Horses are standing by eager to meet you!
And they’ve got all kinds of issues that your hands and heart can help them with. If you’re thinking of attending our school and growing your own horse practice, Module One is where you begin.
* Module One (pick one)
April 21-23 & 28-30 * June 11-17 * September 10-16 * December 3-9
The April class still has openings, so if spring is a good time for you to get started, get in touch with us and we’ll register you. The June class is nearly full.
Where to stay? Our neighbor Bonnie’s got room, board and airport pickup for students for $375/week, or there’s AirBnB.com.
Popcorn With Molasses
During the training we work at different barns and every barn has its own personality. While nearly all the horses we work with are full-size, one day we decided to visit the mini barn. Each student was assigned a tiny miniature horse to do a session on, each in their own tiny stall with thigh-high walls. These minis had never been worked on before so they were curious, entranced and occasionally overwhelmed by new feelings and attention.
The students were practicing doing strokes while maintaining connection to the horse. This herd was particularly cohesive and the minis were remarkably attuned to each other. When one mini tossed his head or stamped her tiny feet, in quick succession, every other mini down the line did that, too. The barn would be quiet as fog for five minutes, then a mini suddenly clattered her hooves and all the others did the same. After 20 seconds they’d settle again, so introspective they seemed to almost fall asleep for close to five minutes, and then… BOINK! Bop! Clop! Poink! each horse bounced awake one after another, like when one kernal of popcorn bursts and then all the others do, too. Each time a mini erupted, their student started laughing, too, and the barn rocked back and forth between raucous laughter and quiet dreaminess.
School Licensure …
Our fifteen year old school completed the lengthy process that certifies us as state licensed. This helps our students become more well-rounded practitioners. We used a tree’s worth of paper filling out forms, upgrading our curriculum, adding new accreditation, creating more courses, and jumping through governmental hoops to become a professional vocational school. What does this mean?
(1) Our graduates can apply for additional accreditation through the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage (NBCAAM).
(2) Graduates who live in Washington can take the state exam and become a Licensed Massage Therapist (Equine & Large Animals).
(3) This also makes it smoother for students from states who require licensure to show they’ve acquired training and credentials that are equal or above what their state requires.
(4) It opens up avenues for loans and scholarships for new students that we didn’t have before, like tuition assistance for veterans, job retraining and vocational funding.
Note: Only about half the states require some level of training and each state is different. We can’t predict what another state will do, just sayin’, but if you want to have a conversation about how to approach your state, speak with Jacqueline and she’ll help you figure it out. We’ve had many students get out-of-state approval for their professional training, even in Switzerland (hello, Eva!).
The basic training consists of three modules, each one taken in sequence, with about three months for homework and practice sessions. Module One is listed above.
* Module Two (pick one)
April 9-15 * July 6 – 12 * October 8-14
* Module Three (pick one)
February 19-25 * May 14-20 * July 16-22 * November 5-11
Satisfactorily complete all three modules and you’ll be certified as an Equine Natural Movement practitioner and will also have earned the title of Equine Structural Integration practitioner. Yippee!
* Equine Massage Exam Class
Starting in 2017, we are offering an exam prep class. The optional 30 hour class is for students who want to sit for the Washington State Licensure exam. The class has one day of hands-on (begins the day after Module 3 completes), and then work to do at home and online to complete the preparation. Topics covered include systems biology, massage history and methods, pathology, kinesiology, and state records and ethical compliance.
Once licensed, you can add traditional horse massage to your tool bag. An extra perk — in 2017 the WA state license notches up from equine massage *practitioner* to equine massage “therapist.”
Tuition is $600. Dates for this class (pick one)
May 21 * July 23, * November 12
(This class is required for WA students)
The Advanced Class
This class is for graduates who’ve had their hands on plenty of horses since they graduated. Joseph teaches what he’s been working on in his own practice, the really advanced stuff. Every time we run this course, he teaches something different. This next class is about releasing holding in places that can’t be reached with your hands. Learn more here: The Advanced Class
The class runs five days, May 24 – 28, and tuition is $1500. Bonnie is charging $300 for the stay. Graduates, we’d love to see your smiling face here again.
Business Class starts March 21st
Having equine skills is fabulous, of course; having horses to practice them with is equally important. How DO you find yourself in the situation where people are eager to pay you for the time you just spent with their horse?
That’s a big question. Few horse practitioners (or any kind of professional) really understand how to do that. That’s why we created this equine business class. We help you find your exact right clients, the ones who flag down their friends and stable-mates to talk about you and how their unbalanced stud is so easy to ride since you worked with him. Or how smooth their favorite gelding glides over jumps these days. Or how sweet and calm their cranky mare has become since her body is more organized.
The main reason our business course has such success is because we work the same way with our students as we do with the horses. We don’t try to fit anyone into a mold. Our intention is to bring out the absolute best that is within you and help you shine. People around you will see who you are, what gifts you bring to the work, and they’ll want to hire you to work with their horses.
Building a Professional Practice that actually earns money and gives you plenty of great publicity while being authentic and honest.
Tuition is $1200 for the five month program, Pre-arranged payment plans work just fine. Call or email Jacqueline (school@EquineNaturalMovement.com).
And thats about all the news for now. We hope to see and hear from you soon.
Jacqueline & Joseph Freeman
The Equine Natural Movement School
Our next Equine Natural Movement (Module 1) class is December 4 – 10, 2016 at our farm in Battle Ground, Washington. Once we’ve spoken and you know you want to attend, send your application and registration payment in. We’ll close the course once it is full. We’re big fans of “less stress” so please help us and the other students out by registering early.
EQUINE NATURAL MOVEMENT MODULE 1 CLASS
Learning Basic Sessions
This module teaches you how to do a comprehensive and thorough Equine Natural Movement session. This module is the beginning level for people who want to become Equine Natural Movement Series practitioners. It is also open to people who want to learn to work on their own horses and not become practitioners, or for practitioners who want to deepen their ability to communicate non-verbally and also develop a magnificent sense of touch and connection with their clients.
This course includes these topics …
- Understand Structural Integration and how it works
- Know essential Equine Natural Movement bodywork techniques
- Have a working knowledge of equine connective tissue and understand its relationship with other systems
- Know how to employ horse safety practices
- Explore equine body communication and energetics
- Develop intelligent hands that can feel subtle differences and changes in equine connective tissue
- Learn to deliver a basic Equine Natural Movement session
- Have enough knowledge to do competent basic sessions and be able to do practice sessions between modules at home
Click this link for our catalog and application to reserve your spot for the Equine Natural Movement Module 1 Class.
Equine Careers begin with classes at Equine Natural Movement School. Classes start again soon.
Module 1: Learning Basic Sessions
Our next Module 1 Class will be held June 12-18, 2016.
We are scheduling an extra Level One that will take place over two 3-day weekends. If that would work better for you, please call about dates that would work for you in April and May. 360-687-8384.
Module 2: Learning the Series
Classes for Equine Careers continue with ourur next Module 2 class, April 10-16, 2016.
Module 3: Understanding the Series, Intermediate Level
Our next Module 3 class is May 15-21, 2016.
Build a Professional Practice that actually earns Money and gives you plenty of Great Publicity while being Authentic and Honest
This uniques course for Equine Careers is taught in an online teleclass format, so you can build your business as you do the assignments from home. You may take this 10-part class anytime after completing one module of training.
Our next teleclass begins spring 2016. Call for details: 360-687-8384.
Equine Careers: We Aim To Please!
If you have particular dates that are better for you, please let us know. Sometimes we can book those dates to accommodate students who have tight schedules. One of our students came three years in a row during his spring break. With advanced notice, we can make things work.
Equine Careers begin at Equine Natural Movement School.
If you’ve dreamed of working with horses, we can help you get started. Our next Level One Class begins soon. Speak with Jacqueline to figure out if this is the right class for you, then go ahead and register to reserve your space.
Your career with horses begins in our classes
Our farm is in southwest Washington, just north of Portland, Oregon. We take a maximum of six students each class. The Equine Natural Movement School is a thorough and sturdy program that gets you on your road to a marvelous career working with horses!
LEVEL ONE Class Dates:
jne 12 – 18, 2016.
Can’t get away for a full week? We are also setting up dates in May and June for a LEVEL ONE class that’s made of two 3-day classes over different weekends. If that works better for you, please be in touch and give Jacqueline a few dates that work. She’ll choose dates from your input.
For our returning students:
LEVEL TWO — April 10 – 16
LEVEL THREE — May 15 – 21
ADVANCED CLASS — Fall TBA
More dates through the year are on our class calendar page.
We love hearing from new and returning students. Pick up the phone and give us a call. 360-687-8384.
Classes are moving right along with our mild Pacific Northwest weather getting warmer every day. Our students are doing great work on their class and homework horses and that makes us proud.During each course, Joseph picks a horse as his demonstration horse. Students learn the content of the session during morning class time. In the afternoons they watch Joseph do his demo and then each student works on their individual horse. Students each get a “fresh horse” that hasn’t received bodywork prior to classes. We do this so you can readily see the effects of the work, how you actually make a difference to that horse.
For his Level One and Level Two students, Joseph chooses horses that are relatively straightforward in their issues, good-natured and pretty easy to work with. This allows the students to stay focused on learning the work.
By the time our Level Three (L3) students arrive, they’ve practiced on a good number of horses here at school and back home and understand the basics. Now they’re ready for a horse that requires a higher skill level. In L3, Joseph tries to pick a more complicated horse.In the most recent Level Three module, Joseph worked on a high strung dressage horse who was what her owner called a “project horse.” This horse was in such poor shape, she’d been slated to be put down. Those plans got put aside when another mare in the same barn colicked shortly after foaling and died. The little foal was lost without his mom and this high strung mare, on her own, stepped in to care for the foal. That won her a reprieve, but she still had substantial issues.
This 16 year old mare was short on her right side, weak in her hind end. Rather than solidly pushing off, she pulled herself through her strides. She was touchy around her stiff hind end and pinned her ears even when being brushed. Her owner knew she was terribly uncomfortable and in pain. When a horse is uncomfortable in her body, it often magnifies other issues so it’s a challenge to find where the true source of the discomfort originates.
She was so nervous and sensitive it was challenging to work on her. She started each session with her head held high, watchful and concerned. She fretted a bit, but after Joseph started with her, she began settling into the work.
As the sessions progressed, she began to trust the work more, settling in sooner each time, and at her own speed, developing a pattern of partnership with Joseph. She lowered her head and sometimes she became noticeably introspective, a good sign that she was accepting the work and acknowledging the changes that were happening.
This is one of the most rewarding parts of doing this work. You take a horse who has physical issues that hold her back, emotional issues that prevent you from developing a strong relationship, or bad barn manners that make her hard to work with. Then as the work continues, you see them all fall away. The Equine Natural Movement work integrates the structure, making the horse more balanced and secure in her footing, more confident in her movement.
As she gained length through her back, she became capable of fluid movement. She started showing equal push-off from her hind end. The discomfort in her poll disappeared and she became more comfortable through her entire neck and head.
Suddenly the distractions from all the confusion in her body weren’t there. And that’s what allowed her to — for probably the first time in many years — become more present.
By the end of the series she was a different horse. Her owner told us she’s considerably freer in her stride and can now walk a straight line. Her hind end is more fluid and her derriere has a nice swing to it. For the first time ever, her owner and others at the barn have seen her playing in the field, kicking up her heels and romping like a youngster.
Want to learn this work?
The next LEVEL ONE class is March 13 – 19, 2016.
Our farm is in southwest Washington, just north of Portland, Oregon. We take six students each class. Right now we still have room for more.
Can’t get away for a full week? We are also setting up dates in April and May for a LEVEL ONE class that’s made of two three-day classes over different weekends. If that works better for you, please be in touch and give Jacqueline a few dates that work. She’ll choose dates from your input.
Returning students nearly finished with homework?
LEVEL TWO — April 9 – 15
LEVEL THREE — May 15 – 21
ADVANCED CLASS — March 27 – 31
More dates through the year are on our class calendar page.
We’re always happy to speak with new or current students. Pick up the phone and give us a call. 360-687-8384.