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 Classical Training Video Previews

This is a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging DVD. On conclusion of viewing the DVD I was already calmer and in a much better place to work with my horses.

TheHorseStudio.com


The breathing techniques have worked very quickly with the horses I ride.

Thank You
Una.


My Jack is responding so well to my breathing, I haven't needed to ask for halt or slowing via his mouth at all.

Maggie.


The goal is to achieve 'lightness and harmony' and to me this is very special...

Rebecca


The result is an holistic approach that includes work on riders’ minds and bodies off the horse and the ability to get horses performing movements when free in a school.

Jane Kidd - British Dressage


This is a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging DVD. On conclusion of viewing the DVD I was already calmer and in a much better place to work with my horses.

TheHorseStudio.com


The breathing techniques have worked very quickly with the horses I ride.

Thank You
Una.


My Jack is responding so well to my breathing, I haven't needed to ask for halt or slowing via his mouth at all.

Maggie.


The goal is to achieve 'lightness and harmony' and to me this is very special...

Rebecca


The result is an holistic approach that includes work on riders’ minds and bodies off the horse and the ability to get horses performing movements when free in a school.

Jane Kidd - British Dressage


This is a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging DVD. On conclusion of viewing the DVD I was already calmer and in a much better place to work with my horses.

TheHorseStudio.com


The breathing techniques have worked very quickly with the horses I ride.

Thank You
Una.


My Jack is responding so well to my breathing, I haven't needed to ask for halt or slowing via his mouth at all.

Maggie.


The goal is to achieve 'lightness and harmony' and to me this is very special...

Rebecca


The result is an holistic approach that includes work on riders’ minds and bodies off the horse and the ability to get horses performing movements when free in a school.

Jane Kidd - British Dressage


This is a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging DVD. On conclusion of viewing the DVD I was already calmer and in a much better place to work with my horses.

TheHorseStudio.com


The breathing techniques have worked very quickly with the horses I ride.

Thank You
Una.


My Jack is responding so well to my breathing, I haven't needed to ask for halt or slowing via his mouth at all.

Maggie.


The goal is to achieve 'lightness and harmony' and to me this is very special...

Rebecca


The result is an holistic approach that includes work on riders’ minds and bodies off the horse and the ability to get horses performing movements when free in a school.

Jane Kidd - British Dressage


This is a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging DVD. On conclusion of viewing the DVD I was already calmer and in a much better place to work with my horses.

TheHorseStudio.com


The breathing techniques have worked very quickly with the horses I ride.

Thank You
Una.


My Jack is responding so well to my breathing, I haven't needed to ask for halt or slowing via his mouth at all.

Maggie.


The goal is to achieve 'lightness and harmony' and to me this is very special...

Rebecca


The result is an holistic approach that includes work on riders’ minds and bodies off the horse and the ability to get horses performing movements when free in a school.

Jane Kidd - British Dressage


This is a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging DVD. On conclusion of viewing the DVD I was already calmer and in a much better place to work with my horses.

TheHorseStudio.com


The breathing techniques have worked very quickly with the horses I ride.

Thank You
Una.


My Jack is responding so well to my breathing, I haven't needed to ask for halt or slowing via his mouth at all.

Maggie.


The goal is to achieve 'lightness and harmony' and to me this is very special...

Rebecca


The result is an holistic approach that includes work on riders’ minds and bodies off the horse and the ability to get horses performing movements when free in a school.

Jane Kidd - British Dressage


This is a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging DVD. On conclusion of viewing the DVD I was already calmer and in a much better place to work with my horses.

TheHorseStudio.com


The breathing techniques have worked very quickly with the horses I ride.

Thank You
Una.


My Jack is responding so well to my breathing, I haven't needed to ask for halt or slowing via his mouth at all.

Maggie.


The goal is to achieve 'lightness and harmony' and to me this is very special...

Rebecca


The result is an holistic approach that includes work on riders’ minds and bodies off the horse and the ability to get horses performing movements when free in a school.

Jane Kidd - British Dressage


This is a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging DVD. On conclusion of viewing the DVD I was already calmer and in a much better place to work with my horses.

TheHorseStudio.com


The breathing techniques have worked very quickly with the horses I ride.

Thank You
Una.


My Jack is responding so well to my breathing, I haven't needed to ask for halt or slowing via his mouth at all.

Maggie.


The goal is to achieve 'lightness and harmony' and to me this is very special...

Rebecca


The result is an holistic approach that includes work on riders’ minds and bodies off the horse and the ability to get horses performing movements when free in a school.

Jane Kidd - British Dressage


Looking At Collection

Collection or Restriction?

How would you define the word 'collection'? I looked this up in the dictionary and found words like 'gathering together' and 'pulling together'. I then looked up the word 'together' and found such definitions as 'in sync', 'in concert' and 'as one'. These last words formed in my mind, the picture of horse and rider performing Classical art, in true collection. When we fully understand what we want to achieve by 'collecting' the horse, then we can look in more depth at the path to achieving this goal.

Horse Image

So what is it that we find so compelling about the horse? Is it his sheer beauty and mystical power or maybe it is his free spirit and connection with his natural environment? It could also be his generous nature which enables us to attempt the control his majestic spirit and power? An animal in freedom will breathe naturally, attuned to the environment and situation around them. They will respond to the laws of nature as they are at one with their world.

 When we ask the horse to become a part of our world he can find himself planted in a world totally foreign to him. We control by placing a bit in his mouth, a bridle around his head, a saddle and tight girth around his middle and we may wear spurs and carry a whip. Yes, and sadly, we don't stop there! The horse then may be subjected to reins, ropes and more gadgets tightening his neck and poll creating pain and discomfort all in the name of schooling the horse. These accessories are meant to put the horse in a 'frame' but often the result is more akin to the restriction of imprisonment. Still we see the horse trying to please and interpret our language. This may fail miserably as a dialogue of mutual benefit or empathy.

Let us take a look at the reality of the punishment we inflict on the horse when we ask for a 'fixed frame' Any athlete, whether human or equine, can only move freely with a lack of restriction to his head and neck, which need mobility to absorb all the movement. Imagine the power and energy as the horse jumps into the canter strike off. The head and neck need to be able to absorb this movement but if the rider has heavy hands the horse will only feel a restrictive tug in his mouth. For us to build the desire within the horse to step forwards with confidence, we need to build a relationship of trust. This is the true foundation.

So what is the impact on the horse when we try to control with an array of gadgets and only offer him our heavy hearts, strong hands and overloaded mind. Initially he will feel anguish which will immediately change his pattern of breathing. He may take short and shallow breaths which will create future problems both mentally and physically. Even when the rider is teaching the horse with enlightenment and empathy, certain tension will be created within the mind of the horse. This may not be from unyielding gadgets but merely from concentration during training. The horse will try hard to interpret our often confused signals and this will have an immediate impact on his pattern of breathing.

Connect With Creation

When we feel connected mentally, physically and spiritually we are in touch with the universe and connecting with creation where our horse will feel 'at home' and secure. If we can teach the horse to work rhythmically whilst breathing more deeply, he can sustain more work whilst maintaining a healthy nourished body. Both human and horse come together in a moment of time. Humans so often feel disconnected not only with themselves but the environment around them.

The Influence Of Core Breathing

Core breathing can assist the horse in the following ways: 

Sigh deeply to release tension, relax eyes and facial muscles

  1. Assist a calm and focused mind
  2. Help natural co-ordination and muscle development
  3. It is a precursor to good health and vitality
  4. Enhanced performance
  5. Support flexion
  6. Encourage good circulation to nourish all vital organs/muscles in the body
  7. Help to eliminate toxins from the body
  8. Allow movement to flow with fluidity, grace, balance and power.
  9. CORE-BREATHING – is a profound connection of empathy

Co-ordination is at the heart of true mastery and we need to feel truly relaxed lower core energy, to gain this control. It is fundamental to spend time looking to connect with nature through relaxation techniques and personal breath control. Within this focus we can feel a sense of meditation and also the ability to use visualization at a deeper level. Let me give you an example. In the early days with my Lusitano stallion, Habil, I would sit in the saddle and feel his tightness and anxiety. I began to try and visualize the warmth of a spring day, even though the wind was howling outside on a cold morning. I would try to imagine sunshine, flowers, trees and calmness.

what-is-collection-2

As I visualized these ideas both physically and mentally I felt lighter and more relaxed. I felt my jaw release into a smile which allowed my body energy to flow freely. The ride became more joyful and Habil began to mirror my happiness. This endorses the principle that our mind controls our body. When we learn to use techniques of relaxation and visualization to control our mind and thoughts, we can then, and only then, gain control of our body. Once we have learnt to master our own balance, we can begin to master the balance of the horse.

HOMEWORK:

Practice your Top-to-Toe and core-breathing. Then begin to explore techniques of visualization. Think of a place or time where you felt really at peace and at one with nature and bring that feeling to your horse

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