Horse and Rider Awareness
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This is my gift for horse people all over the world.  I realize you are looking for proven techniques to train both your horse and your students.  Now you do!  The Horse and Rider Awareness videos are homemade and follow the training progress of several horses and riders over the years.  They are live films taken in the actual training session so you can see what happens to real horses and riders.  There is no editing and I am filming as I coaching.  These techniques have been tested on 1000's of horses and riders and have also been used in instructor training and certification programs.
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Have you noticed that your students (or yourself) saddle seems to always be slipping to one side of the horses back? You are not alone.

Have you noticed that your students (or yourself) saddle seems to always be slipping to one side of the horses back? You are not alone. | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Have you noticed that your students (or yourself) saddle seems to always be slipping to one side of the horses back? Or that one stirrup always seems longer than the other? You are not alone. This is a common riding challenge for riders of all levels. What can you do to help your riders get that saddle where it belongs?
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Have you noticed that your students (or yourself) saddle seems to always be slipping to one side of the horses back? Or that one stirrup always seems longer than the other? You are not alone. This is a common riding challenge for riders of all levels. What can you do to help your riders get that saddle where it belongs? Try the tips in this article from the Georgia Dressage and Combined Training Association newsletter. (Pg. 16-18) You can click on the photos below and they will enlarge, or go to the GDCTA website to see the article in their newsletter at: https://issuu.com/gdcta/docs/newsletter_augv2 Make sure to watch the video that is included as you will be able to watch a rider go through the process. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noVQnjc6KbI&t=320s
 
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Are your walk trot transitions smooth or rough? How does your riding position make a difference?

"When you ask your horse to change gaits, are the transitions rough or smooth? Would you like to see how you can use your riding position to make them smoother?"

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In this session Trudy is focusing on what she is doing with her riding position and rein connection for the the walk/trot transitions. Like many riders, she has a tendency to disconnect from her riding position as she practices them. Now you can watch what I did with Trudy that made a difference in the quality and smoothness of the changes of gait with Ani.

 

What changes can you see in Trudy's riding position as she focuses more on it. What about Ani? Did her changes or gait improve?

 
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"Shoulder in/Leg Yields. Staying on the aids with a green horse. Can they do it?"

"Leg Yields and Shoulder In. Is your horse supple (soft, giving, yielding...) to your rein contact and on the aids? Watch as this young horse begins to understand ...
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When a shoulder in or leg yield is correctly the horse stays connected between the riders aids from back to front and from side to side. However, the young and inexperienced horses do not start these movements on the aids. They do not know how to stay connected and we are happy if they will simply move where we want them to go. It is a big step if the rider decides to take their horse to the next level (First level for Leg yielding, 2nd for Shoulder in) while keeping them connected. Now you can watch as Trudy starts taking Ani to that next level.This is the first time we have asked Ani to stay "on the aids/on the bit" for the shoulder in and leg yields. 

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What you need to know! The steps to rein connection and the right bend. S4 horse training

"Horse training terms that confuse riders. What do they mean that my horse should be supple (soften) to the rein contact? Also, how far should I bring my horses ...
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I have found that most riders... and in fact more than a few professional trainers and instructors, are not sure what it means to  "supple" or "soften a horses jaw" or how to teach a horse or rider how to do it.  That is why I created this video so that you can see what happens and how you know your horse is supple or how to teach another rider how to feel it.

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Indian Relay Documentary on PBS Shows Horses and Riders Racing for the Tribe in the American West

Indian Relay Documentary on PBS Shows Horses and Riders Racing for the Tribe in the American West | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

Via Susie Blackmon
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WOW!  Check out this riding!   

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Rider position. How to keep your seat over your lower legs. The magic of keeping where you need to be in the saddle. 

"What if... the real reason your lower legs are not staying where you want them to be, is that you have not been keep your seat over them? This is wha
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"What if... the real reason your lower legs are not staying where you want them to be, is that you have not been keep your seat over them? This is what happens with most riders. It sounds so simple, but is a huge shift in how you will be able to maintain your balanced riding position. Now you can watch how I show Trudy how to be able to feel when her seat is in the right place to keep her anchored into her lower legs" What did you learn from watching this video? Can you see how important it is for you to keep your seat over your lower legs so that they are in the right place? Are you ready to try this? Please let us know how it works for you.
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What you want to know. How to use your riding position for halting, backing and moving forward and those mysterious half halts .

"What are you doing with your riding position when you ask your horse to back, half halt and move forward? Watch how we isolate what this rider has been doin...
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We start this session by showing Trudy how to feel what her riding position is doing when she is riding a half halt. That way she will have a better understanding of how this feeling applies to how she is backing Ani. Once Trudy has isolated that feeling, we add it to how she is asking Ani to halt, back up and than move forward again. What is interesting is that you will see Ani's balance and responses improve as Trudy focuses on old habits she needs to change. Watch as Trudy starts exploring the possibilities of what she can do with her riding position.

What did you see changing in how Ani was backing up? Could you see the difference in how Trudy is now using her riding position?

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Trots. The Rainbow. How to know if your horse is connected. S4 Dressage training Tryon, NC

"The Rainbow... An easy way for you to know if your horse is connecting the way you want it do. Check out this easy to use technique to see if your horse has a ...
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For those who ride their horses in balance... or even for those who want that beautiful "arch" in your horses neck.  Now you can watch as we use the Steps to Connection to get this hot nervous horse to "round up" and stay "on the aids. Try this on your horse (or your students) and let us know how these Horse and Rider Awareness techniques work for you!

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Canter work. Bending. The Magic of Looking Through the Horses Ears

"You hear it all the time in dressage. Not enough bend. What does that mean? We know that a bend is really coming from the horse being active on the inside ...
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Bending.  That word makes horse people all over the world wonder if they are doing it right.  This was filmed after I watched Carl Hester training Charlotte Dujardin.   He kept reminding her that the correct bend in front of the saddle... was when she could see through the horse's ears.  Of course, I had to try it.  What I like best with this concept is that for the rider to see through the horses ears they need to bring the shoulders over first.  Try this on your horse and see how it effects what you are doing when working on bending.

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Equine Extravaganza Equestrian Festival Presents Randi Thompson of Horse and Rider Awareness.

Equine Extravaganza Equestrian Festival Presents Randi Thompson of Horse and Rider Awareness. | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Equine Extravaganza Equestrian Festival and Expo, Meadow Event Park, Doswell, VA, November 1-3, 2013. Enjoy three full days of “everything equine,” all at the birthplace of Secretariat!
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Are you coming?  I will be sharing many interesting topics. Some are geared for professionals in the horse world, others for anyone who owns a horse. All of the sessions are very interactive! I love it when people participate with me as we discuss what is happening and how they can use it with their horses or horse business! 


Everyone wants to know more about how to ride or teach riding more effectively. They love the techniques that are from Horse and Rider Awareness. For those attending, make sure to get there early as the seats will fill up fast. Some of the topics we will cover together are: "How to create the perfect riding position", and "The secrets of the trainers, How to make your horse more comfortable to ride and easier to influence." These techniques have been taught to 1000’s of people in the horse world and will make a difference for any horse rider.


For those who are professionals or business owners in the horse world, there will be topics designed especially for you! I have been teaching professionals in the horse world for over 20 years now and know what you are looking for. Join with me as I share proven marketing topics and tips for those who want to know more about doing business with social media, including how to target local customers and so much more.


Another popular topic that everyone enjoys is "How to protect your horse business and clients through risk management" This session is very popular as so many people are unclear about what the Equine Liability Statues really mean for them. Hang onto your seats as this is a very lively topic where we will explore exactly what you need to know. As part of risk management you will want to also attend a crowd favorite, “What you need to do before taking a new rider or student for a ride on your horse" This is where I show people how to start a new rider on a horse. I will be using a real horse and rider to show you the process. Both professionals and the average horse owner love to see how to safely teach a rider how to stop, start and steer a horse. 

These are my websites:

http://www.horseandriderawareness.com
http://www.howtomarktyourhorsebusiness.com

You can also join my Facebook pages at: Horse And Rider Awareness-Randi Thompson and How To Market Your Horse Business

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