Alissa Mayer - Part 1 - Inviting a Dialogue

Uncategorized May 19, 2020

This is Part 1 of a 3-part series of the first training session with a new horse, all shot on the same day. Watch the discovery process unfold and learn about A Somatic Approach to Horsemanship™ as I check out what Selena, this 17 year old rescued Arabian mare, already knows about humans, whips, ropes, pressure and partnership. As she is learning about me and what kind of "trainer" I am, you will get an introduction to the way I teach my students to invite an interspecies dialogue with every horse.

"Because of the Horse..."

I am motivated every day to become my Best Self and develop my Presence to be the most effective advocate, coach and instructor that I can be.

Because of the horse, I discovered Hanna Somatics and I am having a positive impact on thousands of lives (equine, human, canine..).

Because of the horse I am changing the world!


My Passion and Mission is unleashing the potential of horses and humans to become happy, athletic, connected and free in their bodies, minds, and spirits. I do this by educating the public and global horse industry about chronic tension & learned helplessness in horses and how to address them with A Somatic Approach to Horsemanship™. I teach via online courses, one-on-one coaching and membership programs for my students all over the world.

I believe equine professionals and horse owners alike must learn to recognize the symptoms of chronic tension and learned helplessness, and then learn how to return our beloved horses to wholeness and horseness, without sacrificing the sporting, fun and recreational activities that we love to do with them.


Once freed from the postures and mental states of learned helplessness, chronic tension, trauma and/or asymmetry, horses can find Self-Carriage, exercise Choice, regain their Dignity and achieve their Performance Potential - and so can we.


What I teach, and how I address Chronic Tension & Learned Helplessness:


  1. In ASATHorsemanship™ we respectfully invite Interspecies Dialogues to Awaken the Actualized Horse.


  1. With Equine Hanna Somatics®, we help horses let go of the physical patterns of chronic stress and tension, moving them toward homeostasis, health, happiness and optimal performance.


  1. Using Hanna Somatics for the Rider, we help the human become a more balanced and supple partner for the horse, unleash the inner athlete and resolve chronic pain, tension and crookedness.

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