I had the privilege to take the first part of this clinic series and meet Sherry Ackerman in her home at Mount Shasta.
Sherry absolutely has what it takes to teach such an integrated clinic. The days where thoroughly planned so that everything was flowing almost by itself. I had lessons of yoga, meditation, philosophy and psychology. And of course, there were several lessons with dressage riding and theory. All off this was put together in a way that allowed me go even deeper in my understanding of relating to horses and riding dressage.
The morning started with some fresh air Yoga. The Yoga lessons had the purpose to enhance the body awareness, to notice where the body can be softer. It also teaches how it feels to stretch, like we always ask the horse to do in dressage, and it is not always that comfortable.
Lippy and Sherry taught me how to strengthen my intention and energy into the dressage and the movements.
One of the things that made a lot of difference in my dressage-riding is the awareness of how to use the Psoas-musculature. Knowing of to use them is really a key to good riding. My own horse was amazed when I got back.
This first clinic comes with a workbook which was great during the clinic and now is a wonderful resource when I continue to work with processes that was initiated or strengthened during the clinic.
Sherry Ackerman is the author of the book Dressage in the Fourth Dimension.