Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Would you like to be able to ride that perfect circle? How about being able to really feel (or teach a rider) how to use their riding position and be able to feel when their horse is falling in and out of the circle or keeping a horse in front of the aids? Check out this easy to use yet amazing technique using a lunge line.
Are you ready to try this? Let us know how it works for you!
Monday, July 16, 2018
dressage, dressage training, equestrian, equitation, Horse and Rider Awareness, horse showing, horse training, horsemanship, horses, Randi Thompson, riding instruction, Tryon NC dressage
To improve your riding position all you need to do is try these exercises for 30 days. 5 minutes a day. You will be amazed at the difference in your riding position.
Let me know how these exercises work for you. Please tell us what you experience (whining is allowed...) and how different your riding position and lower leg feel after you try them.
Monday, July 9, 2018
"What would it feel like to finally... feel like you have a secure riding position at the rising/posting trot?"
Watch this blast from the past to see what happened as these two riders focus on their riding positions at the trots. Once we started focusing on these awareness exercises, both riders found that they needed to go back to some of the basics. Now you can see how much their riding positions change at the rising/posting trots.
Are you ready to try these on your horse? Let us know how they make a difference for you!
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Every rider gets to a point in their riding and training where they need to become more assertive with their riding position and how they are using their aids."This could be as simple as keeping the horse's rhythm, the rider adding more leg, seat or rein pressure.
Knowing when to apply more pressure is challenging for many riders. In this blast from the past, Trudy told me that she felt like Ani was ignoring her aids at times and that it was making her feel like she did not have control. We started this session (which goes into the walk and trots) by asking Trudy to become more aware of what she is doing with her riding position and how Ani is responding to it. At first, Ani barely responds. Next, we turn up the volume and Trudy became more assertive with her riding position and aids. As a result, Ani became more responsive and lighter on the aids.
Can you see the difference in Ani's attitude and movement as a result of what Trudy is doing?
Friday, July 6, 2018
"What if... you want your horse to keep its head in a certain position. This is common for those who are competing or riding dressage. Do you feel like your horse is still locking up or leaning on the reins when you pick up the reins connection? You are not alone. This is a mystery that takes some riders years to understand. Now you can watch what I do with Trudy so she can isolate how Ani is responding to what she is doing with the reins.
On this day Trudy asked if we could focus on that "rainbow" that happens in a horses neck when they are soft to the bit (rein connection) and on the aids/in front of the aids/round and so on. Trudy has been watching horses at the dressage shows and now that Ani is more comfortable with that level of connection is ready to ask her to stay balanced between her reins and legs even more.
In this video we are at the halt and you can see how I break everything down for Trudy. (We have done this in the past, but now Trudy has a different idea about what this really can do)
How does your horse respond to the rein connection? Are you ready to try this technique on your horse? Let us know how it works for you.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Would you like to have 3 Magic Riding Position Fixes that you can use to improve your riding position or your students?
While I was in Oklahoma I took the time to film some of my favorite riding instructor tips. 3 Magic Riding Position Fixes. There were more western saddles there than I have seen in a long time! The facts are that good basics work with any style of riding and these tips will make a difference for you and your students in almost any riding discipline.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
What if you could finally... feel if your upper riding position was in the right place?
On this day Trudy asked me to focus on what she is doing with her shoulders and upper body in the circles and so on. In this blast from the past, you can watch what happened to Trudy's riding position and her connection with Ani as a result of adding a simple technique.