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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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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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"Happy Thanksgiving"

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Happy Thanksgiving!  

 

 

https://plus.google.com/communities/110681468245238079121/stream/35f430c4-7449-40cf-97a6-a7bf23490614  ;

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May your day be filled with thankfulness for all the good you have and for all the good yet to come.

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"Happy Thanksgiving" with a Vintage Thanksgiving Post Card

"Happy Thanksgiving" with a Vintage Thanksgiving Post Card | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Such a lovely old fashioned Thanksgiving scene and message in the card from the early part of the last century. Nothing is written on the back.

Via Susie Blackmon
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It is time to give thanks for all the good that we have, and for all the good yet to come.

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Richard Spooner. In the middle of a jump combination, jumps without/drops reins!

http://www.youtube.com/user/SpruceMeadowsTV Richard Spooner, well has trouble with combination n lest go of reins, this isn't my footage, but it's from Spruc...
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Wooot Wooot!   Would you do this?

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Para-reining makes its debut at the 2013 AQHA World Show

Para-reining makes its debut at the 2013 AQHA World Show | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Competitors from the para-dressage world gave western riding a spin at this month's show.

Via Susie Blackmon
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It is wonderful to see so many opportunities opening up for those who are riding horses with physical challanges like this.  :)

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17 Small Business Owners Share Their Secret Weapons

17 Small Business Owners Share Their Secret Weapons | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

Via Daniel Watson
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We can learn so much from others who have already found success with their small business.  Check out these amazing people and what they are doing.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, November 18, 2013 11:52 PM

 

Small business owners often inhabit a very closed world, spending so much time focused on their business, that they fail to heed new ideas that other business owners have successfully embraced.

 

Finding the necessary time to interact with other business owners or to research the secrets to other's small business success stories, is the usual barrier that causes the "head in the sand" approach to uncovering ideas, but fortunately others have made the task of keeping up with new ideas much easier.

 

This excellent article, suggests that most successful business owners have a "secret weapon" that they use to set themselves apart from their competition, and it explores the "secret weapon" deployed by 17 individual owners of successful busineses.

GreatBusinessContent's curator insight, November 19, 2013 3:34 PM

The article is like a slideshare, at first I thought..."hey, where'd my article go"?  

 

Anyway this is mostly about different software or habits these different owners have used in thier business to make a big difference.  Are you using any of these yourself?  

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Free Google+ Cover Photo Designs and Templates You can Do Yourself!

Free Google+ Cover Photo Designs and Templates You can Do Yourself! | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

Via Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com
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We have so many social networks that need graphics.  This will make your Google + experience much better.

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6 weeks ’till Christmas: Great Gift Ideas!

6 weeks ’till Christmas: Great Gift Ideas! | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

I haven't always been a fan of cowhide, perhaps because I haven't had the vision for it into the decor of the log house. Cowhide placemats and runners have just


Via Susie Blackmon
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What do you think?  What would you give a horse person for the holiday's?

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Clinician and Saddle Maker. Ken McNabb. What he does and how sponsorship's work. Equine Extravaganza 2013

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This is Ken McNabb.  He has his own show on RFD TV. Ken is also a clinician and saddle maker.  His booth was always busy and filled with smiling people. I kept seeing him sitting on that western saddle and finally asked him if I could get a video to share.  While we were talking the topic drifted to sponsorship's.  For more information on Ken McNabb go to his website at:  http://www.kenmcnabb.com/ ;

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"Irish rider breaks world side saddle high jump record. Almost 7 feet!" Check out this video

"Irish rider breaks world side saddle high jump record.  Almost 7 feet!"  Check out this video | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Susan Oakes and her grey stallion SIEC Atlas cleared 6'8
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WOW.  6 feet 8 inches in a sidesaddle.  That's impressive.

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"How to make a booth with banners! Portable and easy to move

"How to make a booth with banners! Portable and easy to move | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

Having a booth that stands out is important!  However, they can also take up a lot of room.  This year I created my new traveling booth with banners.  The back drop is 5 by 5 feet (fits on a stand) and the sides are 33 by 79 inch retractable banners.  I even had one made for the table to draw attention to my sales offers.  It will take me about 10 mins to set up this booth and can carry it with me!  

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"This is my new trade show booth. It is made from banners!"  The graphics are by the award winning,  Carolynne Smith of http://www.pixelgraphixdesign.com/

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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 ...
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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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Tail Lights, Colorful LED Light Strips for Horses' Tails

Tail Lights, Colorful LED Light Strips for Horses' Tails | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Tail Lights are colorful LED light strips that can be attached to a horse's tail for visibility at night or in inclement weather. The project, created by Sami Gros, is currently seeking funding on ...

Via Susie Blackmon
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These are perfect for staying visable while we are riding.  Would you try them?

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Equestrians and Competition in the Showring, Business and Life

Many of us compete.  Some with horses and some of us with our business...  It is part of our lifestyle.  Is it true that only the strong survive?  Not with horses!  Even the underdog can win. Passion is what makes us different.  No matter what anyone thinks...we never know what really might happen. 

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It is a game we play, and love.   Has being in the horse business effected how you think about competition? 

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Growing Your Audience, How to Increase Your Social Following

Growing Your Audience, How to Increase Your Social Following | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Social Media Marketing Podcast 66, in this episode Jeffrey Rohrs shares why an audience is so important for marketers. (SOCIAL MEDIA: "How to Increase Your Social Following" HERE!

Via Rami Kantari
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Many of us are using social media to promote our business.  How can you grow your list of potential clients?

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Really useful stuff

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"Is your riding position really connected through your lower legs? What happens when you are riding transitions? Check out this technique that you can use to improve your lower leg position"

...You have heard me talk about this technique, dropping one stirrup for better balance.  Now you can see how it works. Our riders are Trudy Adams on Ani and Susan Faulkner Evans on Beau.In this session (this is an older video), we focused on the riders feeling if they were connected from their elbows, to their seatbones, all the way down their legs as they asked their horses to do transitions and move forward. To do this we do a simple, but very difficult exercise.  I ask them to drop their left stirrup.  This was back when both of these horses did not like moving forward at all.  They were still in the training level class.  This past month, Beau competed in the USDF Dressage Finals and earned a 70.20

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Are you really balanced in your riding position?  How can you know for sure

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Indian Relay Documentary on PBS Shows Horses and Riders Racing for the Tribe in the American West

Indian Relay Documentary on PBS Shows Horses and Riders Racing for the Tribe in the American West | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

Via Susie Blackmon
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WOW!  Check out this riding!   

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"Saddle Fit for Female & Male Riders" by Jochen Schleese

A male and female rider may be very similar in weight, leg length, height and build, so it would seem logical they would be comfortable in the same saddle. Y...
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What is the difference between the riding position of a man and woman.  Can it be made better with a saddle that fits the rider better?

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WASHINGTON: Congress scrutinizes show-horse industry practice of ‘soring’

WASHINGTON: Congress scrutinizes show-horse industry practice of ‘soring’ | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Soring dates to the beginnings of the famed Tennessee walking horse tradition, whose horses are renowned for their exaggerated gait.

Via Susie Blackmon
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It is time to stop the insanity.....    

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Susie Blackmon's curator insight, November 16, 2013 6:45 AM

Stop the madness. Outlaw soring.

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USDF Dressage Finals 2013 70.20% (from 3 judges) Training Level. Susan Faulkner Evans/Mission Point

This is Susan Faulkner Evans and Mission Point (Beau) at the USDF Training Level Dressage Finals in Lexington, Ky. 2013 Their score was a combined score from 3 judges of 70.20% which earned them 4th place out of the 27 riders and horses who had qualified at their Regional Championships.  Beau also won the Open 1st Level 3 Training Level.  

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We are back and had a great time at the USDF Finals.  We met so many amazing people and saw so many awesome horses. 

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"Meet Charlie Davis. Secretariat's exercise rider" Equine Extravaganza

.This is Charlie Davis.  He was Secretariat's exercise rider and best friend" 

This year's Equine Extravaganza was dedicated to Secretariat.  In fact, this is where he was born.  When I heard that his exercise rider was here, I knew I had to find him.  (Because I knew how much +Anita Lequoia  would like to see him)   

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What a hoot he is!  Can you tell how deeply he loved "Big Red? 

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WOOOT WOOOOOTTT!! AQHA World Championship Show: Para-Reining

WOOOT WOOOOOTTT!!  AQHA World Championship Show: Para-Reining | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

"For the very first time, a Para-Reining clinic and demonstration class will be featured at theAmerican Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show...."


Via Susie Blackmon
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This is great news!  

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Ann Dixon's curator insight, November 3, 2013 4:58 PM

Really glad to see this happening. Well done AQHA for including so many more talented riders and shining the spotlight on our progressive, inclusive and fabulous sport.