Franklin Method® has helped equestrians take their riding to the next level by unlocking old patterns in the body and tapping into new skills for improving your movement and your relationship with your horse, so your riding feels strong, seamless, and intuitive.

During this 2-part training you’ll learn Franklin Method® imagery and embodiments of the spine and core as they apply to riding, as well as training and conditioning in and out of the saddle.

“What I love when delivering a session is how clients get instant feedback on how to notice a change in their body which also affects their horse….that is truly lovely to see!”
– Carol Green, Franklin Method® Equestrian Pelvis Trainer

Over 10 days you’ll experience our unique core principles, including anatomical education, embodied function, and Dynamic-Neurocognitive Imagery® (DNI), as they directly apply to equestrians.

Although you’ll learn a lot of theory, this is not simply a lecture series or “movement training.” You’ll be experiencing Franklin Method® for riding in an interactive format, using a Racewood Dressage Simulator and truly integrating solutions for your unique challenges.

Students will graduate from the training with an entirely new perspective. Not to mention, you’ll have learned and embodied practical tools you’ll immediately be able to take out into the arena.

You’ll learn how to utilize Franklin Method® mind-body exercises and imagery both in and out of the saddle. From your warm-up to your riding lessons, having Franklin Method® tools in your toolbox will revolutionize your riding and you’ll quickly see the tangible results you’ve been looking for.

You’ll discover exactly how to use Franklin Balls and Franklin Bands in conjunction with the scientifically proven Franklin Method® principles to multiply their benefits.


“This course will fundamentally change the way you ride and the way you coach others. The knowledge and the experience of feeling the change in your own body as you apply what you have learned by either working with the simulator yourself of coaching others through the process will set you apart from other trainers in the market. It is worth the investment in both time and money.”

Yolanda Delport

Franklin Method® Equestrian Pelvis Trainer, Biomechanics & Centred Riding Trainer, FEI Dressage Steward





Online Virtual Training
Training educator video portal “Train your Seat Online”
Webinars are interactice and hosted via Zoom 


Alysen Starko-Bowes
Franklin Method® Equestrian Educator
Franklin Method® Faculty

Tom Waldron
Franklin Method® Educator/Franklin Method® Faculty
Biomechanics Education Master Trainer


September 18 – 19, 2021 (Module 1)
October 2 – 3, 2021 (Module 2)
October 16 – 17, 2021 (Module 3)
October 30 – 31, 2021 (Module 4)
November 13 – 14, 2021 (Module 5)
December 11 – 12, 2021 (Student final presentations)


Early Bird $1800 USD
Standard $2000 USD
Early bird expires August 1st, 2021


Students will graduate with a Franklin Method® Equestrian Spine Trainer Diploma.

Certified to teach Franklin Method® Equestrian mounted and dismounted lessons, clinics, classes and workshops.

$300 USD
Registration deposit to hold your place.


I almost didn’t go on the course due to a wrist injury. It had been very painful for almost 6 months and was restricting pretty much everything I did. My physio was struggling to find ways to improve it and was concerned it may lead to tendinitis. I contacted Alysen as although I wanted to do the course, I also felt that my wrist would be an issue and hold me back on the practical side. She assured me it wouldn’t be a problem and it might actually help. After the first week of training which included fascia work, imagery and ball tapping I was impressed that I barely gave my wrist a thought. By the time I did the second module which was 6 weeks later and using the bands, Balls and imagery at home, I was pain free. It’s given me no trouble since. I was talking to my physio recently and he asked about my wrist, he was very interested to hear how I’d turned it around thanks to the Franklin Method.

Margaret Mellor

Franklin Method® Equestrian Pelvis Trainer

After our first trainer diploma online with feedback like this:

  • It was such an amazing course. Really motivating teacher, Alysen. I’m ready for the next one, when do we sign up?”

  • “Overall I really enjoyed the course! Alysen has a way of explaining even complex topics in a simple, straight forward way which I really appreciated as someone who has had zero previous training on anatomy. I will definitely be back for another one!”

  • I have taken a lot of distance learning courses and this was truly one of the best. Very pedagogic and all the exercises meant that I did not get tired during the four hours. For me, this is much better than going on a course live. Having the opportunity to watch webinar several times is fantastic.”

It’s no wonder we decided to hold another certification in this format!


What is Franklin Method®?

Franklin Method® is a scientifically-proven mind-body method that blends anatomical education, embodied function, and Dynamic Neuro-cognitive Imagery™ (DNI). It’s the fastest and most effective proven approach to permanently retraining your body and mind for optimal function.

Backed up by scientific studies, Franklin Method® is the results-based gateway to learning how to move your body in alignment with your anatomy and function, no matter what type of exercise you’re doing. You can retrain your body to unlearn tightness and optimize movement so you naturally improve your strength and flexibility while avoiding pain, soreness, and injury.

What sets Franklin Method® apart is that it’s centered on the individual. It’s not a static system with strict rules. Your educator gives you a toolbox of anatomical, biomechanical, and physiological images and embodied movements, and then you expand upon it based on what resonates with your body.

How does Franklin Method® benefit equestrians?

Franklin Method® provides equestrians with tools to move their bodies more efficiently and connect with their horses on a deeper level. It will help optimize your movements and mental focus so you can guide your horse with more ease and efficacy.

Franklin Method® helps your body absorb the impact of riding and recover more quickly so you can optimize your performance and are less likely to get injured. You’ll learn how to incorporate mental imagery so you’re more focused, confident, and calm in the saddle.

Who should learn Franklin Method®?

People who want to improve their riding performance, correct imbalances in themselves and their horses, and/or recover from an injury or chronic pain. Instead of leaving their recovery up to an expert who they might see once a week, they can guide themselves to recovery by learning and embodying their own design. Of course, always check in with your doctor in conjunction with Franklin Method®.

Franklin Method® will benefit equestrians who want to move more seamlessly with their horses. By embodying your own functional movement, your horse will quickly learn what it means to move efficiently.

How will Franklin Method® impact my teaching skills?

Learning the Franklin Method® will help you understand your anatomical function on a scientific yet intuitive level. You’ll learn how certain cues and movements could actually be going against the function of your body, and the function of your horse.

These improper cues, while well-meaning, can contribute to harmful movement patterns for both you and your horse. Learning the Franklin Method® will give you a strong foundation based on long-standing and new cutting-edge science. It will improve your cues and give you more confidence, because you’ll know your instructions are congruent with correct anatomical function.

What can I expect from the Franklin Method® Equestrian Spine & Core Certification?

You’ll learn how to properly use Franklin Method® theory, Franklin balls, and Franklin bands to improve your riding skills.  Learning how to train with Franklin balls and Franklin bands both mounted and dismounted.

We’ll be focusing on the spine and core – the main source of balance and stability for a rider. You’ll learn Franklin Method® imagery and embodiments of the spine and core as they apply to riding, as well as training and conditioning in and out of the saddle.

What is Dynamic-Neurocognitive Imagery® (DNI)?

Founded by Eric Franklin, Dynamic-Neurocognitive Imagery® (DNI) is a science-based approach to positive anatomical imagery and tangible physical metamorphosis. It has a noticeable impact on how you feel and how you move.

For example, if we were working with the pelvis, you might imagine your pelvic halves to be counter-rotating like wheels, as the halves move in opposition.

New scientific studies on the effectivness of DNI are consistently being published. We are currently working on a study that specifically looks at DNI with equestrians.

How long has Franklin Method® been around?

Eric Franklin created the Franklin Method® over 25 years ago.

Where was it first taught? How did Mr. Franklin create this method?

Eric first taught in Switzerland, Germany and Austria, and then in the USA, China, Japan and many other countries. Franklin Method® came to Eric through his background as a dancer and movement educator. He realized that the creative visualizations, embodied anatomy, physical and mental exercises, and educational skills that came to him so easily could be very valuable for other dancers, athletes, and movers of all types.

What’s the structure of the Franklin Method® Equestrian Spine & Core Training?

This is a 10-day, 2-module training held over 2 separate 5 day modules. We’ll start each day with a Franklin Method® mind-body warm up where you’ll learn and practice the core principles that make up the Franklin Method®. 

Over our 10 days together we’ll cover Franklin Method® theory and anatomical education, as well as embodiment and imagery for the spine and surrounding muscles/fascia.

We’ll be applying the embodiments and imagery we learn directly to riding with the use of a Racewood Dressage Simulator (mechanical horse).

We’ll finish each day with dismounted exercises using Franklin Balls and Franklin Bands.

There will be practice teaching assignments and a case study in between the modules. At the end of the certification training you’ll be asked to give a 10-minute presentation on one of the topics you learned in the first module. You’ll also be asked to teach a mounted lesson focused on imagery and embodiments from your presentation topic.

What does the training fee cover?

10 days of training. Supportive online video content and a Franklin Method online spine workshop. You’ll also receive a copy of the Franklin Method® Equestrian Spine Trainer Manual, and access to the Franklin Method® Equestrian Spine Training Facebook group where you can connect with fellow trainees and ask the faculty questions.

What can I teach after completing this certification?

After this training you’ll be certified as a Franklin Method® Equestrian Spine Trainer. This gives you permission to teach Franklin Method® Equestrian Spine workshops and use the Franklin Method® – including our unique balls and bands – in classes, lessons and clinics.

Able to teach following workshops:

Franklin Method Equestrian Spine Workshop
Franklin Method Equestrian Dynamic Core Workshop


+ 10 days of training

+ Access Franklin Method® Equestrian online educator area including videos and student resources

* The Liberated Spine (Retail Value: $497)

* Mind Body (Retail Value: $99)

* Franklin Method Fundamentals  (educator access only)

+ Franklin Method® Equestrian Spine Trainer Manual

+ Franklin Method® Equestrian Spine Training 2021 Facebook group where you can connect with fellow trainees and ask the faculty questions.

+ Franklin Method® Trainer License


Early Bird $1800 USD
Standard $2000 USD

*Early bird expires August 1, 2021


Online via live webinar

3pm Central European Time / 2pm UK Time / 9am Eastern Standard Time / 6am Pacific Standard Time

4 hour webinars with short breaks


September 18 – 19, 2021 (Module 1)
October 2 – 3, 2021 (Module 2)
October 16 – 17, 2021 (Module 3)
October 30 – 31, 2021 (Module 4)
November 13 – 14, 2021 (Module 5)
December 11 – 12, 2021 (Student final presentations)