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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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Does your horse root at the reins or pull you out of the saddle? You are not alone. Watch what we do with this horse to help change that habit

In this session we focus on the quality of walks for Susan Faulkner Evans and her new horse Darrien. We have found that he will root, or pull on the reins at...
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Now you can watch how we work on this problem with Darrien. This was when he first came to Susan. He would root, or pull on the reins at times and is very strong when he does this. It has now been at least 5 months since this was filmed and Darrien is much better now. We started pushing his buttons a little more yesterday and that issue came up again, but Susan was able to handle it different and we had a major break through with Darrien. I will share that video later...

What do you do with a horse that roots?

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$26.9M Will Buy You This Deluxe Horse Farm In Wellington

$26.9M Will Buy You This Deluxe Horse Farm In Wellington | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
What is "undoubtedly the most extravagant facility in Grand Prix Village", a development in Wellington horse country, and is adjacent to the...

Via Susie Blackmon
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Not that we would need or want a farm like this.  But, it is fun to look at :)

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Susie Blackmon's curator insight, January 13, 2014 8:12 AM

Wonder if it's sold yet? 

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"It's time for a Winter Freeze Sale Get Your Virtual Session Today! Improve your riding, teaching or Training Skills"

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"It's time for a Winter Freeze Sale"

This weather is making all of us a little bit crazy. It is the perfect time for us to stay indoors. Not that we have…
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This weather is keeping me away from horses!  So, I came up with a special sale just for you.  Each session will be recorded.  

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How to use your seat and legs for transitions. Showing the steps to a new rider at the walk.

In this video we continue showing Camille how she can use her seat and legs to do both her upward and downward transitions. This is the first time that Camil...
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This was the first day that I showed Camille how to use her seat and legs to ride a horse.  Now you can see how we did it, step by step, at the walk.  That year (2012) Camille went on to win 3rd place at the Dressage Regional's in the Training level Championships and 2nd Place in the Jr. Dressage Equitation. She was the youngest competitor there.

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21 Responses for Handling {Awkward!} Client Conversations with POISE

21 Responses for Handling {Awkward!} Client Conversations with POISE | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Last week, I gave you three must-have client scripts to gracefully navigate the holidays. But why stop there? Awkward client conversations will always happen,
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Many of us are in the business of horses and need to deal with all kinds of situations with people.  Here are some responses that you can use.

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Randi Thompson's curator insight, January 7, 2014 11:52 AM

We all have to deal with situations that are a little awkward in our business. Check out these responses. In fact, you might want to save them....

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Why Individual Horse Owners Need Liability Insurance

Why Individual Horse Owners Need Liability Insurance | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Find out the answers to common horse-owner questions about liability and liability insurance.
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Yes, you need to have insurance even if all you do is own a horse......

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"Have you ever wanted to know what a half halt really feels like to you and your horse? Watch what happens when we give Lisa her reins back

We have worked with the neck strap so that Lisa could become more aware of how to use her riding position for a half halt. Lisa is holding both the reins and...
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Lisa's  first "Ah ha" moment came when she realized how often she had been dropping, pulling or leaning on the reins when changing directions or gaits.  Like most riders who try this awareness technique, Lisa was surprised with what she was feeling. Watch as Lisa learns how to use the half halt to get Sonyador in front of her legs/aids and taking up a connection through the reins.

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How to connect your riding position for a half halt at the walk. The magic of the neck strap (Part 2)

This is Lisa Dutra's second session using the neck strap on Sonyador. She has been playing with it while she has been riding this past week (or when she coul...
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 The half halt is one of those topics that many riders would like to understand better, but have no idea where to really start. In this series (4 films) with Lisa and Sonyador you will see the process that I use. It shows a rider where their riding position needs to be when asking a horse to re balance for a half halt. You will also see how this is also training the horse. The horse is taught to step up with its hind feet as the rider adjusts their seat for a half halt. Can you see the difference in the half halts?

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"Now we know what Ms. Santa Claus does...." Did you think she just stays home waiting for him?

"Now we know what Ms. Santa Claus does...." Did you think she just stays home waiting for him? | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
"Now we know what Ms. Santa Claus does...."

Did you think she just stayed home waiting for him?
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Ho Ho Whoa!  Now we know why Santa delivers all those gifts so fast.  May your day be filled with love and laughter.

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"Christmas Kiss -Budweiser Clydesdales commercial :)"

Another classic Budweiser commercial
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Sending you horse kisses and (((hugs))) for this holiday season.

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Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro Take Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle World Record

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro Take Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle World Record | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
The young British rider completed her trio of world records with a new high score in Grand Prix Freestyle.
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This week, Dujardin and Valegro earned their latest line in the record books this week at Great Britain's Olympia Horse Show where they earned a 93.975%.  This is the link to that winning ride!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcIzsC7_Has

 

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Fossils of 4.4-Million-Year-Old Horse Found : DNews

Fossils of 4.4-Million-Year-Old Horse Found : DNews | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Scientists poking around Ethiopia's fossil-rich badlands say they have discovered the first pieces of an extinct species of horse.

Via Karen Bowden
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Check out this horse fosses that are 4.4 million years old!

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"Care and Storage of Your Horse's Winter Blankets - Pro Equine Grooms

"Care and Storage of Your Horse's Winter Blankets -  Pro Equine Grooms | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Care and Storage of Blankets
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If you live in the cold weather, you know how expensive those thick winter blankets can be for your horse.  How should you be taking care of it so it lasts longer?

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"Can You Keep Your Horse on the Outside Rein and Leg? Let's start at the Walk"

. You have heard the term, "Get your horse on the outside rein and leg" but what does it really mean? If you focus on your horse being on the inside hind foo...
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The proof is easy to see and feel. All you need to do is keep your horse on it's inside hind leg. This can be felt especially on curves and circles. In this video we show you how Susan discovered how much she needed to bring Beau's shoulders in so that he really was on the inside hind as a result of her outside rein and leg bringing his shoulders to the inside of the curves. Beau (Mission Point) went on place 4th in this years USDF Dressage Finals in the Training Level Championship with a score of 70.20%  This is part 1.  We continue this series through the canter.

Now that you have seen what it looks like, can you do this with your horse?

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"How can you tell when your riding position is not connected? It's easy, start riding patterns that make you aware of what is happening. Watch what happens with this rider."

Connecting Your Riding Position to the Horse. 10 Meter Circle to the Leg Yield #2 How can a rider feel if they are connecting their aids to the horse? In thi...
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The proof is easy to see and feel, once you know how...All you need to do is keep your horse on it's inside hind leg. This can be felt especially on curves and circles. In this video we show you how Susan discovered how much she needed to bring Beau's shoulders in so that he really was on the inside hind as a result of her outside rein and leg bringing his front end to the inside of the curves. Beau (Mission Point) went on place 4th in this years USDF Dressage Finals in the Training Level Championship with a score of 70.20%

Now that you have seen what it looks like, can you do this with your horse?

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How to see and ride a correct half pass or shoulder in

How to see and ride a correct half pass or shoulder in | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
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This is a wonderful article from Jean Luc Cornille that will give you a better understanding of a half pass and shoulder in.

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"Virus Alert in NC! Horse owners, facilities eye virus outbreak" Please share this!

"Virus Alert in NC!  Horse owners, facilities eye virus outbreak" Please share this! | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
An outbreak of a highly contagious virus has horse enthusiasts and veterinarians on edge across the state.
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This is an eye virus that started in the Raleigh NC area.  If you know anyone who has horses anywhere near that area, share this with them and contact your vet for more information.

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What happens at a custom saddle fitting? Schleese Saddle fitting Beau #2 How does Beau's saddle fit? Let's try new ones!

In this series we follow Susan Faulkner Evans as she gets her horses fitted for dressage saddles. In Part #1 we measured Beau (Mission Point) Now you can see...
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Now you can see what happens with a custom saddle fitting.  This horse went on to the USDF Finals this year and came in 4th Place for the Training Level Championiships with a score of 70.20% (3 judges) out of 27 qualitified horse and riders from across the USA.  We think the saddle make a difference!

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16 horses made of ice. Just what you need when it is cold outside....

16 horses made of ice.  Just what you need when it is cold outside.... | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

Via Susie Blackmon
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Which one is your favorite?

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Waltzing in a New Year with the Spanish Riding School of Vienna and Friends

Waltzing in a New Year with the Spanish Riding School of Vienna and Friends | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

Via Susie Blackmon
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The perfect way for those who love horses to start their new year.  Enjoy! 

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Trish Jackson's curator insight, January 1, 2014 8:28 AM

South Africa is the only other country in the world to have a breeding operation and to give similar shows. It's awesome to watch them doing airs above the ground close up. I used to know the manager there, Jill Meyers. Don't know if she's still there.

Rosemary J. Adkins's curator insight, January 1, 2014 9:21 PM

Ballet at it's finest!

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Priscilla Presley, no supporter of walking horse industry, seeks to revoke Graceland trophy

Priscilla Presley, no supporter of walking horse industry, seeks to revoke Graceland trophy | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Priscilla Presley said she didn't know the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration still awarded the trophy, given in memory of her ex-husband, Elvis Presley.

Via Fran Jurga
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:)  Go Priscialla!  So happy to hear that you have taken a stand on this issue.  

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Fran Jurga's curator insight, December 26, 2013 12:43 PM



Click on the headline or the image of Walking horse owner  The King, Himself to read this article on The Tennessean website.

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Girl Meets Her New Pony Christmas Eve. You are going to like this!

Girl surprised by her new pony on Christmas Eve 2010.
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A feel good video that will make you smile...and maybe even cry a little with the joy of what is happening.

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Little girl getting a horse for Christmas!

My little sister finding out we bought her favorite horse for her.....
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Another heart warming moment....  :)

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How to connect your riding position for a half halt. The magic of the neck strap.The canter

In this session, we go into the canter. We are using the neck strap so that Susan Faulkner Evans can feel when her riding position is in the right place for ...
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Now you can see how easy it can be for a rider to learn exactly when they need to use a half halt to balance their horse, and re adjust their riding position at the canter.  

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How to connect your riding position for a half halt.The magic of the neck strap.The trot

Here we move up into the trot work. Now that we have added the neck strap, it is easier for Susan Faulkner Evans to feel when she is in the right place with ...
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This is an amazing exercise that will make a huge difference in your riding position.  If your horse is not safe or as well trained as this one, keep your reins in your hands and hold that neck strap at the same time.  It should be adjusted so that it is 3 inches above the horses withers.

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