COMING EARLY FEBRUARY 2021! Mark’s new video with a focus on relaxing and releasing the horse’s jaw, poll, and neck. Watch the TRAILER by clicking on the blue Vimeo link:
It is only in relaxation of the jaw, poll, and neck that the rider can begin to access and develop the horse optimally both psychologically and physiologically. It is thus requisite in advancing the horse to their best possible functioning, health, and performance. In Releasing the Jaw, Poll, and Neck, Mark will show you how to teach your horse to simultaneously stretch and soften to the bit. Once the student learns to navigate the process, the horse will begin to seek relaxation himself and a positive feedback loop of progress can begin. Relaxation allows the horse to access healthy ways of both being and going, paving the path to Art Form Riding. Because of prior experience, anxiety, or injury, some horses first introduced to this approach may become confused, defensive, or may be physically or psychologically challenged. In the film, you will see Mark teaching seven different horses in clinic settings. Each horse has a different set of challenges. The work is done on the ground, with the simple bridle teaching the horse to release, relax at the jaw, poll, and neck, and to accept the bit and the soft contact. This work is essential to all progress in riding and, left unaddressed, can be the very reason riders and horses are mysteriously “held back” in their progress. Relaxation is foundational. Releasing the Jaw, Poll and Neck: More Lessons in Lightness with Mark Russell is intended to be used in conjunction with the author’s other works: Lessons in Lightness, Expanded Edition and Lessons in Lightness: Building the Horse’s Foundation in Hand DVD. However it can easily be used independently as an educational resource.
The video is available in both Streaming and DVD format, per the student’s preference.