We can't change things by fighting the existing reality,

it's time to build a new model that makes the old model obsolete


People have been conditioned through generations to believe that horses are always the problem & to search for external sources for blame, explanations & solutions. The fault always lies with sounds, movements, tack, other people & objects. What if I told you that your horse is a mirror image of you? What if you could recognize & understand what your horse was thinking & feeling in every moment? What if I could show you a way to listen & have discussions with your horse as simply as you speak to other people? The things we have learned & methods currently used don't include these fundamental understandings, therefore a significant piece of the puzzle is missing to enable us to connect with horses at a much deeper level.


When you believe that certain things have to exist or occur in sequence for other things to function correctly, you are trapped & cannot move forward. You alone, are choosing to indulge in thoughts, activities & habits that give you a false sense that these things are needed for other things to work or be ok. We must be willing to step outside of our comfort zones and set aside everything we think we know and believe in, to open a new doors of possibilities. We must be willing to shift our normal and comfortable rigid thought processes of assumptions, comparisons and judgements into an open and inquisitive mindset. We must let go of the stories we believe about how things have and should work. These ideas only serve to create confusion and frustration.


Language is only a medium for communicating one's thoughts to another. It is only called in after the thoughts rise - this creates a delay in what's being perceived and our responses to it. It allows for negation or misinterpretation of the original communication. Silence is ever speaking. It is beyond words and thoughts. It is a sophisticated form of communication that is interrupted by speaking. For example, there is electricity flowing through a wire. With resistance to its passage, it glows as a lamp or revolves as a fan. In the wire, it remains as electric energy. What we fail to know by conversation, extending to several years, can be known instantly in silence. This is the highest and most effective language with horses.


An effect must be preceded by an immediate cause. Feelings and emotions are fluid. They're always changing. You don't decide that you're going to feel happy or sad for an hour, look at your watch and then change your emotions to fear or worry. We base our thoughts, feelings and emotions on the immediate environment, not on what happened previously. We have to learn to become fluid with our thoughts and be prepared to respond to what's happening in each moment through listening, patience, respect, asking questions and understanding.

We do not need to overcome things that hold no importance or significance for us. How quickly you adopt this new process of thinking depends on the rigidity of the walls of belief you've created & your willingness to let go.

We are not creating anything new during this process, but merely uncovering what's been hidden all along. During our time together, your horse becomes the teacher & you become the student. You will learn how to recognize & understand the root causes of all unwanted behaviour & how to bring these unbalanced thoughts & emotions to the surface for release & balancing. As well as how to recognize & understand the effects of mental & emotional imbalances on the physical body.


Like an iceberg, the bulk of behaviour's "mass" is found below the surface. It is what gives rise to what's visible. When we learn how to look below the surface of physical attributes of behaviour; the tip of the iceberg, many new doors open that were previously hidden & unavailable.


As you are learning how to understand the natural language of non-verbal sensory awareness, your horse will begin to reveal hidden & sometimes deeply rooted aspects of you that you were previously unaware of. Are you ready to face the uncomfortable change of shifting your focus to become the best you that you can be? It's time to change the way we see and interact with our horses. When you understand exactly what they're thinking and feeling in every moment, it eliminates the surprises and leaves no more room for unanswered questions. It's time for an Evolution!


"Your horse's body is a mirror image of what's happening mentally, emotionally & physically in you" 

- Tracy Courtney

Parameters Overview

Parameters

Understanding & Becoming Connected

As simple as the 5 steps in Parameters seems, it is a very powerful tool to begin to change current ideas of working with horses. There is a lifetime of research that has gone into developing this process & many underlying principles are unrealized, until they are brought forward for examination. This is the first step in allowing your horse to become your new teacher. 

All horses share a distinct connection that has been lost between horses & humans over time. Terms have been created to try to explain this connection, such as energy. How do you define energy? Is it something invisible & out of reach like wifi? Parameters will show you how to quantify, understand & reconnect to horses in a practical & actionable process. You will learn how this connection affects your relationship in predictable patterns & has a huge impact on your ability to understand & solve problems. 

Parameters is how we begin to deconstruct the human & equine mental, emotional & physical processes. We will list & rate behaviour using an emotional scale & show you the power of redirection & silence. You will see all of the unwanted behaviours just disappear without the use of gadgets, asking horses to do things or addressing the behaviours directly or individually. Parameters is the beginning of developing a brand new language with horses. You & your horse are beginning to learn to work together as a team, building confidence in each other & yourselves

We will cover topics such as:


- Understanding, creating & maintaining the magnetic connection

- Bell Mare emulation - the first rule of the herd

- Where, how & why to begin

- Creating confidence & relaxation in explosive & aggressive horses

- Decoding basic body language

- Intro of the emotional scale, self-control, sharing responsibilities in the relationship & rating behaviour

- Using the lead as guidance instead of control & how it facilitates the connection

- Creating discussions with choices & opinions/opening a dialogue with your horse

- Redirection instead of correction

- Understanding & expressing emotional volcanic eruptions safely & effectively

- Why addressing behaviour individually or directly is unnecessary

- A new perspective on comfort zones & sweet spots

- The power of silence

- Looking without linking

- When, why & how to quit


Parameters has been designed to solve the following issues, however you will notice changes in all aspects of interacting with your horse;

kicking, ground/cross tying, biting, trampling, spooking, jigging, circling, bolting, balking, eating grass, dominance & aggression


Workshop time varies for # of participants & comprehension


Ground Rules 1

Lunging

As the second part of the FEARLESS series, you will use lunging as a perfect resource to continue to create & maintain the mental connection & learn deeper mental, emotional & psychological aspects of  Equine Mastery.  We will focus on reading & decoding body language to help you understand what your horse is thinking, feeling & telling you in every moment. We will also read & decode your own body language, thoughts & beliefs to show you how to be in the moment & move naturally with your horse mentally, emotionally & physically. This is where you will learn how to allow your horse to become your teacher & to lead the discussions so you're always asking the right questions.

We will cover topics such as:


- How & why lunging is the equivalent of a lobotomy

- Prevention vs intervention

- Deeper insights into learned helplessness & creating discussions through choices & opinions

- Decoding & understanding deeper meanings of body language

- Learning curves

- The third language

- Creating mental, emotional & physical balance for both of you

- Recognizing & releasing worry & fear permanently

- Sandstorms and tornadoes; harnessing the Bell Mare power

- Clarifying & minimizing your body language & cues

- Balancing sensitization & desensitization

- How less is so much more

- The power of silence

- The real root causes of unwanted behaviour

- How conditioning allows the expression and release of unbalanced emotions

- How force, drilling, micromanagement & gadgets create a dictatorship & disconnection


Ground Rules 2

Practical Application for Solving Problems

After learning how to be in the moment & work with the flow of your horse, you will learn how to use Ground Rules in a practical way that will eliminate previous boxes of habits & beliefs. We will use Ground Rules to continue to understand & create higher communication with our horses but in a way that will solve all common unwanted behaviours on the ground. This will give you a whole new understanding of the root causes of behaviour & all the tools necessary to not only solve current problems but how to avoid the creation of unwanted behaviour in the future. We will replace habitual routines of having to create boxes of time for practice, moving to designated areas & practice solving all unwanted behaviour in every situation. Using Ground Rules in this way will allow your horse to become the teacher & show you how to ask the right questions to maintain a natural flow of mutual communication & connection for mental, emotional & physical balance.


Touch

 Understanding & Rewriting Physical Hypersensitivity



A horses natural instinct is to avoid & move into pressure. Unbalanced emotions will also lead to physical hypersensitivity. During this workshop, we will use listening to your horse & conditioning to help your horse become comfortable with handling from mouth to tail. This will solve many common unwanted behaviours, such as problems bridling, bitting, floating, handling ears,  legs & feet, cinching issues & much more.

Variables

Creating the Optimal Learning Environment



- The secret to habits and patterns for confident and unconfident horses

- Long and short horses

- When & how to apply sensitization & desensitization

- When & how to apply patterns & non-patterns

- Replacing drilling with Variables

- How and why Variables open the door to  the emotional flow system

- Replacing the chair in the seat of consciousness

- How to use energy to the benefit of both of you

- Timing, cues and refining body language

- The illusion of needing a problem-solving mindset

- Creating a cue to eliminate spooking and bolting

- Using obstacles, tricks & puzzles to create interest and deeper mental, emotional and physical balance & connection

- How Variables translate to the saddle


Parameters

In the Saddle


This workshop focuses on letting go & creating balanced mental, emotional & physical flow. You will begin by practicing Parameters on the ground to ensure you & your horse are connected & ready to move forward. You will receive new tools to help you release & balance any fearful emotions you may have prior to mounting. You will receive tools & understanding to solve common problems for horses that won't stand to mount & any other unwanted behaviour that may arise. After mounting, you will be guided through the necessary steps to learn how to maintain the mental connection as you learn how to use the reins as guidance instead of control. You will practice gaits & transitions with a much deeper meaning of how important the proper execution of these foundational movements are for the mental, emotional & physical wellbeing of your horse & everything else you do moving forward. We will circle back to concepts from the original Parameters workshop to provide new understandings of how to transfer these concepts to the saddle; listening, recognizing & releasing unbalanced emotions for both of you


- Maintaining the connection

- Where, how & why to begin

- Learning curves revisited

- Creating confidence & relaxation in explosive & aggressive horses

- Decoding body language/behaviour

- Transferring the redirection cue

- Revisiting phases & sensitization

- Using the reins as guidance instead of control

- Choices & opinions, maintaining a dialogue with your horse

- Redirection instead of correction

- When, why & how to quit

- When your horse fully trusts you, there's nothing they won't do for you

Ground Rules

In the Saddle

This workshop focuses on becoming the flow & one with your horse. You will begin by practicing Parameters in the saddle to ensure you and your horse are connected & have a balanced mental, emotional & physical flow. We will address any mental, emotional or physical tensions before moving forward. This workshop will focus on moving from the mental connection with your horse to a much deeper physical connecting which can lead to the elimination of the bridle if you choose to work toward that goal. You will learn to begin communicating effectively with your body as your horse begins to understand this new language & learn to connect with all of the parts of your horse's body



Ground Rules 2

Problem Solving

During this workshop we will focus on common unwanted behaviour experienced in the saddle & work directly with any behaviour experienced during our time together. You will learn how to transfer what you've learned on the ground into the saddle. How to allow your horse to lead the conversation so that you can ask the right questions, listen to what your horse is trying to tell you & help your horse become mentally, emotionally & physically balanced. 



Optional Full Day Double Workshop

For those interested in details of decoding the equine mind & body


PIE (Physical Indicators of Emotion)

Decoding the Psyche

Most people who drive cars aren't interested in how the engine works, they just want to get in, 

start the car & drive. PIE & PID are for those who are interested in the details of how the engine works & are ready to roll up their 

sleeves to get their hands dirty. PIE bridges the communication gap by showing you how to understand what your horse is thinking 

& feeling in every moment. It's about moving beyond the common physical aspects of training, which are only 1/3 of the equation 

& adding the mental & emotional aspects to create whole balance. Our choices are governed by our emotions to a larger 

degree then we realize. Emotions strongly affect learning, they are intertwined with perception & attention & they interact 

with learning & memory. Emotional stimulation has a great bearing on the association & retention of memories. Emotional 

elevation over-rides our ability to think, be observant & rational. You will learn how emotional elevation affects you & your

 horse in dramatic ways & will answer problem behaviours.   We will cover topics such as:


- Bell Mare teaching process

- Decoding more advanced body language & what your horse is telling you

- Mental & emotional thought processes

- Emotional & resistance scales

- Effective dominance without conflict; the Bell Mare way

- Non-verbal sensory awareness

- Matching intention, not emotions

- Forward & reverse thinking processes

- Local & focal tracking

- Perceptions; scanning vs panning

- The preservation loop; welling up & physical hypersensitivity

- Opening the closed emotional flow system

- How emotions affect the body; clustering

- Mechanics of rewriting natural instinct

- The importance of investment for maintaining the connection

- Environmental & taught habits

- Incompatible behaviours

- Progression regression, habit escalation & the box of habits


*Attendance of prior workshops a prerequisite*


PID (Physical Indicators of Dis-Ease)

Decoding Health & Wellness


This workshop will revolve around the effects of unbalanced emotions on the physical body. Through specific movements with your own body, you will see how unbalanced emotions are responsible for common health & wellness issues & see how your horse feels at this moment.  We will discuss this topic in more detail & examine your own horses body, posture & movements. You will understand the cause of common myths relating to how your accident prone horse is really not accident prone at all, why horses trip & stumble,  common chronic lameness issues, colic, ulcers, weight loss, cribbing, weaving & hunter's bump, among others can be prevented. We will also use the photo in the background to demonstrate how the health issues experienced by this horse are all evident in the photo. This double workshop will facilitate a deeper understanding of how health & wellness issues are created & rewritable. You will never look at horses the same way again