About the Course

This course is about 2 hours of a discussion hosted by Dr. Lisa Selenko where Dr. Maria gives her unique insights on photos of horses and riders. This round table format is like sitting with Dr. Maria and getting a unique perspective on how a well-respected trainer evaluates a photo of horse and rider.  

 Join Dr. Maria as she goes through different photos chosen by students, like you, for her assessment.  Sit back as she comments on horse conformation, and rider positions that affect everything from the photo, the horses welfare and more…

Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words!  

Click above to take your first step on this journey with Dr. Maria by your side!

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Introductory video

Course curriculum

  • 1
    • Welcome and Instructions
  • 2
    • Introduction from Host Dr. Lisa Selenko
  • 3
    Developing an Eye
    • Intro to “On Developing an Eye”
    • A Discussion on Balance
    • Identifying a “Hollow Back”
    • The Purpose of the Bit
    • The Pelvic Tilt and Inviting Balanced Movement
    • The Invitation to Balance for the Horse
    • Classical vs. Competition Standards
    • Looking for a “Correct” Balanced Trot
    • Identifying Front End Restriction
    • On the Connection Under Saddle
    • Discussing “Long and Low”
    • Discussing the “Forward Seat” and the “Open Frame “
    • Learned and Endogenous Postural Faux Pas
    • Assessing Stage of Development for the Horse
    • Review of Photo: Poll at the Highest Point
    • Trends in Rider Position
    • Summary and Conclusion


  • Dr. Maria Katsamanis

    Dr. Maria Katsamanis

    Dr. Maria Katsamanis has received worldwide recognition as a horse trainer, exhibition rider and author. It is in her book, “The Alchemy of Lightness” that the concept of molecular equitation is first introduced to the equestrian community. Dr. Maria offers a unique approach to horsemanship that merges the classics with new science. With a formal education as a clinical scientist she is able to help demystify and explain elements where magic seemingly occurs, that are key in helping us establish and maintain the ultimate connection with our horses. Her explanations of the barriers and myths that block the path between horse and rider frees them making the dance accessible to anyone regardless of age or breed. To learn more about Dr. Maria visit, www.horseswithdrmaria.com