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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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"Podcasts for Equestrians"  Check out this 3 part interview with Randi Thompson being interviewed by Laura Kelland May to discover the secrets to your success!  

"Podcasts for Equestrians"  Check out this 3 part interview with Randi Thompson being interviewed by Laura Kelland May to discover the secrets to your success!   | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Special Guest Randi Thompson of Horse and Rider Awareness and How to Market Your Horse Business Show Notes – We had so much fun talking I have shared this over three posts!  Part 1 – Cl…
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"From Podcasts for Equestrians" Now you can listen in to hear more about what I have been doing in the horse world. How I got started in the horse business, secrets to your success, what inspires me the most.... and more. Click on the link below to listen to this 3 part series by Laura Kelland-May While you are there, check out the other interviews that Laura is doing with professionals in the horse world.
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"From Podcasts for Equestrians" Now you can listen in to hear more about what I have been doing in the horse world. How I got started in the horse business, secrets to your success, what inspires me the most.... and more. Click on the link below to listen to this 3 part series by Laura Kelland-May While you are there, check out the other interviews that Laura is doing with professionals in the horse world.
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Is your horse in front of the aids walk/trot?  Now you can know by adding the Metronome as we retrain this Schoolmaster.

"Is your horse really in front of your aids? Now you can see how to use a metronome to know.... Watch what happens with Cheryl West-Master Instructor an
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These are the topics that we discussed... (Yes, just in this video!) . How to know if your horse is in front of the aids by using a metronome. Rising vs sitting trot. Which one should you do? Is your horse "Stepping up from behind into connection" of your reins? Ask your horse to step up with the inside hind to an "alive" rein on inside. When you get the horse to step up to one side, praise them than switch sides. When does your horse drop the connection? Frame of rein and aids. What does that mean? From back to front Side to Side How do you know if your horse is on the outside rein and leg? Leg yield for checking outside reins and legs. Front of the saddle should be pointed in on curves Mini stretches. Can your horse do them on both sides? Keeping connection with rhythm of the gait. Metronome. Bring your inside seat bone towards the horses inside ear. Lunge line to feel what that size circle should feel like for the rider and horse. What did you discover from watching this Horse and Rider Awareness Video that will make a difference in how you are asking your horse to stay connected with you?
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How to keep your horse straight by adding your lower legs. Walk. S3 Dressage

"Are you ready to finally... ask your horse to stay connected from your seat and legs at the walk? What does that mean?" There comes a time when a rider an
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There comes a time when a rider and horse are ready to go to a new level of balance and communication. This is Trudy's horse Melody. Melody had some serious issues in the past. It has taken us several years to bring her to this point and now it it is time to ask her to connect between Trudy's rein and leg aids. We would like her to "round up, connect, get packaged" (there are so many words for this). This is still new to Melody and is the perfect opportunity for you to watch what happens when a rider first begins to ask a horse to connect between the reins and the legs of the riders.
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Half Halts at the canter. It's time to connect and balance for 2nd level. Dressage lessons

"The canter. Is your horse responding to your half halts? Watch what happens as Susan asks Beau to stay connected even more at the canter" In this sessio
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In this "blast from the past" Susan practices the half halt as taught by Robert Dover. To do this at the canter she feels when Beau starts to disconnect. When Susan feels that happen she breaths in deeply.. bringing that breath up her chest and back into her shoulder blades. Susan finishes that breath by bringing her seat forward, hugging her legs and closing her fingers on the reins. This entire process takes only 3 seconds. As those of you who know Beau expect... He is not thrilled moving up into the balance he needs for second level. This is a time of great change for Susan and Beau and I am so happy to have caught it on film as most riders never get to see what can happen as a horse is asked to balance and connect at a new level. Can you see how Beau started to understand the half halts better?
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Canter Trot transitions. Timing of the Riders Aids. Is your horse really connected?

"Would you like to improve the way your horse changes its gait from a trot to a canter? Than it's time to think about the timing of your aids... and if your horse is staying connected with you. 

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Watch what Susan does with Beau in this blast from the past" In this session Susan is riding the transition from the trot to the canter, and the canter to to the trot.She is focusing on the timing of her rein and leg aids and how Beau is responding to them. Lucky you as you will get to see a horse as it is learning how to re balance at a new level. This was the 2nd session where we focused on keeping Beau connected at this level" Can you see the difference in how Beau is moving as he works through these exercises?
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The Rainbow (in a horses neck)at the trot/canter transitions. An easy to use technique that will let you know if your horse is really softening to your aids. 

"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 hors
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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 more than 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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Connecting in the warm up trot. A new level of training...

"Are you ready to ask your horse to connect more with you in the warm up trot? It's a big step for anyone and now you can see what Trudy is doing with An
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Who would have thought we would ever have been able to do this with Melody? This was such a break through for Trudy to able to keep Melody relaxed even in the warm up! She sure does not look like a hot nervous horse. As you will see we do a lot of changes in our warm ups with different exercises. Our goal is simple To keep Melody connected between Trudy's legs and reins from back to front and from side to side. Are you ready to warm up your horse differently? What did you learn from watching what Trudy is doing with Melody now?
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Rider position. How to keep your seat over your lower legs. The magic of keeping where you need to be in the saddle. 

"What if... the real reason your lower legs are not staying where you want them to be, is that you have not been keep your seat over them? This is wha
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"What if... the real reason your lower legs are not staying where you want them to be, is that you have not been keep your seat over them? This is what happens with most riders. It sounds so simple, but is a huge shift in how you will be able to maintain your balanced riding position. Now you can watch how I show Trudy how to be able to feel when her seat is in the right place to keep her anchored into her lower legs" What did you learn from watching this video? Can you see how important it is for you to keep your seat over your lower legs so that they are in the right place? Are you ready to try this? Please let us know how it works for you.
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Keeping a horses focus... when it keeps throwing its head up and down.  Asking for more connection

"My horse throws its head up in the trot walk transitions. What am I supposed to do? How can I keep my horses soft to my rein connection?" 

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This happens to so many riders. It is a common challenge that can be solved by understanding the Steps to Connection. Now you can watch what I did (this is a blast from the past)  with Trudy and Ani to keep them connected with the walk trot transitions and the different trots. Ani is still new to being on contact/on the aids/on the bit/in front of the aids. Like most horses that are new to this level of connection she is not sure what she should be doing when Trudy takes up the contact. Now you can see what we are doing with the walk trot transitions and changes of gait at the trot to help her understand how to stay connected. Does this give you a better idea of how you can ask your horse to stay more connected? Practice this Horse and Rider Awareness technique and tell me how it works for you. 
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This happens to so many riders. It is a common challenge that can be solved by understanding the Steps to Connection. Now you can watch what I did (this is a blast from the past)  with Trudy and Ani to keep them connected with the walk trot transitions and the different trots. Ani is still new to being on contact/on the aids/on the bit/in front of the aids. Like most horses that are new to this level of connection she is not sure what she should be doing when Trudy takes up the contact. Now you can see what we are doing with the walk trot transitions and changes of gait at the trot to help her understand how to stay connected. Does this give you a better idea of how you can ask your horse to stay more connected? Practice this Horse and Rider Awareness technique and tell me how it works for you. 
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"Half Halts at the canter. Now you can watch a horse and rider as they connect and balance at a new level"

"The canter. Is your horse responding to your half halts? Watch what happens as Susan asks Beau to stay connected even more at the canter" In this sessio
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"The canter. Is your horse responding to your half halts? Watch what happens as Susan asks Beau to stay connected even more at the canter" In this session Susan practices the half halt as taught by Robert Dover. To do this at the canter she feels when Beau starts to disconnect. When Susan feels that happen she breaths in deeply.. bringing that breath up her chest and back into her shoulder blades. Susan finishes that breath by bringing her seat forward, hugging her legs and closing her fingers on the reins. This entire process takes only 3 seconds. As those of you who know Beau expect... He is not thrilled moving up into the balance he needs for second level. This is a time of great change for Susan and Beau and I am so happy to have caught it on film as most riders never get to see what can happen as a horse is asked to balance and connect at a new level. Can you see how Beau begins to understand the half halts better? 
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Improve your Canter. Serpentine's with collected and counter canter. 

We all dream of that canter where our horse willingly canters around in balance. Now you can see what happens as Susan asks Beau to stay balanced and relaxed as they do their first collected canters together"

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Retraining a Schoolmaster. Teaching it how to use its back and stay in front of the aids.

"Sometimes... we all wonder if we will ever get to the next level of connection and balance with our horses. This is normal for many riders. At the time of this filming, Darrien was finally relaxing more (and breathing) we were focusing more on keeping him balanced and connected with his back up and a long neck.Now you can watch what Susan was doing with him during this part of the training process"

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It's true. It had taken us almost two years to get Darrien to where he was at the time of this filming. 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) That 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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What does contact really mean? Is your rein connection alive? Watch what happened as this rider discovers a new connection.

"Oh, what fun it is to feel your horse seeking the contact of your reins!. How do you know when your horses is seeking the contact from your hands? .

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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.


Can you see what is happening? The next time you are riding ask yourself if your reins are "alive" yet. It's OK if they are not. As those who have been following the progress of Beau know, it can take a few years to get a horse to respond that way. Good things take time.

 

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Retraining a Schoolmaster. Is your horse on the aids? Adding the metronome to make sure.  Trot. 10 meter circle. Shoulder in.

 "Can you retrain a schoolmaster? Why not? Now you can watch what happens as Cheryl West discovers what having Comet (21 yr. rescued Rhinelinder) in front of her aids really means" 

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These are the topics that we discussed. I added a metronome so that the rider, Cheryl West would be more aware of Comet's rhythm. This made it easier to keep him in front of her aids and connected. 10 meter Circle. How to ride one. Metronome to keep rhythm Four corners of a circle Front of saddle pointed in Rising trot allows more freedom for rider and horse Outside rein and leg to inside rein and leg. Use leg yield to check. Shorten length of outside rein until horses shoulder starts to lift Check that your outside seat bone feels like it is coming through your outside elbow Point your belly and the front of the saddle in the direction you want your horse to go towards Praise the horse often. Breath through your belly Eyes up. Look where you are going. Shoulder in. Size of 10 meter circle. Can you keep the rhythm? Is your horse stretching down and in? Is your horse tracking up? Which tip are you going to try? Let us know how it works for you!
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NEW VIDEO  "Magic Square. Straightness, Pirouettes and more amazing changes"

The Magic Square. Improve your straightness and connection with this amazing Horse and Rider Awareness technique! 2 new riders of 2 levels show you how i

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"NEW VIDEO! The Magic Square. Improve your straightness and connection with this amazing Horse and Rider Awareness technique! 2 new riders of 2 levels show you how it makes a difference in their riding" This is Cheryl West of the West Equestrian Services and Training in Sand Springs (Tulsa area) Oklahoma She is riding Comet, a 21 yr old rescued Rhinelander. Our other rider is Jr. rider Marjorie, riding Eclipse off track appendix TB who is 19 years. Both of the riders have been watching or working with me this week and this was the last ride that I was able to film. In this video you will see how the magic square can be used to keep a horse on the wall (or straight) on a lower level horse and how it can also be used to improve the quality of a walk pirouette. Can you see how the Magic Square can make a difference in your training?
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Half Halts at the trot. Is your horse listening to you? Adding the breath. S4 dressage

"Can Your Horse Feel Your Half Halts at the Trot? What can you do to improve your half halt and become more aware of when your horse is responding?" In thi
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In this session Susan practices the half halt as taught by Robert Dover. To do this, she breaths in deeply.. bringing that breath up her chest and back into her shoulder blades. She finishes by bringing her seat forward, hugging her legs and closing her fingers on the reins. This entire process takes only 3 seconds. Beau has been doing half halts but has never really been thrilled with them. (for what ever issues he might be having that day) Since he is now competing in 2nd level we need to be able to balance him more than ever so that he starts to "engage" his back end and shorten his body from the back to the front. Lucky you as you get to watch him go through the process. This is their warm up trot and Susan is already asking Beau to listen to her half halts. By the end of this session you will see that Beau is starting to get it. What have you been doing for your halt halts? Is your horse really responding to them or are you hoping that it is?
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Canter Trot Transitions. Adding the Shoulder In and Leg Yields for better balance and connection

"Would you like to improve your Canter Trot Transitions?" In this session we focus on getting Beau more balanced in his canter trot transitions. Beau has
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 In this blast from the past we focused on getting Beau more balanced in his canter trot transitions. At that time, Beau had the tendency to flip his head up, and dropping his back as a result, in the canter trot transitions both up and down. To balance Beau for the transitions we add shoulder ins and leg yields to get him to be in a better balance. Can you see how Beau's transitions begin to change as Susan prepares him in different ways to see how to get the response she is looking for? Can you see how this could help your horse?
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Canter. Serpentine's with collected and counter canter. Keeping connected. Can they do it? 

 "We all dream of that canter where our horse willingly canters around in balance. Now you can see what happens as Susan asks Beau to stay balanced in this "blast from the past" 

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Wait until you see the changes in Beau! This was the 4th time that Susan has asked Beau to stay in a 2nd level balance for the canter. Beau was still not sure what that means, but seems to be accepting the changes and starting to show off a little. We start with Serpentine pattern at the canter/trots and move up in collected canter and counter canter. What did you see happening in the canter? Did this video give you more ideas on what you can be doing so your horse is more comfortable to ride at the canter?
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Contact. The beginnings. Walk trot. The Steps to Connection. Adding half halts and more....

"What if... you have finally come to the point in your horses training where you are ready to ask them to stay connected from your leg to the rein
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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, in this "blast from the past" you can watch what happens as I use the "Steps to Connection"with Trudy to show her how to keep Ani focused and connected walk halt transitions for the 4th time. Can you see how important understanding the Steps to Connection are to what you are doing with your horse?
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Warm up trot. The Steps to Connection that you need! S4 Riding instruction

 "What would it feel like if you could connect to your horse at the trot in the warm up? Have you ever thought about it? Now you can watch to see what I do with this rider.

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Once a horse is past the "Green horse" phase we can start asking them to connect and balance sooner during our riding time. Now that Trudy as been able to take Ani to the "next level" she is now asking her to connect sooner from her leg to the rein. This is a big change as before Trudy warmed Ani up on a loose rein (like a green horse) and pretty much allowed her to do any speed she wanted in the warm up phrase. Now you can watch the changes and see how adding connection earlier can make a difference in your riding and training.
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How to Ride a Shoulder In or Renvers/Travers. What to Look For and What to Feel. 

"Can you control the shoulders of your horse ? How about the haunches? Now you can with the The magic of the shoulder in and renvers/travers" 

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These are great exercises that improve a horses balance and the connection a rider has with their horse. What is the difference between them? Basically, in the shoulder in the rider brings the outside shoulder in until the horse crosses it's inside front over the outside front foot...as they keep the horses back end straight. The renvers/travers, are really the same is movement if ridden on the center or quarter line. When ridden in the dressage tests, the renvers is tail to the wall, while in the travers the horses tail is to the inside. In that movement, the horses front feet move straight ahead and they cross the outside hind foot in front of the inside. Both movements require that the horse is "bent" around the riders inside leg. They are easy to see from behind. Watch this video to see how. Have you explored the possibilities of the shoulder in or renvers/travers with your horse? Are you ready to try them now?
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"The Movers and Shakers of the Horse World proudly presents Richard Shrake!" Richard is the founder of the Resistance Free(R) training and riding method, has judged 16 World Championship shows and so much more!" Now you can join with us live and have even more fun! Several of our attendees will also be able to ask Richard a question that they have. Register now to come to   listen to the replay. http://buff.ly/1Qy0jPE
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Contact. From the beginnings. Walk trot. The Steps to Connection. 

"What if... you have finally come to the point in your horses training where you are ready to ask them to stay on "contact" or "connected" from your leg to the rein. What should you expect and what sho...

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Would you like your horse to be more connected at the trot? Try this. Engagement and more balance with the Diamond exercise

"Is your horse connected from your leg to the rein at the trot? Watch how Susan used the "diamond" exercise to get Beau more on her aids" 

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The Diamond Pattern is a great way to teach your horse (and yourself...) what a horse feels like as they are "sitting down" more or "engaging" This is a blast from the past and was when we were first asking Beau to stay in a different balance. To do this, Susan focused on keeping an even feel on both reins as she asked Beau to step up more from behind with her seat and legs as she rides the Diamond pattern. As a result you will see that Beau began to use his haunches differently.


Are you ready to try the Diamond pattern with your horse?

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Are your walk trot transitions smooth or rough? How does your riding position make a difference?

"When you ask your horse to change gaits, are the transitions rough or smooth? Would you like to see how you can use your riding position to make them smoother?"

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In this session Trudy is focusing on what she is doing with her riding position and rein connection for the the walk/trot transitions. Like many riders, she has a tendency to disconnect from her riding position as she practices them. Now you can watch what I did with Trudy that made a difference in the quality and smoothness of the changes of gait with Ani.

 

What changes can you see in Trudy's riding position as she focuses more on it. What about Ani? Did her changes or gait improve?

 
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