The Whole Horse Institute was founded in 1985 by Mary Ann Simonds. She has taught 1000s of equestrians courses, classes, and lectures on subjects ranging from equine behavior and holistic health to horse marketing and equestrian psychology. In 2002 the Institute evolved into the Whole Horse & Equestrian Science Institute focusing more on professional development for trainers, riders, and health care practitioners.
Clinics Talks Lectures and Courses
The following brief descriptions address various Enlightened Horsemanship™ subjects taught by Mary Ann Simonds that can be formatted into talks, demonstrations or clinics at your barn. Talks and demonstrations are 1-2 hours, clinics range from ½ day to 4 day intensives. Courses are taught in models and go at student’s pace for learning.
Training by Temperament ™ – Applied behavioral psychology of horses. Understand how horses learn and how various personalities affect a horse’s ability to learn. Discover the 5 best ways to assess your horse’s temperament, learning style, ability and potential. Learn what motivates your horse and how to match specific training to your individual horse.
Equine Assessments – Looking to buy a new horse, have rescued a horse or want to know more about your existing horse? Learn how to accurately assess and understand your horse’s history, emotions, experience, knowledge, and capabilities.
InterSpecies Communication – Horse-Human- An integrated approach using applied cognitive techniques, body language, and intuition. Mary Ann shares techniques for guiding people to intuitively communicate with horses while providing scientific basis for learning to look “with” compared to looking “at” another species. Great for all species
“Inner Rider”™ – Discover a deep connection with your horse through body-mind techniques allowing you and your horse to share awareness together. You will l earn how to slow your brain waves down, relax your body, balance your energy, find your rhythm and give your horse more confidence. Both you and your horse will learn how to listen to each other and collaborate for better performance or just a better relationship.
Riding Rhythms ™ – Music is a universal language and horses have music preferences too. After over 30 years of clinics Mary Ann has researched various music that help horses and people learn together. Fun, relaxing and healing, this clinic is a great way to get synchronized with your horse. You don’t have to be a dressage rider to enjoy this one.
Equine Sports Coaching/Equestrian Coaching –Enhance your teaching by learning better horse-human coaching skills using NLP, visualizations and other techniques.
Horsewomanship Camp August 20th-24th, Colorado. Enlightened Horsewomen Join Mary Ann and Women Quest’s World triathlete champion, Coleen Cannon for a fun filled, amazing journey. http://www.womensquest.com/retreats/horses.htm
Stress Management for Horse and Rider – Learn what causes stress in horses and humans and how to mitigate and prevent using a variety of techniques including habitat management, magnetic therapy, flower essences, natural diets, massage, psychology, music and other techniques. Learn the ABC’s for preventing and reducing stress in both your life and your horse’s life which leads to happier healthier people and horses.
Wild Horses: Understanding the Natural Lives of Horses – now in NEW DVD – Horse society is alive and well inside your horse, if you give it a chance to learn and “Be” a horse. A beautiful photographic and musical journey into the real lives of horses.
Understanding Behavioral Problems in Horses – learn the causes of a variety of behavioral issues, what are the common causes and how to prevent and treat.
Natural and Holistic Health for Horses – understand what horses need to stay healthy in this modern world from how to test for toxic hay to what techniques work best for specific issues.
Equestrian Leadership- Horses can act as a metaphor for life and through our interaction with horses we can learn a variety of skills such as goal setting, visioning, time management, confidence, how to listen, communication, the appropriate use of power, commitment, and other leadership skills.
Eco-Equestrians –Ride for a Green World – learn what equestrians can do to be “green” from water and manure management to recycling and using safe products.
Horse Behavior and Communication – Discussion and demonstration of horse instinct, motivation, emotions, thinking and communication related to a horse’s interaction with people, other horses, and its environment. Learn how to better understand horse body language and spacing. Increase your skills for evaluating, communicating and relating to your horse.
Safe Space Training™ – Horse culture is based around space, “My Space, Your Space.” The horse with the biggest space is the leader. Horse respect and loyalty is core to the survival and natural instincts of the horse. Learn how to establish respected leadership through “space training” with your horse, understand why “round pen training” does not always work, especially with mares, increase your horse’s confidence, and develop a deeper bond with your horse.
Early Foal Training – The Importance of Teaching “Equine 101” to Your Horse – A young horse learns most everything it needs to know for life from birth to two years old. It is very important that your young horse learns how to be a functional horse and other important skills for living with horses and humans. Temperaments are determined at birth, but proper education can help even the most difficult horse become a welcome and cooperative partner. Learn how to evaluate your horse, how to use curiosity to overcome fear, how to increase your horse’s learning ability, what things to expose your horse to at this age, and how to overcome behavioral and youthful behaviors.
Equine Assessment – The SAICC Evaluation™ – Learn how to assess your horse’s Sensitivity, Awareness, Intelligence, Confidence and Cooperation. Gain understanding of how horses sense their world and apply this knowledge to their lives. Develop skills for applying your understanding of horse temperament and learning styles to training.
Body Awareness for Horse and Riders – Learn why mares have better special awareness than geldings, why cues to the mouth, nose and head can be confusing to a horse, how horses respond to “front” and “back brain “ stimulus, why some horses don’t know where their legs are, why some horses get hurt frequently, and other related body awareness issues. Learn techniques to help you and your horse become more aware of how to use your bodies in a safe and balanced manner. (This is also taught as a riding clinic)
Horse Culture- What’s Sex got to Do with It? (The Role of Mares, Stallions and Geldings in Wild and Domestic Environments) Horses are free roaming social herbivores that actually allow a dominant predator to ride and handle them – why? Learn why mares are “special” and require different training techniques than geldings. Learn why many women will get better responses from stallions and geldings than men. Learn techniques to help your horse adjust and be happy in a domestic environment.
Managing Dressage Horse Stress – specific issues related to dressage – understand how the horse’s brain works and how cues in the mouth/head and back brain can conflict.
Managing the H/J Stress – from tack and training to showing, know what causes stress in horses and how to best reduce it for your horse.
Equestrian/Equine Sports Coaching –customized mentor training for professionals and serious equestrians.
Applied Equine Behavioral Coaching –
for trainers and other professionals wishing to be certified in Applied Equine Behavioral Coaching.
Professional Development Series for Riding Instructors and Trainers
Coaching for Results –Good teachers often are “natural” at what they do, but often do not know how or what they are doing to get results. You can enhance your teaching practice with both people and horses but learning how to assess, give feedback, ask deep questions, use NLP to better understand people and behavioral observation to better understand horses, set goals with students, empower your clients so they excel.
Assessing Horse & Rider –Increase your understanding of how to assess horse and human using various techniques including the S.A.I.C.C. Evaluation ( Sensitivity-Awareness-Intelligence-Confidence-Cooperation), to increase your ability to gain results. Learn how to match up people and horses and develop training programs for both based on various personalities, environments, and goals.
Equestrian Psychology –Enhance your skills as a trainer or instructor by having a better understanding of the psychology of horses and humans. As social mammals horses and people share many traits, but process and communicate in different ways. Learn about the differences in learning behavior of horses and humans. Explore various forms of communication between horses and humans including verbal and non-verbal. Gain awareness into the evolutionary development of people and horses.
Applied Equine Behavior for Professionals – Managing and training a stable full of horses and students is more than a full time job with little time left over to solve problem horses. Understanding equine behavior and being able to identify an issue before it becomes a problem may be the difference between a happy, healthy and top performing horse and one that is not at its peak and declining emotionally or physically. Learn how to adjust training to solve behavioral issues and prevent problems from arising.
Please contact Mary Ann for more information at 360.573.1958 or email Mary Ann