Do you have these skills for connection?

In this week’s video, I want to share a little bit more about a free Workshop that’s going on right now.

It’s called, Well Connected and it’s all about how you can cultivate more feel and connection with your horse.

There’s a lot of excitement about the results riders are having with their horses by utilizing the skills, behaviors and routines in the Workshop.

I thought you might want to know a little more about it so you don’t miss it.

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Are ‘feel’ and ‘connection’ teachable?

In the past few weeks, I’ve been talking to you about the pieces and the parts of riding.

We talked about sequences a little bit. We talked about developing feel.

It all got me thinking about the definition of ‘feel’ and ‘connection’, what that means, and how you can develop them.

That’s what this video is all about.

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When you feel anxious…

One thing we all experience from time-to-time is fear, or anxiety, or just a feeling of being over-excited.

When that happens when we ride, because of the connection of the mind, body, and emotion, that feeling on the inside causes a reaction in our body.

What to do when that happens is what this video is all about.

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Develop feel by focusing here

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been talking about the pieces of riding. It’s been a lot of fun. I had a lot of comments about last week’s video when I worked Nic on the flag to demonstrate a point that applies to all riders.

One of our members sent in a question about flag work. I’m going to respond to the specific question about flag work, but my response also applies to all disciplines. The concept I explain is an important one for developing ‘feel’.

That’s what this video is all about.

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Flag Work Pieces

Last week we talked about how challenging it is to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together when you’re learning to ride. There are so many of them.

Every time you find one it’s like a little treasure. It makes it so much easier for you if you view learning to ride as hunting for these puzzle pieces… and being delighted to find them.

In this video, I take you through getting ready to work the flag from the saddling area to completion of the practice. I’ll go through a number of the ‘pieces’ and share with you how I see those different segments.

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treasures of puzzle pieces

We did some fun things this week in our Core Confidence class.

The topic came up about how challenging it is to learn to do whatever it is that you want to do with your horse… either on the ground… in the saddle… maybe showing in a performance sport.

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Intimidator or Strong Leader?

This week in my Core Confidence Class this comment and question came up: “It’s a fine line between intimidation and strong leadership. Is it fear and insecurity (on the part of the rider) that causes us to cross the line and how do we realize the difference?”

I really like this comment/question because this is something that’s important to me. It’s a foundation part of everything I teach. I want to respond to it with all of you.

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Simple steps for applying leg pressure

I often get the asked, “How much is ‘too much’ or ‘too little’ leg pressure for my horse?”

In this video, I explain a few simple steps for you to discover how to keep your horse ‘light’ in the sides while you use just the right amount of leg pressure for him or her to get the response you want.

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If she can do it, I can do it!

This week was the year anniversary of the passing of my dear friend, Audrey Griffin who so inspired me. Audrey was 82 when she passed. She was a member of the Cowgirl Hall of Fame.

Thinking about the impact Audrey had on my life, reminded me to remind you about something very important in all of our lives.

That’s what this week’s video is all about.

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Touch of Ease

I walked out into the pasture with our two geldings this past week. What they were doing reminded me of one of those small, but kind and effective ways we can all communicate ease, calmness, and connection with a horse.

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Simple but not easy

What I’m going to share with you in this video are two ways to empower yourself and your horse, and then feel good around other people.

It’s a singular idea that’s easy to understand but takes deliberate thought to implement.

But when you do, your entire perspective will change. And your riding will improve, too.

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