Online SOBI Sponsored Study Groups

Ortho-BionomyThe Society of Ortho-Bionomy International sponsors monthly Online Study Groups. They are primarily in a conference call format and are taught by various Registered Ortho-Bionomy Instructors via Zoom.

Our Study Groups cover a variety of topics and also count towards the study group requirements in the Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner Training Programs.

The receipt received upon registration will have a link to download the handout, any preview materials and the Zoom link. Be sure you have these materials available before you login to the study group. 

There is a limit to class size, so be sure to register early.

After a group finishes, all attendees will be emailed an evaluation form for that session. To receive study group credit attendees will need to keep their cameras on during the study group, and to fill out and submit the evaluation form within two weeks of the study group having happened.

The study groups are a full three hours, with no credit given for homework time.

Out of respect for the Instructor and the other students please be on time for the study group.


So, You Want to Work With Horses?

with SOBI Instructor Susan Smith

June 20, 2024

6:00 PM Eastern, 5:00 PM Central, 4:00 PM Mountain, 3:00 PM Pacific (US and Canada)

Three hours

SOBI member $45; non-member $55

If you have wanted to work with horses but don’t know where to begin, this study group may provide some helpful guidelines.

Many people are drawn to horses and want to extend their bodywork skills in that direction. While it would seem fairly simple to take Ortho-Bionomy skills from the table to the barn, working with horses requires a different perspective and safety measures.

Perhaps an Ortho client or friend wants you to come work on their horse. This is a very common scenario, and usually works out fine. Yet while you know a lot about working with humans, you may not be prepared for large animal with highly tuned reflexes, a flight/fright reflex that is far more developed than our own. That requires that people practice being in the moment, have some safety tools available and a presence.

In this study group we will look at some key takeaways:

  • Horse/Human Brain
  • Flight/fright
  • Trauma
  • Pain in the Horse
  • Managing Fear and Anxiety for both Horse and Human
  • Where to Connect
  • Safety Tips
  • Herd Dynamics
  • Proprioception
  • Reflexes

Instruction will be given via lively lecture/discussion, handout, videos and charts. The event will be recorded.

Susan PictureSusan Smith is an Instructor of Equine Body Balance, and a Registered Instructor & Advanced Practitioner of Ortho-Bionomy®, Ortho-Bionomy® for Equines; Certified Acupressure Practitioner (Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute), and Equine Positional Release practitioner. She has been involved in equine activities and bodywork for over 20 years. Her articles have appeared in Trail Blazer Magazine, Western Horseman, Equine Wellness, Horse Around New Mexico and many others.





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