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Lessons In Lightness - Building the Horse's Foundation in Hand by Mark Russell







Lessons In Lightness - Building the Horse's Foundation in Hand
Mark Russell

Finally…a DVD from Mark Russell!

As you have come to expect from Mark, this DVD gives you a thorough educational experience:

❖ Discover the nuances of gymnastic exercise for the horse

❖ Learn the importance of biomechanical alignment

❖ Enhance the horse’s freedom of movement and energy flow

❖ Improve body language skills to connect with the horse with lightness


Mark Russell incorporates the in-hand exercises developed by the classical masters into his own training program to relax, supple, and strengthen the horse in educated postures. Mark expands on his book, Lessons in Lightness: The Art of Educating the Horse, and his DVD, Riding with Chi: Your Pathway to Energy Mastery, by demonstrating the techniques he uses to teach the horse to respond with lightness to the aids. His methods are accessible to riders from all disciplines.

Abigail Nemec, Director of Equine Studies at Post University in Waterbury, CT, joins Mark to examine the gymnastic and biomechanical value of each exercise. Using skeletal and muscular animation, Abby makes the complex issues of biomechanics easy to understand. She also demonstrates how riders can improve their body language and posture to achieve a high degree of success when incorporating Mark’s exercises into their horse’s training.


Mark Russell is the consummate horseman. It is sometimes difficult to describe the depth and breadth of his understanding of the horse. Evidence of it emerges when one watches him approach the horse. A subtle communication, a touch on the neck, or as one student stated of her horse: “she just melted in his hand”. One would think that is the beginning, but for Mark, the connection developed some time before the rest of us noticed.

A master of equine biomechanics, a former student of Master Oliveira, a practitioner of the nearly forgotten Classical Teachings of the past, an expert in and occasional critic of current Natural Horsemanship constructs, a beneficiary of the wisdom of Tai-Chi; all scratch the surface of Mark’s knowledge. His layers of experience and insights seem never-ending and even now he continues as a perpetual student of the human and horse.

For Mark, each path deepens the understanding of the other. Mark is unique indeed; his quiet energy, his calm demeanor, his wealth of knowledge, all expressed while he teaches both horse and rider make him a popular teacher and clinician.

Mark Russell’s credits include authoring the highly acclaimed book “Lessons in Lightness: the Art of Educating the Horse”, he has recently released his first training DVD “Lessons in Lightness: Building the Horse’s Foundation In Hand”, he is featured in the DVD “Riding with Chi: Your Pathway to Energy Mastery”, and he has been featured in a variety of equine journals.


This title is in the following categories:

Alternative/Holistic
DRESSAGE
Natural Horse Training
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