"My gelding has been with me for about 3 years now. When I acquired him, I knew he had "sticky" stifles & saw that he struggled to keep himself balanced & moving properly. I would often joke that he would do the "Phoebe run" - you know the one where Phoebe from Friends goes running in the park arms and legs flailing everywhere. We have been taking lessons consistently since the very beginning of our partnership and they have helped both he & I in many ways, but his Phoebe run always more or less remained.
When we added the body work from Maria, I really started to notice him becoming more easily balanced. He also seemed to stay balanced for longer during our dressage rides. He more often would pick up the correct lead when asked to canter (this had been a long-standing struggle as well) and transitioned more seamlessly. Maria has also helped me get better in tune with him. I pay more attention to making sure his body is feeling good than I used to. I don't think I gave it much thought before, but after seeing the improvement in his balance, I realize what a difference it can make. After all, my body feels better after a massage and chiropractic work, so why should his body be any different? I'm very thankful to Maria for helping him feel and move better as well as educating me!"
I really needed to find a Valentines gift for my Boyfriend and since I was already taking riding lessons with Maria I asked if we could sneak in a photoshoot and that lead to Maria and her assistant to produce something I could never imagine. In just a week, she was able to shoot, edit, word the pages and so much more. She helped direct it, fix my hair, makeup, and outfit. She just told me what to bring and she put everything into place. On top of the creative directing her team was able to take their time to make sure that the printing press they used produced the best quality photography prints. I am in love with the quality of my "spicy" Valentine's Day gift. I 100% recommend anyone to get a photoshoot after or even during a lesson one day. You will not regret it!
TRACY & SMARTY
Have you ever met someone who “got” you – who truly saw you, understood you, AND understood how to help you overcome your fears and anxieties? For many of us, that person might be our partner or parent, but if you’re particularly fortunate, you have another person who’s similarly on your side: a coach, educator, trainer, and friend who can help you make great strides while you’re bettering yourself at your sport. To be a successful horse trainer and instructor, one has to be equal parts skilled observer, equine advocate, diplomatic conveyor of important information, one-the-spot problem solver, and patient, empathetic teacher. Maria Anna Lacasse is all of these things – and more! When I took my first lesson with Maria, I was a ball of stress. I was at a new barn, in a new arena, working with a new trainer, and I was picking up on something “strange” from my horse (Maria was the first to ask if he might have head shaking syndrome shortly afterward. He did, and he’s now rehabbing). My horse and I were feeding off of each other in the worst possible way. So, Maria took us back to the basics. Patiently, kindly, wisely, she had us start with groundwork and breathing. My horse and I were grateful for her calm demeanor. By the end of the lesson, we were riding quietly; we were both happy with our progress! Several months later, I was trying to overcome one of my biggest hang-ups: the transition from trot to canter. Having had a serious accident years ago during this transition, it always brought my anxiety up. But Maria was patient and worked with me over several lessons. She told me that it was okay that I didn’t canter that day. I didn’t, but I did the next lesson! But I didn’t just canter that day – because of her patience and problem solving, I also made significant progress with my anxiety about trot-canter transitions. Maria’s holistic approach to training and lessons will provide horses and riders alike with the foundation that they need to excel at their sport, bond with one another, become healthier and happier, and learn about just how special the equine-human relationship can be. Any horse or rider who works with her is truly fortunate to have such a wise, observant, empathetic, visionary person on their team – someone who will truly GET and SEE them and their horse.
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