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We have ready made fliers for April's 1/2 day seminar as well as for the 3 day classes download theser PDF files or we can email them to you to use.
3 Day class Info April's 3-day class Flyer Class Flyer different look
Horse Lover 1/2 day Clinic Flyer April's 1/2 Day Hands On Identify Body Issues
"Participating in Aprils class was a blessing to me. Many " doors" were opened in my equine world, due to April's fabulous way of simplifying the " cause and effect" in the equine body."
Annette Popovich barefoot trimmer
"I have had the pleasure of spending time learning from April, personally, on 3 different occasions. I also have all her DVD's and have learned so much from her about how to know when a horse is in pain or distress and, more importantly,how to help the horse. This knowledge has changed my life and my horses life. I have owned my horse for 14 years and we have never been as close as we are now. He also is the happiest and healthiest he has ever been. April's methods are great and have definitely changed the way I view my relationships with horses. I am also a riding instructor and I love that I can now work on the lesson horses and make then more comfortable as they do such an important job.
Thank you April for sharing all your hard earned talents with all of us. The horses thank you as well!"
I have 3 levels of classes now and students will receive a certificate.
Equine Unwinding Level 1 3 days $650
Applied Kinesiology Level 2 2 days $400
Cranial Decompressing Level 3 1 day $200 for Equine cranial
sacral practioners only
I have developed some new methods that quickly decompress the parietal, frontal, lacrimal and TMJ that are reversing issues like Uveitis, IR, Cushings and recurring Laminitis
See April's schedule page for locations and dates
Holistic Horseworks Equine Unwinding Level I class
3 days, 9am-5pm
$650 per student.
Registration and deposit of $150 needed to hold a spot.
Each student will receive a Certificate of Completion.
This is a class of only 6 students. This is a hands-on training course and each student will work on 4 horses.
Students should have general knowledge of how to handle a horse before joining the class, and will be
required to sign a release. Students may bring their own horses but other students will work on them.
There can be up to 15 auditors at $150 for the 3 days-this will include the online workbook that the
students will also receive so they can follow along with the class.
The person hosting the class gets it for free and may charge a booking fee to the student and for auditors.
What your venue should be able to offer:
· Each student needs 3 horses to work on for 3 days, 1 fresh horse the last day. Total of 4 horses per
student. Horses will not be able to work during the days they are worked on.
· Out of sun, wind and rain
· Flat surface
· Preferably a space where all 7 horses can be soft tied where I can see all the students-with enough
light- have done barn isles-indoor arena's etc
· Bathroom nearby
· Break room or class room where we go to talk in between hands on work
· Availability of TV or laptop to watch the DVD's on
· If it is really cold somewhere students can get warm beverage-coffee or tea
Conformation is what the horse is born with. Posture is what develops from a body in pain unable to move
What you will be learning:
· Basic understanding and applied use of equine acupressure and how the energy meridians affect the
whole health and wellness of the horse.
· How the balance of the hooves affect the organs, thus affecting the whole wellness of the horse as
well as the imbalance of the hooves affecting joints and muscles higher up.
· How to balance the Yin/Yang of the horse.
· How to do Defence Posture releasing; releasing the muscle pattern developed of Fight or Flight
response in the horse. This needs to be done before any muscular/skeletal releases are ever done.
· How to muscle test and use applied kinesiology basics. Level II course goes more in depth.
· How to feel for energy blocks in the horse’s system and release them.
Feedback from barn owner/trainer of Sweetwater ranch Lancaster CA
Having April Battles at Sweetwater Ranch on Sept 24 - 26 2011 was an wonderful experience for us all. I was impressed with her students skill at handling the horses, most did not need an assistant. They all were quiet and kind to the horses, I never felt a need to step in to assist or defend. The horses, even the ones who are not usually comfortable with strangers, quickly relaxed and enjoyed the work. The energy body work really seems to have a positive effect on the horses, mentally and physically, and the body movements just let the horse's body put itself back into place, there are no violent or radical manipulations.
I have been using chiropractic care for my horses for many years, and have always known that adjustment of C-7/T-1 is a very tricky spot - impossible for many practitioners. It is nice to see a fairly simple quiet way to get this area to settle back into alignment. Having used D.V.M. chiropractors as well as DC's who specifically trained for Equine Chiropractic, I am also aware that some self taught/self proclaimed adjustors are pulling on the ends of legs to get an adjustment, and sometimes they tear a stifle or injure a knee. I saw NO adjustment that was anywhere near that sort of damaging activity (and believe me, I was watching out for my horses).
The demands on a barn manager were minimal - I simply made sure everyone had another appropriate horse to work on, and I did make assignments based on the students skill and confidence level. One woman was very soft spoken and I gave her the older kind ones to work on. Another woman was clearly adept - and in fact, she wound up working on a mare who had been a known kicker and one I still do not trust completely. Tracy was able to work quietly with Rain and the mare's response to her was 100% positive. I would not have believed it had I not seen it.
I don't have a breeze way barn, so everyone worked under my trees. I am sure cross ties would be a nicer situation, but April was willing to work with what I could offer. The students brought their own food and water, I did offer my living room so they could watch videos during lunch. An office would serve just as well. For myself, I think I might have liked to arrange to have a couple assistants available, only because I would have preferred to watch more of the work more closely to have been able to learn more. But if you don't want to observe and learn, then you would be able to do other work while this was going on. April had it all under control with a soft easy flow and I could see the students were enjoying the work as much as my horses were. I did teach a couple lessons over the weekend, and that was not a problem.
The concession of keeping the demonstration horses out of work for 3 days was MORE than offset by the clear physical advantages from having their 'spa weekend'. This was only a request From April, as the students were going to be working on different parts of the body on different days and she explained the horses would get more from the bodywork if they were not ridden till it was completed. My school horses were all much looser and more even in their movements, and the students who volunteered their horses for the program were all 100% complimentary of the positive changes that showed in the week that followed. One horse who has always gotten pacey in the sitting or collected trot, was suddenly 'sittable'! And he went to the 4H horse show and won the hunter hack class - his first ever blue ribbon. I could never possibly afford to pay for all my horses to get such a physical tune up, so the benefits FAR outweigh any inconvenience of fetching new horses, fly spraying them and letting them have 3 days of rest which is all April asked of me.
I will gladly welcome April and her students back at any future time. Next time, though, I will be sure to be a participant, so I can master some of this work myself.
Anyone who has any questions, you can contact me personally, at 661-902-9892 or my email - email@example.com - I will put photos up from the event on my website - www.SweetwaterRanchAV.com as soon as possible. Right now they are on my facebook page - Sweetwater Ranch - Lancaster CA -
April Battles Holistic horse body work is a very positive experience for horses and their owners. I hope you enjoy having her at your location soon. Monica Whitmer - Owner/Trainer - Sweetwater Ranch