Equine Articles

Mary Debono Presents at Holistic Horse Workshop

Mary Debono was one of the speakers at the First Annual Southern California Holistic Horse Workshop held at the beautiful Valenti Estate in Rancho Santa Fe, CA onSeptember 8, 2012.  Mary presented her unique approach to improving the balance, coordination … Continue reading →

Posted on: September 26, 2012 Category: Equine Articles Mary's News

Mary Teaches a Sold-Out Equine Workshop at the Helen Woodward Animal Center

Equestrians from three states gathered in Southern California to learn how to improve horses’ performance, suppleness and body awareness via the SENSE Method. They also learned how to enhance their own awareness, balance and coordination with Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Continue reading →

Posted on: August 29, 2012 Category: Equine Articles Mary's News
In addition to making saddling easier, SENSE helped improve Tiki's movement, allowing him to win top honors in sport horse classes.

Saddling Made Easy by Janice Mills, SENSE Method Practitioner

Tiki, my 7 year-old Arabian gelding, was bred, and broke to ride, for a racing career.  When I bought him as a three year-old, he was very resistant to being girthed.  He would toss his head, flatten his ears, bloat, … Continue reading →

Posted on: July 16, 2012 Category: Equine Articles
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Stiff, Resistant Horse?

”I can’t understand why my horse is stiff.  I exercise her every day”.  These words were spoken by Ellen*, whose Hanoverian mare was having trouble bending. Turning to the right was the most difficult, and the mare had become resistant … Continue reading →

Posted on: July 14, 2012 Category: Equine Articles

An Arthritic Appaloosa Gets a New Lease on Life

Rocky*, a 29 year-old black Appaloosa gelding, had been Denise’s horse since he was just 11 months old and she was a 17 year-old teenager. They had grown up together and were deeply bonded. As they were out trail … Continue reading →

Posted on: July 1, 2012 Category: Equine Articles

Think Outside the Stall

The chestnut horse’s life changed so drastically, so wonderfully, that having the ability to pick up both leads easily is hardly worth mentioning. Except that the story starts with a problem at the canter. And an upcoming horse show.  A … Continue reading →

Posted on: April 4, 2012 Category: Equine Articles

If You Know What to Do with This, Your Horse Will Love to be Saddled!

Does your horse pin his ears when you tighten the girth even though you’ve had your saddle custom-fitted? Does your mare get grumpy, swish her tail or threaten to kick when you cinch her up? Discomfort during saddling is so Continue reading →

Posted on: February 9, 2012 Category: Equine Articles
Mary uses SENSE techniques to help horse bend more easily

Part Two: Improve Horse’s Bending with the SENSE Method

In my previous post, I wrote about Jill*, a rider who unknowingly sat with more weight on the left side of her pelvis.  Jill’s unbalanced seat made bending difficult for her horse and caused both horse and rider to … Continue reading →

Posted on: August 21, 2011 Category: Equine Articles
Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea Finally Heals Her Suspensory Ligament Injury


The chestnut horse stood before me, her long mane gracing her arched neck. I watched as the veterinarian and the horse’s person looked at an x-ray of the mare’s left front lower leg, which showed a clearly defined suspensory … Continue reading →

Posted on: July 31, 2011 Category: Equine Articles
By gently shifting the horse's weight, Mary can feel if a horse loads his limbs evenly

SENSE Method Helps Filly Overcome a Club Foot

Paul* had great expectations for his part-Friesian filly, Gemma*. She was the daughter of his beloved mare and he had lovingly cared for the foal since her birth on his ranch. He had dreams of Gemma becoming an powerful sport … Continue reading →

Posted on: July 28, 2011 Category: Equine Articles
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