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10 Characteristics of Community Leaders

10 Characteristics of Community Leaders | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
In addition to traits of superior leadership in any discipline, such as integrity and responsibility, here are ten characteristics that are particular to excellent community leaders.

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The facts are, any business page you create, in any social media  network, is really the beginning of creating your own community for people to be a part of. Why would they want to join yours?

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Leadership needs to get adapted on a daily base...

 

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Walk beside and develop leadership in your community.

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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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How to Tame a Shifting Saddle - Horse Collaborative

How to Tame a Shifting Saddle - Horse Collaborative | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

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 riding position in the saddle for a long time.

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“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 riding position in the saddle for a long time.

 

You are not alone. Most riders do put most of their weight onto one side of their riding position, causing the saddle to shift.
What can you do about your shifting saddle?

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It's time to stay connected with the walk halt transitions. What to expect.

"What if... you have finally come to the point in your horses training where you are ready to ask them to stay connected. What should you expect and what should you do?".

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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 you can watch what happens with a Trudy and Ani as they focus on staying connected at the walk halt transitions for the 4th time. This is still very new to both of them.

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Keep A "Complicated" or Hot Horse Connected with Half Halts. S4 Dressage Tryon, NC

"What if... you have one of those horses that is hard to keep connected? It might be a "hot" horse or just complicated. Either way, that horse does not seem to want to stay connected. Watch what happens as we focus on making sure this horse is listening to the half halts

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Those who know Melody, know how far she has come in the past years. However, like any horse that is easily distracted she can be challenging at times. In this session we focus on Trudy keeping Melody connected with half halts and the Steps to Connection. This is the third lesson where we have asked Melody to stay in this connection and balance. We were not sure what would happen as it has been 6 weeks since Trudy has been able to ride her. The good news was that both Melody and Trudy picked up from where they were before! Now you can watch what we did and see the results as Trudy became more aware of when Melody was staying connected and how to keep her there.

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How half halts at the walk can help keep a complicated or "hot" horse connected.

What if... you have one of those horses that is hard to keep connected? It might be a "hot" horse or just complicated. Either way, that horse does not seem to want to stay connected. Watch what happens as we focus on making sure this horse is listening to the half halts"

 

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Those who know Melody, know how far she has come in the past years. However, like any horse that is easily distracted she can be challenging at times. In this session we focus on Trudy keeping Melody connected with half halts and the Steps to Connection. This is the third lesson where we have asked Melody to stay in this connection and balance. We were not sure what would happen as it has been 6 weeks since Trudy has been able to ride her. The good news was that both Melody and Trudy picked up from where they were before! Now you can watch what we did and see the results as Trudy became more aware of when Melody was staying connected and how to keep her there.

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The Stretchy Walk. Can you stay connected after not riding for a few months?"

"New" What if...you are just starting to teach your horse the stretchy walk? This could be new to the horse or rider, or simply, as in this video, after the horse has had time off due to a long winter. Where should you start and how much should you expect?"

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Trudy has not been able to ride for at least 6 weeks. Now that the weather is better, she is back in the saddle. We have now warmed up at the walk and trot (we will not canter until next week) and are now using the stretchy walk to check where Ani is. Since both of them have had so much time off their muscles are not as toned as they were before. We start our stretches by making sure that Ani i listening to Trudy's half halts and also add the Steps to Connection to keep her back and shoulders up. As you will see, Ani is willing and able to give us a few "mini" stretches that we were very happy with. By the end of this short session, Trudy legs were cramping which might also happen to you when you return to riding. In the next session we move up into the stretchy trot.

Have you checked the quality of your horses stretches lately? Can they keep connected as you do them?

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Half halts and Steps to Connection. Walk trots. After 6 weeks off. horse training

"NEW series! "Have you had to take time off from your riding because of the weather or other reasons? Now you can watch as we focus on the bringing both the horse and rider back with half halts and the Steps to Connection at the walk and walk trot transitions" 

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Now that we have warmed up at the walk, it is time to focus a little more on the transitions into the trot and a little trot. Trudy is focused on her half halts. She is feeling them in her riding position and checking to make sure that Ani is responding to them. Next, we add the Steps to Connection so that Ani is more connected and in a better balance. We were thrilled with the results of this days sessions as we had only asked Ani to connect at this level two times before the winter came. She remembered what we had done! Now you can watch the process we use to bring them back. 

Even if you have not had to take time off, you will find that by applying these training techniques for your half halts and connecting with your horse will make a difference. Try them this week and let us know how they work for you!

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The timing of the riders aids. Adding the thigh to move the shoulder. Dressage tips

"So... you really want to start riding more lateral work? Let's start by becoming aware of how you can influence and control your horses shoulders more....wi...
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"What if... your horse is ready for you to influence it's shoulders. How do you do it? By adding your thigh!"

 

This technique is shared by Arthur Kottas, the former director of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Now you can see how we are able to use it to bring Melody to a level level.

https://youtu.be/meJBOXGrxn4

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Trot/transitions. Does your horse respond to your aids? How do you know? S3 Dressage Instruction

"What does it mean? Is your horse on the aid? Now you can use this simple "Yes, No, or Maybe..." awareness test to know" I was thrilled to have been able to ...
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This is a question that many who ride horses are not sure of.  How do you know if your horse is really on your "aids?"  What are the steps to connection that you can check so you do know.  Watch this video to see how this rider, Trudy, is finally (sometimes it can feel like forever with a horse that has lots of issues) able to keep Melody on the aids for the first time.  This was a huge break through.  

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Half Halts. Shoulder in and Travers (haunches in) at the trot. S4. Dressage instruction Tryon, NC

"Would you like to improve the quality of your horse's shoulder ins and Travers? (haunches in) It's time to focus on your half halts to take your horse to a ...
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Shoulder ins and Travers (haunches in) What should you be looking for on the ground, and what do you need to know as a rider?  Now you can watch what we do to isolate how Susan is asking Beau to ride these movements.  Beau is not thrilled, as always when he is learning something new or difficult, but this is what might be also happening with your horse as you start these lateral movements.

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"Trot. Break through! Riding the horse's shoulders. S3 Shoulder In Dressage

"Break through at the trot! Would you like to see what happens with a horse that is moving up from a green horse into more of a training level balance at the...
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Once your horse is past the green stage you can start connecting with them even more by "influencing" their shoulders or haunches.  In this video you can see what happens as Trudy starts to take more control of what she is doing with Ani's shoulder.  To do this, she focuses on riding the base of Ani's neck.  

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Going back in time.The Green Horse Class. S1 Adding ground poles for impulsion. Dressage training

Are you ready for a "blast from the past?" Now you can what we did to teach our than, "Green Horses" the beginnings of impulsion. To do this we added ground poles" Those who have been following...
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It is fun to go back and see where these horses and rider where a few years back.  So many people think they have always been where they are today.  Both of these horses had serious issues that their riders have been able to help them with.  Now you can see some of them.  

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How to Create Sharable Social Media Images: 3 Powerful Tools |

How to Create Sharable Social Media Images: 3 Powerful Tools | | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Do you include sharable social media images with your articles and updates? This article shows three online design tools to make your own sharable images.

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Are you using Images to YOUR advantage. This article helped me. Going to play with PicMonkey

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"This is awesome! Two 30-tonne, 30-metre sculptures of horses' heads unveiled in Scotland"

"This is awesome!  Two 30-tonne, 30-metre sculptures of horses' heads unveiled in Scotland" | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
A new Scottish cultural landmark has been lit up for the first time, days before the public get a chance to take a closer look at the colossal structures.
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Your inspiration for today..."

Can you imagine who would have even thought of creating these sculptures? Think about what they must have had to do to first create the vision of them, than to get someone to pay for them... and finally to build them. These are works of inspiration that is for sure. Who ever created them had to be thinking outside of the box. Are you inspired by looking at them?

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It's time for this horse to stretch into the contact for the 4th time. Watch what happens.

"Are you finally... ready to ask your horse to allow you take up contact from the reins? Now you can watch what this rider is doing to show her horse what that means with the stretch at the walk"

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Many riders are not sure what that "stretchy" thing is that dressage riders do. When done correctly, the horses back will lift up as horse stretches into the riders rein contact as a result of rider asking them to step up more from their hind feet.

 

Now you can watch as Trudy teaches Ani how to stretch into the contact. This is the 4th session that we have focused on this and you will see what happens to most horses and riders as they go through that process.


Are you enjoying this series? Tell us what you are learning! We love to hear your feedback and appreciate your likes, comments and shares.

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"Half Halts and Turn Around the Haunches. Staying connected at a New Level"

"Would you like to see what happens when a half halt is added to the turn on the haunches for the first time? Susan and Beau are becoming such a great team team to watch.

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Susan and Beau are becoming such a great team to watch. Beau is now more willing and we are asking him to stay connected and balanced at 2nd level. To do this we have become very focused on the correctness of the half halts in any of the movements he is doing. Now you can watch the progress we are using to refine the turn on the haunches with the half halt. During this session Susan also become aware of when Beau was "dropping to the inside" This is when he was not between her lateral aids. To isolate what needed to be done Susan practices riding Beau's shoulders.


Are you riding the turn on the haunches yet? How does this video help you to understand them better?

 

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Stretchy walk. Half halt and Steps to Connection S4 Tryon NC Dressage

What if...you are just starting to teach your horse the stretchy walk? This could be new to the horse or rider, or simply, as in this video, after the horse has had time off due to a long winter....
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Have  heard of the stretchy gaits?  When a horse stretches the right way, they are stretching into the connection of the riders reins as a result of the horse responding to the riders seat and leg aids.  Now you can watch how we add half halts and the Steps to Connection to ask Ani to stay connected and round (her back up) as a result of what Trudy is asking her to do.  This is the third session where we have asked Ani to stay connected at this level.  

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"The trot. A stretching we will go... a stretching we will go.

 "What? I need to ask my horse to stretch while doing half halts and keeping my horse connected?...

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It has been a long winter and Trudy has not been on Ani for at least 6 weeks. Now that we have warmed up both of them we are going to see if Trudy can ask Ani to stretch at the trot. The trick will be in keeping Ani connected (the Steps to Connection) with half halts. Trudy makes this look easier than it might feel for you

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"Wild and windy days! Hang on Tight. Keeping your horse focused"

"It's a wild crazy day and the horses are bouncing all over! What can you do to keep your horse connected... as much as possible? It's time to take back your control for your own safety and your horses, either that or maybe just ride another day?"

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This is the reality of riding. Sometimes our horses do not want to "participate" as much as we would like them to do. This process may not look pretty at times, but the rider needs to know what they can and should do to when a horse goes into this mode. Not only was it a cold and windy day, but for some reason, the cars and motorcycles that were on the road next to Trudy's must have thought it was race day! With all the excitement going on, Trudy had to take control. Ani was unsafe. To do this we focused on her becoming aware of when Ani was connected with her. Watch this video to see how we used the concept "is your horse thick in the base of their neck" to make the difference... most of the time. Dealing with a horse that is scared, like Ani was at times in this video, is a safety issue. Trudy raised Ani so she knows her and decided to ride her through these issues.

Do you think that most riders should have just gotten off their horse and ridden on another day instead? 

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Half halts and steps to connection. Dressage instruction Tryon NC

"NEW series! "Have you had to take time off from your riding because of the weather or other reasons? We have had a rough winter and now Trudy is finally able to ride again after at least 6 weeks. Now you can watch what we do to bring both Trudy and Ani back into training by connecting them with the half halts and steps to connection at the walk"

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We had no idea how Ani would behave. We started by lunging her and she was very fresh. We went right to where we had left off and were thrilled with the results! Both Trudy and Ani were able to go pretty much back to where they were with the basics before winter came! We started with the half halts (as taught by Robert Dover with a breath) than continued with the Steps to Connection. This was only the third time that we have asked Ani to stay connected at this level and so we were very excited at how much she had remembered from before. Now you can watch the process we used and try it with your horse.

 

Even if you have not had to take time off, you will find that by applying these training techniques for your half halts and connecting with your horse will make a difference. Try them this week and let us know how they work for you!

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"Movers and Shakers of the Horse World Presents: Debi Metcalfe of Stolen Horse International - YouTube

Join with us as for this recorded  "Movers and Shakers of the Horse World" as we  "hang out" with Debi Metcalfe of +Stolen Horse International aka NetPosse.com Now you can meet Debi and see why everyone loves her so much...

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Now you can meet and  "hang out" with Debi Metcalfe of +Stolen Horse International aka NetPosse.com   What they are doing for horse people all over will inspire you.  You can also become a part of the largest "Alert" system for lost and stolen horses by sharing posts on social media. You can make a difference!

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Movers & Shakers of the Horse World with Debi Metcalfe of NetPosse.com

Movers & Shakers of the Horse World with Debi Metcalfe of NetPosse.com | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Join us as we chat with Debi Metcalf of NetPosse.com 
Debi and her husband Harold have made a huge impact in the horse world by helping people find their lost or stolen horses and more.  This journey was inspired after the loss of their horse Idaho who was stolen.  They were able to find  Idaho and bring her back home again.  As a result of this experience they have dedicated their lives to helping other people who find themselves in the same situation.  You can check out what they are doing on their website at Netposse .com.   Now you can meet and get to know her better as we “Hang out” together and have fun.  We will have time for a few questions so be sure to let us know what you would like to ask Debi about herself,  how you can protect your horses and tack, disaster preparation and much more.
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Tonight is the night!  Click on this link to register for the FREE Movers and Shakers of the Horse World event on the Google+ hangouts. 

http://bit.ly/1HcUcHS

  We will send you directions so you can find your way to us. 
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Riding Position. What are your thighs doing at the canter? S4 horses equitation

"Have you ever thought about the difference your thighs can make in your riding or horse training? Now you can see what happens with Trudy as we isolate if s...
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Did you know the Spanish Riding School (Vienna) teaches its riders to use their thighs to influence the horses shoulders?  Or how about that many international trainers believe that the upper thigh (along with the seat bones and "core")  are all a part of a riders seat?

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Hang on tight! Taking back control on a windy, crazy day. S4 Riding instructor

"What do you do when its a wild and crazy day and your horse does not want to listen? It's time to take back your control!" This is the reality of riding. So...
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There are times when a rider simply needs to take more control. I know, some of you might be thinking "Oh, no!"  The fact is, if a rider is losing control they need to know what to do to get it back for safety reasons.  Sometimes, we do need to get stronger.  Ask any professional and they will agree.  What about you?  

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10 Tips for Taking an Annual Farm and Barn Inventory | Stable Management

10 Tips for Taking an Annual Farm and Barn Inventory | Stable Management | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
While we think we know what we own and what is in our barn and tack room, do we really? If a fire destroyed your buildings, could you list for your insurance everything that you lost? If someone broke...
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When was the last time you took an inventory? If you have boarders, have you made sure that they take one? What would happen if the unexpected happens and you do not have an inventory? How could you prove what you lost to the insurance company?


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The walk. Keeping even steps. Turn on the haunches, spiral in and out at the walk. Dressage - YouTube

The walk. Is your horse taking even steps while you are riding the turn around the haunches and other movements?" In this session we focus on Trudy is feelin...
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"The walk. Is your horse taking even steps while you are riding the turn around the haunches and other movements?"

In this session we focus on Trudy is feeling if Ani is taking even steps on all four legs. To do this, she will need to keep Ani active with her back feet as with the turn around the haunches and the spiral in and out. Now you can watch what happen as Trudy gets a better understanding of how to keep Ani balanced and under her seat. You will also see the difference in Ani's walks.

Can you see the changes that happen as Trudy becomes more aware of what Ani is doing at the walk? Are you ready to try this on your horse?

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