The Whole Rider Foundation Course

And this course is sold out!! Thank you to all who signed up and showed interest. It will be back next spring. If you’d like to be on a list to receive details first please email me.

Join Alexa Linton, Manual Osteopathic Practitioner, Equine Sport Therapist, Kinesiologist and equestrian, for an eight week offering focused on restoring, revitalizing and remembering our body map, to support our partnership with horses. Open to all horse people from anywhere (adequate internet for Zoom Webinar is needed). 

One of Alexa’s favourite things about working as a manual therapist is the opportunity to ignite a desire for knowing and understanding how our bodies work and why, and what is happening when things are just not working and how we can help. Horses are somatic creatures, meaning they live full time in their bodies, where as we can sometimes get trapped in our minds, worrying and stressing about the past, the future and everywhere in between.

It’s important on a number of levels to meet horses where they are – in the body. When we know our body, and how it functions, we hold the keys to understanding how to move more freely, find confidence in unexpected or novel experiences (which happen with horses all the time!), and find that ever elusive sense of play by discovering renewed joy in moving, an asset to any horse-human relationship.

PLEASE NOTE: This is the BETA-version of this course, meaning that it will be created as we go, and you will be a part of the creation process. It is fully online to allow participation around the world. All webinars are at 5:30pm Pacific time so please check your individual time zone to ensure compatibility.

This means a few things: 1) it may be more bumpy than usual as far as technology and content is concerned 2) it is about half the cost of the fully-done program coming Spring 2023 3) it will only have 20 participants max to allow time and space to try things out and get feedback from the group 4) it will be a fun and creative process for all!

If you want a course without hiccups or a creative, build-as-we-go feel, it may be best to wait until spring 2023. If not, I’d love to work with you on c0-creating something great starting April 19th! SOLD OUT for 2022

Live Webinars: Tuesdays @ 5:30-7pm Pacific time – April 19 to June 14th, 2022 (replays available within 24 hours)

What is included:

  • An Online Community Space on Mighty Networks for sharing, questions and more
  • Eight Live Webinars (Zoom) – 90 minutes (will be recorded and posted to course on Mighty Networks)
  • Each webinar includes: 45 minutes theory/15 min Q&A/ 15 min activity/15 min energy medicine session
  • There will be a Powerpoint PDF available after each webinar for further study and referencing
  • Bonus Webinar: Sarah Schlote of EQUUSOMA on understanding and working with rider trauma that is impacting movement, coordination, awareness and strength

Investment: $185 CDN (includes GST)


What we will be exploring:

Week 1 – The Myofascial System & Tensegrity

  • What is the fascia? The ins and outs and new research on this remarkable tissue
  • What the spine has to do with it…
  • The fascial body suit and why it is so impactful to our movement, balance, elasticity and coordination
  • Myofascial chains – how they work and why they matter
  • Trauma, emotion, tension and the fascia
  • Looking at the most relevant and problematic fascial zones for riders
  • What is tensegrity and how can it improve your riding

Week 2 – The Musculoskeletal System

  • Impact of injury/shock on the system
  • Makeup of bone/muscle/tendon/ligament and function
  • Joints – healthy function/axes of movement and how it impacts our mobility
  • Adaptable vs non-adaptable parts of the spine and structure and why it matters
  • Exploring the vital structural role of the Pelvis and sacrum
  • The role of each level of vertebrae, looking at the change in curves
  • Getting to know the Abdominals, Psoas and Quadratus lumborum

Week 3 – The Nervous system

  • The Polyvagal theory and vagus nerve
  • Reflexes and receptors and why they matter
  • Getting to know the Brachial and Lumbosacral plexi
  • Impact of tail bone injuries and how we can help
  • Developing our sensory system
  • Neuroscience – building out your body map
  • The role of play and novelty in movement and resiliency

Week 4 – Postural mechanisms

  • Lines of gravity and postural types – how is your posture affecting your riding and your horse
  • Impact of injuries or visceral challenges on posture
  • Common Compensation patterns and how to shift them
  • C0-C1 – the importance of releasing neck and cervical fascia
  • Foot and role in posture and balance
  • Proprioception and how it affects posture and balance

Week 5 – Pressure mechanics 

  • Fluid movement – role of the artery
  • Map out main vascular branches and importance
  • Three Diaphragms – supporting healthy fluid flow and pressure regulation
  • Breathing into your pelvic floor – why it is necessary for your riding and more
  • Connecting with your cranial membranes as a diaphragm
  • Thoracic inlet, carotid artery, jugular vein, heart, and more

Week 6 – The craniosacral system 

  • The cranial nerves and bones,
  • The importance of the Cerebrospinal Fluid
  • Cranial membranes and spinal membranes – connecting cranium to pelvis
  • The essential role of the Sacrum and why it is not moving well in most riders
  • The impact of concussion and an exploration of recovery
  • Why is cranial vitality important and what is PRM

Week 7 – Viscera and organ systems 

  • Viscera – impact on structure, posture – why they matter
  • A look at the position and function of the liver, kidneys, uterus, bladder, colon, small intestine, lungs, heart
  • The connection of the viscera – adhesions vs function
  • Being aware of function and health of viscera – noticing BM/urination/digestion/cycles/breathing/heart sensations
  • Connection of cycle to pelvic function and mobility – tracking cycle

Week 8 – Bringing it all together – building a full map

  • The emotional body – working with the heart and brain
  • Opening the thorax, releasing pericardium to support connection
  • The lungs and the breath – how to improve this capacity to be a better rider
  • Connection to instincts and intuition through body awareness
  • And more!

Interested in joining us?

Register here