In-Hand Work Made Simple.
Kim Walnes, rider and trainer of Hall of fame inductee the Gray Goose, member of the USET 3 Day Eventing Team from 80-86, winner of Individual and Team Bronze Medals at the 82 World Championships and FEI dressage trainer
“In-Hand Lessons with Manolo Mendez – An Introduction to Working In-Hand” is designed to help you help your horse be suppler, straighter, and more balanced in-hand leading to a calmer, healthier horse under saddle. It benefits horses of all breeds and disciplines because it is based on understanding and creating healthy postures and recognizing and developing healthy gaits. The DVD is a 3 hour– plus introduction to groundwork and working in hand with horses. It is practical and un-intimidating and follows the first five lessons of equestrian and biomechanics lecturer Jillian Kreinbring as she learns to shape, influence and enhance horses’ postures and gaits for the better with the help of a cavesson and a bamboo. Jillian asks a lot of questions which is very helpful for viewers at home. Manolo discusses and demonstrates everything from how to select bamboo and adjust a cavesson properly, to how to create and regulate forward, how to halt, turn, change direction while maintaining healthy flexion throughout the horse’s topline, how to introduce shoulder fore, shoulder in, turn on the haunches, shoulder in – out, to the wall and more..
The DVD contains additional footage of Manolo working in-hand and demonstrating exercises with two inexperienced horses. In addition, Manolo shares his way of introducing a young horse to lungeing and discusses and demonstrates how to transition a young horse from lungeing to riding. Finally, the DVD contains a section on What the Horse’s Body Tells You, where Manolo and Jilly observe a horse together and discuss physical landmarks and what they mean, how to improve them. While Jillian practices the exercises, Manolo gives her feedback and steps in to correct common mistakes, ensuring that viewers get a good understanding of what to do, and what to avoid
From Kip Mistral, Equestrian Journalist and Best Selling Author of “Horse Training In-Hand: A Modern Guide to Working from The Ground” available HERE on Amazon.
“In watching the Manolo Mendez videos and observing the manner in which Manolo handles horses (and teaches the handling), I am struck by how much understanding, compassion and from-the-heart engagement with the horse Manolo demonstrates. That he has a lifetime of equestrian experience is understood, but all trainers end up with experience after decades. How many end up the level of tact, diplomacy and appreciation for the horse, what it needs and how it learns that Manolo has is another question completely.
Quite frankly, I can’t think of anyone I’ve seen who trains and instructs with such a coherently “for the horse” approach. A particularly interesting aspect is how Manolo teaches the student how to look for signs of stiffness or resistance in the horse that will interfere with the horse’s balance and carriage, and cause him to lose any developing suppleness and rhythm. He explains and demonstrates something else that is critical…how to help the horse have forward movement but still carry himself correctly…and why it is so important to teach the horse different speeds in each gait…so he doesn’t tire of one position or speed. If he tires, he gets stiff, and Manolo watches like an eagle for any sign of stiffness to protect the horse from discomfort and also discouragement.
His gentle, friendly and supportive manner with horses just reminds me again how the typical handler/rider/trainer/instructor works from a dominance paradigm, whether conscious or unconscious. Manolo’s level of investment in the horse’s confidence and pleasure in his training and his trusting relationship with his handler is extraordinary and in my opinion there is no single value that can hold more importance. If you learn from Manolo and study his in-hand lessons, you will learn more than an introduction to the working in-hand exercises. You will learn a philosophy of horsemanship that may seem deceptively simple, but is truly the foundation for everything good that can come to a horse through his education. And, these same principles that teach us how to be in a partnership between horse and rider where both are equally willing to learn from one another can be implemented in every area of life that I can think of…family, friends, work…listen, watch, be compassionate, be tactful, be gentle…
These videos are highly recommended for all these reasons!”
“Interestingly, however, horses that were regularly trained in ground-work in addition to regular riding showed overall lower heart rates (91 ± 4 bpm) during the dressage pattern compared to horses that were normally not trained using ground-work (98 ± 2 bpm), perhaps indicating that the horses familiar with ground work had more trust in their rider.” Effect of shortened reins on rein tension by Anna-Katharina Ludewig & Uta König v. Borstel
“When I recommend the DVD, I tell people that it is well worth the price, that it teaches a lot that many people should learn and can change the way one thinks about horses if it’s taken to heart.. ‘but’, that the group alone would make the price worth it because of the massive amount of knowledge shared here. The ability to clarify and expand upon what is presented in the DVD makes the knowledge more useable and therefore more valuable.” Kate O, February 14th, 2017
NOTICE: The DVD is designed to provide information on how to train horses using Manolo Mendez’s methodology, concepts, and practices. It should be applied with the understanding that at no time is Manolo Mendez, or employees or representatives of Equestrian La Mancha PTY Ltd, responsible for the implementation of his concepts, methodology, and practices. The hands that hold the lunge line and the bamboo are entirely responsible for the actions of the horse. Should viewers not fully understand the implications of the techniques shown here, or be in a position to carry out these techniques, they should seek the advice of professionals. Any dealing with horses can involve danger for human beings. The publisher and the author accept no liability for personal injury, damage to property or pecuniary loss ensuing from use of the exercises shown. Manolo Mendez, and representatives or employees of Equestrian La Mancha PTY Ltd. urge viewers to watch the videos and become familiar with the information available concerning the training of horses without pain and restraint. Manolo Mendez, representatives and employees of Equestrian La Mancha PTY Ltd. are not responsible for others’ interpretation of the methods or ensuing results. Please use common sense when dealing with your horse because horses are inherently unpredictable.
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