“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 also 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.
Karin Leibbrandt, Veterinarian specialized in rehabilitation. Author: “Compassionate Training for Today’s Sport Horse; Biomechanics in 4 Dimensions; The Key to improving Posture, Balance and Strength”. A book prefaced by Manolo Mendez.
“Those who devote themselves to practice without science are like sailors who put to sea without a rudder or compass and who can never be certain where they are going. Practice must always be founded on sound theory.“
Leonardo da Vinci
This quote expresses the philosophy behind Manolo’s work. Manolo Mendez is an exceptional horse trainer and bodyworker not only because of his lifetime experience with horses and training them on the highest levels, but especially because of his knowledge behind everything he does.
His work is based on biomechanical laws proven by scientific research. He has an outstanding eye for abnormalities in the mobility of the top line and musculoskeletal problems.
Due to his knowledge and experience he is able to be very specific about the right posture and core stability of the horse. This posture causes a good movement pattern. Training according to his system enables horses to recover from injury, stay healthy on the long term and ensure that the horse can perform optimally. Only a healthy, confident and happy horse can access his full potential.
When Manolo analyses a horse, he always approaches every aspect of the horse. He’s scanning his body for limitations in mobility. He observes and palpates the entire body. By releasing fascia and muscles the horse is able to show a correct movement pattern and he can use his back properly.
Only than it is possible to teach the horse how to use his body in a way that it will improve his body and make him stronger. This will make him less susceptible for injuries.
But Manolo’s work goes further than that. There is a lot to know about saddles, bridles and the bit. What makes to horse comfortable and what causes the horse experience discomfort or even limits his movements or body posture?
The hoofs are another important subject. Horses with myofascial problems compensate by changing the position of the legs. This causes an incorrect balance in the hoofs and the legs, which causes overload in joints. By releasing the fascia and muscles, the leg will return to his natural position and the hoofs need to be adjusted to this situation again.
Manolo masters every aspect needed to successfully rehabilitate horses, but he also knows how to train them in a friendly way to the highest levels. His knowledge is unlimited and he showed me during a three day clinic in Belgium that the smallest detail can make a huge difference. It can make the difference between failure and successfully rehabilitating a horse.
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. TheWayOfTheHorse.com
This DVD is brilliant. Manolo demonstrates in-hand techniques he has developed over time that can help any owner improve their horse with exercises designed for balance, coordination, lightness plus strengthened topline and joints. It brings clarity to a subject that is rarely understood and combined with the (free) supporting online written material, will open new worlds for both horse and rider. Your horse will thank you!”
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. Kip has just launched a great new website with a lot of great free content on excellence in equestrianism through time and around the world. Her company, Editions Mistral has just published its first book: Dressage Sabbatical which has received excellent reviews. www.KipMistral.com
“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!”
“I am a competitive Dressage rider but also love trail riding and in hand work. All my competition horses were rescues and using a combination of in hand work and bodywork following Manolo’s principles has been instrumental in their success.”Julia Latham, NZ June 2017
“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
I have worked with many international trainers and coaches and Manolo has the best understanding of the horse from the horse’s point of view. I have complete trust in his training methods, totally agree with them and they compliment what I try to instill in my students as well. The horse’s best interest is never compromised and at the same time the potential of the horse can be fully reached.Mary Flood:USDF Certified Trainer and Competitor, winner Grand Prix at Devon and Festival of Champions, USDF Bronze, Silver, Gold Medalist, wildfirefarm.com
The postures exemplified in Manolo’s work are of great use to my gaited horses for achieving great movement. Conditioning through relaxed but purposeful exercises result in a very healthy spine mover; essential in the best movement for gaited horses. Ricky Cumming, June 2017
Learn Manolo’s In-Hand & Lunging Training for Wellness™ Method, improve your horse’s posture, movement and performance – and join a vibrant online community of riders, trainers and equine health professionals who use these techniques in over 30 disciplines to help their horses thrive.
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.Copying, renting, lending, public performance and radio or TV broadcasting – even for excerpts – is prohibited. For private use only. Commercial use, exchange and transfer or tacit acceptance of such is forbidden and will lead to to civil and criminal prosecution.