Special News February, 2018: The Right Touch welcomes Daniella DeCaro as Noni's new apprentice. Noni is expecting great work from Daniella. She will be working on Thursdays and Fridays for now and Noni can't wait for everyone to meet her.
Special News 2017: Noni is offering an apprenticeship program to someone who wants to contribute to the well-being of horses, embraces continuous learning, appreciates hard physical work, and communicates well. This program offers a part time or full time approach. Contact Noni for more information by phone or email.
February 4, 2017: Pony Club Clinic organized by Katie Smith and friends. We worked on functional assessments and techniques to address postural deficits. Aside from being VERY cold, it was lots of fun.
Events of 2015
February 9, 2015: Noni conducted a volunteer training for the Therapeutic Equestrian Center (TEC) in Cold Spring, New York. The training included functional assessments of common postural deficits and treatment approaches to correct them.
March 9 and 10, 2015: Noni conducted a workshop for the managers (Anne and Michael) of Little Bit of Heaven horse rescue in North Lawrence, New York. The training included functional assessments of common postural deficits and treatment approaches to correct them. This was a fairly in depth workshop.
Special News 2015: April 23, 2015, Noni participated in the 6th Annual Symposium on Therapeutic Advances in Animal Rehabilitation. She participated in the following workshops:
(1) Use of Motion Palpation Exam to Localize and Treat Sport Horse Lameness and Performance Deficit
(2) Equine Stifle Dysfunction and Poor Hind End Impulsion: Evaluation and Treatment
May 4-8, 2015: Dino Fretterd came to New York to provide the Level 2 of Balanced Equine Structural Therapy to Noni and another student, Mayan Moshe, who is from Israel. Many of Noni's clients volunteered their horses to participate in the training, and for this, she is very grateful. It was a grueling 5 days, but worth it.
Special News 2014: Noni obtained training in balanced equine structural therapy (b.e.s.t.), level 1, at Dino Fretterd's Institute of Bodywork in Norco, California. She is excited to be able to offer this new tool for helping your horses.
June 10, 2014: Noni was interviewed and the results were posted in the Equss blog. Check it out! http://equus-blog.com/profile-on-noni-vanson-of-the-right-touch/
Clinics and Presentations: 2014
November 10, 2014: Therapeutic Equestrian Center of Cold Spring, New York and the Putnam Horse Council partnered to present a clinic by Noni VanSon. The clinic will be held at TEC from noon to 3PM. The focus of this clinic will be on assessing posture and movement and learning techniques to improve both through massage, standing exercises, and structural balancing
Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. For more information please visit:
April 12, 2014: Mid Hudson Driving Association. Noni presented "Maintaining Sport Horses With Massage and Core Exercises." This was an interactive clinic with participants bringing their horses for assessment and practice of the core exercises deemed appropriate for the individual horse. The clinic included a PowerPoint presentation, group assessment and discussion of the horses' issues, and hands-on practice of the exercises by participants on their own horses. The address of the location of the clinic is: 330 Goshen Turnpike, Middletown, New York.The MHDA website address is: http://www.mhdany.com/7394.html.
Clinics and Presentations 2013
August 3, 2013: Southern Dutchess Pony Club at Five Star Farm in Rhinebeck: Noni provided a presentation on massage and the core exercises to "pony clubbers" and even some adults. One horse was assessed and the core exercises were demonstrated. The audience was enthusiastic and the horse was a star at all the exercises.
April 13, 2013: Colonial Carriage and Driving Society Spring Seminar:
Noni provided a practicum on the core exercises in the indoor arena. One horse was assessed and the core exercises were explained and demonstrated. The audience participation was lively and a few people tried their hands at obtaining the desired core exercises from the very agreeable horse. The focus of the Spring Seminar was optimum conditioning of horse and rider for competition. In addition to Noni, the speakers included Jeff Morse, Marc Johnson, and Carol Stoddard. The Spring Seminar was located at Orleton Farm, 31 Prospect Hill Rd., Stockbridge, MA.
March 9th and 10th, 2013: Dressage4Kids WEP was filled with interesting and informative presentations as well as very nice people....despite the necessity of rescheduling because of weather. The group attending Noni's presentation of "Maintaining Sport Horses Through Massage and Core Exercises" was very interactive, making for considerable sharing of information. After the presentation Noni was interviewed and these are excerpts from that interview:
Clinics and Presentations 2012
In 2012, The Right Touch provided four clinics at private stables and one at a discipline conference, which were fun and well received. In fact, two of the five were by repeat invitation!
December 3, 2012: SUNY Cobleskill: Maintaining Sport Horses with Massage and Core Exercises. This clinic was not The open to the public.
Check out this great article from TheHorse.com:
AS of the Fall of 2019, Noni will be teaching her unique equine bodywork at SUNY Cobleskill! The course will be called Equine Integrative Bodywork and will be a certification course as well as be worth 3 credit hours toward an equine science degree!