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The Alchemy of Lightness
The Alchemy of Lightness Dominique Barbier
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What Happens Between Horse and Rider on a Molecular Level And How It Helps Achieve the Ultimate Connection Dominique Barbier & Dr. Maria Katsamanis
Within these pages lies an ambitious study of the interplay of mechanisms put in motion when man and horse meet, communicate, and ultimately become one. Dominique Barbier and Dr. Maria Katsamanis examine how “lightness” is generated, using the simple and elegant basics of the universe—atoms and molecules—which exist all around us. Scientific findings and theoretical underpinnings allow us to better understand how lightness with a horse occurs—and how to harness it.
Discover practical guideposts for the mechanics of “riding in lightness,” including:
    •    Five common misconceptions about riding and horses
    •    Seven keys to meeting the challenges we so often face when working with horses
    •    Four elements necessary to ensuring the horse’s comfort and willingness to join us in “the dance”


Author: Dominique Barbier & Dr. Maria Katsamanis
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 160
Illustrations: 36 photographs, 10 illustrations

TheHorseStudio.com Copyrighted Review:-

A thoughtful and educated view on working with horses. There is a clear level of enlightenment here and some sound advice for not just educating your horse but most importantly educating yourself. Thoroughly enjoyable read with a clear breakdown of how to figure out who you are and what you are doing, how to change it and how it works from a scientific viewpoint.  The Alchemy of Lightness is  valuable read for riders of all disciplines. The clarity of the writing was especially delightful and after reading this book you will find yourself leading your horse in a very positive way in the dance between horse and rider.

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DOMINIQUE BARBIER cultivated his riding skills at a number of highly regarded facilities throughout Europe, following various disciplines, including show jumping, eventing, dressage, and steeplechasing. Dominique then based himself in Portugal for two years studying with the legendary Mestre Nuno Oliveira. This experience was a defining moment that inspired Dominique’s belief in keeping a horse “light and happy.” Since immigrating to the United States, Dominique’s teaching and passion for the “Art of Dressage” has reached many thousands of people throughout the country, as well as North Africa, Europe, Asia, and Brazil. His avantgarde philosophy, focusing on the importance of mental communication and the understanding of the horse’s nature, has been practiced now for over 40 years. Dominique is also the author of Dressage for the New Age, and Meditation for Two with Keron Psillas, which is also available from Trafalgar Square Books.


DR. MARIA KATSAMANIS is a horse trainer and clinician. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and has numerous publications in the area of psychophysiology and breathing behavior. Her equine background is broad. Her early equestrian career included working as a rider for a French racing barn. She maintains an academic appointment at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and her equine base in New Jersey. Maria is part of a select few trainers outside of India who have worked with the rare Marwari horses.

 

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