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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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Quarter horse clones could be allowed into AQHA registry

Quarter horse clones could be allowed into AQHA registry | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Rugged Lark was like a family member to Carol Harris.

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What do you think about cloning horses?

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The Bucking Pony and the Shire Pas De Deux. Keep Dressage Fun!

Dressage/ Sport Psychology web site http://www.seanaadamson.com/ (The Bucking Pony and the Shire Pas De Deux. Keep Dressage Fun!
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Researchers Find Working With Horses Increases Emotional Intelligence in Humans

Researchers Find Working With Horses Increases Emotional Intelligence in Humans | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Source: University of Kentucky "When nurses and doctors benefit from collaborating with horses then ultimately their patients also benefit." Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agr...
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Do you feel smarter now?  :)

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Magnificent Examples of Horse Photography [26 Pictures]

Magnificent Examples of Horse Photography [26 Pictures] | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Horse Photography - Taking pictures of horses provide a lot of opportunities for great photography. You can have great horse photograph with very little

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Which one is your favorite photo?

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Davor Zeljkovic's curator insight, June 27, 2013 6:47 PM

Nice

Mary Horsemoms's curator insight, July 2, 2013 5:52 AM

Just beautiful!

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Inspiration Daily...

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Cute Horse Photobomb. How a horse can get us all to smile!

Cute Horse Photobomb.  How a horse can get us all to smile! | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
We've all seen our fair share of photobombs but this cheeky horse has just raised the bar. The grinning equine clearly wanted to be the centre of attention as a young group of girls were being photographed at a riding stable.

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Have you noticed how horses make us all smile?  Check out all the smiles, including the horse, in this great photo.

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HorseLaw: Horses and Highways. What happens if your horse gets out?

HorseLaw: Horses and Highways.  What happens if your horse gets out? | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
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Who is responsibile if an accident happens because of your horse?>

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How to Teach a New Rider the Basics of Riding

How to Teach a New Rider the Basics of Riding | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

We all love sharing the joy of horses with those who are around us.  In this article, we will talk about how to keep a new rider, or a guest, safe and having fun while they learn how to control your horse.   
The horse you choose is very important and needs to be safe in any situation.  A new rider will not be able to control it like you and needs to have a horse that will allow them to make a lot of mistakes. We call this horse an “Equine Saint”   Horses to avoid would be those that are quick movers, horses that tend to be nervous, spooky or very sensitive to a riders cues, or horses that are new to training. 

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Showing a new rider or guest how to safely ride a horse makes the entire experience much more fun.  It's easy to do!  Check out this article to see how.

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"Have you always wanted to know more about half halts? How they can make a difference for your horse?"

 This is Susan Faulkner Evans on her new horse, Darrien. It is our 3rd session together. We have taken him out of his usual double bridle and are using a snaffle. As a result he will test Susan more by throwing his nose up and she has the opportunity to practice what she needs to do to keep it in the right position while keeping him thick in the base of his neck. This is a result of Susan asking Darrien to connect with her seat. To do this, she asks him to step up into her rein connect so that he steps up more with his hind feet and lifts his back. We focus on this with half pass, shoulder in, walk pirouettes and the stretchy walk.

Please take a moment to show us you appreciate these videos. You can give us a thumbs up right here, like, +1, share and of course, we love to see your comments.You can also , subscribe to this Youtube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/randithom...for more Horse and Rider Do it Yourself Videos.

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How can half halts connect you more with your horse?

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Trot. Leg yield into 10 meter circle. #2 Connecting Susan and Darrien

This is Susan Faulkner Evans on her new horse (about two weeks) Darrien. Our goal is to have Darrien move straighter in curves and straight lines by asking Susan to feel when he is picking up her outside seatbone. We use the 1st level exercise of a leg yield into a 10 meter circle and back to a leg yield or circle to see if Darrien is really staying connected and under Susan's seat.

 

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Do you feel like your horse is in balance and connected to you at the trot?  Check out this exercise and try it on your horse to see if you really are....

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Walk, trot. Pirouettes, shoulder in and half pass. Preparing for the canter.

 In this session Susan Faulkner Evans is riding her new horse, Darrien (about two weeks).  As we prepare for the canter we start at the walk with pirouettes (somewhat like a turn on the haunches) shoulder in and half pass so that Susan can feel if Darrien is connected in every step.  Next we continue the same exercises at the trot.  We are using a 10 meter circle. or the first steps of it into a half pass so that Susan can feel if Darrien is really balanced between her legs and reins. 

 Please take a moment to show us you appreciate these videos. You can give us a thumbs up right here, like, +1, share and of course, we love to see your comments.You can also , subscribe to this Youtube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/randithompsonlive for more Horse and Rider Do it Yourself Videos. 
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We start with the walk and trot to make sure that Darrien is in the right balance mentally and physically, before we ask him to canter.

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Elastic Rein Connection at the Walk. Camille Beatty and Marco Polo #2

Elastic Rein Connection at the Walk. Camille Beatty and Marco Polo #2 | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

This is our young rider, Rider Camille Beatty and Marco Polo. This is from the beginning of their training when we were focusing on how to feel the elastic rein connection. Now you can watch their progress from the beginning.

In this series we are focusing on the elastic rein connection. This begins with Camille feeling when Polo locks up when she feels his mouth. As Camille gets more comfortable with the elastic rein and asking Polo to stay soft with it, we add her leg. When Polo feels stiff, she supples him and asks him to step up into her elastic hand. In this video we focus on the walk.

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What does the elastic rein connection mean?  How can you teach it, or feel it, at the walk?

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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 video we move up into the trot. This is Trudy Adams on Ani. Now we are going to focus on if Ani is lifting her back (as a result of stepping forward from behind). Trudy will know as she will feel like Ani is lifting her back and be in front of her aids/legs. This is when they are connected. To do this I ask Trudy to turn Ani when she feels her back drop or when Ani leans on the reins. By the end of this session you will see that Ani is moving much better.

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How can you feel if your horse is picking up your seat?  Watch as Trudy Adams focuses on that feeling with her horse Ani at the trot.

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How to get the perfect leg position in 5 minutes a day at the trot. Camille and Polo

This is Camille Beatty on Marco Polo. Last week we started focusing more on her lower leg position by asking her to warm up while doing different exercises that would help her to discover how to feel, and be able to adjust her seat over her lower leg. This is week two and you will see that her lower leg is now much better. She is holding (not squeezing hard) with her lower leg to balance her seat and upper body. As you can see, all of her joints (ankle, knee and hip) are now getting springy. As a result, so it Polo's movement. This is the first time that this 5 minute exercise felt like a shorter ride. When she first started doing this (at the walk) Those five minutes seemed to take forever.  

Have you tried doing this yet? What have you felt different in your riding position? When you practice this your upper body will be slightly in front of the vertical so you can balance your riding position on your hands and thighs instead of the reins.


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As always, we do not edit what we show you. This way, you can see what happens to real horses and riders as they go through the training process.

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Would you like to improve your lower leg position at the trot?  You can use these techniques for any style of riding.  

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"Breaking News!  The USDF has now officially opened it's Door to Western Dressage!

"Breaking News!  The USDF has now officially opened it's Door to Western Dressage! | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
"Breaking News!  The USDF has now officially opened it's doors to Western Dressage!"

The USEF Board of Directors voted to add a new discipline to the…
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Are you a western rider?  Will you be competing in western dressage?

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Cowboy Up! It's the National Day of the Cowboy.

Cowboy Up! It's the National Day of the Cowboy. | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
SINCLAIRVILLE — While cowboy was once an honorable occupation when the American frontier was young, it has since been transmuted more into a state o...

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Happy National Day of the cowboy!

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Susie Blackmon's curator insight, July 27, 2013 5:50 AM

I celebrate cowboys 365 days per year!

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Happy National Day of the Cowboy!
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The last video of Secretariat. A family visits Claibourn Farm and gets a home video.

My brother Bill was driving by the farm where Secretariat was living. He shot some video which turned out to be some of the last video taken of this special horse.

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SECRETARIAT'S LAST FOOTAGE:  On a whim, a journalist takes his family to visit Secretariat at Claiborne Farm, not realizing that the video he would shoot while there would become the last known footage of the great champion.  Secretariat was humanely euthanized three days later.

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Guess Whose Clone Is On The Ground? [Quarter Horse News]

Guess Whose Clone Is On The Ground?  [Quarter Horse News] | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
The newsmagazine of the performance horse industry

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What do you think about cloning horses?

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3 Steps To Evaluating Your Horse For Potential Problems

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  Identify Potential Problems In Your Horse, Minimize Vet Bills AND Feel Good About Your Horse Health Care Decisions!

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Sometimes, all it takes is a moment to notice if your horse has a potential health issue.  Check out these tips and see what you can do today!

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Horse and Equestrian Community at Google+ Come join with us today!

Horse and Equestrian Community at Google+  Come join with us today! | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
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We are having a lot of fun and meeting horsepeople from all over the world at the Horse and Equestrian Community on Google+.  Much of this is due to the moderators, Anita Leqoia of http://www.stargazermercantile.com  and Randi Thompson of http://www.horseandriderawareness.com and http://www.howtomarketyourhorsebusiness  who have found a way to guide the members into interesting discussions and fun topics.  Now with over 1700 members, the Horse and Equestian Community continues to attract more horse people every day!   

Come on over and see what so many horse people are excited about at:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110681468245238079121
 

Laura Kelland-May's comment, August 15, 2013 4:14 PM
Thanks for sharing this with us. I know as a horse person drumming up business using the internet, we all need a common community to help us. Thank you
~Laura #htmyhb #tres
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You are welcome, +Laura.
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5 top tips to help your horse concentrate

5 top tips to help your horse concentrate | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Does your horse struggle to concentrate?
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How do you keep your horse focused?

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Half halts. The basics. New series with Susan and Darrien

Half halts are used to reconnect a horse in rider both mentally and physically. This is my third session we Susan Faulkner Evans and her new horse Darrien. We are focusing on making sure that the half halts are in place that are needed to keep Darrien connected mentally and in balance physically. When the half halt is correct Susan feels him pick up his back, especially at the walk. Next, she let's him flow on a lighter rein until he drops his back again. At first, she is half halting every 3 steps. As this session continues you will see that they both get more connected.

 

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You have probably heard of "half halts" How can you use them with your horse to balance it both mentally and physically?

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Walk, trot. Pirouettes, shoulder in and half pass. Susan and Darrien

.In this session Susan Faulkner Evans is riding her new horse, Darrien (about two weeks). As we prepare for the canter we start at the walk with pirouettes (somewhat like a turn on the haunches) shoulder in and half pass so that Susan can feel if Darrien is connected in every step. Next we continue the same exercises at the trot. We are using a 10 meter circle. or the first steps of it into a half pass so that Susan can feel if Darrien is really balanced between her legs and reins. 

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In this session we prepare for the canter with the shoulder in, half pass and Pirouettes at the walk, and the shoulder in and half pass at the trot.

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Trot. Preparation for tracking up and staying in balance for a lengthening.

This is Susan Faulkner Evans and Darrien, her new horse (about two weeks) in this session we begin with a slower trot so we can get Darrien springing more in preparation for tracking up and lengthen. Next, we add the leg yield into the 10 meter circle to check that Darrien is staying in position and that he is working from his inside hind. This is when he will be able to stay in a better balance for a lengthening where he is able to track up and stay in balance at the trot.

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This is our second session with Darrien.  Our goal is to improve his trot.  We start with a slower trot so we can get him swinging through his back better. We finish this session by asking him to track up at trot while staying iin that mental and physical balance.

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

Now that we have focused on the feeling of Trudy Adams feeling when Ani is lifting her back, and is in front of her leg/aids at the walk and trot. We go into the canter. At first Ani will fall in and out of the canter and of course, lifting her back in the gait. To do this, Trudy focuses on where Ani's front end is and discovers that she has a tendency, like many riders, to ride more with the inside rein then the outside. 

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How can you feel if your horse is really under your seat and in front of your leg/aids at the canter?  Are you aware of when your horse's back is up?

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

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In this session we are focusing on Trudy Adams feeling when Melody is lifting her back. This is when she is under Trudy's seat and in front of her legs/aids. It is easy for Trudy to feel as Melody will start leaning a little on the reins as she drops her back and goes out of balance. Now, when Trudy feels Melody start to lean or get quicker, I ask her to do a curve until she can feel Melody carrying her differently. As a result, Melody also gets softer on the reins and lifts her back.

 

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