UPCOMING EVENTS

SYMMETRY TRAINING CLINIC

With Jeff Moore and Chris Hoffman

May 4, 5, and 6, 2018

Location: FromtheMother Farm, Snohomish, WA

$395 for the 3 days as participants

Maximum of 10 participants


For more information and to register, go to www.equinerehab.com


Auditors welcome, $25/day. Contact Mary Shank at lamb56shank@gmail.com

Alan and Mary met Jeff Moore when they were living near Portland in 2015. He was recommended by Barb Apple for bodywork. He really helped them understand why Dandy collapses under saddle -- and he made a great deal of difference in Dandy’s well being! We hosted a one-day “mini” clinic with Jeff in November 2017, and are pleased to bring you the opportunity to join the expanded 3 day clinic. If you are interested in increasing horse biomechanics, the practicality of kinesiotape, proper saddle fit, and how to bring both you and your horse into one balanced and harmonious ride, this clinic is for you!


For more information, please see our flyer (click please see our flyer)


2018 CALMING SIGNALS CONCEPT CLINICS

With Anna Blake

May 19 & 20 – Session A

May 21 & 22 – Session B

Location: FromtheMother Farm, Snohomish, WA

$ 249 for each 2-day clinic

Maximum of 8 participants per session

Auditors welcome, $40/day.

For more information and to register, contact Mary Shank at lamb56shank@gmail.com


Anna Blake is a horse advocate, equine professional, and so much more who resides on her small farm of rescued critters in Colorado. She is the author of Relaxed and Forward: A Horse/Life Blog (www.annablakeblog.com) and the author of “Stable Relation: A Memoir of One Woman’s Journey Home, by Way of the Barn; Relaxed and Forward: Relationship Advice from Your Horse; Barn Dance: Nickers, Brays, Bleats, Howls, and Quacks: Tales from the Herd; and her soon-to-be-released book of poetry, Horse Prayers.


She’s ba-a-a-ck! After a “long” but fascinating Calming Signals one-day clinic in 2017, we are pleased to bring Anna Blake back to FTMF. This time, because Anna has had so many people contact her about attending clinics in Washington State, we are offering two sessions of her Calming Signals clinic – Session A (Saturday and Sunday May 19 and 20) and Session B (Monday and Tuesday May 21 and 22).


The first day of each session Anna will give an introductory presentation of the calming signal concept, and illustrate the concept through on-the-ground haltering of horses. (See www.Annablakeblog.com for more details about content.) Participants will have the opportunity to be individually coached by Anna as they halter their own horse. The morning of the second day will be devoted to observing and responding calming signals using horse agility exercises (see Vanessa Bee’s book, “The Horse Agility Handbook: A Step-by-Step Introduction to the Sport”). Participants and their horses will work in small group sessions on a simple agility course. In the afternoon, participants will saddle up and observe calming signals while mounted. Participants will work in groups of two and be coached by Anna. (For those participants who would rather not ride, a second round of agility will be done.)


Auditors are most welcome. Anna is very inclusive of auditors in her clinics. Because this clinic is all about increasing your observation skills, you will be able to easily apply what you learn to your own horse later.

Anna assures me that our clinic was the most memorable one of 2017 – she has never had an audience so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about horse relationship! And she has never had one run so long in the day! So please don’t hesitate to attend this year – we are guaranteed to laugh a lot. And we will give her a timekeeper. J

INTRO TO CENTERED RIDING CLINIC

with Karen Irland, Certified Centered Riding Clinician

Location: From the Mother Farm in Snohomish, WA  

June 24, 2018

This clinic is for everyone – all levels and all disciplines! The format for the day will begin with a discussion of riding basics and awareness games for the riders only. Wear comfy clothes and be prepared to play some fun games! This will be followed by the riding sessions where we will practice the basics from the morning. The riding groups will be small to provide for individual attention. If you have been wanting help with your seat and your balance and improve your riding skills – come join us!

Clinic Hours: 9:30 to 4:30 with a one-hour break. Lunch provided.

Fee for the clinic: $125.00

Audit Fee: $15.00

Haul in fee (includes paddock): $10.00

Overnight paddock fee: $20.00

Contact: Karen Irland if you are interested in attending or have any questions:

karen@karenirland.com phone: 425-463-8457

Two one-day ‘Nia and Horses’ Somatic Education opportunities for From the Mother Farm herdmates

Deepening movement awareness with horses from a place of joy and confident physical comfort

with Randee Fox - 'Nia and Horses' Teacher

Saturday July 14 and 

Saturday July 21, 2018

Cost for either day is $150.00

Location: Blue Heron Ranch, Sammamish, WA


Hello! I would like to invite you to experience a one-day Nia and Horses Training at my ranch in Sammamish this summer. I am offering two dates in July for you:


Learning and practicing the ‘Nia and Horses’ rituals helps us release excess mental and emotional energy and invites us to be in a safe place of grounded physical awareness through sensation. When horses sense that we are physically connected to our own energy and body and they read this as ‘grounded leadership’ and they are naturally more apt to connect and yield leadership to us and follow, allowing us to direct their movement in partnership.


There is a natural ‘coming and going’ of this connection to our bodies and as we become more aware and comfortable in our bodies while being with horses we ‘draw inward’ this ‘embodied leadership’ with more and more ease. The key is to learn to maintain and sustain this ‘grounded leadership’ via our own physical sensations, while in the presence of a horse. This takes time and practice to learn.


We do this through a series of ‘connection rituals’, which are formulated from the The Nia Technique principles. They teach us to sense and track a multitude of physical sensations and settle into a place of confident physical comfort within our own bodies first. They are easy to learn, creative, relaxing, fun to practice and, over time, help us to move from physical sensation initially, rather than letting our emotional or mental energy take over.

The ‘Nia and Horses’ rituals become lifetime awareness tools allowing us to:


  • Access thoughts and feelings and move with them, without losing our connection to our physical sensations.
  • Keep us physically aware, safe and healthy.
  • Enhance and bring deep pleasure to our body and to the moment we are living in.


Nia and Horses Somatic Education Opportunities more information here.

Contact me for registration and more information.


Warmest cheers,

Randee Fox - 'Nia and Horses' Teacher

“HORSE SPEAK” CLINIC

With Sharon Wilsie, of Wilsie Way Horsemanship, Co-Author of “Horse Speak: The Equine-Human Translation Guide: Conversations with Horses in Their Own Language”

July 28, 29, 30, and 31, 2018

Location: FromtheMother Farm, Snohomish, WA


$675 as participants

Maximum of 8 participants

To register and for more information, contact Mary Shank at lamb56shank@gmail.com

Auditors welcome, $40/day. Contact Mary Shank at lamb56shank@gmail.com


I am SOOO excited to be able to offer this deep-dive into the language of horses. Sharon Wilsie’s book was brought to my attention just after its publication this fall. It is a 12-step “how to” book that methodically and clearly sets forth equine language, not just so one can use it as a training aid, but to enter into your horse’s world and understand the nuances of her chatter! I’ve dipped into the book and tried some things, and they are WAY fun! Even though many of the concepts will not be foreign, Sharon puts the language all together and applies it to RIDING as well (am I the only one that couldn’t figure out how to apply Parelli’s 7 games on the ground to riding?)


Clinic format: Sharon will work with teams of 2 participants to a horse, and only 4 horses, so there will be room for 8 human participants. The horses will remain the same through the entire 4 days, because they change over time as well. We will take the steps outlined in the book in order through the clinic. I arranged for a 4-day clinic to ensure that participants and auditors could really ABSORB the instruction, not just get a “taste.”


I suggest you purchase “Horse Speak” and play around with it so that you get a feel for it, and bring your specific questions to the clinic. A second book by Wilsie, “Horses in Translation: Essential Lessons in Horse Speak: Learn to “Listen” and “Talk” in their Language” will be available at the end of April, 2018.

Sharon Wilsie is a professional animal trainer and rehabilitation expert who regularly works with horses for private clients and at equine rescues. She develops and teaches equine-assisted learning programs at the high school and college level. Wilsie is also a Reiki Master/Teacher. She runs Wilsie Way Horsemanship from her base in Westminster, Vermont 

(www.wilsiewayhorsemanship.com).

DRESSAGE MINI CLINIC 

with Karen Irland, Certified Centered RidingClinician

Location: From The Mother Farm in Snohomish, WA  

August 25-26, 2018

This clinic will be for riders who have good intermediate skills and would like to take the next steps with their riding and their horses. The format for each day will begin with a discussion of the how and why of classical riding, plus awareness games for the riders. The morning session will be followed by small riding groups, where we will work on gymnastic exercises to develop the horses’ balance. This clinic will start you and your horse toward collection and self-carriage in simple, easy steps.


Hours for both days: 9:30 to 4:30 with a one-hour break. Lunch provided.


Fee for the weekend clinic: $250.00

Audit Fee: $15.00

Haul in fee (includes paddock): $10.00 

Overnight paddock fee: $20.00


Contact: Karen Irland if you are interested in attending or have any questions: karen@karenirland.com phone: 425-463-8457

TELLINGTON TTOUCH FOR YOUR HORSE 

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9:30AM – 4:30 PM

FromtheMother Farm, Snohomish, WA

Shannon Finch, Certified TTouch Practitioner, Instructor

$125 for participants, $25 for auditors

8 horses maximum; one horse available for someone without one

Register with Mary Shank at lamb56shank@gmail.com 


The Tellington TTouch method has been used worldwide to help horse owners

address many common issues. TTouch can help with bucking, rearing, biting,

standing for the farrier or vet, anxiety and fear, and poor performance and

attitude. In conjunction with your vet's advice, it can also help horses in rehab,

and those with arthritis and other problems related to aging. TTouch helps your

horse learn focus, balance and confidence. Whether you want to focus on a

specific issue, or learn how to work with horses in a humane and effective way,

this one day clinic is for you.


The TTouch philosophy of mindfulness and respect means it can be added to

any positive training regimen. All disciplines and breeds welcome.

Instructor Shannon Finch is a certified TTouch practitioner for both companion

animals and horses. She is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner,

and has a Master's Degree in Humane Education. She owns AnimalKind Training

in Stanwood, WA, offering clinics, classes and private sessions for dogs, cats,

horses, birds, reptiles, rabbits, pocket pets, and farm animals.