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Maria's Programs

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Dr Maria is hosted both in the United States and Internationally for clinics.  She also hosts in-house clinics at her home-base location throughout the year.  In both her riding and horseless clinics you can learn how to incorporate timeless tools and modern advances into your training toolbox to ensure that your horse continues to feel well when you are off or in the saddle. Her unique teaching style, personal assessment and insights have helped thousands of horses and humans. Learn about things such as advanced lunging, biomechanics, the ultimate riders position, what your horse is telling you, how your horses breathing behavior can affect your ride and much more……

Each day will consist of a morning and afternoon session. Auditors are welcomed. There is something for everyone to learn here, regardless of discipline or breed.

In the workshops here is what you will learn:

Be introduced to simple yet powerful techniques that will improve your connection to the horse

Be evaluated on key physiological factors that can instantly affect your rapport with you Equine partner

Identify and release physical and mental barriers in your writing style the block you from the ultimate ride

Find out what it means to come to your horse pure and childlike and why your horse will be thrilled

Find out what elevates horsemanship to the status of a timeless art form and an opportunity for us to connect our horses ourselves and to the world

The soul of the writing masters of past will be revealed

What is Kindness to the Horse?

Kindness explained
A commitment to the physical comfort of the animal
Facilitating and maintaining emotional balance
What to look for in determining your horse’s physical happiness
One-trial learning (Tolman’s cognitive maps)

French Classical Tradition as a Method of Lightness

Historical outline on how Natural Horsemanship has its roots in Baucherism
French cavalry methods

Ground Work

What to look for before you ever get on a horse?
Assessing for safety
Determining readiness of horse and rider

What is the purpose of lunge-work?
How to lunge correctly for balance
Lunge work to assess physical blocks
The Next Step: creating strategy to “unlock” your horse

The Lost Art of In-Hand Work

Demystifying it
The road to establishing balance

How Your Body Tells on You

How biofeedback methods can provide information on what your body is telling the horse
Proper breathing
What is energy?
James-Lange theory

Overcoming Fear

Finding joy in your riding
“Out-of-the-Saddle” exercises to prepare for a better ride
Tips on achieving a balanced seat in the course of your day

Common Pitfalls

Developing a “good eye”
Developing your “psychic abilities” to forecast the following problems from the ground up
Knowing how to solve problems to avoid injury

Mounting issues
Lack of Energy
Forward versus frantic
Use of spurs – pros and cons

If you are interested in hosting a clinic, please contact Maria for availability and work with her one-on-one to customize the perfect clinic to fit your needs.

If you are interested in attending a Dr. Maria Katsamanis clinic, please visit the Events page for a current list of dates and subscribe to the newsletter to be notified of new dates and locations as they become available.

Dr. Maria is currently accepting horses in training!


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Before and After Transformations

“There exists molecular gastronomy, molecular biology, molecular equation and now….Molecular Equitation!

Online Coaching

Dr. Maria Katsamanis has teamed up with the Behavioral Physiology Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico to provide educational services.

Breathing Your Way to Better Riding

Oftentimes it is through our bodies that we can connect to our emotions and thoughts. Connecting through the breath is a very simple, elegant and powerful first step to “knowing thyself.” Breathe work and the importance of being “centered” and present became a key element in the lessons. Breathing behavior is easily assessed and modified, particularly with the advances in portable biofeedback devices that provide instant feedback and opportunities to re-learn poor breathing habits. I say breathing because like other behaviors, breathing is based on the same principles.

Poor breathing behavior can be quickly, easily, unintentionally and unconsciously learned but can like other habits be challenging to disengage, manage, modify or eliminate. The importance of breathwork can not be undervalued since it is the easiest and most direct way to communicate with our horse.

Poor breathing behavior can be as a result of:

  • fears we have about riding
  • the memory of an old injury and
  • the concern of re-injury
  • life stress

Breathing Evaluations Assessment Services

We offer Respiratory Fitness assessments in person and over the Internet. 

1. The Breathing Interview: $75.00. The interview is a brief 25 minute exploratory session based on the Breathing Interview Checklist completed by you prior to the session.

2. The Breathing Behavior Analysis: $250.00. During this 75-minute breathing behavior evaluation session, we use a CapnoTrainer to assist you in a self-discovery process for learning about your own breathing habits, and how they might be mediating physical symptoms and performance deficits.

Breathing Learning Packages Education Services

If the evaluation determines that you are a good candidate for further education we have we have co-partnered with the Better Physiology Ltd, a New Mexico corporation located in Santa Fe, New Mexico to provide comprehensive learning programs to improve your breathing behavior. The service is solely educational and not meant to be medical.

There is no diagnosis and there is no treatment involved. These learning experiences are web-based educational services that allow you to learn in the comfort of your home or barn! Internet sessions involve the rental of a CapnoTrainer®. Your practitioner operates the CapnoTrainer that you are using at home from our offices over the Internet, where (s)he can see your physiology in real time along with you. Please contact us to learn more.

Consulting services are also available.

Horse Finder

Are you looking for your equine soul mate but do not want to search alone?

Is your current horse NOT feeling like a soul mate?

Are you a horsehair away from selling him/her? 

Well, before you do consider re-evaluating your relationship with a clear lens. Matching horse and human is a magical journey. Let us be a part of that for you.

Contact Us Today

Amwell Ridge Farm
(732) 921-0565
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