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Author: 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.
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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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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
In this episode, you’ll learn how horses and humans get stuck in “habit ruts” that contribute to stiffness, soreness and general unhappiness. Mary will explain how to use small changes to your everyday routine to break out of that rut and help you and your horse become more flexible, focused and enthusiastic.  You’ll discover how to use novelty and variation to improve balance, confidence and body awareness. Ultimately, you’ll understand that breaking out of your routine not only improves your body, but your mind as well. After you listen to this episode, I hope your newfound awareness gives you the confidence to reach for your dreams!      💥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:A Common Cause of Back Pain in Horses and Humans (Episode #46):  https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h46Easily 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/h47All information is for general educations purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice. 
Understanding and Addressing Back Pain in Horses and Riders Back pain and stiffness is a very common problem for horses and humans alike. And there's often a common reason why your back - or your horse's back - gets stiff and sore. In this podcast episode, I explain what that reason is and how you can prevent back soreness or stiffness in you and your horse.  I also include FREE resources to help you prevent or relieve minor back discomfort* and tension in 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 mentioned in this episode:VIDEO:  Relieve Your Horse's Back Tension in MinutesARTICLE: The Secret to Rounding Your Horse's Back: blog post explains how you can help your horse round their back in a healthy, comfortable way: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/the-secret-to-rounding-your-horse-s-back 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/h46 * Always consult a veterinarian if you suspect that your horse has pain, stiffness or tension. And please consult your own medical professional if you experience those symptoms. All info here is for general educations purposes ONLY and doesn't constitute medical or veterinary advice.
I'm sharing a quick, sure-fire way to tame your anxiety.  It's a simple, powerful exercise that you can do almost anywhere. And it'll not only reduce your stress and calm your nerves, it'll get you into a more creative, receptive state. That means you'll come up with creative solutions to problems.In addition to feeling happier and more confident,  the exercise will help you see challenges in a new way.  You'll be able to stop your "worry habit" in its tracks and maximize your joy and resourcefulness instead. Whether you often feel stress or anxiety about your horse, your career, your family, colleagues or anything else, this easy exercise can help you discover a happier, more helpful path forward.   Your horse definitely wants you to listen to this podcast! 😊❤️🐴  💥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!Podcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h45FREE resources:Easily improve your movement and position in our FREE rider masterclass.Feldenkrais® for Riders videos: https://www.marydebono.com/rider
Whether you want to improve your horse's athletic performance, confidence or comfort,  there's a KEY step that needs to happen.  And I'll tell you all about it in this episode.  This key step has benefits for you too. It refines your communication, enhances your feel and helps you connect more deeply with your horse.What's really cool is that when you help your horse improve their movement, it opens improvement in other areas as well. Your horse can begin to experience greater ease and comfort in other activities, such as being groomed, tacked up, ridden, etc. In other words, they can feel better about these experiences too!All of this equine improvement takes involvement on your part, of course. And in this episode, I describe how I help horses feel better. And how you can too.     💥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 the podcast:Popular previous episode: Using Everyday Situations to Build Trust with Your Horse https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h43https://www.marydebono.com/blog/girthy%20horse - Girthy Horse? Simple Steps Make Saddling a Pleasure (Our most popular blog post!) Podcast show notes for THIS episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h44FREE resources:Easily improve your movement and position in our FREE rider masterclass.Feldenkrais® for Riders videos: https://www.marydebono.com/rider   
If your horse expresses displeasure when being groomed, tacked up or blanketed, how do you respond? Do you correct your horse with a verbal "Hey, knock it off!"?  Or do you administer a slap?Or do you reassess what you're doing and (gasp!) actually LISTEN to your horse?This episode explores common situations that equestrians encounter with their horses. Horses that wave a hind leg, pin their ears, gnash their teeth or bite when being blanketed, groomed or tacked up. We explore various ways you can respond to these scenarios. You'll learn how responding with physical corrections or even threats can shut down communication and damage your relationship with your horse. Plus, it doesn't feel good to either of you!You'll learn safe, intelligent and KIND responses that can leave both you and your horse feeling good.  You'll hear how choosing to respond with kindness and cooperation refines your communication and builds trust in each other.  After all, you love your horse. Your horse is your partner, your friend. Let your actions - and your relationship - reflect that.💥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!Blog posts mentioned in the podcast:https://www.marydebono.com/blog/girthy%20horse - Girthy Horse? Simple Steps Make Saddling a Pleasure (Our most popular blog post!) https://www.marydebono.com/blog/think-outside-the-stallFREE 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/h43
Want to move with greater ease AND feel happier too? You're in luck! Feldenkrais Method movement lessons not only help improve posture, flexibility and balance, but may help you cultivate greater happiness, optimism and wellbeing too.In this episode, Mary explains  how doing Feldenkrais movements can help you feel better about yourself AND give you the tools to keep improving each and every year!💥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/riderWant more Feldenkrais® movement lessons? Email me at mary@marydebono.com.  Put "More Feldenkrais" in the subject line. Podcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h42
You may think that creating strong habits around exercise is a good way to achieve your health and fitness goals. But what if I told you that your exercise habits could be increasing your risk of strain, stiffness and plain old boredom?    In this episode, I'll share key elements that you can add to your movement program to make it healthier and more effective. And even more interesting!BONUS: You can apply these key elements to your horse's exercise, so your horse can benefit too. 💥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/riderPodcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h41
You've probably have heard that if you want to improve, you have to push beyond your comfort zone. You're encouraged to go to your maximum, to develop more willpower. But is that approach REALLY serving you?In this episode, learn when it's more effective to stay WITHIN your range of ease and comfort.  You'll learn why pushing to your limit can backfire. And why you'll probably improve faster if choose to move with ease, lightness and pleasure.   You'll also hear how you can apply this mindful approach to helping improve your HORSE'S movement too. And best of all, you and your horse will enjoy the process!   💥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/riderPodcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h40
Did you know that you can improve your movement simply by changing the very beginning of a movement? You can develop better body awareness and improve your coordination simply by pausing and changing the very BEGINNING of a movement. This applies to any movement that you do, including riding, leading your horse, taking hold of your steering wheel, walking or any other movement you do.  This is a fun exercise that has applications to your horse was well. In fact, I teach students in my online group coaching program how to help their HORSES change how they initiate movement.  (That program is called Move with Your Horse. Click here to get on the wait list. There's  no obligation.)Listen to this podcast episode to learn WHY changing how you initiate movement is a key element in being able to improve your movement. And get some tips on how to pout it into practice! 💥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/riderPodcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h39Join our free Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/happyhealthyhorsewomen
Do you think that you lack the talent, opportunity or confidence to ride better? Do you think that your horse is too stiff, spooky or lazy to do the things you really want to do?     If you answered yes to even one of those questions, you have have a limiting belief. And you're not alone.  Virtually all of us have a BUNCH of limiting beliefs in different areas of our lives. And that's a shame. Because limiting beliefs prevent us from creating the life we really want.In this short episode, you'll get simple action steps that will help you recognize and dismiss limiting beliefs from your mind.  And you can have fun doing it.      💥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/riderPodcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h38Join our free Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/happyhealthyhorsewomen
In this episode, Mary shares inspiring thoughts from members of her Happy, Healthy Horsewomen community. You'll hear what they learned from their horses. And how their horses gently (and sometimes not so gently!) pointed out where and how they could improve. In listening to their horses, these women learned a lot about themselves. And not only did the improve their horsemanship, but their everyday lives improved as well.I hope you enjoy these lessons from the horses! 💖🐴 FREE resources:💥Unlock your horse's potential! Join our FREE 5-day challenge at https://www.marydebono.com/unlock. 💥In this free 5-day challenge, Mary will be teaching simple, effective methods to help you unlock your horse’s amazingness. And I bet that you’ll feel better too! For extra incentive and fun, they’ll even be prizes. 😊 Podcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h37Join our free Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/happyhealthyhorsewomen
Do you want more flexible hips? Or do you wish you were more balanced, relaxed and confident in the saddle? In this episode you’ll learn something that's ESSENTIAL to helping you achieve those goals.  And that's to identify the TYPE of horse person you are. I’m not talking about whether you’re a dressage rider, a jumper, a trail rider or a reiner. I’m talking about a more BASIC part of your identity.  In this episode you’ll learn why identifying who you are, at your CORE, will align your intentions with your actions and allow you to reach your equine goals and dreams.  Let's do this together! FREE resources:💥Unlock your horse's potential! Join our FREE 5-day challenge at https://www.marydebono.com/unlock. 💥In this free 5-day challenge, Mary will be teaching simple, effective methods to help you unlock your horse’s amazingness. And I bet that you’ll feel better too! For extra incentive and fun, they’ll even be prizes. 😊 Hurry, we begin Nov. 7, 2022. Podcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h36Join our free Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/happyhealthyhorsewomen Story Mary mentioned on podcast: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/think-outside-the-stall 
Learn 3 questions that’ll transform your mindset and help you reach your equestrian goals. First, you’ll get clear on what you really want. Then you’ll learn how to harness the power of your brain to challenge your so-called limitations and start creating the reality where your dreams DO come true! FREE resources: 💥Unlock your horse's potential! Join our FREE 5-day challenge at https://www.marydebono.com/unlock. 💥 In this free 5-day challenge, Mary will be teaching simple, effective methods to help you unlock your horse’s amazingness. And I bet that you’ll feel better too! For extra incentive and fun, they’ll even be prizes. 😊 Sign up here: https://www.marydebono.com/unlock. Podcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h35Join our free Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/happyhealthyhorsewomen
We’ve reached the FINAL 2 key things you can do to enhance your horse’s body and mind. I call this improvement Unlocking Your Horse’s Superpowers. You’ll hear why it's common for us to get stuck in routines that dull our senses and keep us trapped in unhealthy patterns. And how introducing novelty into your life can help you and your horse get free from those restrictions.We’ll talk about how non-habitual sensations and experiences can get the attention of your horse’s brain. And how this newfound attention can create fresh, exciting possibilities for how you and your horse move, think, and feel.You’ll learn how your limiting beliefs may be holding your horse back. And how you can trade those unhelpful stories you’ve been telling yourself for ones that will delight you. And your horse.These 7 keys can truly transform you and your horse, so I'm excited to share them with you. I’ll discuss the remaining keys in future episodes. We’re also going to have an online challenge around these 7 keys. Please stay tuned!💥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/riderPodcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h34Join our free Facebook group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/happyhealthyhorsewomen
There are 7 key things to enhance your horse’s body and mind. I call this improvement Unlocking Your Horse’s Superpowers. This episode will explore the 4th and 5th keys.In this episode, you’ll learn how common it is to habitually tense your muscles more than necessary. And how this chronic sense of contraction and strain interfere with your freedom of movement and restricts your horse’s movement too.I’ll share a simple way to break out of this downward spiral and help you develop FEEL, which is one of the most important skills to have as a horse person.In short, you’ll learn how to lay the foundation for easier, healthier ways for you and your horse to move together.These 7 keys can truly transform you and your horse, so I’m excited to share them with you. I'll discuss the remaining keys in future episodes. We’re also going to have an online challenge around these 7 keys. Please, stay tuned!💥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/riderPodcast show notes for this episode: https://www.marydebono.com/blog/h33Join our free Facebook group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/happyhealthyhorsewomen
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