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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Half Halts at the canter. It's time to connect and balance for 2nd level. Dressage lessons

"The canter. Is your horse responding to your half halts? Watch what happens as Susan asks Beau to stay connected even more at the canter" In this sessio
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In this "blast from the past" Susan practices the half halt as taught by Robert Dover. To do this at the canter she feels when Beau starts to disconnect. When Susan feels that happen she breaths in deeply.. bringing that breath up her chest and back into her shoulder blades. Susan finishes that breath by bringing her seat forward, hugging her legs and closing her fingers on the reins. This entire process takes only 3 seconds. As those of you who know Beau expect... He is not thrilled moving up into the balance he needs for second level. This is a time of great change for Susan and Beau and I am so happy to have caught it on film as most riders never get to see what can happen as a horse is asked to balance and connect at a new level. Can you see how Beau started to understand the half halts better?
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Canter. Serpentine's with collected and counter canter. Keeping connected. Can they do it? 

 "We all dream of that canter where our horse willingly canters around in balance. Now you can see what happens as Susan asks Beau to stay balanced in this "blast from the past" 

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Wait until you see the changes in Beau! This was the 4th time that Susan has asked Beau to stay in a 2nd level balance for the canter. Beau was still not sure what that means, but seems to be accepting the changes and starting to show off a little. We start with Serpentine pattern at the canter/trots and move up in collected canter and counter canter. What did you see happening in the canter? Did this video give you more ideas on what you can be doing so your horse is more comfortable to ride at the canter?
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"Half Halts at the canter. Now you can watch a horse and rider as they connect and balance at a new level"

"The canter. Is your horse responding to your half halts? Watch what happens as Susan asks Beau to stay connected even more at the canter" In this sessio
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"The canter. Is your horse responding to your half halts? Watch what happens as Susan asks Beau to stay connected even more at the canter" In this session Susan practices the half halt as taught by Robert Dover. To do this at the canter she feels when Beau starts to disconnect. When Susan feels that happen she breaths in deeply.. bringing that breath up her chest and back into her shoulder blades. Susan finishes that breath by bringing her seat forward, hugging her legs and closing her fingers on the reins. This entire process takes only 3 seconds. As those of you who know Beau expect... He is not thrilled moving up into the balance he needs for second level. This is a time of great change for Susan and Beau and I am so happy to have caught it on film as most riders never get to see what can happen as a horse is asked to balance and connect at a new level. Can you see how Beau begins to understand the half halts better? 
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The timing of the rider's aids at the walk. The steps. What you have always wanted to know...

"The timing of the riders aids at the walk. Is your horse hearing what you want them to do?" In this session I ask Trudy to really become aware of when Melod...
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In this session I asked Trudy to really become aware of when Melody is listening to her aids. These are the steps that she is using. 1) First Trudy needs to be aware of when Melody's hind foot is off the ground. 2) Melody needs to soften her her jaw. 3) Melody will flex her neck (so the muscle falls to the outside) 4) Trudy aids her inside calve muscle to see if Melody is responding to her leg by shifting her weight to the outside. 5) Next, we add the outside rein and leg to soften Melody's poll. Sounds easy right? Watch to see how what we are doing makes a difference in how Melody is responding to Trudy's aids. What was must interesting is that by asking Trudy to say words as she is riding that it is easier for her to time when she is using her aids.

Can you see how the timing of the aids depends on where the horses hind foot is? (on the side you are using the aids on...) Try this on your horse (or student) and let us know how timing your aids makes a difference for what you are doing with your horse at the walk.

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Exposing a horse to a new place... show preparation. Can you keep your horse connected?

"Oh, what fun it is to... start showing your horse and finding out that you need to start taking them to all kinds of new places. This is Trudy with Ani who ...
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In this session we take Trudy's horse Ani,  to a local farm to help her become comfortable in new places. that just happens to also have water in the corner of the ring. At our last show, Ani saw the water in the ring and said "NO way!" so we are taking the time to get her out to see new places and to get comfortable doing what she does where ever Trudy brings her. In this video we focus on the walk work and exercises. Our goal is simply to keep Ani focused and hopefully though that water puddle. To do this we are checking to make sure that she is listening and in fact, responding to Trudy's aids. Have you ever taken your horse to another location to see how it is listening to you? Its a great adventure with some horses.

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Improve your canter! Adding the leap to canter/counter canter.

"Would you like to improve your canter and counter canter? Watch what Susan is doing with Beau in this video!" The counter canter and canter can be difficult...
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The counter canter and canter can be difficult gaits to teach to a horse or rider. First the horse has to be at a point where they can actually balance the horse and hopefully... keep it relaxed. Next, the rider has to have the right riding position and know how to position the horse for the movements. In this warm up session Susan focuses on keep Beau connected while making sure he has the right "bend" in front of the saddle. She also adds a little "magic" as she asks Beau to start adding more leap to his canter.

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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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Randi Thompson: Horse and Rider Awareness. As Featured in the April edition of Sidelines.

Randi Thompson: Horse and Rider Awareness. As Featured in the April edition of Sidelines. | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

  "Catch up with Randi Thompson, of Horse and Rider Awareness - she's featured in the April issue of Sidelines Magazine. Randi has a great program and training methods - you don't want to miss this" You can read the whole story for FREE on our website. Here's the link:
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"Would you like to know a little bit more about my back ground with horses? You might be surprised to know I did not grow up with lessons or even own a saddle. Check out this recent feature from the Sidelines Magazine"

 

I was honored to be featured in the April edition of the popular Sidelines Magazine. Their award winning writer, Lauren R. Giannini, took me back into my history to share how I got started and where I am now in the horse world.

 

Check out the Sidelines website at: http://sidelinesnews.com/ to see what they are doing as they promote horses and horse people all over the US.

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Canter Trot transitions. Timing of the Riders Aids. Is your horse really connected?

"Would you like to improve the way your horse changes its gait from a trot to a canter? Than it's time to think about the timing of your aids... and if your horse is staying connected with you. 

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Watch what Susan does with Beau in this blast from the past" In this session Susan is riding the transition from the trot to the canter, and the canter to to the trot.She is focusing on the timing of her rein and leg aids and how Beau is responding to them. Lucky you as you will get to see a horse as it is learning how to re balance at a new level. This was the 2nd session where we focused on keeping Beau connected at this level" Can you see the difference in how Beau is moving as he works through these exercises?
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Contact. The beginnings. Walk trot. The Steps to Connection. Adding half halts and more....

"What if... you have finally come to the point in your horses training where you are ready to ask them to stay connected from your leg to the rein
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When a horse is learning how to stay connected they are not sure what is going on. Especially if this is also new for the rider. Now, in this "blast from the past" you can watch what happens as I use the "Steps to Connection"with Trudy to show her how to keep Ani focused and connected walk halt transitions for the 4th time. Can you see how important understanding the Steps to Connection are to what you are doing with your horse?
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Canter/Counter canter. How to finally understand...The outside rein and leg

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?

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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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"Connecting your horse at the canter. Techniques you can use today! The Rainbow/Outside rein and leg and more.

"Would you like to improve your horse's canter? Watch this video to see what Trudy is doing with Ani. Which tip makes the biggest difference for what you are...
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Now you can watch what I do with Trudy as we focus on improving Ani's canter. In this session we focus on keeping Ani connected (on the aids/on the bit/round/in front of the aids/packaged) at the canter" This is level of connection in the canter is still new to Ani and so it is the perfect video for anyone who wants to improve their horses canter. Check out the wonderful changes in Ani's canter than go out and try these techniques on your horse.

Are you ready to try this on your horse? We love to hear your feedback!

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"Behind the Vertical. Retraining a schoolmaster"

"Have you heard that your horse is "behind the vertical? What does that mean? What can you do to correct this common training challenge?" A horse that is beh...
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A horse that is behind the vertical (with its head position) could be doing it for many reasons. The horse may think that is what it should be doing or it might have been taught to do this by someone who thought that it was the right "look". Other times, this position is a result of the incorrect use of draw reins or side reins. Either way, when it happens the horse is not connecting to the rein influence. They are going "behind the bit" and setting their head and neck instead of staying soft to the riders rein connection. It becomes an artificial position and a habit that takes a long time to correct. As a result of this position the horse often does not have its back up and is not stepping up from behind. Those who have been watching the training progress of Susan with Darrien have seen a lot of positive changes since they became a team last year. At that time Darrien was still in a double bridle and was not comfortable with the rein connection at all. His lower neck muscle was twice the size of the top of the neck. He was anxious all the time and was holding his breath when we asked him to connect. Now you can see that Susan is riding him in a snaffle and Darrien is "rounding up" more. He is much more relaxed and starting to enjoy the training process, or at least understand it. His neck has a rainbow, his back is up and he is getting more comfortable with stepping up into the rein connection.

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Improving your skills at halting and backing a horse

"How to improve your halts and backing. Those who compete, especially in dressage, know how important backing and halting can be. Now you can see what Susan ...
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In the training process horses will learn something new, and seem to forget it. In this session we are focused on improving what Susan is doing with Beaus halts and backing. Our goal is to teach Beau how to back without using the reins. His tendency has always been to back a little crooked and either throw his nose up or down into the ground. Now that they are competing in 2nd level we need to get picker about how Susan and Beau are connecting for these movements.

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What happens when you first start asking your horse to take up the contact? Watch this training level horse do it for the 6th time at the trot.

"Contact What does it mean? How can you do it with a horse that is not sure what it means? Watch what happens as we ask Ani to stay connected for the 6th time at the trot"

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This was an exciting day for Ani. Trudy brought her to another farm to ride so she could start preparing her for going to a dressage show. You will hear Ani is crying for her herd mates at time. The good news is that Trudy was able to keep her more connected than ever, even with all the distractions. Little by little Ani is excepting being "on the aids" and is stepping up into the contact from Trudy's legs. She is starting to look like a dressage horse! (or any horse ridden in balance) Now you can see the process we are using to take Ani to the next level.

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Everyone talks about riding a horse from their seat and legs, but what does it really mean? Trot #1

 In this video we move up into the trot. This is Trudy Adams on Ani. Now we are going to focus on if Ani is lifting her back (as a result of stepping forward from behind). Trudy will know as she will feel like Ani is lifting her back and be in front of her aids/legs. This is when they are connected. To do this I ask Trudy to turn Ani when she feels her back drop or when Ani leans on the reins. By the end of this session you will see that Ani is moving much better.

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How can you feel if your horse is picking up your seat?  Watch as Trudy Adams focuses on that feeling with her horse Ani at the trot.

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