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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Is your horse in front of the aids walk/trot?  Now you can know by adding the Metronome as we retrain this Schoolmaster.

"Is your horse really in front of your aids? Now you can see how to use a metronome to know.... Watch what happens with Cheryl West-Master Instructor an
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These are the topics that we discussed... (Yes, just in this video!) . How to know if your horse is in front of the aids by using a metronome. Rising vs sitting trot. Which one should you do? Is your horse "Stepping up from behind into connection" of your reins? Ask your horse to step up with the inside hind to an "alive" rein on inside. When you get the horse to step up to one side, praise them than switch sides. When does your horse drop the connection? Frame of rein and aids. What does that mean? From back to front Side to Side How do you know if your horse is on the outside rein and leg? Leg yield for checking outside reins and legs. Front of the saddle should be pointed in on curves Mini stretches. Can your horse do them on both sides? Keeping connection with rhythm of the gait. Metronome. Bring your inside seat bone towards the horses inside ear. Lunge line to feel what that size circle should feel like for the rider and horse. What did you discover from watching this Horse and Rider Awareness Video that will make a difference in how you are asking your horse to stay connected with you?
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Half halts. The basics. New series with Susan and Darrien

Half halts are used to reconnect a horse in rider both mentally and physically. This is my third session we Susan Faulkner Evans and her new horse Darrien. We are focusing on making sure that the half halts are in place that are needed to keep Darrien connected mentally and in balance physically. When the half halt is correct Susan feels him pick up his back, especially at the walk. Next, she let's him flow on a lighter rein until he drops his back again. At first, she is half halting every 3 steps. As this session continues you will see that they both get more connected.

 

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You have probably heard of "half halts" How can you use them with your horse to balance it both mentally and physically?

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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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