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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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"Equine Extravaganza Graphics For Randi Thompsons Booth by Carolynne Smith "

"Equine Extravaganza Graphics For Randi Thompsons Booth by Carolynne Smith " | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

"What are you using to create your booth or displays for trade shows and other public events? I will be using these for the Equine Extravaganza this year. They were designed by the award winning, Carolynne of PixelGraphix"

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I will have a back drop of a 5 by 5 foot banner and the sides are 33 by 79 inch retractable banners. Click on the link to see what they all look like. For more information on Carolynne go to her website at: http://www.pixelgraphixdesign.com/

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Why Your PR Isn't Working (and How to Fix It)

Why Your PR Isn't Working (and How to Fix It) | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

Learn why most PR stinks, and how to fix it.

 

Hired a new executive? Write a press release. Painted a wall in your office? Duh -- press release, everyone is going to want to hear about that. Shipped a teeny tiny feature? To the press release we go!

 

Here’s the problem -- we've already established that reporters aren’t over the moon about inboxes chock-full of press releases, and the act of writing them isn’t particularly thrilling for any marketer. And yet, I think the heart of the problem has less to do with the age-old argument of whether press releases work or not, and more to do with the need for a seismic shift in how we think about media relations....


Via Jeff Domansky
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When was the last time that you sent out a press release?

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, October 18, 2013 12:05 PM

Rethinking press releases and media relations with these useful basic tips.

MTD's curator insight, October 18, 2013 12:07 PM

Funny and absolutely true examination of why PR needs to be thoughtful and considered. Rushing to get news of everything you do, at every level, out into the world just clogs the minds of the audience. 

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"Does your horse root at the reins or pull you out of the saddle? Showing a horse a new way" Walks #1

What to do with a horse that pulls on the reins. Finding a new way"

In this series we focus on getting Susan's new horse, Darrien, to stop pulling (rooting) on the reins. He came to us with this issue as the previous owner was allowing other riders to ride him, and choose to have them ride him in side reins. As a result, he learned to shove his neck into his shoulders and to tighten his neck and back. We have been working on this for several months and are now finally seeing Darrien letting go as he stretches his neck and lifts his back. This is the work at the walk. We will continue with the trot and canter. 

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What can you do if your horse pulls, or roots on the reins.  Watch this series to see what we are doing with Darrien.

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Horse bloopers, this will make you laugh! :)

Lol, they SURE have a mind of their own don't they? xD
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"Time for a little fun....  "

We may not speak the same language as humans, but as horse people we understand exactly what is happening here.  I especially like the scene where the rider is adjusting her breeches.  Sometimes we do not realize what other people may be seeing.  :)

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Trot. Where should your hands be while riding for a better connection? #2 Melody

Changing a riders hand position, that has become a habit, is never easy and can take some time. We had huge breakthroughs for Trudy Adams this day. Melody is her second ride for the day and she was able to keep her hands down where they should be (she has been riding the horses she has raised and it has take a while to get over some of those habits) As a result, her riding position is more secure and Melody, who has always had issues from past training, is now much quieter and easier to influence.

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Would you believe that changing your hand position can make such a big difference while riding a horse at the trot?

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Canter. Part 2. Where should your hands be while riding for a better connection. Ani

.After taking a break it is time for Trudy to canter Ani again. (this exercise is physically hard for many riders as they have to change what they were doing before)  Now, Ani is more settled and Trudy is more comfortable keeping her hands where they need to be.  As a result, Ani's canter goes to a new level. She is carrying herself in better balance and is straighter.  This was exactly what they both needed. What changes did you see happen in Trudy's riding position and how Ani is now cantering. 

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Canter.  Part 2. Where should your hands be while riding for a better connection

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"Leg Yields. Where should your hands be while riding for a better connection?"

To get Ani more connected, her owner Trudy Adams, begins to do leg yields. When I asked her what she wanted to work on during this session, she said more connection. The leg yield was the perfect place for me to help her isolate what she is doing with her hands. One of her old habits was raising them to high, too low, or see sawing at times. During this exercise I asked her to keep the reins touching both sides of Ani's neck. To do this, she had to keep them down and low. This session was a huge break through for Trudy

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Watch how Trudy's riding position and hands improve as she changes how she is riding the leg yields

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Connecting Your Riding Position to the Horse. 10 meter Circle to the Leg Yield-Trot #2

 How can a rider feel if they are connecting their aids to the horse? In this video series you will see how Trudy Adams connects with Ani at a deeper level by understanding how her riding position effects Ani.

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Have you ever tried seeing if you can keep your riding position where it should be while doing movements like this?

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Keeping the connection at the trot. Leg yields, circles, changes of gaits.

Now that Beau (Mission Point) is competing in First Level Dressage it is time to ride him with more of a connection. In this video Susan Faulkner Evans is wo...
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Now that Beau (Mission Point) is competing in First Level Dressage it is time to ride him with more of a connection and in more of an uphill balance. In this video Susan Faulkner Evans is working on the trots and leg yields to do this. At first you will notice that Beau is a little surprised and also a little offended when we asked him to stay more balanced in the circle. What do you see change with Beau?


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Are horses innately vicious? Conn. court to decide

Are horses innately vicious? Conn. court to decide | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
State's Supreme Court hears appeal of case after farm horse named Scuppy bites boy, "removing a large chunk" of his cheek
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Horses are a high risk sport already... what do you think about this case?

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Viva! 2015 FEI World Cup Dressage and Show Jumping Finals Will Be in Las Vegas

Viva! 2015 FEI World Cup Dressage and Show Jumping Finals Will Be in Las Vegas | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

Look out, America! The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) announced today that Las Vegas, Nevada will be the host city for the 2015 World Cup Finals in both dressage and show jumping. This will be the fifth time the desert city has hosted FEI World Cup events. Longines and Reem Acra are lined up as sponsors of these events, which will attract leading horses and riders from both sports from all over the world.

 

No specific dates have been announced, but the finals are usually held in the spring.


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1st Level Test 3 Dressage. 70+% Susan Faulkner Evans and Mission Point. Tryon, NC

This is Susan Faulkner Evans on Mission Point competing in Tryon, NC. This is from 1st Level Test 3. They earned a 70+%. Susan also earned her USDF Silver Medal with Victory Park who competed in Prix St George and earned a score of 64+%.  

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We are back from  a rated dressage show and Susan continues her winning ways with her horses. 

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Goof-proof Hoofcare: “StayOns” Instant Poultice Wraps Simplify the Way You Wrap a Horses Foot for Absesses or Puncture Wounds

Goof-proof Hoofcare: “StayOns” Instant Poultice Wraps Simplify the Way You Wrap a Horses Foot for Absesses or Puncture Wounds | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

Poulticing a hoof is required for injuries like abscesses or puncture wounds. StayOns prepared quilted “instant poultice” wraps, available from Hamilton Biovet make the job simpler, safer, quicker and cleaner.


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Now, an easier way to poultice your horse when you have and abscess or puncture wounds.  

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Equestrians. Competition is a part of everything we do... We win. We lose. We celebrate the Spirit of the Horse

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. 

Randi Thompson's insight:

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

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Ann Dixon's curator insight, November 27, 2013 11:08 AM

What game do you play? Do you play to win?

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Trot. Does your horse root at the reins or pull you out of the saddle? Showing a horse a new way.

.Here we continue with Darrien at the trot.  Our goal is to show him a new way of responding to the reins.  To do this I ask Susan Faulkner Evans to focus on feeling when Darrien is lifting his back as she works him through different exercises at the trot.  As you will see, he can get very strong when he roots, in fact he can pull her right out of the saddle. Instead of correcting him when he roots (pulls on the reins to get them away from the rider) we  focus on showing him a new way to use his body where he does not feel like he is in a forced position. As you will see, little by little Darrien gets softer and begins to release his neck and back.  This is a big change for him and we are willing to take the time to help him get past this stage. In the next segment we will continue with the half passes and end this session with a clip of their canter work.

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Trot. Does your horse root at the reins or pull you out of the saddle? Showing a horse a new way

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"Researchers Study Horse's Head, Neck Positions' Effects on Muscles"

"Researchers Study Horse's Head, Neck Positions' Effects on Muscles" | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Researchers evaluated the activity of three muscles when horses worked in different head and neck positions.
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Do you think it makes a difference if the horse is "trained" to having a set head position?  Is any head position that we teach our horses really natural?  Or does that even matter?

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USDF Region 3 Dressage Championships. Training Level. Susan Faulkner Evans and Beau 69%

This is Susan and Beau competing in the Training Level Championship. The class was huge (53 qualified entries!) and ran all day. Susan and Beau finished in 8th place, their score also qualified them for the USDF National Championships. Many of you have watched their progress from the beginning of their time together. As you know, they have come a long way since then. :) Thank you for being a part of our journey...

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USDF Region 3 Dressage Championships. Training level. Susan Faulkner Evans and Mission Point 69%

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"Walk. Where should your hands be while riding for a better connection?"

This is Trudy Adams second ride for the day on Melody.  After practicing where to keep her hand position on her first horse, she knows the possibilities.  :)   Now she applies what she has learned with Melody at the walk.  People ask, "why did it take so long for Trudy to get the right hand position?"  The answer is easy.  First, Trudy has always had green horses that she has raised.  Next,  sometimes it takes time for any of us to understand how such a simple thing... can be so difficult.  In this session we will continue with Trudy feeling the reins touching both sides of Melody's neck at the walk. It was an eye opening experience for Trudy as Melody allowed her to go to the next level.  Stay tuned for part 2 where we continue with the trot.. 

Randi Thompson's insight:

How does your hand position affect your horse while you are riding?  What do you see happening?  Are you ready to change yours?

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Canter. Where should your hands be while riding for a better connection? #4 Ani

This was a break through session! Trudy asked me to take help her connect with her horses even better, and of course, I knew what needed to come next. It was time for Trudy to isolate what she has been doing with her hand position so her riding position could be more secure. Since Trudy has been riding green horses that she has bred and raised for so long, she was not really sure of another way. Riding a horse that is not green, can be a new experience for people like her. Now that her horses have come to a new level, it was time! I asked Trudy to keep her hands near Ani's neck and to frame the base of Ani's neck with her reins. What a difference! Those of you who have been watching Trudy's process will see the difference, especially here at the canter.

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In this session we changed what Trudy has been doing with her hand position.  What a break through!   In this video you will see the difference this makes in her canter work with Ani.

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Honored cowboys carry out the annual Custer State Park herding of buffalo

Honored cowboys carry out the annual Custer State Park herding of buffalo | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Every year, around 50 cowboys are picked from a lottery to have the privilege of herding 1,000 buffalo down from Nebraska's Great Plains and into pens. Some will replenish other stocks while others will be sold at auction for meat.

Via Susie Blackmon
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How cool is this?  

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Susie Blackmon's curator insight, October 4, 2013 6:26 AM

Just visited Custer State Park with Jesse Clifton! Would have been thrilling to witness this annual buffalo herding event.

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Barn First Aid Checklist For Horses and Humans. Print it out!

Barn First Aid Checklist For Horses and Humans.  Print it out! | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

This is a barn First Aid Checklist for horses and humans.  

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 This makes it easy to keep all the essentials on hand for any emergency.  Even better news, you can print this out and use it in your barn

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"How do I keep my riding position connected while riding transitions? Isolating the feeling"

In this video we started by showing Trudy how her anchored leg should feel starting at the halt and moving up into the transitions. This is Trudy Adams on Ani

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How can you make sure your riding position, especially your lower leg, connected while you are riding?

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Is Clipping Still Stressful for Well-Behaved Horses?

Is Clipping Still Stressful for Well-Behaved Horses? | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Study results suggest that even if horses don't seem to mind clipping, they might still find it stressful.
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How does clipping effect your horse? 

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The 7 Best Horse Toys To Relieve Stall Stress (videos)

The 7 Best Horse Toys To Relieve Stall Stress (videos) | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Horse stalls are fine for eating, sleeping, and grooming, but horses get restless and bored staying in their stalls all day waiting for their owners to ride them.  They need exercise and play to relieve them from what equine veterinarians call...
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Since horses spend so much time in stalls these days... what can we give them that will keep them happier?  Have you ever used any of these?

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"The History of the Bit. Do you know, they were once made of wood, antler and stone?"

"The History of the Bit. Do you know, they were once made of wood, antler and stone?" | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
I just wrote an article all about the history of the useful stirrup, but there’s another nifty piece of equipment most riders (but of course not all) use – the bit. Where did it come from?

There is evidence of bits being used since 3000BC.
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Did you know that the first bits invented where made out of all kinds of materials including wood, antler, stone, and even leather and rope?

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