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For the Children! New Topics Each Month! Next Teleseminar is Wed. May 23th / 7:00 - 8:00 PM (EST)

Kids Who Love Horses, and Adults New to Horses!

Join Leslie's discussion for young horse lovers

Every 4th Wednesday of the month from 7:00 - 8:00 PM (EST).

Visit the Calendar for other topics and dates!

Topics for discussion on May 23rd include


Topic 1: Build Trust with Your New Horse!

Topic 2: How does a horse balance? (Part Two) How a horse balances in nature and under saddle is important for all riders to be aware of. There are many ways to present a request to a horse from the ground, but some ways carry over better to the connection you will have with his mind, mouth and feet after you are sitting on his back! The discussion will focus on the best way to improve timing and feel of the feet at the walk and trot. Participants should have a pen or pencil and paper hand for this part of the discussion.

 

 

 

Time: 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:00 - 8:00 PM (EST)

Dialing Instructions for Guests

Conference ID: 112881#

Primary Number: (206) 402-0100

Backup Number: (623) 255-3832

Local Numbers: http://InstantTeleseminar.com/Local/

 

 

 

 

If you cannot participate in the May 23, 2012, teleseminar, Leslie's Next Guided Study Session for children is Wednesday, June 27, 2012 7:00 - 8:00 PM (EST)

Note to Parents! If you were not raised around horses, you might not have first-hand experience with the very special bonds that develop between children and horses. There are many things that a young horse owner must learn about in order to keep a horse physically healthy and happy. 

In this introductory teleseminar series, Leslie will some horse stories form her own childhood love affair with horses. Children (both young and old!) are encouraged to ask questions, and share their ideas and feelings about horses and ponies, and their care.

 Leslie has decades of experience training horses, coaching children and adults along their journeys to become better riders and handlers. She provides your child with detailed answers that are age appropriate (7 - 14 years).

Join in the learning and the fun right here!

This is your online community!

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Succeed using Feel & Release! Monthly Q & A with Leslie Desmond

 

Prepare your horse for a promising future using feel & release.

Learn more and find out how!

Two tele-seminars for adults riders, and one for children, coming up in June!

 

A premiere online class with Leslie Desmond for students of horsemanship in the UK and EU starts on . . . 

Tuesday, June 19th from 7:00 - 9:00 GMT / (19:00 - 21:00) London, UK time!)

And, UK and EU students of horsemanship can join in every 3rd Tuesday of the month thereafter!  

In the USA, Canada, Mexico and South America you can also learn more about horsemanship through feel & release online.

Last spring (2011), Leslie started an online coaching program to help riders who could no longer afford to attend clinics far from home.

After a recent hiaitus to accommodate conflicting travel plans, the US tele-class resumes  Wednesday, June 20th, from 8:00 - 10:00 PM (EST).  

In June, Leslie will be hosting the US event from Spain, and the seminar will finish promptly. (If you are in Spain, check the online calendar for clinic details -- June 16-24 in the Barcelona area!)

Each month you will gain confidence, and your horse will too. Join the growing horse community that wants to know how to ride and handle their horses using less force, and more feel! 

"Is it not a great pleasure to make new friends who share a love of horses, but also want to have the lightest possible aids and hands, and learn how to improve the human-equine connection? Using less force, more refinement and better feel . . . takes you right there and I'm finding that a lot of other interesting people seem to agree!" LD.

 Horsemanship through Feel & Release leads the practitioner to lighter hands quickly, which is a main reason this is the approach preferred by many professionals and horse owners who want to compete.

You now have the opportunity to learn online from Leslie 3 times each month, at no charge.  There are two tele-classes a month (Discussions with Questions & Answers) for adults:

1. UK and EU / 3rd Tuesday each month (7:00 - 9:00 -or- 19:00 - 21:00  - GMT)

2. US class, (North/South American time zone)  for adults  / 3rd Wednesday of each month (8:00 - 10:00 PM-EST) ; and

3. US class for children  /  4th Wednesday each month (7:00 - 8:00 PM-EST)

Note to all participants: If you wish to discuss something in particular about your horse, or a problem you are having with other horses, please write to Leslie at:  

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You will receive an invitation to DROPBOX where your photos and videos can be uploaded prior to the discussion.  Using this upload feature, Leslie will be able to provide you with an informed response to help you over the impasse, past your plateau, and on to better times with your horse. Others can share in the learning and will greatly appreciate the the gift from YOU and YOUR HORSE as they proceed faster on their own journey . . . towards refinement using feel & release.

If you prefer to have a private online lesson with Leslie, you may write to her with details, here: 

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If you wish, Leslie will create a private folder so that you may share your images and videos only with her. These will be viewed and then discussed directly with you; or you can view them toegther. They will not be viewed by anyone else. This option gives Leslie the chance to evaluate your situation at a deeper level and develop a sound plan for you to resolve in the short and/or long term, as need dictates. The standard fee for a 90-minute private tutorial applies $175.00.

Registration for private tutorials can be scheduled from any tele-seminar calendar page. Learning tools from Leslie's shop may also be purchased directly from the calendar page links.

HOW TO JOIN THE TELESEMINAR!

 On the scheduled day and time, from a cell phone, land line or skype, (www.skype.com)

NOTE:

Dialing Instructions for Guests

Conference ID: 112881#

Primary Number: (206) 402-0100

Backup Number: (623) 255-3832

Local Numbers: http://InstantTeleseminar.com/Local/

If you are using SKYPE,  go to www.skype.com and download the free software to your computer. Then using the letters on your keyboard, type in the word "joinconference" and follow the instructions form there.

 UK-EU class on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 from 7:00 - 8:00 PM EST (19:00 - 21:00) 

and

US class on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 8:00 - 10:00 PM GMT (20:00 - 22:00)

 

 Discussion  with Questions and Answers

 

Topic 1:

What does "setting the horse up to succeed" mean?  Sounds like a good idea, but how can I do this?

Leslie explains her understanding of the ways horses thinks, and the reason he/she chooses the best response from his/her own point of view, to suit that moment.

She will go review and analyze your photos and/or DVDs with you, and make the best suggestions on how to help him. Especially when emotions are running high, a person can more easily overlook the reasons not to hurt the horse's feelings, or his body in any way.  The best way to get to "yes" -- a yes that becomes an enduring poart of that horse's foundation that can be drawn on anytime later when things get sticky or full-blown off track  -- is slowly, using feel and release.

In the same conference, Leslie will help the nervous first time horse owners understand how to proceed. Skilled horse trainers and seasoned competitors have also been shown her way to lighter hands in these discussions.  Leslie can help anyone to increase their capacity for refinement through her tele-conference. In lieu of a hands on demonstration or private coaching, her own experience working a lifetime with horses, combined with useful tips and suggestions that were shared with her by her mentors, Ivan Taylor, Bill Dorrance, Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt, and Buck Brannaman -- make the tele-conference a good option when you have reached a plateau, or get yourself in a real tangle without an obvious, clear exit.

Topic 2:

Tips to help you get started, or  keep you right on track! 

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AND, COMING UP NEXT for CHILDREN!

 May 23, 2012  from  7:00 - 8:00 PM (EST-US)

Young Horse Lover’s Topics:

Topic 1: Build Trust with your New Horse!

Topic 2: How does a horse balance? 

How a horse balances in nature and under saddle is important for all riders to be aware of. There are many ways to present a request to a horse from the ground, but some ways carry over better to the connection you will have with his mind, mouth and feet after you are sitting on his back! The discussion will focus on the best way to improve timing and feel of the feet at the walk and trot, and when requesting a backup.

 (The sessions on the 4th Wednesday were designed for children ages 4 - 14, but if you are new to horses and find that the pace and content of the other conferences are too advanced at the moment, please join in! You can get caught up right here!  If there are children online, please ask your questions after they have asked theirs. Leslie will get to everyone; answers are geared to the individual. Arrangements can be made for a private coaching session online if you are not satisfied that your questions were answered in the hour allotted for the younger riders.)

Please have a pen or pencil and paper handy for this part of the discussion.

I look forward to speaking with you soon!  Leslie

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Visit the Calendar for other topics and future clinic dates!

 

THE HORSES SHE LEARNED FROM, and LOVED . . .

Update on . . .  

The Feel of a Horse by Leslie Desmond

 Leslie works with many horses every year for clients, friends and rescue organizations. In former times, she would occasionally purchase a youngster to start and bring along; in 1984 she had the good fortune to breed and raise a half-Lipizzan mare named "Fushi"  that lead her to Tom and Bill Dorrance.

In her upcoming book, The Feel of a Horse, she writes about this horse, four others mares and six geldings that impressed her

In chapters titled for seven horses,  Leslie shares her thoughts, doubts, trials and triumphs as she sought the best way to work with each one. She relays the stories about these relationships as much as possible from each horse's point of view.

The supporting roles that some other horses --  Bug, Teacup, Brown Jug and Pumpkin -- played in the lives of the ones who are the focus of this new book will bring a smile to your face.

To a large extent, these horses shaped her steadily evolving connection to horses and determined how she would develop her diverse capacities as a horsewoman. She explains in depth how she developed a reliable way to earn a welcome in the lives and hearts of horses that had every reason to shut a person out.

.Readers who are at the start of their journey with horses, in the middle or at the end, can all glean pearls of wisdom from these pages! 

 

 

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The Lightest Hands . . .

With gratitude and excitement, I recently accepted an invitation from Eitan Beth-Halachemy and his wife, Debbie, to participate in the 2012 Light Hands Conference in Santa Ynez, CA  next May 31 - June 3, 2012.

 As part of this process, I was asked six weeks ago to share my ideas about "light hands" with them and the membership at www.westerndressageassociation.org

One would think that "light hands" should be easy enough for a writer to write about, particularly when it has been the subject of practice and a passionate focus for  . . . 50 years!   I thought it would be a simple pleasure to do this but I quickly learned that it was not simple at all. To the contrary, the challenge of selecting the words that best describe my thoughts has had me stumped for more than a month. The fact is, "light hands"  is a subject so rife with nuance and complexity that I could not get a simple sentence to stick on a page! 

After much thought, the words finally fell into place this morning.  My notes are below.

"The lightest hands  . . .

 

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Children and Horses in Transition -- Who will help them?

 The still-sound, unemployed show horse, and legions of futurity contenders that didn't make the cut together make up a largely unseen, "elite" group of horses whose number soars to tens of thousands annually. Many people are not aware that so many well trained show horses exist! 

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