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Lightness Forum

(Mini-Course)

Starts Feb 8th.

cost is $125. USD

“There is always light if only we are brave enough to see it. If only we are brave enough to be it.” (Amanda Gorman. The hill we climb)

Courage is not being brave enough to do it even if we know that it will hurt. Stupidity is the same thing. Bravura is giving to the horse the athletic ability to perform at ease and pain-free. One needs to be brave enough to climb the hill of tradition. The belief that the way it was done is more important than the way it could be done applying advanced knowledge.

We need to be brave enough to see how the horse’s body functions in the light of actual knowledge. We need to be brave enough to ride in respect of actual knowledge. The darkness tries to swallow new knowledge because tradition is not about the horse’s effortlessness and soundness; tradition is about ego. We know it is right, even if it was created when the understanding of equine locomotion and body function was in its infancy.

We can ride in the light. We can be it; we have the knowledge, and most of us have the skill to ride in respect of the way the horse’s physique actually functions. The second 2021 science of motion’s forum is “Lightness.” It is the light; it is the most advanced explanation of lightness in the light of tensegrity, physical intelligence, synergies, elastic energy. We need to be brave enough to take conscience of the uphill battle that the horse is fighting because of erroneous beliefs. Lightness is not the bit. Lightness is not achieved shifting the weight backward. Lightness is not achieved increasing the load on the hind legs. If one cannot take more, one should stay in the darkness of traditional thinking. Suppose one is brave enough to value their achievements on the ability to efficiently prepare the horse for the athletic demand of lightness. In that case, one should enter the lightness forum, which will start the second week of February.

The “Lightness Forum” commences with a large document, including illustrations and videos, and the discussion will go chapter by chapter on the new understanding of lightness.

Jean Luc Cornille

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Posted by on January 26, 2021 in Uncategorized

 

Half pass on a circle or large pirouette from the perspective of

tensegrity and physical intelligence.

We are not talking about the half pirouette presented in the dressage ring, where the hind legs mark the steps but remain almost on the same spot. From the perspective of equine physical education, the move is without interest. We are talking about the large pirouette or half-pass on the circle that we practice at the Science of Motion.

Going right, half pass on a circle or large pirouette commences with the engagement and light adduction of the outside hind leg. The left hind leg creates the propulsive force that is going to be converted through the muscles of the thoracolumbar column into right lateral bending, coupled rotation, and displacement of the shoulders to the right. The right hind leg moves forward, but as the shoulders and the body move to the right, the inside hind leg advances under the body in a position of support. The position of the right hind leg advanced under the body is likely to increase the intensity and duration of the decelerating phase. This is how a large pirouette or half pass on a circle enhances balance control.

However, the horse has many ways to avoid the greater decelerating activity of the inside hind leg. Slight acceleration of the body or a shift of the weight over the forelegs could easily cancel the greater decelerating activity of the inside hind leg. Acceleration of shift of the body weight is more likely to be perceived by the rider’s body than the hands. The horse cans easily accelerate the motion or shift the weight on the forehand and neck without increasing the contact on the bit. This is why limiting lightness to the contact on the bit is a false understanding of lightness. The rider’s response has to be at the level of the body tone, influencing the horse’s back muscles instead of the hands. As soon as one feels the slight acceleration or shift of the horse’s body, one needs to adjust tensegrity or body tone to the horse reaction. Eventually, one might feel a slight increase in contact on the bit. The fingers should not cut the contact but instead filter it, informing the mind about adjusting the tone of the rider’s body. The key is harmonic tensegrity, a tone of the rider’s body matching the horse’s tensegrity, and allowing to feel nuances as soon as variation in the nuance starts. Going from relaxation to an adequate tone is too slow.

This is a fundamental evolution from the equitation of the correct aids. Gestures can be made without an appropriate tone. In his book, “Physical Intelligence,” Scott Grafton explains that the body is capable of reactions and almost “thoughts” more sophisticated than anything possible through manipulations and gestures. The body and the mind guide each other through life. To be effective, the equitation needs to rise at the level of subtle nuances in muscle tone. During the large pirouette, tensegrity allows the rider to feel and control light acceleration of the horse’s body before the horse body effectively accelerates. Tensegrity and subtle nuances in muscle tone, keep the conversation on the decelerating activity of the inside hind leg. At this level of conversation, the gymnastic is effective. If it takes one stride or two for the rider to feel the acceleration, it is too late, and the half pass on the circle does not increase the duration and intensity of the inside hind leg’s decelerating phase.

If one thinks, “I don’t feel it,” it is not because one lacks perception; it is because the conditions rendering the perception accurate, are not created. Improper tensegrity, too much or not enough, numbs the perception. The whole mental processing has to evolve. The body and the mind guide each other. The mind creates the conditions allowing the body to explore beyond average. If the horse does not feel the rider’s leg, the horse does not need more pressure of the rider’s leg. The horse needs a better analysis of the rider, figuring the dysfunction hampering the engagement of the horse’s hind leg.

The frequency is another element of success or lack of success. The rider needs to feel the acceleration before it starts as an increase or decrease of the tone has to be done at the horse frequency. An increase or decrease of the tone executed quicker than the horse’s frequency stimulates a protective reaction. Before the body accelerates, the horse increases the propulsive activity of the supporting hind leg. The horse also stiffens a little the thoracolumbar spine muscles. The rider cans feel the changes before the body accelerates or the weight shifts over the forelegs or on the neck. The rider can then progressively and adequately adjust the body tone.

Many have the skill of riding efficiently. The problem is not the lack of skill; the problem is the crudeness of traditional equitation. One learns formulas, the theoretical effect of the shoulder in or half pass, and believes that repeating the move educates the horse’s body. The horse is willing but protects his dysfunction instinctively. It belongs to the rider to understand the athletic demand of the movement and entertain a conversation guiding the horse mind toward efficient use of the horse’s physique.

“For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.” (Thich Nhat Hanh) For one, to ride at the level of one’s skill and the horse’s intelligence, it is necessary to converse with the horse within the space between stimulus and response. 

Jean Luc

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Posted by on August 4, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Conversation about potential problems on body awareness techniques. Jean Luc observations:

Everybody says that it is because other training techniques are wrong. My observation is not related to any specific approach. If it was not an issue, I would not even address it as it is a subject of high emotions. The fact is that it is an issue. Many of these approaches are good for their purpose, the problems start when they enter the dynamic relation between the horse and the rider. Harmonic tensegrity is a dynamic interaction between the horse and the rider. The video of half pass with the numerous arrows illustrating the forces interacting between the horse and the rider is made to make riders understand that it is too fast for feedback correction. There is a tone that the rider has to find, very light and fitting the horse. It is harmonic tensegrity. Most often the rider just maintains the tone and the horse feels it and realign himself with the rider. It is dynamic and mutual responses. Harmonic tensegrity is different from each horse and even evolves with the same horse. During the last two strides of the video. When Chazot orchestrates his physique efficiently the duration, frequency and intensity of the forces interacting between us were different than during the previous strides where he worked to find efficiency. Lightness is not the bit. Lightness is the result of absolute coordination between the horse and the rider where the interaction of forces occurs at a very subtle level. JLC.

 

IHTC-The In Hand Therapy Course

IHTC
The In Hand Therapy Course
A zest of classicism and a large body of science.

http://www.scienceofmotion.com

Jean Luc Cornille

A one year course of Corrective Biomechanics In Hand Therapy Course (IHTC) is designed for therapists anxious to further their knowledge as well as riders/trainers interested in extending their ability to reeducate horses and prevent injuries. IHTC provides both, knowledge and the practical application of knowledge.

Three monthly studies, – “In Hand Technique” – “Equine biomechanics and corrective biomechanics” – “Case study”

-The In Hand Technique is the zest of classicism. The technique is inspired from General Decarpentry’s Academic Equitation and updated to actual knowledge of the equine physiology.

-This specific in hand technique allows accessing and influencing the horse’s vertebral column mechanism. (Most limbs kinematics abnormalities originate from improper functioning of the horse’s thoracolumbar spine).

-Monthly instructive videos teach first the basic and then, the many subtleties of the technique. (It does not take long to teach the basics, however, there is a lot more to this technique than walking next to the horse performing some movements. The in hand education focuses on achieving sophisticated control of the horse’s vertebral column mechanism.)

The continuing education series (biomechanics) explains,
– How the horse’s physique is designed to work, (functional horse).
– Kinematics abnormalities leading to injuries
– Kinematics abnormalities created by training misconceptions.

For instance, the first study explains and demonstrates the hind and front limbs braking and propulsive activities, how they can be modified and enhanced. The next study focuses on the management and forward transmission of the thrust generated by the hind legs forward through the vertebral column, etc.

The case studies are not necessarily about in hand work. Their purpose is to demonstrate analytic and thought processes leading to the source of the kinematics abnormality causing injury. No successful therapy can be completed without addressing the root of the problem. However, it is not always easy to identify the source of the kinematic abnormalities.

-IHTC is a twelve month program sanctioned at the end by a certificate of completion.

-The monthly timeframe selected for this course, allows time to gradually master the technique. The in hand technique is sophisticated and demands practice.

-The course can be started anytime. The twelve month course starts at the date of purchase. The three monthly studies, “In hand Education”, “Biomechanics and Corrective Biomechanics”, and “Case Studies”, follows a progressive order of difficulty.

-Monthly studies are DVDs (shipped via UPS)and/or PDF files (downloaded on computer).

-The course provides information that cannot be found anywhere else. Some of the videos and documents are exclusive to the IHTC.

-IHTC’s students have a 30% reduction for the Immersiom weekends scheduled during the time of the course and all of the Science of Motion’s publications that are not included in the IHTC.

Fees and conditions.

Single annual payment, $1600.00
Monthly payment, $175.00 per month. (Annual cost $2100.00)
Visit our web for payment or to subscribe.HERE

Fees includes UPS shipments.
Studies are mailed on a monthly basis starting one week after payment.
Payments can be made through PayPal, jeanluc@scienceofmotion.com
or by check to Jean Luc Cornille. 2772 Lenora road,
Snellville 30039
GA
The first package will come with the DVD “One Hand on his Shoulder”. (Or any other video of your choice if you already have One Hand On His Shoulder)

If you have any question, please contact Helyn, helyn@scienceofmotion.com
Tel, 941 539 6207

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Posted by on March 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Chazot Thoughts

Chazot Thoughts
IV
Jean Luc Cornille

“Science allows us to look at natural processes with a different eye and to understand how things work, (Marc Kaufman)

Tonight I came back from my training session feeling simultaneously good and tired. I held my neck outside of my stall, but I was not really looking outside. I was looking inside myself thinking about my body. Manchester asked, hard work? I told him not really; we stayed at the walk the entire training session. Manchester immediately asked; something wrong? Usually he does that when he wants you to work very specific muscles groups. I confessed that yesterday, as I was rolling energetically in the sand I overdid and I did not feel very comfortable for the rest of the day. That evening I was glad that he did not ask too much. We started at the trot and he noticed that when he was changing the diagonal of his rising trot, I protected myself for a few strides. I don’t think that I was lame but I was cautious. He walked, let me rest and asked for a few longitudinal and lateral flexions. He then stopped thinking you hurt yourself again. His mind was on a quote that he feels does fit me very well. “Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.” (Franklin P. Jones)

Manchester added, as if he could read my mind, and today you did the whole training session at the walk. And tonight you feel like your whole body has been worked intensively. I wondered how he knew all that but then he told me. When I first started my reeducation, I stayed two months at the walk. I had been submitted to numerous therapies but once set in motion I did what we are all doing instinctively, I protected my problem. I sheltered my left stifle extending my left hind limb without using my knee extensors. I have done that since day one and this is why not one of the previous approaches ever reached my problem. My protective reflex mechanism did not fool him. He knows that we can execute exactly the same movement using different muscle groups. In fact, talking about my left stifle I can feel that he was thinking about a study that he had read earlier on. He had a sentence in his mind. If I remember right, it was something like, “A visually identical hind limb extension in late stance may be accomplished by only hip extensor muscles, only knee extensor muscles or any combination of these.” (Liduin S. Meershoek and Anton J. van den Bogert. Mechanical Analysis of Locomotion.) I guess, late stance means the end of the support phase since it is the moment where we are using these muscles. He played with my balance, slightly changed my body posture. He focused on the longitudinal flexion of my spine and I realized then that I was using my knee extensors. I stop immediately thinking, this is going to hurt, but it did not hurt, so I tried again. Little by little, my muscles became stronger and when he asked for the trot I was not too worried about it. He did not really ask me any specific movement. He does not think that repeating a movement can educate our body. He is right about that. For years I executed many movements without ever using my knee extensors muscles on the left side. My riders were focusing on neck posture and other details and meanwhile, I was executing the move protecting my problem.

Well, this whole story looks very much like what we did today and I reacted like Manchester, I halted when I was worried about the pain. Each time, he waited a few minutes and asked me to move forward into slightly different body coordination. I could not tell him exactly where I was uncomfortable because this was not very clear to me. When I realized that he was not disturbed by me stopping, I used it as an indication. I think this was helpful. He was listening to my body language trying a different coordination or nuance. He created lateral flexion to the left and then to the right changing the longitudinal flexion of my spine each time I was becoming a little tense. At one moment, I felt quite comfortable. I guess I was clear in my reaction because he recreated over and over the same coordination.
It was a lot of concentration and I halted because I was mentally tired. He dismounted, checked my back on the right side behind the saddle thinking same tomorrow, may be one more day after and you should be OK. On the way home, he was thinking about a study recently published form Australia, animals can only learn actively, not passively. This is so true. We do not keep in motion the benefices of static therapies. Instinctively we return to familiar patterns. We do not naturally work a problem but rather we naturally protect it. If no one guides our brain toward a body coordination that makes us work the right muscles, we cannot do that by our own.

By the way, I was reading his last article. The funny thing is that he writes with a French accent.
Chazot
Jean Luc Cornille

Chazot

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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“The Making of Chazot” – a review – Horses

“The Making of Chazot” – a review – Horses.

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Drowning The Fish newsletter

The truth is that in multiple instances, advanced technologies and intelligent studies question fundamental values. Our newsletter is about questioning traditional values in the light of recent scientific discoveries. Doing so, we are furthering the spirit of the equestrian tradition that places the horses’ health and performances above the cult of history.
“Respect for tradition should not exclude the love of progress”. (Colonel Danloux, 1931)

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Hello

Imagination was given to man to compensate for what he is not, and sense of humor to console him for what he is.” (Unknown)
In an equestrian world where opinions allow very little room for knowledge and humor, this newsletter is an Island. Anyone walking on the sand of a new Isle will explore the new world and discover than in fact the Island is a peninsula leading to a better world.

In this better world, horses and riders are partners. They are not business partners, they are life partners and it is a serious business to succeed in such partnership. It is also the success in life and humor is the smoother way to face adversity and preserve kindness.

Resistance to progress is the outcome of a pathetic and misplaced ego. It condemns both the horse and the rider to live and perform below their potential. For the rider, the situation engenders frustration. For the horse, the outcome is lameness.

The first step toward progress is to “update” whatever we have been taught to actual knowledge of the equine physiology. That is the aim of this newsletter. The journey is fascinating, sometimes provocative, definitively educational, and eminently focused on the partnership between humans and equines.

Ultra conservatives should not be overly worried; fundamental principles remain unchanged. The rider is still facing the horse’s neck, the right leg naturally falling along the horse’s right side and the left leg along the horse’s left side. It is just that everything else is different.

Jean Luc Cornille


 
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Posted by on August 5, 2009 in Uncategorized