ST Mastery students from Germany, Austria, UK, US, Netherlands, Italy and Slovenia gathered together for the first ST Clinic in Germany in June and we had a great time together!
ST Instructors Miriam Sherman and Carolin Moldenhauer from Germany did a great job in hosting this first clinic.
And ST Instructor Rosan Veer from the Netherlands made some wonderful and inspirational pictures!
In the report you'll find helpful explanations and valuable comments alongside each pic!
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This month the following Touchstones have been evaluated by an evaluator under Marijke de Jong's intensive supervision:
When winter is coming to an end, the days become longer and the grass begins to grow. Then many horses in Europe return to the fields.
But not for all horses this has been a happy moment.
Although young, fresh grass appears to be a nice addition to the regular food, it also brings risks with it.
The combination of clear sun and cold nights in spring create very high sugar levels in the new grass and this can be dangerous for grazing horses and ponies.
Huge amounts of sugar can lead to the disease 'laminitis' and every year many horses get acute laminitis where the horse is severly crippled and in pain. Recovery from this disease might take months.
Therefore I made some guidelines on how to prevent this disease, how to treat a horse with laminitis and how to get back to 'work' when the horse is back on its feet:
Click HERE for 11 Guidelines For Going Back To Work >>
On June 3, 4 and 5 all ST Instructors from the Netherlands (Kim Steutel, Rosan Veer and Anouk Wienia) and Germany (Miriam Sherman and Carolin Moldenhauer) gathered together with their horses for an update clinic for licensed ST Instructors.
And this time they did not only practice ST with their horses, but the ST Instructors were also 'guinea pigs' for Marijke de Jong's new 'ST for the rider' program, that will be available in 2017.
So they all brought a mat, a skipping rope, a foam roll, a trigger ball, a broomstick and dumbbells to the clinic and it was great fun practicing with all this stuff.
Every morning started with an 'Hour of Power' full of stretching and strengthening exercises, visualisation, reflection, incamtations and moments of gratitude and it brought a lof ot awareness.
All ST Instructors have been given 'homework' and in August, when they come back, they will take it a step further in their process of 'ST for the rider'.
Doing liberty with four horses for the first time really made me feel like a beginner juggler, trying to keep all four balls in the air at the same time;
Because either I lost them all, or I lost three of them, or two, but finally I could keep them all in the air, phew 😉 .
In this juggling challenge I merged two solid duos:
- Duo 1: Romanesque & Prince Elmelund
- Duo 2: Maestro & Toronto
The members of each duo can get along really well and know the concept when they work together as a team at liberty. And all four horses are living together 24/7, so I thought it would not be such a big deal to merge these two duos to one team of four.