Kari Ann Owen, From
Student to Teacher, Disabled Equestrian Lives Her Dream
Kari Anns journey started when she met Jocelyne, a 20- year-old Icelandic mare with a big heart and sure step. Jocelyne was giving therapeutic riding lessons in Redding under Vicki Donovan. Kari Ann progressed in her therapeutic riding enough to make the transition from student to teacher. She purchased Jocelyne and brought her to the Double E Rainbow ranch in Sunol.
With the help of her guide dog, Boo Boo Bear, and everfaithful Jocelyne, Kari Ann has her lesson plan ready to go. Her articulate nature and slow, deliberate pace will be beneficial for her beginning students. Kari Ann is a big advocate of Centered Riding, and uses many techniques in her lesson. To get the concept of centered breathing from the diaphram across to her students, Kari Ann has them practice Boo Boo Breaths. Boo Boo Bear, the guide dog, breathes deeply from his diaphram, not shallowly from his lungs. His breaths are so deep they can be heard. If a hand is placed on Boo Boos chest they can be easily felt. Breathing like Boo Boo helps relax a young rider, and a relaxed rider can attain a better, balanced seat.
Sometimes in the rush
of a high performance horse world, the first steps can be
forgotton. The first steps, the truely miraculous action of taking a deep
breath, overcoming fear and past hurts, and swinging a leg over the back
of a live animal is not a step to be taken lightly. This is so especially
necessary for the handicapped and those suffering from trauma
It is the all important
first connection between horse and rider that sets the tone, the foundation
of future rides, confidence and trust building. Who better to understand
this than Kari Ann, who has experienced the seemingly magical healing
powers of riding a willing and gentle horse? To learn more contact Kari
Ann at (510) 794-5898 or visit her website at www.bridleup.com