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Mounted Workshops.

If you care about your own and your horse's well being whether you are a novice, intermediate, advanced rider, horse owner, trainer or riding school proprietor you will really love these workshops. Whatever your level, you can engage your natural ability to ride excellently whilst schooling, competing, hacking, or caring for your horse; without hurting yourself or them. You can ride naturally, whether in stressful competitive situations or just fun, at a level of excellence you've always dreamed of. You can succeed in your riding without breaking the bank and learn how to do the best for your horse, without giving up on your own success.

 

 

ART Workshop structure and time table:

Start 10am Lecture Demo: Biomechanics.
11am Dismounted wooden horse session covering:
1. How the horse's crookedness affects the rider's position.
2. How to school the rider to straighten the horse using ART spinal alignment principles.... more here
1pm Lunch.
2.oo pm Small group lessons for the rest of the day.

Theme of the day the secret power of position:

1. How to diagnose your own and your horses natural crookedness.
2. How to tone your own and your horse's weak side and relax your stiff side through hip flexion techniques.
3. How to get your horse to be attentive and listen to your contact by using jaw and poll flexion relaxation techniques.
4. How to improve your own and your horse's straightness, suppleness and way-of-going.

I encourage riders to take photos, or use a video camera during the exercises to record much more than the naked eye can see and understand more about themselves and their horse. Riders are very often surprised at what they find by place tape on each other which makes it easier for the eye to see.

Please feel free to pick up the phone and give me a call at 01442 402756 mobile 07771811561 or click here to send an email if you have any queries.

Here is what Christian has to say about ART.

"Annie my horse used to collapse onto her knees after landing over a jump, so much so, her previous owner sold her to me after a resultant bad fall. After 6 lessons with Joni she is now jumping perfectly and boldly with no stumbling after the fence. It has made a huge difference to my confidence and hers. Even though Annie is cured I'm going to continue lessons with Joni, because now I feel I have enough background knowledge and self belief to train to be a competitive rider, which I had never before dared to consider." Christian Schwetz, Chesham Buckinghamshire

Here is something you can play with to give you a flavour or the work. Is your horse imprinting his natural crookedness into your position? To find out grab a willing friend and use the following questionnaire. You will find out how to identify if your horse is a left or right hind driver and how he/she may be making it impossible for you to sit straight. Take photos or use a video camera during the exercises so that you can see stills, or run slow motion, and really see what is going on. I guarantee you will have great fun and may be very surprised at what you find?

Before you set off on a ride, or work in the arena with your friend, place tape on your back, your horse’s dorsal line and your saddle.
Then ask your friend to ride behind you, or film you from the corner of the arena, so they can give you feed back on where your spine is sitting in relation to your horse’s spine and the saddle. You are going to find out if the tape on your back goes out of alignment with the tape on the horse’s dorsal line and the tape on the back of the saddle in walk trot and canter. It’s good to make notes. Do the same for your friend, and compare your findings. You may be surprised!

1. Where is the rider’s spine positioned in relation to the horse’s dorsal line and saddle on the right rein?
Right
Left
Central

2. Where is the rider's spine positioned in relation to your horse’s dorsal line and saddle on the left rein?
Right
Left
Central

3. Work on both reins making transitions from walk to halt, trot to walk, and canter to trot. During the downward transitions does the horse lean , or step sideways onto one shoulder on the right rein?
Right
Left
Even

4.. How about the left rein?
Right
Left
Even

5. Does one stirrup feel shorter than the other?
Left
Right
Even

6. Is the rider being dropped down to one side?
Left
Right
Central.

7. Is one of your horse’s shoulders smaller and set further back than the other?

Left
Right
No they are even

8. Is your horse a right or left hind driver?

Left
Right
Not sure

9. Does your saddle twist?

Yes
No