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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.

Via Gust MEES
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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.

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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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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"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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Movers & Shakers of the Horse World with Glenn the Geek of the Horse Radio Network

Movers & Shakers of the Horse World with Glenn the Geek of the Horse Radio Network | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Join us for another exciting and fun podcast as we get to know Glenn the Geek of the Horse Radio Network. 
Glenn hosts several shows on the network including the Stable Scoop Radio Show, HORSES IN THE MORNING and the Driving Radio Show. He's a believer that entertainment comes first, education second and he transfers that belief to the shows he hosts.
Any time spent with Glenn is bound to be a good time! 
We look forward to seeing you there!
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he "Movers and Shakers of the Horse World" rounds out its 2015 season on Tuesday, August 25th at 8:00pm EST, 5:00pm PST with Glenn the Geek, founder of the Horse Radio Network (HRN) (www.horseradionetwork.com). Since the early days in 2008, HRN has grown from its first 12 listeners to over 130,000 and has produced over 4,200 episodes. That’s ultimately why the Horse Radio Network has been named one of the top five podcasting networks on the internet! Their shows are just plain fun and people love them!  You're invited to join us as we get to know Glenn and listen to the exciting stories of his career in the horse world! To register for this free, live teleconference, visit:http://bit.ly/1I3cJ7q

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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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"Secrets of the trainers. Where should your hands be for the canter?"

"Would you like to know an easy way to make sure that your hands are in the right place? As an added bonus you will also be able to keep your reins the right length...

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Have you ever wondered why the pro riders seem to have a more consistent riding position especially with the length of their reins? It's because they have learned to keep their hands in the same place! This sounds so easy, but is not as easy as it sounds. To keep your hands in that magic spot you will be shortening and lengthening your reins a lot. You will also need to keep adjusting your seat position. Now you can watch what happens as Trudy practices her hand position on Ani. 

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The magic of the Floating Trot. What if you could teach your horse how to do it? What should you do?

"The magic of creating a "floating trot" with your horse" Have you always admired those horses who seem to float across the ring? Some of them seem to be so ...
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Not every horse can do the "floating trot". Some never will and others, like Susan's horses, are learning how to do it. Basically it happens when the horse is "on the aids" (in front of the leg, self carriage, round, packaged on the bit) It might take a few years to get there, but for those who love training their horses to this level is is a great accomplishment. When a horse is "floating" their back is up and they are stepping up more from behind with their back feet. As a result their balance shifts and their backs come up and their shoulders rise. This is when the horse is moving with even strides from both the back feet and the front. Now you can watch what I do with Susan and Beau. As you will see, we are adding this "floating" to everything that they are now doing in the trot work. This might be the 2nd session where we have really focused on this balance and activity (from behind)

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

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

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This is Susan and Beau competing in the 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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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?

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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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Trots. The Magic of the Metronome for better rhythm and balance

"How to Improve a Horse's rhythm and balance at the trot with the Metronome" (from 2013)

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It's amazing what a metronome can do for a horses balance. By finding the right rhythm we can improve the gaits of a horse, which also makes them more comfortable to ride. If you are showing, the judges will notice the difference between a horse with regular gaits, and one that is going in and out of rhythm. It shows in how the horse uses its legs! In this session, Susan Faulkner Evans is focusing on the trot rhythm. As you will see, the quality of Beau's gaits gets better. (from 2013)

 

Have you ever thought of using a metronome or playing music (with the right rhythm) to improve your horses gaits?

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The Rainbow (in a horses neck)at the trot. You will love this technique! S4 Riding instruction - YouTube

"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...
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For most of us, keeping our horses balanced and in connection is important. We like the way it feels when our horses connect with us at that level. An easy way to be able to "see" (yes, sometimes we do look down) is by keeping a "Rainbow" in your horses neck. Of course, it is much morethan that... However, this is an easy technique that will let you know when your horse is really on the aids/in front of the legs/on the bit, round, packaged, the beginning of self carriage.


The next time you ride, check to see if you have a "Rainbow" in your horses neck. Let us know how it works for you!

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How to use the leg yield to keep your horse connected on the outside rein and leg at the trot

"Have you always wanted to know how to ask your horse to stay connected on the outside rein and leg? Watch what happens as Trudy uses leg yields to keep Ani ...
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This is an exciting time for Trudy as she is now taking Ani to the next level in her training. It is time for Ani to stay on the bit/on the adds/in front of the legs/round/coming through/packaged... To do this she is using the leg yield so that Ani stays connected on the outside rein and leg. This is a term horse trainers use when a horse is being balanced between the riders legs and reins. The good news is that we have been filming the process just for you! Now you can see what might happen with your horse (or a client/students) when you are ready to ask for more connection on the outside rein and leg.

 

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"Are you asking your horse for a headset... or a mindset?

"It's really not a headset. It's a mind set. The mystery of how to get your horses head in the right place" Why do we position our horses heads a certain way...
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"Why do we position our horses heads a certain way (or at least try to...) We do this so we can support our horse so that it can stay more "connected" as we balance it between our leg aids and the rein connection"  How a horse understands this process still amazes me. Now that Ani is further along in her training Trudy has found that she likes the feeling of Ani staying more connected with her. On this day Trudy asked me to isolate what she is doing with Ani so that she can keep her more connected with her back up and a "rainbow" in her neck. Can you see how Trudy is keeping Ani more connected by working on the Steps to Connection? Have you tried this on your horse? We love hearing your feedback so please let us know how this works for you.

 

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Secrets of the trainers. Riding position for circles and curves. Where should you be to help your horse?

"What if... you finally had a system you can use to make sure that your riding position is in the right place on circles or curves? Now you do! Check out thi...
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It's no secret. You have heard this so many times. It is your riding position and how you use your aids that is how you are able to connect and influence your horse. Yet, how to do this is a mystery. Or is it? What if all you need to do is watch someone else (we are volunteering Trudy here) go through a process that can also work for you?

Try this Horse and Rider Awareness process and let us know how it works for you. We love your feedback and look forward to hearing your results. 

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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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Is your horse really "on the aids?" Keeping a horse's back up at the trot.

"Sometimes... we all wonder if we will ever get to the next level of connection and balance with our horses. This is normal. Now that Darrien is now finally ...

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It's true. it has taken us almost two years to get Darrien to where he is now. A year ago he was still rooting on the reins (pulling Susan out of the saddle) rearing and running. As you can imagine... he did have some serious behavioral/training issues. You have also seen the process that Susan has been using to retrain him (Darrien is 18 years old) This year, we have switched back to a snaffle bit. Darrien is an FEI dressage horse and they normally wear a double bridle. Little by little he is getting more responsive and at times, even seems to be enjoying himself. :)

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Would you like to see the scores and judges comments on a 2nd Level test 3?66. 98% Susan Faulkner and Mission Point

This is Susan Faulkner Evans and Beau (Mission Point) competing at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in 2nd Level test 3 Aug 1 2015. They earned a sc...
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Do you feel like you will never get your horse to relax in the canter? You are not alone. Now you can see where this rider is with her hot, nervous horse. Proof that you can do this!

"Sometimes....as rider/trainers we feel like our horses will never "get" what we want them to do. Melody is a what we all a "complicated horse. She has lots of serious issues that we have been working through. Finally, after several years, she is staying somewhat relaxed at the canter

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Many people find that they have horses with "issues" in their past training or in what they are trying to teach them to do. This is common and part of our training journey. Those who have been watching Melody's process know what a challenge she has been. In this video we are focusing on her canter work. It is so much better now than in past years but still has a ways to go. In the past Melody could not canter on the correct lead at all. She had serious issues and was in fact a little on the dangerous side. Now she can hold the canter much longer and has lost most of her anxiety about the riding process.

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What are you doing to connect your horse in the warm up. Would you like to watch how we warm up at the walk and trot?

"The warm up is all about connecting a horse and rider. Would you like to see what a typical warm up at the walk and trot look like for us?

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As you will see, we take our warm up time pretty seriously, well... maybe not so seriously but we do make a lot of changes to keep that special time more interesting for both the horse and the rider. You might notice that we do not stay on the outside of the ring, or continue doing the same circles over and over again. During this warm up session at the walk/trot we focus on activity of the hind feet, the connection of the reins, Trudy's riding position and much more. To do this we are using circles, serpentine's, straight lines and changes of gait.

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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?"

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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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You want me to do what? Going on the bit at the trot. It's time to stay connected.

"Asking a horse to step up into the connection (contact) of the reins for the first time. What could happen when you first ask your horse to do this? Now you can watch as Trudy asks Ani to stay "on the bit" instead of going on a loose rein"

Randi Thompson's insight:

This video was taken when Trudy first asked Ani to stay connected.  Like any horse new to being connected from the riders legs into the rein connection (on the aids/on the bit/in front of the aids) Ani is not sure what is happening.  In fact, she is not sure she even likes this new way of riding as Trudy has been riding her on a longer, looser rein and now is asking her to "step up" and into the connection of her reins. This is how a horse moves up in its training and begins to "round up" or "go on the aids." What you will see  is what happens with many horses who are going through this part of the training process.

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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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