Oakover Lodge

Oakover Lodge Private coaching & visiting specialists. Agistment-self serve to full care. Emmett4Horses Therapist.
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Kerry is an accomplished rider and coach who focuses on correct biomechanics for horse and rider. She has a keen eye for correct movement and is an accomplished artist. Kerry is also an Emmett4Horses therapist. She regularly hosts clinics at her boutique agistment facility “Oakover Lodge” just outside Goulburn and is constantly furthering her own learning, currently studying with the International Society for Rider Biomechanics. Kerry is no stranger to the show ring, the dressage arena or the cross country course and has a wealth of information to share. Lessons incorporate the principles of Classical Dressage/Straightness Training and Equine Science. You may choose to focus on groundwork/in-hand (great for young horses) or have an arena lesson, either privately or in a small group (maximum of 3 people).

Operating as usual

19/04/2021

When you’ve been trying different saddles on a horse in training and of course use your own leathers and irons on said saddles....

Then bring in your own horse to work and realise when you reach the arena and take the saddle cover off that those same irons and leathers are on one of those other saddles...

Ah stuff it, how hard can it be? 30 minutes of no stirrups later... I live. 😝

As evidenced in this study each horse reacts differently when being transported and some are more comfortable when able ...
14/04/2021
Trailering Can Be a Workout for the Horse, Study Finds

As evidenced in this study each horse reacts differently when being transported and some are more comfortable when able to stand differently to what your current float may allow.

Does your horse stress over loading, arrive drenched in sweat or move excessively while in transit? It’s not always possible to change your float setup altogether but we need to be aware and possibly look at options if we can see our horse is stressed about floating.

https://horsenetwork.com/2021/04/trailering-can-be-a-workout-for-the-horse-study-finds/?fbclid=IwAR2ulaqnaahbz32Qh5-L0_mqaa91cArr0b6ITsl6Icp8qr7-1uDaPpMFflc

Researchers used a special horse trailer to study how horses move when they travel. They demonstrated that horses move frequently during travel to compensate for the movements of the trailer, and that a horse’s legs play an important role for dampening the vibrations from the road. Relatively litt...

This little lady arrived at Oakover yesterday for a few weeks of training and therapy.   After being used in a riding sc...
29/03/2021

This little lady arrived at Oakover yesterday for a few weeks of training and therapy. After being used in a riding school for some years she is quite shut down. How lovely she has now landed on her feet with her new owner. 👌🏼💜

This morning we started with a short training session and then some work on reconnecting mind and body. As you can see she’s not tied, and was happy to participate. Tomorrow we will review the training, follow up on the Somatics and assess the changes in her body and emotions.

Unfortunately many road users are unaware of the law.  Horses are considered a vehicle when being ridden.
28/03/2021

Unfortunately many road users are unaware of the law. Horses are considered a vehicle when being ridden.

Just like other vehicles, when overtaking a horse, you must pass at a sufficient distance to avoid a crash. If a crash occurs you must stop. #RoadRules2021

Photos from Oakover Lodge's post
09/03/2021

Photos from Oakover Lodge's post

20/02/2021

It’s been a very long road back after #caeliebfd reacted to the #hendravacc but we finally made our debut in the dressage arena today, albeit just a protocol day. Very happy with just under 65% and a willing partner.

With thanks to Goulburn Dressage Club and committee, judges Lynda Howell and Mark Dowling, and my support crew - love you ladies.

#classicaldressage #coaching #brokefordholsteiners #dressage

Stills from video of today’s schooling session.  After five years of rehab after a reaction to the Hendra Vaccination we...
08/02/2021

Stills from video of today’s schooling session. After five years of rehab after a reaction to the Hendra Vaccination we are definitely making progress, finally. She is trying so hard!

Reward the tries! It’s pivotal in their education to reward the tries even if it isn’t quite what you’re after. Build on the try!

Counter bend, Shoulder In, Travers, the start of Half Pass. Flowing through from one to the other. Working on walking turn on the forehand, into turn on the haunches with counter bend and then a canter transition to keep engagement and prevent the bum from popping up as an evasion.

By no means a perfect or pretty ride but constructive. Working on keeping her in front of the vertical sometimes necessitates higher hands as she is inclined to try to escape the connection by coming BTV, hollowing the back and allowing the hinds to disengage.

#dressage #dressagehorsesofinstagram #classicaldressage #equinebiomechanics #straightnesstraining #brokefordholsteiners #oakoverlodge #coaching #horsesofinstagram #caeliebfd #halfpass #shoulderin #travers #counterbend

Only a few photos as we were concentrating on the digital side of the actual lessons. Thanks to Carrie for snapping thes...
22/01/2021

Only a few photos as we were concentrating on the digital side of the actual lessons. Thanks to Carrie for snapping these for us.

Lots of focus this clinic on counter bend, then “counter travers” to weight the inside hind leg and discourage disengagement of the same. We ended up with much straighter and more balanced horses.

Very challenging for some whose evasions included unloading a hind leg into transitions. Once again some huge light bulb moments and significant improvements.

Bring on the March clinic and here’s hoping it will be an IN PERSON event.

Dressage on the Beam

Louise.  😝😝😝
20/01/2021

Louise. 😝😝😝

Thanks to everyone who supported the CDPA clinic with Louise on Zoom this weekend. The general consensus was that while ...
18/01/2021

Thanks to everyone who supported the CDPA clinic with Louise on Zoom this weekend. The general consensus was that while it’s not the same as having Lou here in person it was still very worthwhile and a positive experience.

Special thanks to @bonnicello for assisting with the technical aspects of Zoom and Audio through Zoom for the riders and to Jessica for helping me set up on Thursday as always. Love our group of ladies - always positive encouragement and constructive conversation.
#zoomclinic #CDPAClinic #classicaldressage #coaching #dressage #dressageonthebeam #horsesofinstagram #dressagetraining #dressagehorsesofinstagram #biomechanics

Thanks to everyone who supported the CDPA clinic with Louise on Zoom this weekend. The general consensus was that while it’s not the same as having Lou here in person it was still very worthwhile and a positive experience.

Special thanks to @bonnicello for assisting with the technical aspects of Zoom and Audio through Zoom for the riders and to Jessica for helping me set up on Thursday as always. Love our group of ladies - always positive encouragement and constructive conversation.
#zoomclinic #CDPAClinic #classicaldressage #coaching #dressage #dressageonthebeam #horsesofinstagram #dressagetraining #dressagehorsesofinstagram #biomechanics

And this just emphasises why we (and our horses!) are so blessed to have Louise van Gaal come to Oakover regularly for o...
16/01/2021

And this just emphasises why we (and our horses!) are so blessed to have Louise van Gaal come to Oakover regularly for our CDPA clinics. Even if this weekend is via Zoom!!!

Journey to a successful piaffe.

First there was a horse that moved freely forward. On a long rein but with a connection. Balanced and moving in an easy rhythm. Not frightened by the rider’s legs, hands, or body position.
This horse learned to understand that there was more to the suggestions from the reins than speed control and direction control but that they would never deliberately inflict pain from the bit or cause him to have to cramp his neck and body into strange positions. This horse also learned that the legs would be used for signals, not as bands to lock him into position or force him in a direction or speed where he could not keep balanced.

This horse learned that he was expected to look after his own feet and balance. That he had to now carry himself with a rider on with the same responsibility he carried himself without one. That the rider had their own agenda, that may not make much sense to him, but the requests would be reasonable, within his ability and he would be given time to understand them.

Then, as this horse’s body became more supple through the training, able to change direction without bracing, able to make movements sideways with balance and overcome the desire to bound forward away from his own engagement, he found it easier to position himself with the rider as he did when free.
His hocks got stronger when he slowed down or tilted his pelvis, and he was able to maintain balance on one leg for longer and longer. He began to show cadence in his paces without being pressured. He could turn about one hindleg and put it back down near the same place, not swing it to either side to balance himself because his abdominal and back muscles were stronger.

He could bring the frontleg over and around – leading with the forehand at all times, never going entouble (this is a word that François Robichon de La Guérinière used to describe the horse’s hindquarters coming too far around and therefore being unable to support the horse’s balance – it was more than just leading with the hindquarters – it was unbalancing the posture of the horse, so it would be a different degree for every horse and every level of training).

When the horse can walk with deliberation, confidently placing each foot with rhythm and can find the trot within the walk without changing speed, and can find the canter in the trot without changing speed and the same from the walk and without requiring the rider’s hand as anything more than a suggestion of what that speed and bearing might be then the horse can also find the piaffe.
You ask the horse for the balance in walk that would allow shoulder-in, or pirouette and then you ask the horse to find the trot – diagonalise – and then you thank the horse for maintaining balance and speed for a few strides and then you walk again.

The journey to piaffe is simply the journey to collection. For the horse, our journey is just one of studying him or her, (we have to read this horse), the horse does not need to be part of our journey because the horse already knows and can do. We need to learn how to use our knowledge to influence the horse into releasing his natural ability under the rider in a manner that is beneficial for both of us.

It isn’t a case of “all roads lead to Rome” because they do NOT in the case of education. Or at least not in the case of FAIR education. It might be okay for a human to make their own choices and bear their own punishment if they were wrong. But the horse is not an inanimate object you take on your journey with you. In this case your road is FOR the horse and the decisions you make and the road you follow intimately effect the horse.

Arena groomed (horse is next!) choc chip biscuits baked, coffee pot ready to perc! Bring on the first CDPA clinic for 20...
14/01/2021

Arena groomed (horse is next!) choc chip biscuits baked, coffee pot ready to perc! Bring on the first CDPA clinic for 2021, albeit with the coach instructing via Zoom.

Greatly looking forward to seeing all of our girls tomorrow.

#classicaldressage #CDPAClinic #dressageonthebeam #dressage #oakoverlodge #coach #horsesofinstagram

Arena groomed (horse is next!) choc chip biscuits baked, coffee pot ready to perc! Bring on the first CDPA clinic for 2021, albeit with the coach instructing via Zoom.

Greatly looking forward to seeing all of our girls tomorrow.

#classicaldressage #CDPAClinic #dressageonthebeam #dressage #oakoverlodge #coach #horsesofinstagram

Ruby is a 7 year old Warmblood mare who has a talent for  show jumping.  She’s recently been purchased by one of my clie...
13/01/2021

Ruby is a 7 year old Warmblood mare who has a talent for show jumping. She’s recently been purchased by one of my clients and is now discovering the world of dressage, the ultimate aim being she will be stronger and more balanced in the jumping arena.

Today she was feeling some of those changes in muscles and fascia that probably haven’t had so much use in the past! Learning how to move in a more functional manner to promote soundness in the long term will take the time it takes, but her owner is an advocate of regular body work to keep her balanced and comfortable. In this photo she’s getting some Emmett Therapy on her scapula (shoulder) and relaxing into the moment 😝. I think Ruby likes sleeping on the job!!!

Did you know that Emmett Therapy has particular points we can work on to help if your horse is dropping a foreleg over jumps, or not straight? 👌🏼

I’m available to help train you and your horse, and provide regular Emmett Therapy to straighten out those kinks and keep everyone happy!

#emmett4animals #emmett4horses #emmetttherapy #dressage #showjumping #riderbiomechanics #dressageinhand #dressageinstructor #oakoverlodge

Ruby is a 7 year old Warmblood mare who has a talent for show jumping. She’s recently been purchased by one of my clients and is now discovering the world of dressage, the ultimate aim being she will be stronger and more balanced in the jumping arena.

Today she was feeling some of those changes in muscles and fascia that probably haven’t had so much use in the past! Learning how to move in a more functional manner to promote soundness in the long term will take the time it takes, but her owner is an advocate of regular body work to keep her balanced and comfortable. In this photo she’s getting some Emmett Therapy on her scapula (shoulder) and relaxing into the moment 😝. I think Ruby likes sleeping on the job!!!

Did you know that Emmett Therapy has particular points we can work on to help if your horse is dropping a foreleg over jumps, or not straight? 👌🏼

I’m available to help train you and your horse, and provide regular Emmett Therapy to straighten out those kinks and keep everyone happy!

#emmett4animals #emmett4horses #emmetttherapy #dressage #showjumping #riderbiomechanics #dressageinhand #dressageinstructor #oakoverlodge

Well today brings another phase of lock down with Borders closing between NSW and Victoria tomorrow night.  At this stag...
31/12/2020

Well today brings another phase of lock down with Borders closing between NSW and Victoria tomorrow night.

At this stage we aren’t cancelling the January clinic in the hope that things relax in time for Louise to be able to travel up AND be allowed home again without spending two weeks in a hotel under quarantine.

Please watch the page and event for updates.

Would you like to take advantage of my current lesson pricing before an increase from 1st January? Ridden, in hand, or R...
23/12/2020

Would you like to take advantage of my current lesson pricing before an increase from 1st January? Ridden, in hand, or R+ basics? Focus on biomechanics, your connection with your horse, and rider position?

I’m working right through Xmas-New Year so don’t hesitate to take advantage if you’ve got time off work or school!

Send me a PM and we can set some dates even into January and February if booked and paid for prior to EOB 31/12/20!
#internationalsocietyofriderbiomechanics #dressage #dressagetraining #ridersofinstagram #horsesofinstagram #inhand #straightnesstraining #balance #rythym #softness #connection #ridinglesson #dynamics #classicalriding #classicalequitation #classicaldressage #oakoverlodge

....one of the reasons I undertook training in this wonderful therapy, so I can help horse and rider to achieve harmony....
19/12/2020

....one of the reasons I undertook training in this wonderful therapy, so I can help horse and rider to achieve harmony. PM or text me to book a session for YOUR horse!

The horse and rider are a Team - What affects one, affects the other.

A muscle restriction can start with one small irritation, creating muscle compensations and unbalance affecting the performance and well-being of both the horse and rider.

Spring has Sprung at Oakover. Two nests in the feed room and both fledged today.  Moved these two cuties and their nest ...
15/11/2020

Spring has Sprung at Oakover. Two nests in the feed room and both fledged today. Moved these two cuties and their nest mates (who were blending in to the floor mat so nicely it took me a while to find them) into the empty stable so hopefully they’ll be safer until their flying skills improve!

The other nest held three Shrike Thrush and their dad and I had quite regular conversations. Those babies had already made their way into our garden shrubbery. I hope all of the spring hatchlings thrive!

Lots of slashing and mowing taking place with unprecedented grass growth for this time of year. The paddocks look fantastic even if girth lines are expanding...and Holmes BMD is also growing at a rate of knots, almost 16.2 at just three years old. Just as well we have a good mounting platform here, I’m going to need it!

#spring #welcomeswallows #shrikethrush #birdsofinstagram #agistment #oakoverlodge #dressagehorse #andalusian #classicaldressage #dressagecoach

Ugh. Just created a new event for the up and coming resumption of our CDPA Clinics and it wouldn’t publish and then woul...
10/11/2020

Ugh. Just created a new event for the up and coming resumption of our CDPA Clinics and it wouldn’t publish and then wouldn’t copy the text changes, and then locked me out altogether. So it will now have to wait until I get onto the laptop later tonight.

So standby! It’s coming. 🎉🥂

When your almost three year old is pretty much the same size as your 16.2 and a bit mare and significantly taller alread...
19/10/2020

When your almost three year old is pretty much the same size as your 16.2 and a bit mare and significantly taller already than his older full siblings. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ I think I’ll be needing a step ladder.

#andalusianhorse #andalusianxthoroughbred #dressagehorsesofinstagram #oakoverlodge #classicaldressage #coach

Thank you to everyone who has sent condolences on the loss of my mum two weeks ago. Your kind thoughts and comments have...
26/06/2020

Thank you to everyone who has sent condolences on the loss of my mum two weeks ago. Your kind thoughts and comments have been much appreciated. My love of horses came from mum....my grandfather.....and my great grandfather who was a blacksmith who worked on the big draught horses. My foundations came from mum and I will be forever grateful.

As of next week I will be getting back into routine, and lessons and Emmett therapy sessions will be available again. I look forward to catching up with everyone soon. Please send me a text or PM to book.

Mum and I circa 1991.

Zoned out during an #emmett4horses treatment.  Caelie had some work done specifically for cycling mares to help release ...
22/04/2020

Zoned out during an #emmett4horses treatment. Caelie had some work done specifically for cycling mares to help release tension in the fascia over the ovaries. Think it helped? 😝✅💯.
I’m still able to provide coaching and Emmett treatments while maintaining social distancing and taking appropriate precautions. Feel free to message me for more information or to make a booking.
#Emmett #emmetttherapist #fascialrelease #musclerelease #oakoverlodge #classicaldressage #dressage #straightnesstraining #balancedhorse #healthyhorse

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Another fantastic clinic at Oakover with Louise van Gaal. So great seeing and feeling what the practical application of old school exercises can do for horse and rider. And understanding the why. My brain is a bit full and I'm happily tired. My reading list is bigger, too. I swear my mare has a longer neck and is walking out better than she ever has after this weekend! Thanks everyone who came to watch and ride and learn 🙏
Good morning (for me LOL) Kerry. I have a question. My gelding has suffered for the past 8 to 10 years with hind hoof pain due to deep embedded bars, under run, crushed heels, thrush and gradually distorting capsules. I was completely naive about the mess his hooves were in when I started my ABC journey to help him. I was a novice and have made lots of mistakes over the course of the past 6 or so years. He will be 14 in Jan, is 16 hands, and weighs a little over 1500 lbs. He's halter bred w/ large forearms and shoulders and a very deep heartgirth - he falls off somewhat in the hind quarters. He has some of the typical 'engine in the front', over developed neck muscles. I believe I can see the light at the end of the tunnel regarding his hind hooves returning to a healthy condition. Will those over developed muscles ever return to normal when his pull becomes a push?
Thankyou Kerry Masterman for all of your time and effort organising another fabulous Louise van Gaal clinic. They are so enjoyable on many levels what we learn, the lovely encouraging group of ladies and Louise's enthusiasm for teaching and imparting her knowledge. So looking forward to practicing our exercises and building on them at the next clinic. So lovely to see you on your gorgeous mare too!
Thankyou so much Kerry Masterman for the opportunity of attending your fabulous clinic on the weekend. Both you and Louise assisted Annie and I beyond words. The atmosphere was friendly and casual yet so professional. I learned so much from both my own experience as well as from watching the other horse and handler/rider combinations. I thoroughly enjoyed the company of all of the other participants and so enjoyed catching up with your mum Jan Jeffery.