"DO UNTO YOUR HORSE AS IT WISHES DONE UNTO ITSELF"
What is Connected Horsemanship?
Connected Horsemanship teaches natural horsemanship in Ireland. Connected Horsemanship
founder, Laura Domenica, a certified Chris Irwin trainer, focuses on horse riders
who want to work with horses in a way that is more in keeping with the horses own
nature and instinct.
The Language of the Horse
Students learn how a knowledge of prey/predator psychology can help them better understand
horse behaviour. Students are shown how the horse communicates through body language
and how they can interpret this to understand how the horse thinks and feels. They
are encouraged to develop their ability to “read” the horse so that they are able
to respond more appropriately.
Body Awareness / Energy Awareness
Students learn how to adapt their body language so that it is more "horse orientated".
Through a series of exercises students learn how their alignment, posture and energy
are all crucial elements in communicating with the horse, both on the ground and
in the saddle.
Students learn to be more self aware and learn to recognise how their mental and
emotional state affects their horse. They realise the need to develop a high level
of awareness and yet remain centred. They learn how direct line thinking, goal orientation
and incongruent emotion affect equine performance.
Connected Horsemanship Teaches Natural Horsemanship In Scotland and Ireland
Finding the Connection
In mastering these fundamentals, students become better leaders for their horse,
improving their relationship, increasing their confidence and building a partnership
based on trust and respect. As the partnership develops and the students feel and
timing improve, the horse becomes calmer and more confident, more willing and more
When the physical, mental and emotional needs of the horse are met in this way, the
horse willingly gives from the heart and a true "connection" with the handler is