you name it.  The insights she has to offer are truly transformative for the relationship between horses and the humans who love them.'

Please see below for a description of each day of the clinic.  Participants can attend one day or both days.  If you would like to bring your horse (or borrow one from me), please sign-up as a full participant (limited to 6 slots).  Participating auditors (a limited to 8 slots) will be fully involved in all the morning activities, including hands on unmounted activities with the herd here), will watch and be able to ask questions, and join in discussion during the afternoon sessions.

We are keeping this clinic very small in order to insure a personalized experience.

These workshops fill quickly so please don't hesitate to sign up. 

Full participant fee is $175/day or $300 for two days. 

Participating auditor fee is $75/day or $100 for two days. 

Workshop Details:

Friday September 21: evening gathering: 6 - 9 pm

Dinner and social gathering at Restoration Ranch – we’ll be introducing ourselves to each other and I'll do a demonstration so please come. We might even put on some music and dance!

Saturday september 22: Beyond Body Language: 8 am - 5 pm

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Horses are masters of communicating through body language. They function in the world with all of their senses fully engaged. Responsive to and present in each moment. We all know sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing to be our five basic senses. But there is a sixth sense horses masterfully employ that I refer to as resonance, others refer to as the electromagnetic field of the heart or felt perception. It’s this sixth sense that gives us complete, instantaneous information that goes beyond body language.

Students will learn practical tools for awakening their senses, identifying which senses are already in primary use and then how to develop that sixth sense. We’ll explore how to use our senses, especially resonance, to let our horses guide us in doing movement-based body work with them. Skills will include: tactful palpation to discover areas of pain or discomfort, initiating contact that is therapeutic, using patterns of movement to help assess progress and enliven the horse’s awareness of themselves.

We’ll be learning what it takes to safely feel sensations and emotions, and ultimately to identify if those feelings originate within us, our horse or something or someone else in our vicinity.  Students will be introduced to the concept of how we use our entire body to communicate and move with our horses.

Sunday September 23, 2018: Tango with HOrses: 8 am - 5 pm

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” ― Brené Brown

Dancing Tango is the closest analogy to riding I’ve ever experienced. Learning to dance prompted me to completely redefine my notions of what it means to lead and follow. When a dance is harmonious it’s impossible to tell who’s leading and who’s following because the movement is a shared, mutually agreed upon experience.

Applying what I learned from dancing to horsemanship changed everything.

This workshop is focused on helping students develop body awareness in motion. Since horses are masters of reading and interpreting body language, if we learn to listen to their responses as feedback, our horses can guide us to becoming equally fluid in this non-verbal conversation between two bodies. We’ll learn about the importance of posture and balance control (in ourselves and our horses), how to generate movement that has meaning to our horses, and how to effectively communicate our intention without force.

Topics discussed will build on each other from one day to the next, but each day also works as a stand alone clinic.

Each morning begins with a brief discussion, video clip and demonstration followed by a group activity that allows participants and auditors to experience what we’ll be working on with the horses with each other.

The rest of the day is one on one sessions with participants and their horses. The horse will lead the way in guiding us to what should be focused on during the lesson. We may end up doing body work, ground work, liberty work, riding or a combination of things.