Horse and Rider Awareness
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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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"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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"How to connect your riding position for a half halt.The magic of the neck strap.The walk"

.Riding a horse from our seat and legs is really learning how to use our riding position to do a half halt so that we can re balance a horse mentally and physically with our riding positions.  How can we understand how to that really works?  We continue this series with the trot, canter and then give Susan back the reins to see what Beau is able to do. It was a breakthrough session.

Randi Thompson's insight:

The basics for riding, include connecting a horse through half halts.  One of the best ways I have found to isolate that feeling for the rider, and the horse, is to take away the reins and give the horse a neck strap.  The neck strap keeps the rider in the right position as they need to adjust their seat when ever the pressure on the neck strap gets strong..

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"If your a horse person, you are going to love this! That's What Christmas Is"

Handsome, the miniature horse, is shown ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. The music is original music by Dan Hogan.
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This is Handsome, the mini sharing his love with children.  How cool is this?

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Are you riding from your seat and legs? Adding the neck strap. Trot Speed and Change of direction #2

We have now moved up into the trot. In this video, I ask Lisa to start changing directions at the trot. Again, she is riding with only the neck strap. This forces her to use her seat and legs to control both the speed and the direction of Sonyador. 

Randi Thompson's insight:

Everyone talks about riding a horse from their seat and legs.  What does it really mean?  How can the rider know?  Try this exercise and you will know.

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"How to Ride or Teach Perfect circles with a lunge line"

This is one of the easiest ways I have found to teach riders how to feel when their horses are falling in and out of circles. It is also the easiest way for instructors/trainers to show their students how to feel when their horses are falling in and out of circles.

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Would you like to have perfect circles for dressage, the hunter ring, reining or so much more?  Check out this video!

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Are you riding from your seat and legs? Let's see. Adding the neck rein. Walk, halts #1

How can a rider have a better feeling of how to ride from their seat and legs? Take away their reins! 

Randi Thompson's insight:

Sometimes, it is not easy if we are really leaning on the reins more than we think....  that is when it is time to try something different.  Watch what happens when I take Lisa's reins away and have her ride with a neck strap.

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Embarrassed To Discuss Your Prices?  Seven Common Reasons We Can't Talk About Fees and How To Overcome Them

Embarrassed To Discuss Your Prices?  Seven Common Reasons We Can't Talk About Fees and How To Overcome Them | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Embarrassed To Discuss Your Prices?  Seven Common Reasons We Can't Talk About Fees and How To Overcome Them
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When people ask you what you charge, what is your response? Does it make you uncomfortable? You are not alone. I have found that having the pricing written out seems to make this process easier. What do you do?

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Saddle Pad Dust Patterns & Saddle Fit

Saddle Pad Dust Patterns & Saddle Fit | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
By Jochen Schleese - When it comes to using saddle pad dust patterns to determine saddle fit, the dirt should accumulate in the areas of the saddle pad that experience the most movement: at the front of the saddle (where the shoulder moves up and...
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How do you know if your saddle fits?  Start by looking at your saddle pad

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Everyone talks about riding a horse from their seat and legs, but what does it really mean? Trot #1

In this session we move up into the trot so that Trudy can now feel if Ani is "under her seat" while she is trotting.  That is when Trudy is riding her from her seat and legs. To do this I ask Trudy to bring Ani's shoulders in when ever she feels her leaning on the reins or disconnecting.  Next, we add the feeling of the leg yield to the circles so that Trudy has more control of Ani's hind legs. As a result, Ani's movement changes.   What did you see?

Randi Thompson's insight:

How can you know when you are riding your horse from your seat and legs?  Is there really an easier way to finally feel what it means?

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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 ...
Randi Thompson's insight:

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 ...
Randi Thompson's insight:

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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"Brotherhood" with the Budweiser Clydesdale's

This is the extended version of the 2013 Budweiser Clydesdales Super Bowl Ad For more on the Clydesdales, visit www.budweiser.com, www.facebook.com/Budweiser...
Randi Thompson's insight:

I love these Budwieser Clydesdales commercials. This one still makes me cry.

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"Did you know? We are now entering the Year of the Horse according to the Chinese Zodiac"

"Did you know? We are now entering the Year of the Horse according to the Chinese Zodiac" | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Year of the Horse 2014

As seen on Chinese zodiac calendar, 2014 is going to be the Year of the Horse. This will begin on the 31st of January 2014 and will end on the 18th of February in 2015.
Randi Thompson's insight:

How cool is this?  May the Spirt of the Horse continue to inspire all of us.

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A Sneak Peek at National Geographic TV’s Wild Horse Reality Series

A Sneak Peek at National Geographic TV’s Wild Horse Reality Series | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

Via Susie Blackmon
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There are people who now focus on taking them through special competitions to show other people how wonderful they can be... with the right training.  What do you think about these competitions?  Do they help the plight of mustangs?

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Susie Blackmon's curator insight, December 10, 2013 11:12 AM

Four months to get them trained! 

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Facial Nerves and the Importance of Proper Bridle Fitting.

Facial Nerves and the Importance of Proper Bridle Fitting. | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

Via Susie Blackmon
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Why is it important that your bridle fits the horse you put it on?  Check out this article to see why.

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Susie Blackmon's curator insight, December 7, 2013 9:01 AM

Worth reading...

Ann Dixon's curator insight, December 30, 2013 1:16 PM

makes you think!!!

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Tennessee Walking Horse trainer, show judge indicted on animal cruelty charges

Tennessee Walking Horse trainer, show judge indicted on animal cruelty charges | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Larry Joe Wheelon, a Maryville, Tenn., trainer; Randall Stacy Gunter; Brandon Lunsford; and Blake T.

Via Susie Blackmon
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It's time to stop this insanity.....

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11 SEO Changes That Will Give You Big Results

11 SEO Changes That Will Give You Big Results | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Do you know what the key to ranking well on Google is? I bet you are thinking it’s links, content and on-page optimization, right? All of those things

Via Rob Metras
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Check this out.  If you want to know how to be found when people search for what you have to offer....

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Rob Metras's curator insight, December 4, 2013 6:09 PM

Might as well get advice from one of the top conversion experts ion the planet, and a compulsive sharer of value

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Hand Position at the Trot. How Can You Know if your hands (or your students) are really quiet?

In this session, I asked Camille what she would like to focus on. She said she would like to have steadier hands... A steady hand comes from a secure riding ...
Randi Thompson's insight:


Now, its your turn. Try this when you are riding, or see how it works with your students. At first these exercises will seem very hard.  With a little practice, you will feel the difference in your riding position and in how your horse responds to your reins!

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Hoof Explorer: Discover and Interact with the Horse's Foot in Three Beautiful Dimensions, Online, and For Free

Hoof Explorer: Discover and Interact with the Horse's Foot in Three Beautiful Dimensions, Online, and For Free | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
The Hoof Explorer (HoofExplorer.com) from the University of Leipzig and Effigos illustration in Germany is a new 3-D anatomy tool to explore the horse's foot.

Via Susie Blackmon
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Check out this FREE 3 D Anatomy tool to explore a horses foot!  

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