A View from the Hoof
Lessons in Narration Equestrian Educational Series
This course has 5 individual lessons
Welcome to something new as a nod to something old; lessons in narration. A novel endeavor for me, this learning experience is my interpretation of the classic “Fireside Chat”. First made famous in the United States from 1933 to 1944 by the 32nd President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Fireside Chat was, at the time a revolutionary way to use radio broadcasting to reach people directly, without bias. To know me is to know that I have both a love and great respect for history, and I often draw inspiration from the innovative minds who have come before me. Appreciating the past has always helped me respect the gift of today while embracing the hope of tomorrow. As my work ensued on the composition of the Understanding Sensory Soundness course, featured here in Life Through the Senses, I was reminded of the plethora of written essays and research documents accumulated for future projects, including material for a second book. I am notorious for having more than one project going at once, often many. The overflow of written works is a common theme in my office. The question has always been, what to do with them? Having the opportunity to give Educational Events in person around the world is certainly a privilege, but these special occasions do come with their limitations. Because not everyone can attend an event, I decided that I should no longer put aside all the previous years of written works for a later date, that it was time to bring them to light. The question then became, what would be a unique and fun way of breathing life into this vast collection, a fireside chat educational experience perhaps, I mused. It seemed to fit, as I prefer the authentic connection of learning and teaching that is less lecture, and more conversational panache. These Lessons in Narration will be just that, a tip of the hat to a storied past, though not by radio, but by video. I’m going to be sharing my work with you directly through these readings, bringing them to life with all the passion I have for them. Sometimes raw and off script I grant you, but always genuine and from the heart. A View from the Hoof is a perfect in not wholly necessary companion series to the Understanding Sensory Soundness course, and an ideal opportunity worth fostering in the exchange of study for knowledge, putting favor upon those who desire to learn. Whether or not I prove to be a great reader of works is yet to be seen and decided, but I have little doubt that our shared passions for the subject will be mutually felt, and equally moving. Too many horses are “written off” because of misdiagnosis and misunderstandings. It can be said that a true measure of horsemanship is found in our willingness to find within the horse what we often seek to find, within ourselves. This series of course lessons is dedicated to furthering both. You can expect “A View from the Hoof” to be an ongoing series of lessons as seen through the lens of natural herd dynamics. Directly from their mind to your ears as I read through the notes and documents of my transcriptions, we will explore the world of the horse from the horse’s view of the world. The course lessons in this series will continue to evolve as we uncover the fascinating subtleties of their lives. It is my purpose and hope that these lessons in narration add a unique and introspective learning opportunity for you. Come join me on this adventure of discovery and together we’ll traverse down the mysterious and fascinating trail where the emotional horse meets the physical world. Your Friend~ Kerry Special Note: All individual lessons will be uniquely priced as each will be of a different duration and are non-refundable. Lessons will remain accessible for 6 months from the purchase date. Kerry is planning on hosting webinars for students at different points along the journey as often as his schedule permits. Free to all students, notification will be sent via email when these are planned. Because space will be limited, we cannot guarantee you a seat for the webinar of your choosing. Priority will be given to those scholars who have purchased all lessons that are offered in the course topic.
Understanding Sensory Soundness
Mapping the Senses;
an Expedition Through the Mind of the Horse
This course has 12 individual lessons
We must be sensitive to the reality that we are asking the herd-wired prey species constructed by nature, to fit into a world, built by man... I wrote this course for you. You're here because I dare say that like me you have an inquisitive nature and a desire to learn. It is important to me that I share and teach, in the best way I know how, what took me 30 plus years of study, trial and error, to realize. Life is an experience best lived through the senses; when we connect emotionally with our horses, the bond we feel becomes a relationship we value. My goal is to help you peer through the window of the unknown, into a place where what is felt is more authentic than what is seen; this is your invitation inside the mind of the horse. Nothing has more influence on their lives than does their unique sensory soundness; every physical expression an extension of emotion. Everything they were, are, and can become, hinges upon it. My objective with this course is to give you a pure understanding of what it means to be sensory sound, what the sensory sequence is, how it works and introduce you to the fundamentals of charting a horses sensitivities. In order to achieve this, we will tap into the mysteries of the equine psyche which cleared the path that led to the discovery of Sensory Mapping, opening the doorway to a whole new world. This is a unique opportunity to enhance your understanding and strengthen your appreciation of the intricate and beautiful nature that defines the horses we love. Sensory "cartography" is as fascinating as it is revealing, marking the places where the physical world meets the emotional horse gives a visual representation to the before unseen. Mapping the senses brings the horse to life like never before. I invite you to come along on this expedition of discovery and journey with me as we investigate how the operating system, runs the machine. ~ Kerry M Thomas This course comprises 12 individual lessons each becoming available the moment they are ready for release. Each lesson will be offered individually to allow you to learn at your own pace and pay as you go for convenience. Subscribe to the website and get alerted when each new course is available. *First Lesson for, Understanding Sensory Soundness; Mapping the Senses, Available Now!
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The Impact of Trauma
About this course, a brief introductory: Few things in life are more demoralizing or debilitating than the heavy weight and strain of trauma. Whether caused by physical health challenges or purely emotionally driven issues, accumulative stressors are very disruptive. Any creature whose intellect is driven in part or in whole by emotion, is subjected to psychological trauma in varying degrees throughout their lives. The capacity to filter out stress before it accumulates and becomes disruptive is based upon many individual factors; helping the individual navigate through the emotional detritus and back on the path to harmony and contentment is predicated upon the degree of their sensory soundness. For this course I have planned out a very comprehensive study of trauma unlike anything before offered. The same psychological and sensory processes that allow emotional trauma to lodge inside the mind are the ones that are the path to freedom. Where we cannot change nor always understand what has happened, we can take the proper steps forward by carefully disassembling the pieces of the phycological puzzle, and thoughtfully reassembling them. Therapy is not a process of erasing what has happened, it is the process of changing the relationship, with it. Please note that I am writing these courses in a sequenced order. It is strongly recommended that you complete the first course, Understanding Sensory Soundness, so that when you embark on this next journey you have a solid foundation upon which to take this step. I had originally thought that I would make course 2 on the psychology of training and coaching, but this will now be course 3. So many horses are already housing some form of emotional trauma before they start training for the career us humans have selected or bred them for, and/or are faced with the imprinting of emotional trauma from the training, that I had to flip-flip the release of these two courses. It’s the only way to serve the horses needs properly. Since the release of my early work on Equine PTSD and the more recent Podcast on the subject that I did with my friend Dr. Shelley Appleton (you can find the podcast series on this website and on Spotify by searching Dr. Shelley Appleton Podcast), I have continued to research this vital topic. Motivated to discover and develop innovative and practical solutions to this oft times complex issue, Course 2 will break new ground in the field emotional wellness. The path to re-alignment starts here. I encourage you to get signed up on the school and if you can, get started on Course 1, Understanding Sensory Soundness. Thank you. Your Friend, Kerry