Refining The Equispeak Language
Equispeak Dance is a progression of the Learning Modules of the Equispeak Alphabet. Once you have understood the alphabet and progressed your skills to making words and sentences, it is time to try your hand at refining the language, adding some adjectives and adverbs!
Equispeak Dance Lessons
You are introduced to the advanced groundwork exercises for horses and in-hand lessons based on Alexandra Kurland’s work as well as movements taken from the Classical Schools, including Bent Branderup, Bettina Drummond and Anja Beran to mention a few of the best horse trainers I have learned from.
We start with the rein mechanics but without the reins. Learning how to carry on a conversation first without reins and then via a cue transfer process through the reins with the lightest of tactile yet non-aversive cues is the goal. Here I build your eye and feel even more to recognize and capture the correct bio-mechanical movement in the horse to ensure soundness.
Using Dynamic Food Delivery
This leads us to exercises using dynamic food delivery to activate awareness in the horses body. Each exercise builds on the subtlety of moving together as partners in a dance, with each partner whispering to each other through tactile and energy cues. These groundwork exercises for horses develop the balance and self-carriage of the horse.
Preparation and Ridden Work
Following easily after the preparation exercises you will see shoulder-in and haunches-in readily becoming available during your dancing. The classical groundwork exercises for horses combined with the cue transfer process will allow the work to transfer seamlessly without frustration into ridden work.
To Ride Or Not To Ride
You may choose to ride or not. Enjoying your dance is not based on being able to or wanting to ride and so makes Equispeak Dance and it's groundwork exercises for horses is perfect for both young horses or older horses (and older ‘riders’) to continue to dance well into their golden years together. You can still be a horse trainer and not ride!