Lessons in Lightness
Building the Horse's foundation in Hand
TheHorseStudio.com Copyrighted Review:
Lessons in Lightness : Building the Horse’s Foundation In Hand
In Mark Russell's 2-DVD set Lessons in Lightness: Building the Horse’s Foundation In Hand, Mark expertly
and completely demystifies the work in hand that should be a prelude to working with any horse.
Whether it is a young horse being started for the first time, a re-training project, or an older horse—no
matter which discipline you hail from—this DVD set walks you through all you need to know about how
to work your horse in hand intelligently. The DVD focuses on relaxation, use of core breathing, feel, and
intuition. Abigail Nemec contributes some super biomechanical explanations in a warm and relatable
manner, which helps you comprehend the 'whys’ of what you are working toward and how the horse
operates. The difference between Mark Russell's DVD set (Building the Horse’s Foundation In Hand) and
others on the market is that all the details are succinctly demonstrated and explained. You know from
just watching it that you can do this yourself. This is a very sharing and thoughtful training experience in
which Mark Russell holds no cards close to his chest. He generously shares his knowledge for the
betterment of the horse and the rider. He opens the door for all riders to gain positive energy, harmony,
and good experiences with their horses. You can see the influence of his training with Portuguese
Master Nuno Oliveira. DVD includes work in hand, work on the longe, work in hand with saddle on (both
English & Western), work under saddle, and also a bonus reel of Mark working one-on-one in a clinic
environment with re-training cases and their riders. A beautiful example of the quiet, kind persistence
that is required to train a horse while creating positive energy for both horse and rider through true
relaxation, clear understanding of each other, and the biomechanics of the horse without fuss or
confusion. Bravo to Mr. Russell and Ms. Nemec, and to Mouse Hole Productions for a job well done.
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Karen Hammett Quirk: "Just got my copy in the mail and couldn't wait to start watching! Watched the first hour so far and I am LOVING it! You did a perfect job of blending demonstration and explanation! I really like the added words at the bottom to emphasize a subtle point. Add in Abigail's amazingly clear body mechanics details and it's all perfect! Thank you so much for taking the time to produce this body of work!"