With Mark Rashid, Crissi McDonald & Jane Pike

Join us for an exploration of mind, movement and the nervous system in horses + humans in our three part, online series

Please note: This series has  already finished. Purchasing now will give you access to the recordings and the private podcast feed, which will be provided to you in your email confirmation after purchase.

Session Outline

 SESSION ONE TOPIC: The Learning Container

 DATE: This session has already been held live. 

 We will be covering:

 – How to create a productive learning environment for horses & humans

 – Understanding the need for failure & how the brain learns

 – How to create new learning patterns and experiences (and how to undo old ones!)


 TOPIC: Showing Up As You Are

 DATE: This session has already been held live.

 We will be covering:

 – Acceptance as the start point; learning to meet reality without judgement

 – Finding a place to begin

 – How the mind shows up in the body


SESSION THREE TOPIC: Bringing It All Together (+ Q&A Session)

 DATE: This session has already been held live.

 We will be covering:

 – Exploration of practical principles to apply and how this relates to our partnership with our horses

– Invitation to submit questions for interactive Q&A Session

Cost: $150 USD for the three session series.

The live sessions have now finished. Purchasing now gives you instant access to all three recorded sessions as well as the link to the private podcast feed.

Meet The Presenters

Mark Rashid

Mark Rashid is an internationally known author and horseman known for his ability to understand the horse’s point of view and solve difficult problems with communication rather than force. He began working with horses at age ten, when he met the “old man,” who taught him to work with horses, not against them, and to listen to what the horse is trying to say. Mark’s clinics are structured as one-on-one work with horses and riders and are immensely popular with people around the world.

When Mark decided to study the martial art of aikido as a 


way to improve his horsemanship, he brought the same quiet determination to it that he exhibits in his work with horses. After years of practice, he has earned a third degree black belt in Yoshinkan aikido and now teaches the “way of harmony” in the local dojo as well as in his Aikido for Horseman workshops, which are known also by the name of “Aibado.”

Mark worked full-time on ranches for many years gathering herds, managing stock, and training horses. When time permits, he still enjoys working on ranches near his home in Colorado as well as playing guitar professionally with his friends.

Mark has been a guest on NPR’s The Horse Show and was featured on the Nature series on PBS. He is the author of fifteen books including his newest, For the Love of the Horse, and such classics as Considering the Horse, Horses Never Lie, Life Lessons from a Ranch Horse, Horsemanship Through Life, Whole Heart, Whole Horse, and Finding The Missed Path, as well as a novel, Out of the Wild. He also has three music CD’s: Song of the Prairie, Making Good Time, and My Western Town, recorded with his good friend Brad Fitch.

You can find Mark’s website at www.markrashid.com

Crissi McDonald


On a sunny day not too far away from three years old, a picture was taken of Crissi holding onto the lead rope of a pony. This was the day she found her purpose. Throughout her childhood, she dreamed about, pretended to be, ran around like, wrote about, and drew horses. 

Growing up, she was most motivated when the work she did would earn her time with horses: lessons, mucking stalls in trade for a ride on a friend’s horse, babysitting to earn enough money for lessons, seeking out and finding horses where ever she could. Little did she know that all this time spent doing work would also be teaching her as well.  


She was certified as an instructor through the CHA when she was twenty and got her first horse at twenty-four years old. Three more followed within two years. 

She’s had the pleasure to participate in western riding, working cattle, leading trail rides, managing large herds, showing in Hunt Seat Equitation and Dressage, taking jumping lessons, and has spent over thirty years working with many different breeds of horses and people from all over the world, as well as having the opportunity to learn from some of the horse industry’s top leaders in our current understanding of humane horse practices. 

Crissi enjoys teaching at clinics with her husband Mark Rashid. She’s a certified Masterson Method® equine bodyworker since 2017 and is also an instructor for the Masterson two-day Beyond Horse Massage workshops. Crissi is the author of three books, two about the human/equine bond. Her other book, North to Home, is a fiction novel. 

You can visit Crissi’s website at https://crissimcdonald.com

 Jane Pike

Jane founded Confident Rider, working with riders and horsepeople all over the world, inspiring them to new levels of confidence, connection, and performance.

Her work now  centers around the nervous system, exploring physical and emotional patterns at their most foundational level- the brain and the nervous system- with the aim of creating adaptability and responsiveness, both in and out of the saddle.  

Her approach combines mindset, movement and holistic biomechanics with a specific focus on nervous system awareness and understanding.