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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...

 

AnnC's curator insight, January 7, 2013 10:12 PM

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

“Stop using your heels to ride! Now you can discover new ways to fix this common riding challenge in yourself or your riders with these proven techniques” .

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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?  Watch as I show Trudy Adams 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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Lateral balance. How are you using your lower leg? What about your reins? Is your horse really supple?

"What are you doing with your lower leg when you use it? Many riders hold their legs on the horses side consistently when they are using their legs. This is what causes a horse to become numb to the riders legs. Other riders hold the rein consistently and forget to supple or soften the horses jaw and poll as they are riding? What about you?"

Randi Thompson's insight:

In this session we focus on how Trudy is using her lower legs and hands to connect to Ani. To do this we focus on the Steps to Connection so that Trudy is always asking herself if Ani is soft on the reins in her jaw and at the poll. From there I ask Trudy to feel when Ani is not staying between her legs on a circle or curves. This is a big change for Ani and the 5th ride where we have asked her to stay connected between Trudy's legs and rein connection.

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Bad horse. My horse is bucking and running out of the ring. It's easy. Get off an lunge it!

""What if... your horse starts to buck or threaten you with behavior that could be dangerous to you? What should you do?"

Randi Thompson's insight:

In my career with horses I have seen riders who felt they had to ride a horse through anything. Myself included. When I started coaching professionals I realized that there were a lot of people getting hurt, or worse... who thought they had to ride a horse through every issue. This changed me forever. I realized that a riders safety must come first and that in many situations it is better for the rider to get off and do something on the ground with the horse than for them to try to ride that horse through what could become a very bad situation. During the time of this filming Trudy's horse, Ani, had just started being ridden. She was about 6 months under saddle and very opinionated. She wanted to be back in the herd and wanted nothing to do with the riding ring. She wad having temper tantrums and had started bucking, rearing and running out of the ring. Even though Trudy was used to green horse behavior I knew that if Ani learned she could intimate a rider, that she was going to get much worse. In this session you will see that I ask Trudy to dismount and lunge Ani when ever she started acting up. Which as you can see, was beginning to happen often. It took us a month to get past this stage in Ani's behavior, but we did it safely.

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How to connect your seat to the reins trot #2 Riding from your elbows. Connecting for the first time.

"Contact. Riding from the elbows. Would you like to see what happens with a rider who is connecting their horse for the first time at the walk and trot?" Bef...
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Before this session Camille had basically been riding Polo on the trail. She had gone to a dressage show and for the first time saw what a horse looks like that was connected. She decided she was ready to try it. Neither her or Polo had ever done this before. In fact, before this session he would root on the reins and pull her out of the saddle when she shortened the reins. We started with Part #1 (https://youtu.be/qd9MM5BC2fU) at the stand still where I showed her how to feel the reins through her elbows and seat. From there, we were ready to move forward. Since this was new to Polo he was not sure why she was holding his mouth and Camille had to learn how to get him to respond to her leg aids asking him to move forward into the connection. Camille weighed 90 pounds at the time and just tapping or squeezing her legs was not working. So I asked her to "kick" Polo with her inside calf muscles. It was not her strength that got him moving, it was the intent of her legs. You will see that once Camille has him moving into her contact that he quickly changes his shape and begins to connect with her in new ways that they had never achieved before.

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The basics of contact with a new rider. Is your horse supple? What does that mean?

"Teaching a new rider how to supple a horse through the reins. You have heard that term, "supple your horse" but may not be sure what it means.  Many riders become aware of when their horse is supple by feeling when their horse softens its jaw, poll or neck by releasing to the pressure of the riders rein. This is a confusing concept especially when your horse may not have any idea what it means.  Now you can watch what happens with a horse and rider who have never done this process before find out how it can work"

Randi Thompson's insight:

During this time Polo had the tendency to "root" on the reins and pull Camille out of the saddle.  It was time for her to learn how to keep Polo softer on the rein, when she used it, so she would be safer and have more control. Instead of using the word supple I showed her how to feel when Polo was locking up on the reins, or unlocking them and allowing her to influence his head position with an elastic feel on the reins. At first, Camille is not sure what to do or even how much to do.  Polo was also not sure how to respond. Now you can watch what happens as they connect at a different level. As a result, Polo becomes more submissive to Camille.  This is part #1 of 3 from 2012.

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Contact. Where should your hands be? Going back to the basics for the horse and rider.

"What if you could finally... keep an even, following rein connection with your horse? What steps can you take to make the difference?"(Hint. Check out this video)

Randi Thompson's insight:

In this session Trudy focuses on keeping a light connection (contact) with the reins on Melody at the walk. To do this, Trudy will need to become more aware of where she is keeping her hands. Now you can watch as Trudy becomes aware of what she is doing with her reins, when she (or Melody) drop the connection (even feel on both reins)

 

Are your hands following your horses movements? Are you ready to try it on your horse?

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Canter. Improving the quality by shortening and lengthening the stride.

"Would you like to improve your horses canter? This is an exercise that you can use with any horse. All you need to do is either slow down the canter or let the horse flow while keeping the horse "on the aids" or "on the bit" Ok, this may not be as easy as it sounds but it is a technique that you can play with"

Randi Thompson's insight:

Adjusting your horses speed and balance at any of the gaits is a great way to become aware of what the horse is doing, what it knows, and to be able to take them to the next level. In this session we are focused on the balancing the canter with Susan and Darrien, her new horse from last year. Now that he is more comfortable with the training process it is time to get him to stay connected and on the aids (on the bit) where he will "sit down" more and lift his back as he"engages" his back. This is still new to him as he tendency last year was to disconnect by dropping his back and rooting on the reins. For this exercise we are using the canter pirouette canter (a collected canter where the horse "sits down" than allow him to flow forward more in the canter while keeping him connected. You can do this exercise at any of the gaits by making sure your horse stays connected and on your aids as you slow them down or ask for a more forward movement... while keeping the same rhythm. To do this, you will be balancing your horse between your leg seat and rein aids. At first your horse might be confused but with practice you will find that you will be able to ride them in ways you may not have imagined before.

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"Does your horse root on the reins?Contact with a horse that was a serious rooter, 2nd year. Walk Trot

""What if... your horse is rooting on the reins (pulling you out of the saddle with the reins) what can you do about it?  Now you can watch Susan as she continues to work through Darrien's issues with contact and staying connected

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Randi Thompson's insight:

 Darrien came with a few issues. One of them was rooting on the reins. It was pretty serious and when ever Susan asked him to do anything lateral to the left he would "root" pulling her out of the saddle, rear and bolt. For that first year we kept him in his double bridle (he competes in Prix St George and Intermediate 1) just for safety. We started him in the snaffle bit towards the end last year and hope to compete in it this year. As you will see, he is still rooting but it is much better now. In this session Susan asks him to stay on contact by keeping him connected from her seat and legs. 

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"Contact at the canter. What does"on the bit" feel like? How do you know if your horse is there?"

"The canter. What is meant by riding a horse "on contact" or "on the bit?" This is a mysterious concept that many riders are not sure about. Now you can watch what happens as this rider asks her horse to stay connected and on the contact at the canter"

Randi Thompson's insight:

This was a big day for Susan and Beau. It was the first time we have really asked Beau to stay on the contact. Especially at the canter. He would much prefer to be on a looser rein but now that he is showing in 2nd level needs to have a consistent contact. We were very happy with the results. By the end of this video you will see that he is starting to except the contact as he steps forward from behind into the rein. He is finally starting to seek the contact!

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Contact. On the bit at the walk. What does that really mean?

" How do you know when your horses is seeking the contact from your hands?  You can feel it in the reins.  Now you can watch as Beau begins to understand that concept and allows Susan to feel the life energy in the rein contact"

Randi Thompson's insight:


Contact comes in many layers as a horse and rider become more connected and aware of each other. At first a horse needs to be comfortable as we position his head and supple their jaw or poll to keep them loose. Next, we start positioning the horses head where we want it. For some, there will be a magical moment when the reins become more than a tool, they take on a feel that I like to call, "coming alive". This is when the horse and rider are communicating. The horse is in front of the riders aids, in front of the aids, or whatever you might call it. Now you can watch what happens as Susan feels Beau becoming alive through the reins. This was a very exciting session for all of us.

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Connecting a hot/nervous horse. 4th time! Now you can watch the process we use.

"One of the hardest types of horses to keep connected with is a hot/nervous/complicated horse. It is so hard to keep their attention. Now you can see what we...
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"One of the hardest types of horses to keep connected with is a hot/nervous/complicated horse. It is so hard to keep their attention. Now you can see what we are able to do with Melody. It is the 4th time she has allowed us to connect with her like this"

This is Trudy and Melody. Melody was a mess when I first met her. She had come back from a trainer and was what I would consider, unsafe. She paced at the walk and rushed around like a rabbit in the trot. Her canter was even worse, she was unable to hold the lead behind and would run like a race horse. Mouth open, tense and unresponsive. It has taken us 3 years to get her to this point. She still has a few issues, like Mockingbirds, but as you can see is now connecting with Trudy and responding to the aids. We are thrilled with the changes that are happening now. This is the 4th time we have been able to ask Melody to stay connected between Trudy's leg aids and the reins. I will be sharing 3 videos from this session including where we ask Melody to stay connected for the 2nd time at the canter.

 

Are you ready to focus more on the connection you have with your horse? It may not take you as long, or it might, but since most of us love our horses it is really you that will make the choice to focus on the basics.

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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"

Randi Thompson's insight:

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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"Trot. Shoulder in/leg yield. Connecting on the bit/on the aids. 1st time!"

"Leg Yields and Shoulder In. Is your horse supple (soft, giving, yielding...) to your rein contact and on the aids? Watch as this young horse begins to understand how to stay on the aids for the first time!"

Randi Thompson's insight:

When a shoulder in or leg yield is correct the horse stays connected between the riders aids from back to front and from side to side. However, the young and inexperienced horses do not start these movements on the aids. They do not know how to stay connected and we are happy if they will simply move where we want them to go. It is a big step if the rider decides to take their horse to the next level (First level for Leg yielding, 2nd for Shoulder in) while keeping them connected. Now you can watch as Trudy starts taking Ani to that next level.This is the first time we have asked Ani to stay "on the aids/on the bit" for the shoulder in and leg yields. 

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Warm upTrot. Starting right away...On the bit, on the aids, straightness and connecting. 5th time for this horse.

"Staying straight in the warm up trot. What if... your horse is wobbling all over on straight lines and on circles? Would you like to know how to show your horse to stay straighter by using using your leg and rein aids? Now you can watch what happens as we ask this horse to stay straight in the warm up trot. This is only the 5th session where we have asked this horse to stay connected like this"

Randi Thompson's insight:

Once a horse is past the "green horse phase" we are ready to take them to the next level of connection. In this session we are warming up at the trot. After a few times around we go right to connecting. This was the first time we have asked Ani to connect from Trudy's legs to the rein in the warm up. To do this we are using the Steps to Connection. Trudy begins by checking to see if Ani was staying supple (soft, yielding) to her rein connection. Next she makes sure that Ani is really responding to her leg which causes Ani to arch her neck slightly as she lifts her back. We continue by adding curves so that Trudy can feel how to use her leg and rein aids on the same side to keep Ani from falling in and out on a circle. It was a great ride! In the next session we continue with what happened when we added leg yields and shoulder in's from the center line.

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Bad horse. My horse is bucking and running out of the ring. What should I do? # 2 Your safety comes first!

"What do you do when your horse starts acting up? It took me years to understand that a rider does not need to ride a horse that is having issues. Sometimes, it really is better to just get off and do something different" This is Part #2. Look at the posts below this one to see Part #1 from yesterday.

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This was from a few years back. Ani had been under saddle for about 6 months and was not happy to be separated from the rest of her herd. A few weeks before this session she started acting up. She would buck, rear and bolt out of the ring. This could have led to some very serious and possibly dangerous issues and so I started asking Trudy to get off and lunge Ani when she was having a temper tantrum. This was the third week of that process.

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Trot/transitions. Does your horse respond to your aids? How do you know? Now you can use this simple technique.

"What does it mean? Is your horse on the aids? Now you can use this simple "Yes, No, or Maybe..." awareness test to find out" 

Randi Thompson's insight:

I was thrilled to have been able to film this part of the training process as many people have never see it happen with a horse and rider. This is Trudy on Melody. We are now asking Melody to stay more "connected" so that Trudy can balance her differently. In this session we focus on if Melody can hear Trudy's aids for the trot and trot walk transitions. Trudy also continues "riding the shoulders" which really made a difference in how Melody is trotting. Those who have followed Melody's training progress know that this is really amazing. Melody is a very nervous and hot horse. This is one of the first times that Melody has remained relaxed and is connecting with Trudy.

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"On the bit at the canter. Is your horse stepping into the contact and "on the aids" or "on the bit?" How can you know?

What is meant by riding a horse "on contact" or "on the bit?" This is a mysterious concept that many riders are not sure about. Now you can watch what happens as this rider asks her horse to stay connected at the canter in ways they never have before.

Randi Thompson's insight:

Susan and Beau are now competing in 2nd level dressage.  This means that Beau needs to be "on the bit" and connected all the time.  This is new to him as he prefers to go on a loose rein and does not like to balance, especially at the canter. Now you can watch what Susan does to bring him to that next level of connection for the first time.

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Rein Contact at the Trot. What are your hands really doing? Keeping a light rein connection (starting on the bit)

"What are your hands doing at the rising trot? If you are like many riders, they are bumping your horses mouth. What can you do to make your rein connection lighter...

Randi Thompson's insight:

A common issue for riders is that in the rising trot, is that they are unconsciously leaning on the reins to support their riding position.  In fact, any trot work is where many riders find it difficult to keep an even connection on both sides of the reins. Now you can watch what happens with Trudy as she focuses on her rein connection at the trot.

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How do you know if your horse is listening to you? Half halts and Steps to Connection. Walk trots"

"How do you know if your horse is really listening to you?  It's easy when you understand how to use half halts and the Steps to Connection"..

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Do you ever get the feeling that your horse might not be listening to you like you think they could?  Your are not alone. Now you can watch as we bring back a horse and rider from their winter break by isolating the half halts and Steps to Connection in the walk and trot.  Watch what happens as they start connecting.

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My horse thinks he knows what to do and that I don't. Re training a Schoolmaster.

"What if.. your horse is a Schoolmaster and has issues when you change the training routine and they think they know what they should be doing better than you do?"

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We start this session with canter trots. Darrien is not pleased as he thinks he should canter into a walk or halt for his level of training. Now you can watch as we re train his brain so he listens to Susan instead of doing what he knows he should be doing. At the trot, Darrien also tends to "flip" his toes. A horse that flips its toes in dressage gets counted down in their score in dressage as they are not really using their back or engaging. This was the trend in the dressage rings years ago and Darrien probably learned how to do it than. In this video Susan becomes more aware of when Darrien is going into "robot mode" and doing what he thinks he should be doing or "flipping" his toes at the trot.

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"On the bit" A new level of contact with the Shoulder in and Haunches in. Can you stay connected?

"Can you keep your horse "on the bit" (contact) while riding the shoulder in or renvers (Haunches in) ? It's not as easy as it might sound. Now you can watch what happens as this horse and rider connect at a new level"

Randi Thompson's insight:


This was such an exciting session for us. Beau is finally allowing Susan to take up the contact while she is schooling him, even in the lateral shoulder in and renvers. We were not able to do this even last year as Beau simply did not want to go "on the bit" He would keep his head where we wanted and even stretch... but, he very seldom would let Susan take up a feel of his mouth and ask him to step into it from her leg and seat. Now you can see the difference and see the process we used. We are very excited with this new connection and how nicely Beau has matured.

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Contact at the trot. What does on the bit really mean? How do you know when your horse is there?

"What if... you really do not understand what contact or "on the bit" really means? You are not alone. Many other riders are also confused with the concept"

Randi Thompson's insight:

 

Now you can watch as Susan rides Beau to a new level of "on the bit" In the past Beau has often looked like he is on contact, yet the reins were often slack and a little loopy. That is where he felt comfortable. Now that Susan is competing him in 2nd level that is no longer acceptable. Beau needs to stay on the contact with a steady rein. Now you can watch what happens as Susan becomes aware of how Beau is communicating through the reins. This is the first time we have focused on asking Beau to keep the rein connection "alive" as Susan asks him to step up into the contact from behind.

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"Keeping a hot nervous horse connected at the walk halt for the 4th time. This took us several years to get here."

"What if... you have a hot or nervous horse? Do you feel like you will never be able to connect with it? You are not alone. Now you can see what Trudy is doing to keep Melody’s attention and keep her connected to Trudy’s aids (as much as possible) in the walk and trots"

Randi Thompson's insight:

Trudy is cooling Melody down after our first session and it is the perfect time for her to really become aware of when Melody is connecting or disconnecting with her. Trudy can feel Melody disconnect at the walk and trots as she starts looking around mentally and physically drops her back and connection between Trudy's leg aids and the rein contact. Now you can see how we use half halts and the Steps to Connection to keep them connected. This is the 4th lesson where Melody has allowed Trudy to keep her connected like this. These techniques work even for horses that do not have these issues.

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Rein Contact for the 2nd time at the canter. Staying connected

"Taking up the contact with the reins at the canter for the 2nd time! This is what happens with most riders who are working on the next level of connection and balance. It might be exactly what you need to see"

Randi Thompson's insight:

Trudy and Ani are moving up the training scale. Now Trudy is ready to pick up the reins and ask Ani to connect with her from her leg aids. This is not as easy as it sounds, especially at the canter. Trudy had been riding Ani on a loose rein like a green horse. Now, she is learning how to balance Ani in a new way.

Is your horse balanced at the canter yet? What did you learn from watching this video?

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