In this workshop, you'll learn how to recognize and use the visual responses of the horse to your touch to find and release accumulated stress in key junctions of the body that most affect performance. The Masterson Method has been successfully taught to hundreds of owners, therapists and trainers worldwide, enabling them to open new levels of communication and relationship with their horses.
Why attend a Masterson Method® Weekend Seminar?
• Learning the "feel" of release through hands-on-hands instruction.
• Learning to read the horse. The horse has to participate in the method for it to work.
• Learning the techniques. The techniques learned in this workshop have been used successfully by Jim Masterson on thousands of equine competitors, including horses that compete in FEI Nation's Cup, Pan American, World Championship and World Equestrian Games events.
• The most valuable aspect of this workshop is the improved relationship and communication that develops as a result of this work with the horse.
Weekend Seminar Outline
Day 1 — Workshop begins at 9am with a discussion of the principles of the Masterson Method®.
• The horse's survival-bracing response
• How to use different levels touch, and the horse's responses to by-pass the bracing response
• Use of movement and positioning to allow a muscle or junction to release tension
• Key junctions of the body that most affect performance
• How the subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle process of release works.
• The first technique, the Bladder Meridian Technique is demonstrated and explained.
• Students practice on horses, with individual hands-on help from the Instructor(s).
• Students and Instructor(s) re-group to ask and answer questions, and review and discuss the results of the technique.
• Techniques to release tension in the poll, neck, and neck/shoulders/withers junction are demonstrated, practiced, and discussed/reviewed during the first day, with a break for lunch and short morning and afternoon breaks.
Day 2 — Workshop continues at 9am.
Students will have the opportunity to review and practice front end techniques that were learned the day before, with hands-on help from the Instructor(s). After lunch we follow the same learning format as on Day 1 of demonstrations, hands-on instruction, and review/discussion to learn basic techniques to release tension in the back, sacro-iliac and sacro-lumbar junction.
Suggested reading/viewing prior to workshop: Beyond Horse Massage, DVD and Book.
Weekend Seminar-Workshop Fees and Registration:
Tuition: $449; this workshop will be taught by a Matherson Method Instructor.
For more information and to register, visit https://www.mastersonmethod.com/course-calendar/eventdetail/484/-/littleton,-co-beyond-horse-massage-weekend-seminar-workshop.html Click on the green Register for This Seminar.
A unique opportunity to photograph Happy Dog Ranch when the Chatfield Cottonwoods are turning gold. You will be up close and personal with a wide array of farm animals, including over 40 horses in a variety of breeds from majestic Gypsy Draft horses with their distinctive blue eyes to a stout little Icelandic horse. In addition to the horses, you will have the opportunity to photograph alpacas, chickens, burros, a miniature steer, a potbelly pig, a sheep, a llama, and a variety of goats including several adorable Pygmy goats that are about the cutest little guys you will ever see. On the ranch are bales of hay, a photogenic old farm truck, old farm equipment, lots of interesting little bits and pieces to shoot some great macro shots. Adjacent to the ranch is a wonderful vintage red brick silo that looks amazing in the golden hours. It can easily be photographed from the boundaries of the ranch.
This beauty might soon disappear as developers are already poised to move in, so shots of it against the open range are sadly going away soon.
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Times: Two sessions of 5 hours each will be offered. Session I will be from 7:15am until 12:15pm, with check-in starting at 7am, which will give you the opportunity to capture sunrise at 7:26am. Session II will be from 1:30pm until 6:30pm, with checking starting at 1:15pm; sunset at 6:01pm.
Cost: $99 per session; both sessions, $175. Discounted fee for students is $25 per session; both sessions, $40 (you must show your ID at check-in). Space is limited. For more information and to reserve your spot, please email email@example.com. Click on Paypal to pay via donation.
Cancellation Policy: The event is non-refundable and you must pay and sign up prior to the day of the event. There will be an alternative date set if the weather is bad enough to prevent us from being outside on the day of the shoot.
This is a fundraiser for the Happy Dog Ranch Foundation so your fees are 100% tax deductible. We would ask that you give the ranch one or two full resolution digital copies of your best shots to potentially use in their marketing materials. If used, you will be given a photo credit.
This will be our last photo op of the year.
What should I wear? This is a working horse ranch so dress appropriately. You will be walking through muck on uneven paths that could be icy. Wear appropriate footware -- no sandals or open-toed shoes. Waterproof boots are highly recommended. If you plan to kneel, wear long pants that you are okay with getting dirty.
Will I be allowed in the enclosures with the animals? No -- for your safety and the safety of the animals, you will not be allowed inside the enclosures with them. However, the horses will be let out to graze so you can get shots of them in the open. You will also have a wide variety of angles to shoot from all around the enclosures so you should have no difficulty getting some good unobstructed shots.
What gear should I bring? There are a wide variety of shooting options, so bring as many lenses as you have, wide angle and telephoto would work well, also macro for some great detail shots of gear. Tripods are okay, flash should not be used when shooting the animals but is fine when shooting anything inanimate.
Is there a place to store my gear? Your car will be parked in an open field on the ranch so you can lock your unneeded gear in your car. There is also a cabin where you can leave your gear. The ranch is not responsible for lost or stolen equipment.
Can I shoot the volunteers and workers? Yes, all the volunteers and workers have agreed to being photographed during the event. If you wish to publish, however, you should still follow your procedures and get a model release from the person. As most publications will require a signed release form.
Can I sell and or publish the photos I take? Yes, but we do ask that you acknowledge that the photo was taken at the Happy Dog Ranch and mention that it is a non-profit looking for donations.