So now you have a new Horse! Congratulations!
Getting to know your new horse can be a little daunting at times.... there is so much you need to learn about each other! It can be fraught and scary too, as horses go through the process of adaptating to a new home.
I have created this course specially for people that have a new horse in their lives - whether you bought it, rescued it, were given it or are sharing it!
If you are looking for a support system with step-by-step instructions you can follow to help you be the best partner you can be for your new horse, this course is for you!
Our goal: creating safe, soft and long lasting partnerships.
The course is best suited for horses that have already been started and have had at least 50 hours under saddle. As a rider, you need to be comfortable to walk, trot and canter a safe horse in a safe enclosed space.
My step-by-step process will teach you the skills you need to have to be able to read your horse intimately. You will then be able to know where his thoughts are and how to help him come back to soft thoughts and calmness time and time again.
My Belief: A Soft Horse is a Safe Horse!
Horse handling and horse riding do not need to be dangerous. We just need to improve our understanding of and communication with horses. We need to have more connected conversations with each other. That is what I will endeavor to share with you in this course.
It is a video based course - each step in the curriculum will have a video of me doing the exercises with a voice-over explaining the why's, the how's and the what if's!
There is enough material to keep you busy for 8 to 12 weeks, considering you visit your horse at least 2 or 3 times a week. However, the material is yours to keep forever.... so you can take as long as you want and need!
If you wish, you can supplement the course material with personalized video coaching. That means, you video yourself and send me the video. I will then send you a voice-over of your video with detailed feedback. It is a great way of getting feedback and is a favorite feature of all my courses. The content and format of these videos will be explained in the classroom.
The material I present here will take you from bringing your horse home all the way to your first ridden canter transitions. I will take you step-by-step throughout the process of making sure you feel safe and your horse feels soft and calm all the way.... starting on the ground and moving into the saddle.
All my courses are supported by my Facebook Group "Creating Softness and Connection in Horses". Please join us there, too!
I look forward to seeing you in the classroom very soon! In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at: [email protected].
Wishing you and your new horse lots of very happy hours together,
Monica, The Softness Training Coach
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Brought up in Caracas, Venezuela, Monica developed her love of horses in a natural, free and spontaneous environment of the family’s weekend home in rustic countryside. She went on to study Veterinary Medicine at University for three years before leaving to start her family. The love of horses never left her, nor did the desire to find the most compassionate and effective way to care for them and to train them.
With family grown up, Monica went back to the equine world, qualifying as a Riding Instructor in Germany and an Equine Body Worker in the UK, where she also competed successfully in affiliated dressage and eventing. Monica's next career stop was to represent an Australian horsemanship program in the UK, a role that took her to Australia various times to study horses. This was followed by complementing her coaching skill by qualifying as an EFL Coach.
With her broad spectrum of life and experiences, her love of horses and passion to find the best way to work with them, Monica has created and now runs her own Softness Training Programme, helping people to learn how to read their horses, connect with them and create trusting partnerships.
Monica lives in Andalucía, Spain with her partner Ian, running Finca Las Posadas, home to a very happy herd of 15 horses. From there, she offers Riding Holidays and teaches her Softness Training Program. She also travels to teach and does online coaching. . You can find out more about her work by visiting Softness Training and The Pony Academy , the website of her very special riding school in Surrey, dedicated to teaching soft horsemanship and sharing the joy of ponies with children from the age of 4.