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Can’t Make a Trade Show? 5 Ways to Attend Through Social Media

Can’t Make a Trade Show? 5 Ways to Attend Through Social Media | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Can't attend an upcoming trade show because it's too far away, you don't have the money or can't find a babysitter? With the right social media accounts, you do (Can't Make a Trade Show?

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It's true!  Now you can attend many events online!  What an exciting time we live in.

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Trade show idea - what do you think?

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 Can't attend an upcoming trade show because it's too far away, you don't have the money or can't find a babysitter? With the right social media accounts, you do (Can't Make a Trade Show?

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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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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"

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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"

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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"

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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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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?".

Randi Thompson's insight:

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

Randi Thompson's insight:

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"

 

Randi Thompson's insight:

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" 

Randi Thompson's insight:

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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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)

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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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"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.

Randi Thompson's insight:

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?"

Randi Thompson's insight:

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"

Randi Thompson's insight:

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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