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Business cards have been used to share contact details and other business-related information for centuries, but today—as more of our business lives have become entangled with the web—using your business cards to link to your business online has...


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Social Media has changed the way we do business.  What do you think about the tips in this article?

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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.

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  "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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Canter. Staying on the outside rein and leg. Why is this important and how can you do it?

"Canter. Can you keep your horse against the outside rein and leg? Why is this so important? How can you know if your horse is really there?"

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In this session Susan focuses on keeping Beau straight and in balance. To do this she is using the serpentine pattern while asking him to stay on the outside rein and leg. This is when Beau is straight and hopefully... sitting back on his hindquarters more. This level of balance is still new to Beau and he is not sure what we want him to do. It is about the 5th time we have asked him for this level of connection.

 

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Are you ready to try this? Asking for engagement and straightness from behind right away at the Warm up walk/halt/

"Staying connected in the warm up walk. Can we do it? This is the first time Susan has asked Beau to stay in balance and connected in the warm up. Beau is not thrilled with this idea...."

Randi Thompson's insight:

Beau is like a different horse this year. Now, Susan can ask him to do harder things and he is much more willing to try them, most of the time. In this session Susan went right to work making sure that he was "sitting down" with his weight on his hindquarters and his shoulders the highest point. Next she checks to make sure he is against her outside rein and leg to make sure he is straight.

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"Would you like a horse that is more comfortable to ride and easier to influence? If so... you are ready to understand how getting your horse engaged (in balance and connected) can take you to that...

"Engagement. If you ride dressage, you have heard that word. What does it mean? All it really is, loosely defined, is that a horse is in an uphill balance an...
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Now you can see the process we are using to help Darrien understand what we want him to do. You might have the same issues with your horse as this is a big change in their balance which might effect their responses. As you will see, Susan allows Darrien to make a lot of "mistakes" this is because they are not really mistakes. Darrien came with some issues and all we want is for him to stay relaxed as he learns how to connect with Susan at this level. Darrien is now 18 years old so this shows you that even an older horse can learn a new way of doing things.

To do this we focus on keeping Darrien relaxed as Susan shows him how to stay balanced and connected at a new level. In dressage, this is called engagement. Other people also call this getting a horse on the aids, on the bit or on contact. What ever you might call it.. engagement is when the horse shifts it's weight to the hindquarters so that it's shoulders are higher than the croup. Are you ready to try this on your horse? Let us know what happens. We love to hear your feedback.

 

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"Would you like your horse to do that "Rocking Horse Canter?" Collecting your horse

""How to get the rocking horse 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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Wait until you see the changes in Beau! This is the 4th time that Susan has asked Beau to stay in a 2nd level balance for the canter. Beau is 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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2nd Level. The start of collected canter. Break through session using Serpentines

"Break through at the canter! Beau begins to collect his canter for the first time. How did we do it? With the Serpentine pattern. Now you can watch and see how he changes"

Randi Thompson's insight:

This was such an exciting session as for the first time Susan and Beau did a collected canter together! As you will see, Beau is staying soft most of the time and is willingly (should I put that in capital letters?) responding to Susan's aids. This is such a big deal as Beau has a history of not wanting to be willing. He was was also not thrilled with this new 2nd level dressage balance at first but now seems to like this level of connection more every day. 

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"Do you feel like you will never get a soft relaxed canter with your horse? You are not alone"

"Do you feel like you will never get a soft relaxed canter with your horse?  You are not alone. It has taken us years to get this horse where she is.  This is the 4th time she has stayed on the contact/on the aids/on the bit at the canter and we were thrilled!"

Randi Thompson's insight:

Good things take time. That is the message I would like you to hear. Trudy loves Melody (and so do I) and it has taken us years to get Melody to this point. Melody had some serious past training issues that made her a little dangerous to ride in the beginning. That and she has a tendency to be a little hot and nervous, especially if she sees a Mockingbird. Last fall Melody finally starting to enjoy the riding process.This spring, she started to relax and stay connected at the canter a little. This began with a step or two, and now is a few steps more. It is a huge break through for her. The entire process has been filmed (it is on our Youtube channel) so you can go back in history and see where Melody was and how she got to where she is today. 

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So... You think you are ready to ride your horse on contact? What should you expect. Contact for the 6th time! Trot and Serpentines.

"So... you want to start riding your horse on contact. What should you expect?  Now you can watch what Trudy is doing with Ani, her training level horse.That was the 6th lesson that we have focused on keeping connected"

Randi Thompson's insight:

Taking up the contact can be a challenging time for both a horse and rider. In this video Ani is still adjusting to having Trudy feeling both sides of her mouth. In the past, as a greenier horse, Ani was going around on a loose rein and choosing her own balance. Now, Trudy is preparing to show in training level dressage and it is time to connect Ani.  This is also called getting a horse on the aids, on the bit, or in front of the aids.  In this session we add the Serpentine pattern so that both Trudy and Ani have keep changing what they are doing. As you will see, Ani will not stay consistent on the rein contact yet.  That is what happens when a horse is first learning what it is.

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What happens when you first start asking your horse to take up the contact? Watch this training level horse do it for the 6th time at the trot.

"Contact What does it mean? How can you do it with a horse that is not sure what it means? Watch what happens as we ask Ani to stay connected for the 6th time at the trot"

Randi Thompson's insight:

This was an exciting day for Ani. Trudy brought her to another farm to ride so she could start preparing her for going to a dressage show. You will hear Ani is crying for her herd mates at time. The good news is that Trudy was able to keep her more connected than ever, even with all the distractions. Little by little Ani is excepting being "on the aids" and is stepping up into the contact from Trudy's legs. She is starting to look like a dressage horse! (or any horse ridden in balance) Now you can see the process we are using to take Ani to the next level.

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Connecting at the canter. Now you can watch.Two horses Two levels! Getting on the aids/on the bit/contact.

"Canter. Would you like to watch 2 horses at two different levels practicing the same basics? Now you can!"

Randi Thompson's insight:

In this session we have a training level and a 2nd level horse. Trudy's horse Ani is going to compete in Training level this year and needs to be on the contact. (Also called on the bit or on the aids) This is only the 4th time we have asked Ani to stay on the bit at the canter. Our other horse is Susan's Beau. He is competing in 2nd level this year. He needs to be able to stay connected at the same time he sits down (engages). This might be the 6th time we have asked him for this level of balance. It is fun to see that both riders are using the same technique to train their horses for the levels that they will be competing at.

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Compare two horses. Training level and 2nd. Trot. On the aids/on the bit/contact.

"Contact/On the aids/On the bit. Would you like to see two different horses at different levels of training warming up at the trot? Now you can watch the difference between a training level and 2nd level horse".

Randi Thompson's insight:

 

In this session we focus on keeping both the horses connected. The basics for connection are basically the same. The difference is that now Susan's horse Beau needs to be able to engage or sit down more while he stays on the bit for 2nd level, Trudy's horse Ani is going to compete in Training level. This is the 7th time we have asked her to stay on the contact/on the aids/on the bit.

Can you see how the same basics apply to all levels of training?

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Rider position. How to keep your seat over your lower legs.

"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 happe...
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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

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Canter. Connecting for the 3rd time! On the bit/on the aids. Can they do it?

"What happens when a horse is asked to take contact at the canter? It's a new game and now you can watch the progress that happens as Trudy asks Ani to stay connected and on the aids for the 3rd time at the canter"

Randi Thompson's insight:

This is such an exciting time for Trudy. Ani is now ready to be ridden on contact (on the aids, on the bit) at the canter! In the past Trudy has been allowing Ani to canter like a green horse on a loose rein and with her head up. Now, Trudy is thinking about competing in dressage and it is time to go to the next level. Contact and connection at all the gaits. The hardest for most riders being the canter. (with a green horse or any horse that is new to contact) Now you can watch what happens as Trudy asks Ani to stay connected. This is only the 3rd session that we have done this at the canter and the perfect video for you to watch if you are taking your horse or a student, through this process.

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So... If the counter canter is simply the other lead. Unless you try to do it on a circle or curve. Why is it so much harder?

"The counter canter is simply the opposite lead. Unless you try to do it on a circle or curve. So why is it so hard for us to understand? Watch what happens with Susan as she asks Beau for more balance a...

Randi Thompson's insight:

Those who have ridden the counter canter know that horses do start out pretty disconnected on curves or circles. With time, their balance and connection does get better. This is the 5th time Susan has asked Beau to stay this connected in the canter. Maybe the 3rd for the counter canter. Now you can watch what we do to bring him to the next level where he can carry himself in balance.

Have you ridden the counter canter yet? What did you learn from watching this video that you can use on your horse?

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Testing...Turns on the haunches/walk Pirouette. Can you keep your horse straight and connected?

"Testing one two three. Can you keep your horse on the outside rein and leg when you are doing the turn on the haunches/walk pirouettes? Keeping a horse straight and connected".

Randi Thompson's insight:

Keeping a horse straight and in balance for the turn on the haunches movements is not as easy as it might seem, or even look when you see a rider do it the right way.  The facts are, if your horse is not on the outside rein and leg during these movements, they are not really straight or connected.  Now you can watch what Susan is doing with Beau to isolate what they are doing for these movements.

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How to teach a horse (or a rider) what is meant by keeping on the outside rein and leg at the canter

""What if... you need to retrain your horse to canter in a better balance and connection? here could be many reasons why you might need to do this. However, the basics you use can be used on any horse. Now you can watch what happens as we show this older horse another way to canter in balance and connection"

Randi Thompson's insight:

In this session we focus on what is called, engagement. It has other names like on the aid, on the bit, in front of the aids and more. What it means is that the horses shoulders are higher than their croup and the horse is shifting their weight back to their hindquarters. This makes a horse more comfortable to ride and easier to influence. Of course, this is takes some time and effort. In this session we are asking Darrien to stay engage and straight. In the past his tendency has been to shift his hindquarters to the side instead of stepping under his belly. To correct this Susan focuses on keeping him on the outside rein and leg.

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Do you shake your head and maybe get a little dizzy just trying to understand how you can connect your horse? What does it really mean? How can you tell if your horse is connecting?"

"Do you shake your head and maybe get a little dizzy just trying to understand how you can connect your horse from your legs to the rein connection?  What does it really mean? How can you tell if your horse is connecting?"

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"Do you shake your head and maybe get a little dizzy just trying to understand how you can connect your horse? What does it really mean? How can you tell if your horse is connecting?"

In this session Trudy brought Ani to another barn and had to focus on keeping Ani's attention. They are preparing to go to a dressage show so this is very important right now. Ani is moving up the training scale is and is going from a "green horse" balance and connection to "training level" where she is being asked to stay more connected. We start with the Steps to Connection where Trudy checks to make sure that Ani is soft in her jaw, in her poll and loose in her neck. at the same time as Trudy is using her leg aid, when the hind foot is off the ground on that side) During that process Trudy begins to feel that Ani is pulling on the rein contact (which is still new to Ani) This is a sign that Trudy was really holding the rein to long and is something that happens to all riders. Once we knew what was happening I started to ask Trudy to connect Ani on one side of her body, than the other. It was a great way to break up Trudy's old habits and to build a foundation for her to feel that she can connect Ani for a few steps. I started calling this the "2 Steps" It is a form of a half halt on one side of the horse.

 

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2nd level trots. 6th time! Can we connect for that level? A little shoulder in and starting the half pass for the first time.

"Are you ready to go to the next level of balance and connection with your horse at the trot? What can you do so your horse understands what you want it to do?"

Randi Thompson's insight:

Now you can watch as Susan asks Beau to balance and stay connected for the 2nd level dressage trots. This is the 6th time we have focused on this new balance. When we first started this new level of connection, Beau was not thrilled. He did not understand why Susan wanted him to step in the connection of the rein. Before this, he could hold his balance and look connected on a fairly loose rein. However, now that he is in 2nd level dressage, he needs to stay connected and on the contact (on the bit/on the aids) all the time. To help Beau understand Susan has asked him to get more active with his back feet and to keep his shoulders and poll higher than ever before. This is the beginning of Beau "engaging" his back end as he shifts his weight back. Towards the end of this session we play with shortening the trot so he can get more comfortable with the beginnings of the collected trot.

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"Are you bored with the riding circles all the time? So is your horse. Are you ready to try a fun ways to connect with your horse in the warm up? How about Serpentines?

"Are you bored with the riding circles all the time? So is your horse. Are you ready to try a fun ways to connect with your horse in the warm up? How about Serpentines.  Have you tried riding a serpentine as a warm up exercise?  Watch how we use it to get Beau connected for his work out"

Randi Thompson's insight:

I have found that riding patterns makes the training process more interesting and fun for both the horse and the rider. They are challenging for the rider as they need to think about what they are doing very quickly, which is a great way to keep them from getting lost in the process of training and over thinking everything they do. Meanwhile, the horses become more responsive as they are not getting bored with the typical "ring around the rosie" (circles around the ring that make them dizzy) routine. Now you can see how Susan uses the Serpentine pattern to connect Beau in their warm up

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The beginnings of Shoulder ins/ half pass. Are you ready to try this on your horse?

"So you think you are ready to try the shoulder in or half pass with your horse? Now you can see what happens when Trudy focuses on these exercises while keeping Melody (yes... I did say Melody can you believe it?) connected"

Randi Thompson's insight:

The shoulder in does not happen by magic. You have probably already discovered this. We have asked Melody to do a form of shoulder in before this session, but she was never really connected. We were very happy, as anyone would have been, with Melody simply bringing her shoulders over. This is how we start a horse with the shoulder in's. Now that Trudy has brought Melody to a new level in her training it is time to keep Melody connected in the shoulder in. This means she will stay on the contact and stepping into that connection from Trudy's leg aids. Well, as much as she can. We were very excited with this session as it was only the 5th lesson where we have asked Melody to stay on the contact/on the bit/on the aids. We even added a few steps of half pass!

 

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What if your horse thinks... it knows what you should be doing. Retraining a schoolmaster. Back to the basics at the walk trot.

"What can you do...if your horse thinks it knows what it should be doing because of what it learned before? It's time to go back to the basics at the walk and trot.. Now you can watch as Susan continues to show Darrien that he can relax and adapt to a new way of being ridden"

Randi Thompson's insight:

 

In this session we focus on getting Darrien to stretch the base of his neck. Normally he likes to jam his neck down into his shoulders as that is what he thinks he should do. Little by little he is starting to open that part of his neck and as a result is now using his back and hind legs better than ever. It has taken over a year for Susan to get Darrien, an upper level dressage horse, to where he is now. This year, he is working in a snaffle bit and has finally started breathing and relaxing. Darrien is Susan's newer horse. He is 18 years old and has been in rehab this winter after a suspensory injury in his hind foot. We think all that swimming has helped him to use his body in ways he might not have in a long time.

 

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Shoulder in/haunches in. Improve yours with these tips

"What can you do to improve the quality of your shoulder ins and haunches in? Check out the tips in this video for more ideas. Of course, it's not as easy as it sounds, but all you need to do is add more activity from your horses hind feet as it steps up into the connection of your rein"

Randi Thompson's insight:

Now that Susan and Beau are competing in 2nd level dressage it is time to focus on improving the quality of their lateral work. Last year we started Beau on these movements and he was not always happy with them. He does not like new changes it seems. During that time he would do the basics, but did not want to take up contact and also was not actively stepping up in the rein contact by becoming more active with his hind feet. (Oh, my gosh... this sounds like dressage!) However, this year, he seems much more confident and is letting us ask him for more energy and with more of a rein connection.

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Two horses. Training and 2nd level. Contact/on the aids/on the bit. Steps to connection.

..."Did you know? That good basics are what we all work at, all the time, when we are riding a horse in balance? In this video you will see two horses warming up. One is preparing to compete in Training Level the other in 2nd level dressage. We start at the walk and finish with canter trot transitions on serpentines"

Randi Thompson's insight:

We start with making sure that Trudy is keeping Ani (training level) active from behind. To do that, we use the number system so that Trudy becomes aware of when Ani is not in front of her aids. Next, Trudy focuses on the Steps to Connection (soften the jaw, soften the poll, check for the rainbow in the neck and so on) Susan and Beau also enter this class. Beau is competing in 2nd level and we are using the same process to connect him into a higher level of balance. Now you can see how similar the training is for both horses. You can use the same techniques on yours! 

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Leg Position. Are your legs sliding? How to anchor them in the transitions and circles.

"Are your lower legs slip sliding all over the place? You are not alone. Now you can see techniques that you can use to improve your lower legs position.

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"Are your lower legs slip sliding all over the place? You are not alone. Now you can see techniques that you can use to improve your lower legs position right here!"  On this day we focused on what was happening with their lower leg positions. They begin by feeling if their calf muscle is slightly stretching. We move up to transitions to see if they can keep that feeling. To make it more interesting we even added circles so they could feel what happens to most riders legs when they add circle. Watch what happens as they both become more aware of what they have been doing with their lower legs.

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Improve your rising trot. Exercises to improve your balance and lower leg.

Now you can improve your riding position in 30 days! It's time to go back to the basics and focus on your riding position at the Trot"

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Sometimes, all you need is an idea or technique that will take your riding to the next level. Trudy had not been able to ride most of the winter and we started off by focusing on her riding position. During this process we work on issues that are common to most riders. I added the neck strap which for most riders, puts them in a more balanced position.Some riders, especially hunter riders, find that pressing their hands on the horses neck is better. Either way, using the neck strap or the horses neck will put your hands in the right position so that you can learn how to balance your seat over your lower legs. Next, I start showing Trudy different exercises that will help her to focus on what she needs to feel. At first, like many riders, she is not able to do them, but little by little... gets back into a more secure seat.

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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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