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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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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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"Now you can connect with more horse people with hashtags. Try #horsefriday today!

"Now you can connect with more horse people with hashtags.  Try #horsefriday today! | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

"Now you can connect with more horse people on social media"

We are all learning more about how we can use social media and know that those hashtags are important.  Many of us have been dragging our feet as they make no sense.  How about playing with them to see how they work?  It could become a community of its own where we can meet new horse people and for those who are in the horse business, a way to promote what you are doing to the people who are looking for what you have to offer.

Randi Thompson's insight:

Hashtags are being forced on us, it does not matter what we think about them. They are here.  Now you can use them on many of the social media networks.  It is time for us horse people to see how they work.  Are you ready?

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Connecting a new horse. Introducing Darrien. Trot and Canter

This is Susan Faulkner Evans new horse, Darrien. In this session we start by focusing on connecting him at the trot as he starts to track up. (stepping into his front hoof print with his hind leg on the same time) Next, we move into the canter. As you will see, he is not sure of what he should be doing with his back or neck. His steps are not regular and his tendency is to lift his head up and cram his neck down into his shoulders , drop his back and step back with his hind legs instead of underneath his center. You can see that in the beginning they are dragging and the left hind actually looks a little off. Our goal is to build up the strength of that left hind leg.

We are going to share everything we do with Darrien here so you can see exactly what we are doing and why. 

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Now we are connecting Susan to her new horse, Darrien. He is a Trakener. In this session we focus on getting him to track up at the trot and balance better at the canter.  This is our first session together.  

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Connecting a new horse. Introducing Darrien at the walk. Feeling the connection from side to side and the Leg Yield. # 2

This is Susan Faulkner Evans new horse, Darrien. In this session we are focusing on connecting him with the leg yields and shoulders ins. Darrien is a Trakener and has been laid off recoupering from an injury.  Now we are bringing him back by taking him to the basics and building up from there.  We expect it will be at least two months before he is ready to compete with.  It will take a year before his performance peaks. .

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Darrien is Susan's new dressage horse.  He has been laid up from an injury and we are bringing him back into action.  

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Congratulations!! - Equitrekking Wins Daytime Emmy Award

Congratulations!! - Equitrekking Wins Daytime Emmy Award | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Equitrekking wins a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Camera Photography for a third time for Greg Barna's cinematography. Chip Ward and Darley Newman were also honored with nominations for Outstanding Travel Program and Writing.

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Congratulations!  #equitrekking  

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We are thrilled with the continued success of Equitrekking but more so that they have chose some of our Active Riding Trips as features!

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Susie - I re-scooped ya gal - we LOVE Equitrekking and are thrilled that they have chosen more than a few of our trips for their features!
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Announcing the HoofMakeover Video Series: Farrier Hans Wiza's Case Studies on Restoring Hoof Health

Announcing the HoofMakeover Video Series: Farrier Hans Wiza's Case Studies on Restoring Hoof Health | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Canadian farrier Hans Wiza has illustrated his rehabilitative hoof work on a group of unsound horses in a new professional video series that can be downloaded from the Internet.

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Check out this new FREE video series about hoofcare!

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Researchers Find Link between Cribbing, Abdominal Pressure

Researchers Find Link between Cribbing, Abdominal Pressure | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Researchers discovered that cribbing causes increased intra-abdominal pressure.
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Does your horse crib?  Check out this new study.

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Study Evaluates Horses' Desire to Work -

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Study Evaluates Horses' Desire to Work
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Cover Story. Senior Horse Care Strategies. Aging is a natural process. But that doesn't mean it's easy or fun for horses.
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What do you know about a horse's desire to work? 

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Improve the quality of the trot with a metronome

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Here we use the metronome on Trudy Adams horse, Ani. Watch how Ani changes as a result of using the metronome again. In this session we are focusing on the trots including the stretchy trot.

 

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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Have you used a metronome?  How can you use it to improve a horse's trot?

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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.

Randi Thompson's insight:

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.

Randi Thompson's insight:

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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Trots. Leg Yields for better connection. Keeping them springy.

.Here we focus on the leg yields with Susan Faulkner Evans and Beau. Leg yields are still new to Beau. We need him to keep springy in his steps as he does them. To do this, Beau needs to keep moving forward as he goes sideways. 

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How can you use leg yields to get your horse more comfortable to ride and easier to influence?

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How Often Should Horses Have Equine Bodywork Done?

How Often Should Horses Have Equine Bodywork Done? | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
  One question that I often get from my current and potential equine bodywork clients is "How often should my horse have bodywork done?

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Is your horse getting any bodywork done?

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Connecting a new horse. Introducing Darrien at the walk. Part #1

.This is Susan Faulkner Evans new horse, Darrien. She has had him about a week. The first few days she let him adjust to his new home and she has ridden him a few times. In this session we are focusing on connecting him. As you will see, he is not sure of what he should be doing with his back or neck. He is not sure how to stretch anymore and his tendency is to lift his head up and cram his neck down into his shoulders, drop his back and step back with his hind legs instead of underneath his center. You can see that in the beginning they are dragging and the left hind actually looks a little off. We focus on the walk in parts 1 through 3. By the time we finish we are doing leg yields and shoulder ins. 

We are going to share everything we do with Darrien here so you can see exactly what we are doing and why. For now, he is very undeveloped in his muscles. He has no back muscles and is soft everywhere. His neck is distorted and has the largest muscles on the bottom of his neck instead of the top. The good news for us is that he has had good training in the past and now all we need to do.

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This is Susan's new horse Darrien.  Now that he is settled in, it is time to connect him.  Now you can watch the progress with another horse as we take them through the training process.  

 

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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Are you riding through your "core?" (under your seat) How can you feel it? The Walk

You have probably heard people saying that you need to ride through your "core". This is when the rider is connected from the their elbows (connected lightly to the horses mouth) to their seatbones and down through their legs. It is when the riders position is connected to the horse.

 

This is Susan Faulkner Evans on Parker sharing what they are doing to re establish (seems like we are always going back to the basics) their connection at the walk.
 

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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Is your horse connected to your riding postition?  Can you feel that connection through your core?  This is also what is meant when a horse is under a rider's seat.  How can you tell if you are connected?

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"How to teach a rider, or train a horse to understand how to ride 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.
In the beginning of this video you will see that it is difficult for both Susan and Beau. This is because they really have not been as straight on a circle as they should be. You will see that Beau is a little offended and that Susan has to keep re positioning him every few strides to keep him straight. When the rider first feels straightness, especially with the lunge line, they will feel like the horse is crooked, when in fact, the horse is straight. That is a sign that they have gotten comfortable with their horse being crooked. With time, the rider will feel the correct balance.

By the end of this video (4 mins) Beau begins to move straighter and as a result, starts coming through. In the next video you will see that this becomes more consistent..

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hHow can you balance your horse on a circle?

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How To Improve SEO with Link Building and Social Media

How To Improve SEO with Link Building and Social Media | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it

If you were under the impression that building links on social media would be quick, automated and easy, now is the time to shed the illusion. This is a time-consuming, painstaking process.

 

We all expected that computers would make our jobs easier and faster through automation. Now the time we saved must be spent on relationship building. It does pay off in the end.

 

Successful link building requires a clear understanding of Google’s criteria for a high PageRank.

 

Sites are rewarded for good, original content and what Google views as “natural” link development.

 

Find out more: http://www.business2community.com/digital-marketing/how-to-improve-seo-with-link-building-and-social-media-0516064


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Would you like your website to rank higher when people search for what you have to offer online?  Check this out.

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Deeksha Sulakhe's curator insight, June 11, 2013 2:55 AM

That's a great strategy of link building. I am into that work in bringing up the link building and it really needs a lot of patience. I am doing it for a page : http://www.peoplelink.in

Forumactif's curator insight, June 12, 2013 5:12 AM

Très bon article.

SocialEvolutionism's curator insight, June 30, 2013 11:04 AM

Also check Rands post - 4 ways to social media to earn links http://bit.ly/10sOpdX

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21 Awesome Social Media Facts, Figures and Statistics for 2013

21 Awesome Social Media Facts, Figures and Statistics for 2013 | Horse and Rider Awareness | Scoop.it
Social media networks are continuing to grow led by some key factors. These include mobile usage and acceptance by the older generation. Google+ is now the second largest network, Twitter is the fastest growing with Facebook still the biggest.

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Check out these social media facts!

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