Anna Gordon – Redmond “Equine Locomotion” Clinic

Anna Gordon-Redmond “Equine Locomotion” Clinic 1

  • Ashen Equestrian Centre
  • July 16th – 18th 2024
Anna brings a unique and highly skilled, gentle but rigorous approach to rider-horse communication, Anna coaches clinics in Europe, America and South Africa and is a RWYM Coach and Bodyworker.  Anna’s impact on horses and owners has to be experienced to be believed and I am delighted she is returning to Ashen E.C. to share some of her more recent discoveries. 

Anna says, “In spite of good care, riding and ethical training some horses still struggle to stay connected and sound in their “back”, gut, mind, wind, and limb.  Clinic 1 gives a solid basic understanding of key aspects of healthy equine locomotion and what happens when locomotion patterns are disrupted. Participants will come out with some hands on ways they can really help their horses’ bodies stay online. They can also make much better informed decisions about riding, training and care. Horses receiving bodywork will be helped to make space in their bodies to reconnect “offline” tissue and to have more healthy movement possibilities, giving them a better sense of themself as a connected whole.  New equine locomotion discoveries not only underpin whole body soundness for horses, but will help your body to understand what locomotion movement to enable, promote and allow under you as you ride. This deepens your understanding and ability to have a correct (biomechanically beneficial and beautiful) rein CONTACT. As a side effect, you may also find changes in your human locomotion, in the connection of your own neck and pelvis towards freer, more sustainable movement.” 

 

Day 1 July 16th

  • Bodywork with Anna for Owners’ horses.
  • “Putting space in the system”.
  • Owners to be present for their horse’s session and to observe for the day.
  • Participants, please observe bodywork sessions, quietly from a distance.
  • Each horse’s session approx. one and a half hours, the schedule for the day will be emailed in advance of the clinic.
  • 6.30pm
  • Welcome Information/Discussion.
  • A few ideas to percolate overnight.
  • Followed by BBQ.
  • For Owners and Participants.
  • Auditors from 6pm please.

Day 2 July 17th

  • Workshop:
  • Before putting “hands on” horses”, inviting safe introspection.
  • Systems thinking.
  • Body Tensegrity.
  • The body’s sense of itself: How the brain experiences tissue.
  • TLF-Thoraco-lumbar-fascia: The great connector: reinstating a powerful ally. Implications if it is compromised.
  • LUNCH (please bring yours)
  • Practical:
  • “The neurological handshake”. Thoracic inlet.
  • TLF “Ironing”.
  • (If time) Belly circles- opening possibilities for the ventral line and ribs.
  • Owners, Participants and Auditors to attend all day.
  • Owners and Participants will get “hands on”, Auditors to observe. 
  • Participants (max 1 in addition to Owner per horse) will be allocated a horse and Owner to learn with by Anna.

Day 3 July 18th

  • Locomotion.
  • Workshop:
  • Evolution and lifestyle: Primary movement needs: How these are met structurally.
  • Having a Fishy past: The 3 Loops.
  • How hind end locomotion should work and relationship to front end.
  • BREAK
  • When hind end locomotion is compromised functional compensations that become pathological: ripple effect, front end implications.
  • LUNCH (please bring yours)
  • Practical:
  • Supporting “rewiring” tissue/brain connections and “urban regeneration” areas in the brain.
  • Revisit Neurological Handshake, and TLF Ironing.
  • Lateral (Sensory Platform) Rainbow (but only if you and horse are ready).
  • Hind leg hammocks
  • Workshop
  • Tensegrity really is a thing- why Anna bodyworked your horse before you started.
  • How this might help –
  • Underpin what you already do.
  • How you see your horse.
  • Horses moving.
  • Riding.
  • Management.
  • Rehab strategies.
  • What you can expect in Clinic 2.
  • Owners, Participants and Auditors to attend all day.
  • Owners and Participants will get “hands on”, Auditors to observe. 
  • Participants (max 1 in addition to Owner per horse) will be allocated a horse and Owner to learn with by Anna.

Options –

Owner Places (Max 5, FULLY BOOKED, contact me to join waiting list (those booked as Participants (see below) will have priority booking for Owner Places should one become available)

  • 3 Day Clinic.
  • One and half hour bodywork session for your horse with Anna on day 1.
  • Observation, from a distance, of other bodywork sessions with Anna on day 1.
  • Evening BBQ on day 1.
  • Learn and apply bodywork with your horse with Anna and a Participant working with you and your horse on days 2 & 3.
  • All workshops on days 1, 2 & 3.
  • DIY livery for your horse throughout the clinic.  Dust free bedding provided and turn-out in individual paddock weather and bodywork permitting.
  • £450
  • Please click here to pay a £100 deposit to secure your place.  The balance will be invoiced and is payable in June.

Participant Places (Max 5) –

  • 3 Day Clinic.
  • Observation of bodywork sessions with Anna on day 1.
  • Evening BBQ on day 1.
  • Learn and apply bodywork with Anna and an Owner on days 2 & 3.
  • All workshops on days 1, 2 & 3.
  • £250
  • Please click here to pay a £80 deposit to secure your place.  The balance will be invoiced and is payable in June.

Auditor Places (Max 10) –

  • 2 Day Clinic, plus “Welcome Workshop” on day 1.
  • So that horses can settle we request arrive on or after 6pm in time to join the 6.30pm “Welcome Workshop Information/Discussion”, followed by BBQ on day 1.
  • Join all workshops on days 2 & 3.
  • Observation of all bodywork with Anna, the Owners and Participants on days 2 & 3.
  • £150
  • Please click here to pay a £50 deposit to secure your place.  The balance will be invoiced and is payable in June.

Hook up also available @ £20 per night, £15 per night to Strider Club Members.