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Easier Movement, Happier Horses

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.

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Body Awareness Breakthrough: Are You Sabotaging Yourself (and Your Horse)?
Can the way you think about your body transform your riding experience? Join me, Mary Debono, on the Easier Movement, Happier Horses podcast as we explore a crucial concept for equestrians: understanding the difference between using body parts in isolation versus independently. This might sound like a subtle shift, but it can lead to a profound improvement in your movement coordination and your harmony with your horse. By gaining better control and awareness of how you move both in and out of the saddle, you can elevate your nonverbal communication with your horse, resulting in a more enjoyable and effective riding journey.Throughout this episode, I’ll guide you through breaking free from maladaptive movement habits that limit your potential and cause unnecessary fatigue or injury. We'll discuss the importance of learning to use your body parts independently, fostering healthier and more harmonious movements that benefit your overall well-being. Tune in for practical advice and valuable insights aimed at helping you cultivate greater body awareness, enhance your athleticism, and build a more pleasurable and productive connection with your horse. Make mindful adjustments, transform your riding, and discover the joy of moving in harmony with your equine partner.Ready to embark on this transformative journey?Join the Move with Your Horse waitlist! https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorse 🐴Remember, you and your horse deserve to feel great. Together!Resources:Podcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h77Free rider masterclass: https://www.marydebono.com/riderEmail mary@marydebono.comAll information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice.  
11:50 6/13/24
Why You and Your Horse Don't Need Fixing
Are there things about yourself or your horse that you'd like to fix? In this episode, I challenge the notion that you or your horse needs fixing.Instead, we embrace a holistic approach. Drawing on my 30 years of experience as a Feldenkrais teacher specializing in horses and riders, I explain how our nervous systems develop habits and how, by working in harmony with these natural processes, we can foster better movement options and deeper connections with our horses.Discover the Move With Your Horse program's core framework, Possibilities in Motion, which uses gentle methods to relieve tension and open up new movement possibilities. 💥For more details on this framework, please grab your free PDF at marydebono.com/framework 💥 Ready to embark on this transformative journey? Join the Move with Your Horse waitlist! https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorse 🐴 Remember, you and your horse deserve to feel great. Together!Resources:Podcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h76Free rider masterclass: https://www.marydebono.com/riderEmail mary@marydebono.comAll information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice.  
33:17 6/6/24
The Surprising Benefits of Movement Improvement
Beyond better performance, learn how improved movement can boost confidence, reduce anxiety, and create a deeper connection between you and your horse. Discover ways to make saddling up a positive experience and explore a holistic approach to movement that unlocks a happier you and a happier horse.Beyond Performance:Boost Confidence: Discover how improved suppleness can boost your horse's confidence and sense of well-being. Just like us, restrictions can breed anxiety.Feel the Shift: Improved movement isn't just about physical ease; it elevates your emotional state. Learn how positive changes in your body can spark optimism and a sense of possibility.Build Trust, Not Tension: Ditch the forceful methods! Mary explains how gentle, Feldenkrais-inspired techniques foster trust and a harmonious relationship with your horse.A Happier You, a Happier Horse:Reduced Stress & Anxiety: Improved movement isn't just about coordination and strength; it's about nervous system regulation. Experience calm and refine your feel at the same time.  Deeper Connection: As your movement awareness grows, so does your ability to connect with your horse. Imagine a state of "shared awareness" where both of you are in sync.Rediscover Joy: Saddling up shouldn't be a battle! Mary offers solutions that make tacking up a pleasurable experience for your horse, setting the stage for a happier, more harmonious ride.Movement for More Than Mechanics:Movement improvement goes beyond improving your dressage score or cantering down that trail. It's about a holistic approach that unlocks a deeper connection, bringing more joy and harmony to your relationship with your horse.Ready to embark on this transformative journey? Tune in to the full episode and join the waitlist for Mary's Move with Your Horse program. 🐴Remember, you and your horse deserve to feel great. Together!Resources:Podcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h75Join the Move with Your Horse waitlist! https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorse 🐴Free rider masterclass: https://www.marydebono.com/riderEmail mary@marydebono.comAll information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice.  
24:21 5/30/24
Why You Should Think Twice Before Pulling on Your Horse’s Tail
Key Takeaways- Pulling on the tail can harm horses with back tightness, triggering a defensive response- Instead of pulling, support the tail forward to relax the muscles- Focus on building trust and offering new options to the horse- Prioritize somatic education and integrated movement over structural manipulation- Consider the "Move with Your Horse" program for detailed tail support guidance- Practice safety precautions for you and your horse- Be mindful, and prioritize the horse's comfort and well-being- Tail traction exercises, or tail stretches, *may* benefit horses when done with the proper preparation so that the horse cab experience a safe, balanced and coordinated lengthening through the spine  Resources:Podcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h74Join the Move with Your Horse waitlist! https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorse 🐴 Free rider masterclass: https://www.marydebono.com/riderEmail mary@marydebono.comAll information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice.  tZ8IZpu5ZEReNyj9anMl
13:26 5/23/24
Injured and Can't Ride? Here's What You Can Do to Improve
Injury keeping you out of the saddle? Learn actionable steps to help you stay connected to your horse, facilitate your healing, and improve your horsemanship. Learn about mindful movement, mental training, and creative ground exercises.Use your recovery time to deepen your connection with your horse and come back to riding even stronger than before!Use your recovery time to improve in these areas:  Mindful Movement: explore approaches such as the Feldenkrais Method to improve body awareness and movement, even with limitations. Micro-movements and mental visualization can be powerful tools for healing injuries and enhancing riding skills.Deepen the Connection with Your Horse: creative ground exercises and positive reinforcement training can strengthen your bond with your horse while riding is on hold.Self-Awareness: How you move, breathe and direct your attention shapes your interactions with your horse. Take the time to deepen your connection with your horse by being mindful of your movement, breathing and thoughts By exploring these strategies, you can transform your injury layoff into a period of focused learning and deeper connection with your horse. Get ready to return to the saddle a more knowledgeable, centered, and harmonious rider!Resources:Podcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h73Free rider masterclass: https://www.marydebono.com/riderPrevious episode: Laid Up Horse? Here's How to Make the Most of ItHorse Running to Mounting Block: https://app.searchie.io/watch/mpDoYw9Gq4 Email mary@marydebono.comAll information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice.  
14:53 5/16/24
Laid Up Horse? Here's How to Make the Most of It
Horse sidelined with an injury? Don't despair!Join Mary Debono, your equine expert, as she unveils the silver lining within stall rest. In this episode, you'll discover how to transform recovery time into relationship-building gold.Master the art of mindful movement: Discover the magic of hand-walking in sync with your horse, fostering a deeper understanding of your horse's movement.Unlock the power of Connected Breathing, where you and your horse find harmony through observing each other's rhythm.Challenge those routines: Learn the benefits of leading your horse from the "wrong" side, and keeping your horse's nervous system engaged in a positive way.Become a master detective of your horse's body language: Sharpen your observation skills to decode your horse's smallest cues and subtle signs of tension.Discover how by being truly present with your horse during recovery, you can not only strengthen your bond but also elevate your horsemanship skills to a whole new level.Don't miss out on this opportunity to turn a setback into a breakthrough for you and your horse!Resources:Podcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h72Free rider masterclass: https://www.marydebono.com/riderEmail mary@marydebono.comAll information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice.  
14:58 5/9/24
Do You Have Unrealistic Expectations for Your Horse?
Does your horse sometimes seem reluctant or struggle with the activities you've chosen?  Too often, owners force horses into roles or disciplines unsuitable for their physical abilities or temperament. The key to harmony is finding mutually enjoyable activities for both horse and human. While challenging our horses is important, we must also respect their individual needs and limitations. In this episode, Mary encourages shifting our mindset, adjusting expectations, and prioritizing activities that create a positive experience.Building a partnership centered on understanding and shared happiness, rather than forced submission, is the core philosophy. Join Mary as she offers solutions for overcoming physical and emotional obstacles to better connect with your horse. Get her expert advice for bringing out the best in both you and your equine partner.Resources:Podcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h71Free rider masterclass: https://www.marydebono.com/riderEmail mary@marydebono.comAll information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice.  
06:55 5/2/24
How to Work with a Horse Who Moves Away from Your Touch
Maybe you’re learning a new form of bodywork and you can’t wait to use it to help your horse. But your horse says, “No thanks!”In this episode, you'll hear about the strategies I use to help horses relax, enjoy and benefit from hands-on work.  In this episode, I discuss:- The importance of understanding your horse's past experiences- The power of connected breathing and relaxation techniques- How to work with a horse through their skeleton for a non-threatening touch- Strategies to provide immediate relief and build trust- The concept of shared awareness and its benefits in your relationshipResources:Podcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h70Video of Rib Rocking: https://app.searchie.io/watch/jVDGwM0EDW Video of Back Muscle Lifts: https://app.searchie.io/watch/AYDapoPw2QFree rider masterclass: https://www.marydebono.com/riderEmail mary@marydebono.comAll information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice.  
22:36 4/25/24
Are You Addicted to Struggling with Your Horse?
How can this feel easier? It's one of my favorite questions.But for many of us, we're so used to trying hard, to struggling, that we forget that things could feel easier for us and our horses.This episode discusses the common "addiction" to struggling with horses and its negative impact on the horse-human relationship.Key Takeaways- Importance of movement, breathing, and attention in shaping interactions with horses- Habitual worrying and struggling can create stress and strain in the brain- Personal experience of overcoming worry and stress with the help of a Feldenkrais practitioner- Tips for getting off the struggle train: connect with oneself, notice physical sensations without judgment, train the brain to focus on what is going well- Changing the brain's focus to what feels good and what the horse does easily promotes a positive and solution-oriented mindset- Being present, embracing compassionate curiosity, and expanding possibilities- Developing sensory acuity and intuition for unconscious insights on improving horse interactionsResources:Podcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h69Free rider masterclass: https://www.marydebono.com/riderEmail mary@marydebono.comAll information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice.  
16:00 4/18/24
Release Tension and Increase Flexibility by Rocking Your Horse
Rocking your horse can have positive effects on a horse's muscles, nervous system, and overall movement. Rocking should be done with lightness, effortlessness, and pleasure for both horse and rider. Being well-organized and coordinated is important for effective communication with the horse. Key Takeaways from this episode:- Dressage rider realizes that her horse isn't "stubborn" and "lazy" after all. - Learns to rock her horse from different parts of its body to initiate movement- Develops real feel for her horse and recognizes its innate desire to move- Discovers horse needs connection and congruency, not laziness or stubbornness- Rocking can have positive effects on horse's muscles, nervous system, and overall movement- Rocking should be done with lightness, effortlessness, and pleasure for both horse and rider- Being well-organized and coordinated is important for effective communication with the horse- Rocking should be done slowly and small to notice subtle differences and allow for nervous system improvements- Creating a learning environment where the horse chooses better options is crucial, rather than forcing or manipulatingResources:CLICK HERE FOR A SNEAK PEEK VIDEO of how I introduce Rocking with a horse,  which can lead to more comfortable, balanced, and athletic movement for the horse.And if that piques your interest, please check out the details for the Move with Your Horse online program. We'd love to have you join us!Podcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h68Free rider masterclass: https://www.marydebono.com/riderHave a question? Email mary@marydebono.com.All information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice. 
24:42 4/11/24
This is Key to Rounding Your Horse's Back
Did you know that your horse’s sternum plays a key role in helping your horse round the back easily?The sternum and ribs are often overlooked, yet they play a key role in ensuring horses have freer, healthier and more comfortable movement.In this episode, Mary Debono discusses the role of the rib cage in reducing stress and wear and tear on the horse’s back, neck and limbs.When horses are reminded how their rib cage can participate and support their movement, it can lead to freer, healthier backs, necks and legs. And more elegant, harmonious movement.And the same is true for you too!We take a deep dive into this in our Move with Your Horse online program and I’m excited to announce that enrollment is open for a limited time!CLICK HERE FOR A SNEAK PEEK VIDEO of how I introduce working with the horse's sternum which can lead to more comfortable, balanced, and athletic movement for the horse. And if that piques your interest, please check out the details for the Move with Your Horse online program. We'd love to have you join us! Learn how to improve your horse's movement and comfort by addressing rib cage restrictions. Gentle, hands-on movements can help by retraining the brain and inviting new movement possibilities for your horse. We want you AND your horse to feel better and move with greater ease.  That's why the Move with Your Horse program includes both Feldenkrais Method Ⓡ for humans and Debono Moves for horses, and includes pre-recorded videos AND live coaching. Our coaching and support is unmatched. Because you and your horse deserve to feel great. Together.  Podcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h67Have a question? Email mary@marydebono.com. All information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice. 
17:31 4/4/24
Girthy Horse? You'll Want to Hear This
💥 Sign up to be among the first to know when we open the doors to our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse! https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorseIn this episode, Mary Debono delves into the common challenge of girthy horses who dislike being tacked up and shares her mission to transform it into a positive experience for you and your horse:Transforming Tacking Up: Mary aims to not only help horses tolerate being tacked up but to genuinely enjoy the process. Yes, this is possible!Positive Reinforcement Using Food vs. Positive Reinforcement from Tacking Up: While acknowledging the effectiveness of food-based positive reinforcement, Mary emphasizes the importance of physically preparing the horse's sternum and rib cage area to enhance their comfort and movement possibilities and to make tacking up itself a pleasurable experience. Tuning into Body Language: Mary stresses the significance of observing the horse's reactions and body language during the tacking up process, allowing them to feel differently and empowering them with a choice.Improving Quality of Life: Mary discusses the profound impact of our interactions with horses on their quality of life, advocating for a clear and loving connection.Move with Your Horse Program: Mary introduces her online program utilizing the Feldenkrais MethodⓇ and Debono Moves to enhance movement, balance, and flexibility for both horse and rider. Listeners are encouraged to join the waitlist for more information and perks. Join the waitlist here. 🐴 Our Move with Your Horse program offers Feldenkrais lessons and live coaching so that you AND your horse can move and feel better than ever!💥 Sign up to be among the first to know when we open the doors to our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse! 🐴 https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorse 💥Podcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h66Tacking Up blog post mentioned in the episode Free rider masterclass: https://www.marydebono.com/riderEmail mary@marydebono.comAll information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice.  
20:04 3/28/24
The Surprising Key to Freer Hips
💥 Sign up to be among the first to know when we open the doors to our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse! https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorse Wish your hips were more flexible or comfortable? Learn why the Feldenkrais MethodⓇ is different from stretching and strengthening programs. To improve your hips, explore this holistic, whole-body approach to movement, so you AND your horse can experience more comfort, elegance, athleticism and harmony.Key Takeaways from the Podcast Episode:1. Hips are a Common Issue: Many people, across different ages and riding disciplines, struggle with tight, stiff, or uncomfortable hips. This is often a significant obstacle in riding comfortably and effectively.2. The Feldenkrais MethodⓇ:  Mary Debono discusses her personal experience with severe hip problems and how she found relief through the Feldenkrais Method. This method focuses on holistic approaches to movement and can offer relief from hip pain and stiffness.3. Unique Approach to Hip Improvement: Unlike other methods that may focus solely on stretching or strengthening the hip muscles, the Feldenkrais Method takes into account individual history, injuries, and unique structural differences. It aims to help individuals organize their movements more efficiently to relieve stress around the hips.4. Connection Between Human and Horse: Debono emphasizes the importance of integrating movement improvement for both humans and horses. Techniques like the Ischium Wave not only benefit the human but also help horses by transmitting ease and relaxation through their musculature.5. Whole Body Functional Approach: Instead of isolated exercises, the Feldenkrais Method encourages a holistic understanding of movement, emphasizing efficient coordination throughout the entire body. This approach fosters regenerative movement patterns, reducing wear and tear on joints and muscles.6. Biological Optimism: The method instills hope by encouraging curiosity about aches and pains, exploring ways to reduce effort and heal, and promoting coordinated movement to prevent compensation after injuries heal.7. Benefits of Joining the Move With Your Horse group: Debono invites listeners to join her program (opening our doors soon!), which offers live coaching, professionally pre-recorded videos, other supporting materials (pdfs, etc.), and a unique blend of human and horse movement improvement techniques.8. Encouragement to Explore Holistic Approaches: Listeners are encouraged to explore holistic, global approaches to addressing their own or their horse's movement issues, with the understanding that both human and horse deserve to feel great together.🐴 Our Move with Your Horse program offers Feldenkrais lessons and live coaching so that you AND your horse can move and feel better than ever!💥 Sign up to be among the first to know when we open the doors to our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse! 🐴 https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorse 💥Podcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h65Free rider masterclass: https://www.marydebono.com/riderEmail mary@marydebono.comAll information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice.  
30:30 3/21/24
Enhancing Flexibility, Balance and Strength at Any Age
Learn why the Feldenkrais MethodⓇ is gaining in popularity among equestrians. This innovative approach can improve your flexibility, balance and strength. And it can feel almost effortless.   In this episode, you'll hear how the Feldenkrais Method can improve your ability to ride easily and comfortably - at any age!    Want to know more? Key Takeaways:  Feldenkrais Method improves flexibility, balance, and strength, especially with age You can improve your riding and your confidence through Feldenkrais lessons Focuses on coordination and organization of the body for efficient movementHelps regain proprioception, balance, flexibility, and strength after injuries or agingTakes a holistic approach to physical and mental well-beingDoes not emphasize stretching, which can exacerbate inefficient movement habitsEnhances body awareness for riders and horsesImprove how you move and feel in and out of the saddle! 🐴 Our Move with Your Horse program offers Feldenkrais lessons and live coaching so that you AND your horse can move and feel better than ever! 💥 Sign up to be among the first to know when we open the doors to our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse! 🐴 https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorse 💥Podcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h64Free rider masterclass: https://www.marydebono.com/riderAll information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice. Please consult a qualified healthcare provider if you or your horse are unwell or injured. 
37:59 3/14/24
A Simple Way to Improve Body Awareness
Ready to improve your body awareness?  Mary Debono guides you through a transformative body scan exercise designed to enhance your body awareness and melt away tension. Discover how subtle shifts in your own body can lead to a more harmonious connection with your horse. This practice will not only improve your riding skills, but also leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. You'll also hear about our exciting new Move With Your Horse online group coaching program at the end of the podcast. https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorse 💥 Key Takeaways:Body awareness is crucial for riders to improve movement, reduce tension, and enhance their connection with horses.The body awareness exercise involves lying down comfortably and observing breathing patterns, followed by focusing on specific body parts with mindfulness.Gentle movements and visualization techniques can help promote relaxation and release tension.Transitioning mindfully to sitting and standing integrates newfound awareness into everyday activities.Developing body awareness contributes to a harmonious relationship with horses and improves overall well-being for both rider and horse.💥Want to learn how to help you and your horse even more? Sign up to be among the first to know when we open the doors to our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse! 🐴 https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorse 💥Podcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h63All information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice. Please consult a qualified healthcare provider if you or your horse are unwell or injured. 
35:05 3/8/24
Tiny Steps, Big Results: Mastering Movement Through Small Actions
💥Want to learn how to help you and your horse even more? Sign up to be among the first to know when we open the doors to our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse! 🐴 https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorse 💥Would you like to be more supple, balanced and strong? Would you like to improve your horse's movement too? In this episode, we'll discuss why simply repeating movements won't help, and can actually make things worse! Our bodies were made to move, but so often both we and our horses get stuck in less-than-ideal movement patterns. Mindless repetition of a movement won't fix the problem, it can exacerbate it. To improve a movement, you must focus on the quality of the movement, not the quantity. To do that, you must pay attention to how you initiate movement. This mindful method can dramatically improve your movement and your horse's movement. It's key to improving balance, flexibility, and power, and can help make you and your horse a more harmonious and elegant team.  Key TakeawaysFocus on the quality of a movement, not how many times you do it.Mindless repetition of a movement can make things worse! For better movement, pay close attention to how you initiate that movement.Slow down and make your movements smaller to build awareness of movement patterns.Work on non-habitual movements to engage your nervous system.Honor the 4 keys of healthy movement: Relaxed breathing, effortlessness, appropriate posture, and reversibility.Prioritize a sense of ease in your movement.Focus on the easier side first before exploring the more challenging side.Always stop and rest for a moment between movements to let your muscles fully relax.You communicate your underlying sense of ease (or lack thereof) to your horse.Movement should feel good!💥Want to learn how to help you and your horse even more? Sign up to be among the first to know when we open the doors to our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse! 🐴 https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorse 💥Podcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h62All information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice. Please consult a qualified healthcare provider if you or your horse are unwell or injured. 
29:28 2/29/24
Letting Go: A Key to Healthier Movement for You and Your Horse
Learn Practical Strategies to Cultivate Awareness and Release Tension Join host Mary Debono as she explores the harmful effects of doing too much, both for humans and horses. Through anecdotes and insights, discover how excessive tension impacts movement and well-being. Learn practical strategies to cultivate awareness and release unnecessary effort. Tune in for a transformative discussion on achieving greater ease, harmony, and vitality in your life and your equine partnerships.💥Want to learn how to help you and your horse even more? Sign up to be among the first to know when we open the doors to our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse! 🐴 https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorse 💥Podcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h61Key Takeaways 🔑- The Feldenkrais MethodⓇ teaches how to let go of unnecessary tension and find a balance between doing and not doing.- In horses, tightness in the back can be caused by a lack of flexibility in the rib cage.- The Feldenkrais MethodⓇ and Debono Moves help horses and humans develop a sensory distinction between engaging and not engaging certain muscles.- Small, slow movements and focusing on initiating movements from different points can develop this sensory distinction.- Unnecessary tension and effort in humans can be felt by horses and affect their interactions and well-being.- Increasing awareness of how we move, breathe, and direct our attention can positively impact our relationship with horses.- The key is to do less and find ways to make movements feel easier by letting go of unnecessary tension.All information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice. Please consult a qualified healthcare provider if you or your horse are unwell or injured. 
26:30 2/23/24
Are You Crooked? Tips for Overcoming Uneven Seat Bones
Do you feel crooked in the saddle? You're not alone! In this episode of Easier Movement, Happier Horses, we'll dive into the problem of uneven seat bones.This common issue isn't just about aesthetics. It can affect your riding ability, contribute to a lack of confidence, create physical discomfort, and even throw your horse off balance.It’s an incredibly common problem for riders. And the thing is, you may be crooked even if you feel perfectly even!But your HORSE feels your unevenness.In this episode, you’ll learn:The surprising consequences: Discover how imbalances affect you and your horse, from postural stress to communication glitches. ‍Keys to conquering crookedness: Slow down, embrace playful exploration, and use approaches like the Feldenkrais MethodⓇ to find your center - effortlessly.Your free roadmap to a more balanced seat: The 3 videos from my free rider masterclass are a good foundation to help you become more aware and responsive in your seat.   Grab the free rider masterclass here. 💥💥Grab the FREE rider masterclass videos here:  https://www.marydebono.com/riderAfter you do all three videos from the rider masterclass, I invite you to explore this additional video to improve even more. (But please don't skip over the first 3 videos - they’re essential!)  You can find the fourth, bonus video here.  ⬅️💥Want to improve even more? Sign up to be among the first to know when we open the doors to our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse! 🐴 https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorsePodcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h60All information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice. Please consult a qualified healthcare provider if you or your horse are unwell or injured.  
41:10 2/15/24
Detecting Imbalances: What You Can Learn from Listening to Your Horse's Footfalls
You may pay attention to how your horse looks and feels, but do you notice how your horse SOUNDS? Listening to your horse's footfalls can help you detect imbalances in your horse's movement and posture. And catching such imbalances early, while they're hardly noticeable, may prevent them from turning into more serious problems.In this episode, Mary will explain what it may mean if your horse's footfalls sound uneven.  And you'll learn why intentionally listening to your horse can strengthen your ability to notice when something is "not quite right" with your horse.  And help you take steps to guide your horse back to balanced, healthy movement.   💥Sign up here for free classes and be among the first to know when we open the doors to our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse! https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorseEasily improve your movement and position in our FREE rider masterclass.Feldenkrais® for Riders videos: https://www.marydebono.com/riderPodcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h59All information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice. Please consult a qualified healthcare provider if you or your horse are unwell or injured. 
11:04 2/8/24
4 Elements of Healthy Movement - Do You and Your Horse Have Them?
Want you and your horse to move easier and feel better? In this episode, you'll learn about 4 key characteristics of healthy movement for you and your horse. You'll hear why one or more of these essentials may disappear when you tack up your horse or step into the saddle.  Learn how you and your horse can embody these 4 qualities in your everyday life for a healthier and more harmonious way of interacting with each other.1. Introduction (00:00 - 00:00)2. Sense of Effortlessness (02:00 - 00:00)3. Optimal Posture (09:00 - 00:00)4. Appropriate Breathing (15:00 - 00:00)5. Reversibility (21:00 - 00:00)6. Observing Your Horse (28:00 - 00:00)7. Interacting with Your Horse (33:00 - 00:00)8. Conclusion (40:00 - 00:00)💥Sign up here for free classes and be among the first to know when we open the doors to our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse! https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorseEasily improve your movement and position in our FREE rider masterclass.Feldenkrais® for Riders videos: https://www.marydebono.com/riderPodcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h58All information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice. 
29:15 2/1/24
Mindful Movements: True Flexibility for You and Your Horse
Host Mary Debono, Feldenkrais Method Practitioner, shares insightful stories and practical wisdom on the profound impact of cultivating flexibility of body and mind for horses and riders. Mary describes real-life examples, showcasing how gentle, mindful movements can lead to remarkable changes in posture and physical comfort as well as the emotional well-being of both humans and horses.  Learn how flexibility of body and mind can be a solution to common challenges Mary shares examples of how she has helped riders improve their posture, leg position, and confidence - effortlesslyFlexibility in body and mind allows for improved posture, reduced tension, and increased confidenceHear why your underlying sense of ease or effort impacts your interactions with others, including your horseMary provides examples of how she has helped horses with various issues, leading to improved behavior and well-being💥Easily improve your movement and position in our FREE rider masterclass.Feldenkrais® for Riders videos: https://www.marydebono.com/riderPodcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h57All information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice. 
25:19 1/25/24
An Exercise to Develop Feel and Improve Your Connection with Your Horse
Feel begins with being aware of your own body and movements. Here's an effective exercise that can help you become more sensitive to yourself AND your horse.   Enhancing awareness of your own body is the first step to developing a greater feel of your horse. But it doesn't end there. It's also critical to be aware of your horse's body and movements.  In this episode, I walk you through a simple, effective exercise that can help you become more sensitive to yourself AND your horse.   You'll also learn how to: Develop informed intuition to strengthen your relationship with your horseTrain your brain to pay attention to important information so you can be more in tune with what the horse is feeling and experiencing.Reduce unnecessary so you can feel more 1. Developing Your Feel: An Exercise to Elevate Your Horsemanship (00:00 - 07:18)2. Feeling the Residual Effects of Working With Your Horse's Rib Cage (07:19 - 14:55)3. Exploring Informed Intuition through Sensing your Horse (14:56 - 23:13)4. Train Your Brain and Strengthen Your Relationship with Your Horse (23:13 - 26:32)💥Sign up here for free classes and be among the first to know when we open the doors to our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse! https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorseEasily improve your movement and position in our FREE rider masterclass.Feldenkrais® for Riders videos: https://www.marydebono.com/riderPodcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h56All information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice. 
26:47 5/11/23
Body Awareness and Emotional Well-Being: The Benefits of Touching Your Horse
Would you like to take something that you're probably already doing and make it much more beneficial for your horse?In this short episode, you can learn how to:Develop your ability to tune in to your horse and identify areas of tension or sorenessReduce neuromuscular tension in your horse, promoting relaxation and comfortStimulates the CLTMs, specialized nerve fibers that facilitate communication and connection between you and your horseImproves your horse's body awareness and proprioception, which can enhance their balance, coordination, and athletic performancePromotes a centered and focused mindset for both you and your horse, fostering a calm and meaningful interaction1. Establish a Better Bond with Your Horse Through Neuro Receptor Stimulation (00:00 - 06:12)2. Developing Informed Intuition: Slow, Gentle Stroking for Enhancing Horse-Human Contact (06:13 - 11:43)3. Unlocking the Power of Intuitive Horsemanship (11:43 - 16:52)💥Sign up here for free classes and be among the first to know when we open the doors to our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse! https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorseEasily improve your movement and position in our FREE rider masterclass.Feldenkrais® for Riders videos: https://www.marydebono.com/riderPodcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h55All information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice. 
18:01 4/27/23
Unlocking Your Potential: The Four Pillars of Healthy Movement
Many of us move in ways that lead to injury, strain and pain.  That's a recipe for resistance and frustration - for both you and your horse!  In this episode, you'll discover how to use the 4 pillars of healthy movement to improve your athletic ability and be a better partner for your horse.   1. The Four Hallmarks of Healthy and Efficient Movement (00:00 - 05:59)2. What Your Posture Can Indicate (05:59 - 11:48)3. Moving with Ease and Pleasure: Why Your Horse's Posture Matters (11:48 - 17:32)4. Harnessing the Power of Connected Breathing to Influence a Horse's Physical and Emotional State (17:32 - 22:54)5. Four Hallmarks of Healthy Equine Movement (22:54 - 28:10)💥Sign up here for free classes and be among the first to know when we open the doors to our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse! https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorse Easily improve your movement and position in our FREE rider masterclass.Feldenkrais® for Riders videos: https://www.marydebono.com/riderPodcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h54All information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice. 
29:02 4/20/23
Reshape Your Self-Image to Move with Ease, Elegance and Balance
Did you know that YOU get to decide who you are?Not your parents, teachers, siblings, friends, coworkers, or random people on the internet. But most of us don’t realize that. We’ve let others shape us and decide who we are. We create our identities, often at a young age. And these identities can often prevent us from achieving our full athletic and creative potential.  The good news is that you CAN reshape your identity! You can create a self-image that's aligned with who you truly want to be. This new self-image can help you become a healthier, more elegant move. A more skilled horsewoman. Even a cool-as-a-cucumber artist!   In this episode, I share simple, effective ways you can reshape your self-image and upgrade your life. Thanks for listening and sharing!1. Creating an Identity - Take Ownership and Decide Who You Are (00:00 - 06:05)2. Discover How to Transform Your Self-Image with the Feldenkrais Method (06:05 - 12:02)3. Shaping Your Identity to Move with Elegance, Grace, and Balance (12:02 - 18:11)4. Reshaping Your Identity and Giving Your Brain Evidence of Improvement: An Example from Feldenkrais Lessons (18:12 - 23:40)5. Raise Your Standards To Match Your Desired Identity: How Small Movements Can Rewire Your Brain for Elegant and Powerful Movement (23:40 - 29:35)6. The Power of Taking Charge: How Your Actions Shape Your Identity To Live Your Best Life With Your Horse (29:35 - 35:18)7. Thank You For Paying Attention to What Matters: The Move with Your Horse & Effortless Movement Programs (35:19 - 37:09)💥Doors to our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse are now open! Get all the details here: https://www.marydebono.com/mwyh0423💥Mentioned in this episode:https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorseEasily improve your movement and position in our FREE rider masterclass.Feldenkrais® for Riders videos: https://www.marydebono.com/riderPodcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h53All information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice. 
38:16 3/23/23
Secrets to Moving Effortlessly at Any Age
Let's talk about how you - and your horse - can effortlessly improve your movement and well-being. Despite aging, injuries or even limiting beliefs!Here's what you can learn in this episode:  1. Keeping Mobility, Flexibility, Balance and Confidence Despite Aginng or Injury (or both!) Tips to Help (00:00 - 05:58)2. Embracing Biological Optimism: Compounding Benefits of Attention and Movement (05:58 - 12:12)3. Embracing Biological Optimism and Improving  Despite Age and Injury (12:12 - 18:21)4. Enhancing Your Horse's Performance and Well-being by Improving YOUR Movement & Mindset  (18:22 - 24:43)5. Discover How You and Your Horse Can Move with Ease:  Free Classes Now Available! (24:43 - 25:34)💥I'm offering FREE classes! Just sign up here and you'll get an invite soon:  https://www.marydebono.com/joinhorse. This is the waitlist for our online group coaching program, Move with Your Horse. There's no obligation, just free stuff. Resources:Easily improve your movement and position in our FREE rider masterclass.Feldenkrais® for Riders videos: https://www.marydebono.com/riderPodcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h52All information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice. 
26:41 3/16/23
Connection, Not Correction: The Key to Improvement for You and Your Horse
Let's talk about how you can effortlessly improve your movement. And your horse's performance. Many of us force ourselves into a straighter posture and endure uncomfortable stretches in an attempt to improve our position and flexibility. And we use that same mindset with our horses. We use our seat, legs, hands and voice to "get" a horse to bend through a corner, pick up the right lead or round their back and engage their hind legs. We're constantly correcting ourselves and our horses!   And while this approach is common, it's not effective. Nor kind.In this episode, I offer you a kinder, more mindful alternative. This connecting approach not only feels better, it's also effective, it enhances body awareness AND it can elevate your relationship with your horse.  Here's what you'll learn in this episode: Connecting with and feeling what is happening can result in improved emotional regulation and a sense of freedom and well-being for both you and your horse. This is huge! Distinguishing between effort and strain is important so that all parts of the body can work in harmony. Alternative approaches to correcting problem movements and habits can be more successful than simply trying to resist them.Building a strong connection with your horse is essential to create a comfortable and enjoyable tacking up and riding  experience.Observing your horse's movement habits can lead to profound improvements.💥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!Resources:Easily improve your movement and position in our FREE rider masterclass.Feldenkrais® for Riders videos: https://www.marydebono.com/riderPodcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h51All information is for general educational purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice. 
23:01 2/23/23
A Better Way to Improve Shoulder Movement
This episode will introduce a novel way to improve shoulder movement in you and your horse.  And it's all about working with the rib cage! Mary will describe the innovative way she helps humans and horses overcome ligament and tendon injuries and restore free, healthy movement to the shoulders.You'll hear what NOT to do as well. Mary explains why stretching the limb may exacerbate the restriction.  Learn why Mary's "Rib Rope" can help horses and humans unlock freer, healthier shoulder and neck movement. It also enhances body awareness and may reduce the risk of injury.  (A link to vide about the Rib Rope is below.)💥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!Mentioned in this episode:💥Click here for video to improve your shoulder movement: https://app.searchie.io/watch/l7qL79owN9  Rib Rope video: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/a-surprising-use-for-your-lead-ropeA short video about human shoulder and rib cage anatomy: https://app.searchie.io/watch/l7qLX83yq9Easily improve your movement and position in our FREE rider masterclass.Feldenkrais® for Riders videos: https://www.marydebono.com/riderPodcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h50All information is for general educations purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice. 
23:22 2/16/23
Stubborn No More: Unlock Your Horse's Enthusiasm by Matching Movement
Do you wish your horse was more willing and enthusiastic? Do you ever think of your horse as lazy or stubborn? Do you wish your horse would pay more attention to you?In this episode, Mary gives you tips to use leading as a fun way to connect with your horse and have a more willing, enthusiastic equine partner. Done mindfully, a simple activity, such as leading your horse, can become an exercise that can refine your communication, improve movement and elevate your relationship with 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!Mentioned in this episode:😲 Short video of my horse, Breeze, chasing me with a whip: https://youtu.be/WGRPEdhKbp0Simple Haltering Changes to Improve the Relationship with Your Horse: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h48Why You Should Lead Your Horse From the Wrong Side:  https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h47 Easily improve your movement and position in our FREE rider masterclass.Feldenkrais® for Riders videos: https://www.marydebono.com/riderPodcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h49All information is for general educations purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice. 
21:52 2/9/23
Simple Haltering Changes to Improve the Relationship with Your Horse
Discover how haltering sets the tone for your interaction with your horse and how simple changes  can elevate your equine relationship. You'll hear how mindful haltering can even improve your horse's willingness and athletic performance! In this episode, you'll learn why it's important to pay attention to subtle cues that your horse is giving you that can either strengthen - or weaken - your relationship. With the right approach, basic interactions such as haltering can be used to create a solid foundation of trust between 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!Mentioned in this episode:Why You Should Lead Your Horse From the Wrong Side:  https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h47Easily improve your movement and position in our FREE rider masterclass.Feldenkrais® for Riders videos: https://www.marydebono.com/riderPodcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h48All information is for general educations purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice. Tags: equine movement, human movement, mindset,  habits
19:36 2/2/23