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ABOUT EQUI-TERPSICHORE

THE ESSENCE

 

Equi-Terspichore combines a trauma-informed and neuro-science-based approach to connecting with our horses as it relates to the mammalian nervous system and brain, as well as the benefits of both positive and negative reinforcement-based learning, coupled with the essence of the classical dressage movements on the ground and in riding.

 

The focus of this approach is finding and developing both the horse’s and human’s felt sense of safety in relationship by creating a space of awareness, attunement, consent, and collaboration. From this foundation of trusting communication, we can explore the biomechanics of healthy movement together.

 

"Terpsichore" (terp·si·koh·ree) is one of the nine Greek muses, she is the goddess of dance. Her name means to delight in dancing. This, along with our motto of consensual, classical, collaboration, is what we strive to embody in our interaction with horses.​
 

By honouring our horse's consent to connection and communication, incorporating the science of the mammalian nervous system and brain as well as the principles of positive reinforcement training; we discover a delight in the process of learning to dance together as we study and put into practice the wisdom of the classical grandmasters from the ground, at liberty, and in riding.

Over the years of learning and growth, I have experienced over and over again how our own authenticity, awareness, and attunement, along with an understanding of the horse's heart, mind, body, and spirit, is a holistic pathway to finding harmony and synergy in the dance together.

Along with my passion for learning, I love sharing my experience with others, so that they too can enjoy the wonderful feeling of connection when their horses enthusiastically consent to the training journey together.

MY OWN LEARNING PATHWAY

 

I was fortunate enough to have had horses in my life from a very young age. I competed in Childrens and Juniors through into Adults in Showing, Dressage, Show Jumping, and Equitation. 

 

My first big paradigm shift happened after reading the book Tug of War: Classical versus Modern Dressage by Gerd Heuschmann. I shifted my training approach towards more Classically based principles. Another shift happened shortly after this; I broke my ankle on a hike and couldn't ride for a year. I started exploring groundwork, particularly connecting with my horses at liberty and this sparked a whole new passion in me.

 

Once my ankle had healed, I had a strong desire to find a way to combine the beauty of Classical Dressage with the freedom and relationship of liberty with my horses. I explored many avenues and found inspiration from the amazing horse-people around the world who were on the same path.

 

In my search for a balance between the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual areas of being with and working with horses, I studied and qualified as a certified ST Instructor and worked as an Online Coach in the Straightness Training Academy® from 2014 until 2022.

 

Then in 2022, after listening to Karen Rohlf's fabulous podcast series, Horse Training in Harmony, I completed Karen Rohlf's Dressage Naturally Habits for Excellent Horsemanship online course. I highly recommend and continue to follow her podcast as she continues to be a huge inspiration to me!

 

Now in 2023, I am now expanding my own learning in the realm of the mammalian nervous system and brain in Stephen Peters's (PsyD, ABN) and Sarah Schlote's (MA, RP, CCC, SEP) Equuscience course. In addition, I am exploring more about compassionate, ethical, science-based horsemanship centralised around positive reinforcement in Mustang Maddy's HCA Connection Course. And finally, I will keep deepening my understanding and application of the classical dressage principles through online coaching in the Academic Art of Riding Online-Reitschule membership.

 

My horses, as they always have been, will continue being the true North in my journey to become the best partner I can be for them. I will also keep sharing everything I am learning with my students, both in person and online, as my understanding and experience evolves.

Orrin in walk LFS in groundwork
Orrin in walk LFS in groundwork

Orrin in walk LFS in groundwork

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Orrin in haunches-in in groundwork

Orrin in haunches-in in groundwork

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Delightful in trot LFS in riding
Delightful in trot LFS in riding

Delightful in trot LFS in riding

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