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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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Winners! AA 2nd Level (Robert Dover) 65.5% Susan and Mission Point under "S" judge Sarah Geikie

This is Susan and Beau competing and winning the Robert Dover 2nd level Medal class.

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This is Susan and Beau competing in the Robert Dover 2nd level Medal class. They won the class with a score of 65.5% It was an awesome performance! We came to this show as there are 2 "S" (FEI) judges including Sarah Geikie, who will be judging at the USDF Regionals. For the comments on the scores of riding position and effectiveness of aids Sarah made our day by adding these words.  "Very correct riding!" 

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You want me to do what? Retraining a schoolmaster. Trots. Using the Leg yield to stay on the outside aids.

"You want me to do what? Retraining a schoolmaster to understand how to stay on the outside rein and leg. Back to the basics.

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Susan has brought Darrien a long way in his retraining. They do very well in the show ring competing in Prix St George and Intermediate 1, yet.... we are still working on the basics. Darrien does not understand how to stay connected on the outside rein and leg like a horse of his level should. In this session we add more of the leg yield feeling so that Susan can keep his shoulder and back up as Darrien stays connected. As you will see, this is a work in process. Now you can see what might be happening as you ask your horse to stay connected between your leg and rein aids at the trot.

Do you think it is easier to retrain an older horse or teach the basics to a younger horse?

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Would you like to watch 2 horses of 2 training levels and the exercises we are using for the warm up trot?

"Would you like to see 2 horses at 2 different levels warming up at the trot?  Check out the difference in how these riders are warming up their horses with some of the same exercises and some that are different.  How does this compare with how you warm up your horse?"

Randi Thompson's insight:

Everyone loves watching our group lessons with Susan on Beau (1st and 2nd level dressage) and Trudy with Ani (training level).  In this session they are warming up together on a very windy, rainy day.  The horses are  not thrilled that they are out in this weather and would rather be out in the fields than in the ring.  Trudy is focusing on keeping Ani connected (on the bit/on the aids) for maybe the 8th or 9th time and Susan is working on keeping Beau active with his throat latch open.  As for me, I am trying out a new camcorder.  You will notice that it might go all over at times as I learn how it works. Many riders seem to just go "ring around the rosie" in circles and on the outside of the ring all the time.  As you can see, our horses and riders are going all over the ring as they practice many different ways of connecting with their horses.  This makes the training process more interesting for everyone.

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The Magic of the Lunge Line for Riders. Improve your riding position for riding perfect circles as easy as 1, 2, 3.

"Would you like to be able to ride that perfect circle? Check out this amazing technique using a lunge line. You will love what it can do for how your ride a...
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"Would you like to be able to ride that perfect circle?  Check out this amazing technique using a lunge line.  You will love what it can do for how your ride a circle and what you are doing with your riding position.  As part of this session we also focus on if Trudy is able to keep Ani in front of her legs. This was still a new concept to this pair at the time of this filming.  Now you can watch how adding the lunge line work to the training process makes a difference for a riders awareness"

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Half Halts at the trot. How to improve the quality for both horse and rider

"Can Your Horse Feel Your Half Halts at the Trot?  What can you do to improve your half halt and become more aware of when your horse is responding?"

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In this session Susan practices the half halt as taught by Robert Dover. To do this, she breaths in deeply.. bringing that breath up her chest and back into her shoulder blades. She finishes by bringing her seat forward, hugging her legs and closing her fingers on the reins. This entire process takes only 3 seconds. Beau has been doing half halts but has never really been thrilled with them. (for what ever issues he might be having that day) Since he is now competing in 2nd level we need to be able to balance him more than ever so that he starts to "engage" his back end and shorten his body from the back to the front. Lucky you as you get to watch him go through the process. This is their warm up trot and Susan is already asking Beau to listen to her half halts. By the end of this session you will see that Beau is starting to get it.

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What you need to know! The steps to rein connection (is your horse softening at the jaw) and what should the 'bend' of my horse look like in front of the saddle?

"What do they mean that my horse should be  supple (soften) to the rein contact? Also, how far should I bring my horses head over when I am asking for the 'bend?' Now you can watch what I do with Trudy as I break down each step of the process, including what bending should look like from in the saddle"

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 If you are like most riders you are not sure if your horse is really soft to to the rein connection (supple) Many riders are also not sure what a correct "bend" should look like in front of the saddle.  They are not sure how far to bring their horses head over.  The bending technique came from Carl Hester World Champion Dressage Trainer of Charlotte Dujardin. I have been experimenting with the bending technique these past few weeks and find it is easy for riders to understand and apply to what they are doing in their riding. 

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"What if... your horse is still unbalanced in its counter canter. In fact, what if.. your horse simply is not balanced at the canter like you think it should be? What do you need to know to find ...

"What if... your horse is still unbalanced in its counter canter.  In fact, what if.. your horse simply is not balanced at the canter like you think it should be?  What do you need to know to find that happy place where your horse should be?"

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Now you can watch Susan as she focuses on improving Beau's canter, counter canters and collected canter.  It has taken us a few years to get Beau to this point in his training, but now he is starting to understand what we want and in fact, is starting to enjoy the process.  To get your horse to that level of connection all you need to do is practice the Steps to Connection and of course, a little time.  The weekend after this video was filmed Susan and Beau competed at a dressage show under "S" judges and earned their 1st 7.5's in their counter canter.  We were thrilled!

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Canter. Is your horse still cantering like a green horse? Disconnected and unbalanced with its head all over the place? It's time to stay connected and in balance. 6th time!

"Is your horse still cantering around like a green horse?  Disconnected and unbalanced with its head all over the place?  You are  not alone.  In fact, this is just another stage of the training process for those who ride their horses in connection.  Now you can watch as Trudy connects Ani in the canter"

Randi Thompson's insight:

The canter is often the most challenging gait for riders to connect the horses they are training.  It does take time that is for sure.  The process is made much easier when you understand how to use the Steps to Connection so that your horse is responding to your aids while you are training the canter.  Of course...  even that takes a little practice.  Watch what happens with Trudy and Ani as they begin to connect at a new level with their canter.

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Is your horse softening to the rein connection in its jaw? The poll? What does that mean and how does it look at the walk?

"Would you like to know what is really meant by keeping your horse supple (soft to your rein connection) at the walk? Now you can watch what I do with Trudy as I break down each step of the process, including what to do to keep a horses poll up and how to see the if your horse has the correct bend (from in the saddle) in the front of the horse. 

Randi Thompson's insight:

 If you are like most riders you are not sure what it means when someone says that their horse is not softening to the bit at the jaw.  Which means that the horse (or the rider) is bracing at some level and is a normal part of the training process.  Now you can watch how I use the Steps to Connection to show Trudy where any blockages might be.  We also focus on where Ani's poll is.  Many times, when you first take up the rein connection the horse will either throw its nose up, or bring it to its chest.  Again, this is part of the training process and your goal is to show the horse where you would like their head to stay positioned.

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Bending. The most amazing technique you have seen. Now you can see how, when done correctly, it feels and looks from the saddle!

"What does bending mean and how should your horse be positioned in front of your saddle? You are going to love this technique!

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Horse people everywhere are not sure of where they should be positioning their horses head for the right "bend". By looking through the ears of the horse you will find that you will be riding the horses shoulders instead of simply bringing their head over! How cool is this? 

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"Dream the impossible dreams...that is what some of us feel about getting our horses to do some things. Now, it is time Trudy to keep Melody connected in the warm up canter

"Dream the impossible dreams...that is what some of us feel about getting our horses to do some things. Melody is a hot and nervous horse that had a lot of issues to work through. It has taken us years to get her to relax. Now, it is time Trudy to keep her connected in the warm up canter"

 

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Those who have followed the progress of Trudy and Melody know how much time we have spent getting Melody to feel safe and as relaxed as possible. Finally, this year, Melody has started to almost enjoy the riding process and is letting Trudy ask her to stay more connected. Some people have even commented on the videos that Melody looks like a pleasure to ride! Who would have thought?

 

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Can your horse here you? Breaking down the steps to Half halts and the Steps to Connection in the warm up trot.

What if you have a horse that is either hot and nervous, or just plain hard to keep focused?  It's time to isolate what you are doing with your half halts and to make sure your horse is supple and listening to your aids (Steps to Connection) Watch what happens as I break down the the steps for Trudy and Ani in the warm up trot"

Randi Thompson's insight:

Staying connected (for those who like to ride that way) can seem like such a magical and yet, seemingly impossible goal for so many riders. That is, until they finally understand how it works. Once a rider "gets it" they wonder how they ever rode before. In this session you will see how connecting a horse and rider with the half halts and Steps to Connection can make a difference, even in the warm up trot, with a hot nervous horse. (even though Melody is not looking looking so hot or nervous these days as Trudy is doing an awesome job with her training!)

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So... If the counter canter is simply the other lead. Unless you try to do it on a circle or curve. Why is it so much harder?

"The counter canter is simply the opposite lead. Unless you try to do it on a circle or curve. So why is it so hard for us to understand? Watch what happens with Susan as she asks Beau for more balance a...

Randi Thompson's insight:

Those who have ridden the counter canter know that horses do start out pretty disconnected on curves or circles. With time, their balance and connection does get better. This is the 5th time Susan has asked Beau to stay this connected in the canter. Maybe the 3rd for the counter canter. Now you can watch what we do to bring him to the next level where he can carry himself in balance.

Have you ridden the counter canter yet? What did you learn from watching this video that you can use on your horse?

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Riding Position test. Are you keeping your inside seatbone over your inside leg?

"Your challenge for this week. Do you find your legs are swinging all over when you are riding? Or that your seat does not seem to be where it needs to stay? You are not alone..

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This is one of those techniques that will make a huge change in your riding position and as a result... your horses balance and connection with you. We have practiced this before and today was the perfect day to go back to this wonderful basic for securing an effective riding position.  Are you ready to try this on your horse? You will be surprised to find that you are probably not over your inside leg on circles and other movements. We love your feedback. Let us know what you experience when you try this.

 

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Leg yields. Would you like to see how they can improve your lead changes and transitions from one gait to another?

"Would you like to see how leg yields can help you pick up the correct lead? In fact, using leg yields can also improve your transitions and just about anything you do with your horse?

Randi Thompson's insight:

In this session Trudy is asking Ani to stay more connected in the canter transitions. To do this she is focusing on adding the feeling of a leg yield so that Ani learns to stay against the outside rein and leg. We start with the canter trot transitions and finish with Trudy feeling how the outside rein (and leg) used like a leg yield can improve Ani's circles. It was a very windy day the time of this video and I was using a new camcorder. You will hear the wind blowing...

Are you ready to try adding the leg yield to what you are doing with your horse? Try these techniques and let us know how they work for you.

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"If you are like MOST riders. our saddle will be shifting more to one side of the horses back than the other. Of course, until you recognize what is happening you will not know it is happening"

"If you are like MOST riders. our saddle will be shifting more to one side of the horses back than the other. Of course, until you recognize what is happening you will not know it is happening" | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
“Why is my saddle always slipping to one side?"

Most riders know the feeling of a shifting saddle, which can occur for many reasons: it could be how your horse is carrying you, or a saddle not fitting the horse exactly right, or more than likely, this is how you have been balancing your ri
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Now you can have an easy to understand technique that will change the balance of your riding position and keep your saddle in the middle of the horses back. You will probably be surprised how uneven you have really been in your saddle for...well, maybe forever? I know I was when I first discovered this. Check out the video at the end of this brief article as it shows what happened to a trainer that I coached through this process for the first time.

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"Riding Position. Stop riding with your heels! How to use your lower leg the right way"

Some riders have been taught or have gotten into the habit of using their heels to get a horse to move forward or sideways. If you are using spurs, you might also have gotten into the habit of using your spurs instead of your lower leg. What can you do to fix this common riding challenge?"

Randi Thompson's insight:

When a rider uses their heels, they often are riding on their toes, their heels come up and their entire leg rolls off the saddle from the thigh down as the rider uses the back of their leg instead of the inside. When this happens, it is impossible for the riders to keep a secure, anchored lower leg position. Watch as I show Trudy how to focus on changing a habit that most riders have. She has been using her using her heels for years. It will be easy for you to see how this affects her lower leg position

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Activity from behind. Do the judges say your horse needs more? Lateral work/trot.

"We have all had judges comment. Horse needs more contact or needs more activity. What does that mean? Basically, it's all about the horses activity from behind. But what does that mean? Watch this video and you will have a better understanding as we add more activity to Beau's lateral work"

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There is a magical place, for those who ride a horse that is connected and in balance, where something happens. The horse becomes lighter to our aids and willing responds. Of course, this does take a little practice and, as in the case of many horses, may take a few years. Now you can watch the changes in Beau as Susan asks him to step up with more activity from behind so that they are more connected in the trot and the lateral movements in it. The bending technique came from Carl Hester World Champion Dressage Trainer of Charlotte Dujardin.

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Getting more activity in the lateral work. Your horse says" You want me to do what? "

For those who ride in connection... Can you hear your horse say, "Why are you holding in my mouth and asking me to move forward from behind?" This is confusing for both the horse and the rider until they finally "get it"

Randi Thompson's insight:

There is a magical place, for those who ride a horse that is connected and in balance, where something happens. The horse becomes lighter to our aids and willing responds. Of course, this does take a little practice and, as in the case of many horses, may take a few years. Now you can watch the changes in Beau as Susan asks him to step up with more activity from behind so that they are more connected in the trot and the lateral movements in it.

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"Is your horse saying, Yes, No... or Maybe when you ask it to respond to your rein contact or legs? Now you can watch a step by step process that you can use on your horse to know if it is responding"

"Is your horse saying, Yes, No... or Maybe when you ask it to respond to your rein contact or legs? Now you can watch a step by step process that you can use on your horse to know if it is responding"

Randi Thompson's insight:

Many riders are not sure when their horse is really listening or in fact, even understanding what they are asking them to do with the aids. In this session Susan is warming up Beau for the first time while asking him to stay soft of the rein contact with his poll up. Next Susan asks Beau to become more active from her leg aids so that he steps up into the rein connection. As a result Susan feels as if the reins become alive. (That is when your horse is stepping into you rein connection)

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"Transitions. Walk trot. My horse is throwing its head up or dropping the poll. How to create a connection"

"My horse throws its head up in the trot walk transitions. What am I supposed to do? How can I keep my horses soft to my rein connection?"

Randi Thompson's insight:

This happens to so many riders. It is a common challenge that can be solved by understanding the Steps to Connection. Now you can watch what I do with Trudy and Ani to keep them connected with the walk trot transitions and the different trots. Ani is still new to being on contact/on the aids/on the bit/in front of the aids. Like most horses that are new to this level of connection she is not sure what she should be doing when Trudy takes up the contact. Now you can see what we are doing with the walk trot transitions and changes of gait at the trot to help her understand how to stay connected.

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What you need to know! The basics explained about supplying a horse in front of the saddle. The Steps to Connection and the right bend.

"What you have always wanted to know...  What do they mean that my horse should be  supple to the rein contact? Now you can watch what I do with Trudy as I break down each step of the process, including what bending should look like from in the saddle"

Randi Thompson's insight:

This is such an important video for everyone to watch. If you are like most riders you are not sure what supplying is... or in fact, what a correct "bend" should look like in front of the saddle. Now you have the steps to your success!

How cool is this? Try it on your horse and tell us what you discover.

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"Retraining a Schoolmaster. You want me to do what? Walk Pirouettes on the outside rein and leg"

"Retraining a schoolmaster. You want me to do what? The outside rein and leg at the turn on haunches, walk pirouette. Watch as Darrien learns he can stay connected even when he thinks he knows what he should be doing"  

Randi Thompson's insight:

This is Susan and Darrien. Darrien is a schoolmaster and knows it all. Or so he thinks... It has taken us about a year to get him to this point in his retraining (Susan's newest horse) and he came with some issues to work out. One of those issues is in what he has been doing the turn on the haunches/walk pirouette where he will spin around like a reining horse instead of waiting for Susan and of course, staying connected between the reins.

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Watch Randi Thompson being interviewed as a 2015 International Equestrian Trailblazer by June Burgess

"I am honored to be selected as one of the “2015 International Equestrian Trailblazers.” June Burgess, well known International 3-day event rider and expert in performance mindset from Ireland is the host and she selected 24 equestrians from around the world who she feels have made the biggest impact in the horse industry"

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"Would you like to know more about how I got my start with horses that brought me to where I am now (where ever that is)  You might be surprised to know that I came from a non horse family and had to pay my own way.  Now you can see my interview after being honored  as one of the “2015 International Equestrian Trailblazers.” June Burgess, well known International 3-day event rider and expert in performance mindset from Ireland is the host and she selected 24 equestrians from around the world who have made the biggest impact in the horse industry" You can watch the interview at: http://equestriantrailblazers.com/randi-thompson-interview/ ; (that link will be live for 7 days.  After that you can watch the interview at:  https://youtu.be/L-qD4VkdACg

 

Would you like to see who else is a 2015 Equestrian Trailblazer?

It’s FREE! All you need to do is sign up! Here is the link: http://xs.gy/randi

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Randi Thompson selected as International Equestrian Trailblazer

Randi Thompson selected as International Equestrian Trailblazer | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
*I am honored to be selected as one of the “2015 International Equestrian Trailblazers.” June Burgess, a well know international Level Eventer from...
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I am honored to be selected as one of the “2015 International Equestrian Trailblazers.” June Burgess, a well know international Level Eventer from Ireland is the host and she selected 24 equestrian s from around the world who she feels have made the biggest impact in the horse industry"


Starting June 1st, June is interviewing each of the Equestrian Trailblazers and has recorded their conversations with her. Now you can listen in on what the top equestrians around the world have been doing to make their dreams come true in the horse world. It’s FREE! All you need to do is sign up! Here is the link:http://xs.gy/randi

When I asked June why she selected me from all the outstanding horse people from around the world, this is what she said: "I started researching individuals who are adding value to the industry and blazing a different path. What immediately appealed to me was that Randi is totally unique. Randi is a true visionary who continues to bring unprecedented resources and information to the horse industry. She is the founder of the award winning Horse And Rider Awareness-Randi Thompson programs which include: How To Market Your Horse Business ” I was introduced to Randi when I started watching the videos she shares on her Youtube channel, Randi Thompson Live at:http://buff.ly/1HDTQs0. Where she shares over 20 years of coaching professionals in the horse world by featuring the training process of horses and riders she has been working with. Several who have become USDF National and Regional Champions. Randi has developed a very intuitive approach to riding that can be applied to competitive riding even at the international levels.

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