Need tried and true ideas for your coaching lessons?
Want to put some pizzazz into your rides between lessons?
Don't have an instructor but wish you could have professional information?
Horse Listening Practice Sessions are just the extra boost you need to take your riding to the next level!
Easy to read, memorize and try!
As a certified Equine Canada coach, I've spent over 20 years teaching literally hundreds of people how to improve their riding skills and develop better communication and harmony with their horses. Now, I want to bring this experience right to your barn!
Tested and proven by riders of varying skill levels riding different horse types, you can be sure that they provide the guidance needed to progress.
P.S. Update! Our first members are already in and using the first Practice Session. See what this rider has to say!
"I tried the first lesson yesterday and I can’t believe how well my horses handled it! ...By the 3rd time going through this suppling exercise, she was able to relax her back, lower her head, and keep a steady pace where I didn’t have to continually pull on the reins. This happened with both my horses and I am so glad I joined this group. I can’t wait to continue practicing this exercise and others to come! " - L. Johnson
Finally! The Ultimate Rider-Centered Program!
Ready for something completely different?
This is NOT a program where you watch other people's riding lessons. Start working with your horse from Day 1.
Every two weeks, you'll get a new "Practice Session" designed to meet specific horse and rider skills. The patterns are delivered through carefully prepared, animated "whiteboard videos," where the patterns are clearly drawn out and explained. We will focus on the current Practice Session in our Facebook community, going over any questions, comments and wins that people have.
Sample goals include:
- Improving Suppleness (lateral and longitudinal)
- Use of the inside hind leg
- Balanced circles - sizes and shapes
Includes figures such as serpentines, straight lines, corners, tear drops, and more!
* Throughout: tips and strategies to improve all relevant rider aids
Quality Of Movement Exercises
These are little bonus exercises you can do with your horse at any time to work on quality of movement, simple communication, or transitions. They are perfect for warm-ups, middle-of-the-ride breaks, or at the end of the ride as an excellent way to cool down while still maintaining attention and communication.
- Downloadable PDFs - print and take to the barn!
- Simple and well explained
- Mix and match according to your and your horse's current needs
In addition to the Practice Sessions, each alternating week will feature a new ground skill. You'll never need to spend more than 10 minutes on these if you do them each time before or after you ride (or on off days). So you will get either a Practice Session or a Groundwork exercise each week.
- Cross-tie Manners
HOW IT WORKS
1. Start With A Questionnaire
This will give me a clear picture of you, your horse, your goals, and any specific problems. This will ensure you get the best start possible.
2. Work On The Exercises
Once you enter the Dashboard area, you'll get access to the current Practice Session.
Also, find the current Ground Work exercise in your email every other week.
Take them to the barn and practice!
3. Facebook Group
Join the group. This is where you will get the most benefit. Share videos. Check in with questions, comments and tips.
4. Progress Email
You will receive a progress email at the end of each month. The email will ask you specific questions about your progress to date. I will personally read and respond!
REMOTE COACHING - FOR MEMBERS ONLY
I accept a limited amount of remote coaching per month. While I cannot come physically to your barn, I can give you quite a lot of feedback through remote coaching. Purchase half-hour sessions at a time at a very special price of $39.99 only, as an Introductory price.
Private, one-on-one chats - through text (Facebook Messaging) or on the phone or live video using WhatsApp. You will have to have either Facebook or WhatsApp set up on your phone or computer already before booking the remote coaching appointment.
Video feedback: I will watch and comment on any videos you send me (through Facebook Messaging) while we are talking live.
You can ask any specific questions about your particular challenges.
We can goal set - short term and long term.
One session (specific problem) or multiple sessions (ongoing feedback).
Remember that the difficulty level of the exercises can always be modified by adding transitions or higher level movements if you would like more challenge. Alternately, you can always simplify a difficult Practice Session by staying at one gait, modifying figures, or eliminating a movement altogether (for example, trot when it says shoulder-in). The sky is the limit! Make these Practice Sessions yours!
Membership can be cancelled anytime. If you cancel before the end of your purchase term, you will continue to have access until you have used up the complete time you have paid for.
Frequently Asked Questions
I want to take the excellence of the blog to the next level with this concept. So I have designed a robust, program-like concept that I hope will address many areas of your riding. The Practice Sessions themselves are whiteboard, animated videos that take you step-by-step through a series of well-planned, sequential figures designed to improve specific areas of you and your horse's skills.
In order to get the most benefit from the Practice Sessions, you should be able to comfortably walk, trot and canter your horse. However, the Practice Sessions can always be modified to meet your needs (so if you aren't cantering at the moment, you can change the canter sections to trot). There is a lot of theory and information embedded into the Practice Sessions that will help beginner riders understand the details right from the beginning.
The Practice Session exercises are designed to help a specific area of training. At this time, we have two goals: suppleness and transitions (there may be more in the future). However, every exercise affects many other skill areas such as impulsion, engagement, working better over the back (longitudinal suppleness), stepping underneath better with the inside hind leg, bend (lateral suppleness), and much, much more.
Obviously, there can be no improvement in the horse without improvement in the rider! The Practice Sessions can help you understand various basic riding figures (movements). The Aids & Figures Mini Lessons give you detailed explanations of the aids, how to use the aids (strategies) and what the timing should be like. Feel is discussed where relevant. And there's more! You will learn about placement of the figures, what you're looking from the horse, and even when you should add in a half-halt!!
If you've read the horselistening blog, you will know that one of the main goals I have is to write about the basics. While I come at everything from a dressage (/western/natural horsemanship/long distance trail) perspective, and I generally use the dressage patterns and figures, many people from various disciplines (saddle seat, western, reining, hunter/jumper, and gaited horses) have told me how the exercises have benefited them and their students. If you have any questions, just send me a quick query using the contact button below!
*Special Note To Coaches
These Practice Sessions are pre-made to fit easily and effectively into your regular dressage, flat, reining or western general performace lessons. They come complete with defined goals, detailed explanations of the aids, and printable exercises. Your membership gives you the right to personally print off and use all of the images and ideas with your students. However, if your students would like their own copies, please encourage them to get their own membership. Thank you!