Manolo’s next clinic in WA will be in September 2019.
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Manolo’s Background and Philosophy
An EFA (FEI) Level 3 Dressage Coach, Manolo is a seasoned horseman with over forty years of experience spanning classical dressage and every riding discipline from puissance jumping to polo and doma vaquero. Manolo is dedicated to a soft, sympathetic and thorough training method which prepares horses physically and psychologically for each stage of training from training level to Grand Prix and Haute Ecole. In particular, Manolo is well known for training or re-training the 3 Ps: Piaffe, Passage and Pirouette, without coercion or force.
Over the years, Manolo has become sought after by riders and equine wellness practitioners including veterinarians and osteopaths for his holistic approach to training, developing and rehabilitating horses, which incorporates his unique brand of body work, in-hand and riding. This versatile three-pronged approach gives Manolo the ability to straighten and release tight, stiff, crooked horses, introduce new movements, develop and enhance gait quality and help horses work through physical or mental blockages without stress. Manolo’s dedication to the good of the horse and his proven ability in developing healthy, focused, performing horses using traditional methods have made him a highly sought-after clinician around the world.
Manolo believes that many horses today have become so far separated from their essence, or the harmony that comes from the mind and body working in synchronicity, that they suffer needlessly each day of their lives.
‘My work is about sharing with others the importance of the partnership, the joy of the dance that can be experienced by horse and rider when body, heart and mind are working in a shared partnership. The horse is an athlete, a partner in the dance and as such, should be treated with the greatest respect, care and consideration.’
Manolo’s goal of his training approach is to help the horse reach his potential with his full and willing cooperation and without pushing him beyond his mental and physical abilities.
He adheres to the principles of traditional dressage and Article 401, which preserves the horse’s body instead of wearing it down, and gently nurtures his mental wellbeing, so that the physical and mental aspects work in unity.
‘Before I ask a horse to work, I want to know its history. Has it had problems or an incident that would leave it mistrustful of people and resistant or defensive? If the horse does not like me at the start of his training, I spend time to be friend. Only when the horse’s trust is established will it work in a positive way, relaxed in body and mind.’
Manolo will only take the next step when the previous one is solid and the horse is physically and mentally comfortable with the work. If the horse becomes confused, he will take a full step or half step back and allow the horse to re-establish his confidence and balance before progressing to the next step.
More information on Manolo can be found on his website https://www.manolomendezdressage.com/
What to expect from a Manolo Mendez clinic
Manolo teaches individual or shared lessons during his clinics. Lessons can be shared if riders / handlers are working on similar issues or have horses at similar levels. Manolo teaches both in-hand and ridden lessons.
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