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Randi Thompson
Worked at Horse and Rider Awareness, Public Speaker, Horse Expert Witness and Consultant, How to Market Your Horse Business
Attended SEAK Expert Witness Conference
Lived in USA. North Carolina
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"Contact. What if you could finally... keep an even, following rein connection with your horse?  Where do you need to keep your hands? What steps can you take to make the difference?  (Hint.  Check out this video)"

In this session Trudy focuses on keeping a light connection with the reins on Melody at the walk.  Watch as Trudy becomes aware of what she is doing with her reins, when she (or Melody)  drop the connection (even feel on both reins)  

Are your hands following your horses movements? Are you ready to try it on your horse?  

For more Horse and Rider Awareness videos join our Google + pages at" +Horse and Rider Awareness with Randi Thompson or +Dressage Instructor Tryon, NC - Randi Thompson 

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"What if... the real reason your lower legs are not staying where you want them to be, is that you have not been keep your seat over them?  This is what happens with most riders.  It sounds so simple, but is a huge shift in how you will be able to maintain your balanced riding position.  Now you can watch how I show Trudy how to be able to feel when her seat is in the right place to keep her anchored into her lower legs"

What did you learn from watching this video? Can you see how important it is for you to keep your seat over your lower legs so that they are in the right place?  Are you ready to try this?  Please let us know how it works for you.  

For more Horse and Rider Awareness videos join our Google+ pages at:  +Horse and Rider Awareness with Randi Thompson  and +Dressage Instructor Tryon, NC - Randi Thompson 

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"Improve your riding position in 30 days! It's time to go back to the basics and focus on your riding position at the Trot"

It's been a long winter here and Trudy has only been able to ride maybe 10 times in the past 3 months. Like most riders, she is probably not as steady with her riding position as she would like to be. We start re connecting her riding position by focusing on her lower leg position. In the process we work on issues that are common with most riders. To do this I have added the neck strap so that Trudy keeps her hands where they need to be to balance her seat over her lower legs. Next, we start doing different exercises that will help her to focus on what she needs to feel. At first, she is not able to sit two rise one in the posting but little by little... gets back into a more secure seat. 

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 aloud...) and how different your riding position and lower leg feel after you try them.

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"To remember who you are you will need to forget who they told you to be"

Funny how that works... When we were younger they taught us to conform and be like everyone else. As we get older some of us stretch our imaginations and do what others might think is impossible. If you are reading this post you are one of those people. You are a mapmaker. The world is a better place because you are in it.
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"Your giggle for today.  Enjoy this +SmartPak video with the gals pretending they are taking horse photos.  I love these videos!"

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"Leg Yields and Shoulder In. Is your horse supple (soft, giving, yielding...) to your rein contact and on the aids? Watch as this young horse begins to understand how to stay on the aids/on the bit for the first time with these movements"

When a shoulder in or leg yield is correctly the horse stays connected between the riders aids from back to front and from side to side. However, the young and inexperienced horses do not start these movements on the aids. They do not know how to stay connected and we are happy if they will simply move where we want them to go. It is a big step if the rider decides to take their horse to the next level (First level for Leg yielding, 2nd for Shoulder in) while keeping them connected. Now you can watch as Trudy starts taking Ani to that next level.This is the first time we have asked Ani to stay "on the aids/on the bit" for the shoulder in and leg yields.

What did you learn from watching this video? Are you ready to try this on your horse?

For more Horse and Rider Awareness videos join our Google+ pages at +Horse and Rider Awareness with Randi Thompson and +Dressage Instructor Tryon, NC - Randi Thompson 

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"Are your lower legs slip sliding all over the place? You are not alone. Now you can see techniques that you can use to improve your lower legs position right here!"

This was our training level class with Susan and Trudy. On this day we focused on what was happening with their lower leg positions. They begin by feeling if their calf muscle is slightly stretching. We move up to transitions to see if they can keep that feeling. To make it more interesting we even added circles so they could feel what happens to most riders legs when they add circle. Watch what happens as they both become more aware of what they have been doing with their lower legs.

Are you ready to try this while you are riding? Let us know how these techniques work for you. We love hearing your feedback.

This video has some odd movements in at as a result of Youtube doing something weird....

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"Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. YOU must set yourself on fire"

The choice to make your dreams come true, by taking action... and the results are yours.
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"I love social media! I have made contacts and friends all around the world. Today I am being interviewed for a series called "Equestrian Trailblazers" with host June Burgess from Ireland"

 June is interviewing equestrians from around the world for this amazing event that will be released in May. Stay tuned as I will be sharing more information soon.
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"How to get the perfect leg position in only 5 minutes a day!"

Would you like to have a perfect leg position?  These are techniques used by international rider schools to teach their riders how to have a deep leg that supports their riding position.  They look easy...but will make your legs feel weak pretty quickly.  You will also become aware of what you have been doing with posting trot. When you sit two beats of the trot and rise one, you will feel if your are with the horses movement or not.  With the up two sit one exercise you will feel how you have been posting. Most riders are popping up in the saddle at the rising trot than falling back on their rump.  In the correct posting movement the rider should be rolling on their thighs while making the movement.  When they land they should land where their rump meets their upper thigh instead of their rump.. Of course, we make this even more difficult by having Camille drop her right iron.  This makes her use the left side of her riding position which is very difficult. 

All you need to do is practice these three positions at the trot for 5 minutes a day for 30 days and you will be amazed at the changes in your riding position, or your students.  When your legs start getting sore, switch to one of the other exercises. Are you ready for the challenge?

For more Horse and Rider Awareness videos join our Google+ pages at:  +Horse and Rider Awareness with Randi Thompson or +Dressage Instructor Tryon, NC - Randi Thompson 

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5 minutes must feel like an eternity. Good job Camille!
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"Contact at the canter. 3rd time! What happens when a horse is asked to take contact at the canter?  It's a new game and now you can watch the progress that happens as Trudy asks Ani to stay connected and on the aids for the 3rd time at the canter"

This is such an exciting time for Trudy. Ani is now ready to be ridden on contact (on the aids, on the bit) at the canter!  In the past Trudy has been allowing Ani to canter like a green horse on a loose rein and with her head up. Now, Trudy is thinking about competing in dressage and it is time to go to the next level.  Contact and connection at all the gaits.  The hardest for most riders being the canter. (with a green horse or any horse that is new to contact)  Now you can watch what happens as Trudy asks Ani to stay connected.  This is only the 3rd session that we have done this at the canter and the perfect video for you to watch if you are taking your horse or a student, through this process.

What did you learn about connecting a horse that is new to contact at the canter?  Does it make you feel better about the progress you might be having with your horses to do the same thing?

For more Horse and Rider Awareness videos join us on Google+ at: +Horse and Rider Awareness with Randi Thompson or +Dressage Instructor Tryon, NC - Randi Thompson 

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“Stop using your heels to ride!  Now you can discover new ways to fix this common riding challenge in yourself or your riders with these proven techniques”

Some riders have been taught or have gotten into the habit of using their heels to get a horse to move forward or sideways.  If you are using spurs, you might also have gotten into the habit of using your spurs instead of your lower leg.  What can you do to fix this common riding challenge?"

The facts are, when a  rider uses their heels, they often are riding on their toes, their heels come up and their entire leg rolls off the saddle from the thigh down as the rider uses the back of their leg instead of the inside.  When this happens, it is impossible for the riders to keep a secure, anchored lower leg position.

Watch as I show Trudy Adams how to focus on changing a habit that most riders have.   She has been using her using her heels for years.  It will be easy for you to see how this affects her lower leg position

What do you see changing as Trudy gets a more secure feeling with her lower legs?

For more Horse and Rider Awareness videos join our Google+ pages at: +Horse and Rider Awareness with Randi Thompson and +Dressage Instructor Tryon, NC - Randi Thompson 

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Founder "Horse and Rider Awareness" and "How to Market Your Horse Business" Speaker, Author, Horse Industry Expert Witness
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USA. North Carolina - Glenwood, Mn - Rapid City, SD - Omaha, Ne - Parkersburg, WV - Palm Beaches, Fl
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Introduction

Randi has been in the horse industry for 35 years and
has been teaching riding instructors, clinicians, trainers and riders easy, safe and fun techniques to connect them with their students or horses. Her Horse and Rider Awareness® techniques have been tested on 1000's of students and horses of all styles of riding and breeds of horse world. Randi has been featured in radio shows, horse publications, and more. You can also join us on Facebook at Horse and Rider Awareness-Randi Thompson

There are now over 1000 Horse and Rider Awareness videos on Youtube that show the progress of several horses and riders over the past years!  You can subscribe to our Youtube channel at: randithompsonlive

Randi has been featured as the keynote speaker at the largest equestrian trade shows in the US as well as speaking for events outside the horse world on social media marketing.  For those who are horse professionals, check out Randi’s award winning Facebook fan page “How to Market Your Horse Business”  

Randi is available for private coaching and consultations both online and in her local area of Hendersonville, NC.  (Asheville, Tryon)   

Recent Awards:

Randi's rider, Susan Faulkner Evans of Greer, SC. was awarded the 2014 USDF All Breeds Reserve Champion Award for both Over All and AA Intermediate 1 with Darrien by the American Trakehner  Assn.  They also competed at the USDF Region 1 Championships on Darrien and placed 3rd in AA Intermediate 1 and in the 2nd Level Championships she rode Mission Point in the 2nd Level Championships and came in 8th place.   

USDF Dressage Finals 2013. Trained Susan Faulkner Evans on Mission Point Finals 4th place winner for the Training Level Championships with a combined 3 judge score of 70.20%. This was in a class of 27 qualified Regional Champions and winners. 

Winner 2012 "Social Media Examiner's Top 10 Facebook Small Business Page"

Finalist "Great Facebook Timeline Cover Contest" Mari Smith

"5 Facebook Pages We All Aspire to" -Social Cycle

"Top 10 Facebook Designs to Inspire You" Jeff Bullas

Equestrian Social Media Awards "Top 10 Most Informative"

"2011 Hall of Fame, Horse Woman's Gazette
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Featured in the April 2015 Sidelines. Randi Thompson - Horse and Rider Awareness http://sidelinesnews.com/blogs/editorsnotes/randi-thompson-horse-and-rider-awareness.html
Education
  • SEAK Expert Witness Conference
    Expert Witness Training, 2013
    Also attended the conference on "How to Excel at Your Expert Deposition and the SEAK Expert Witness National Conference.
  • Equine Law Conference
    Equine Law, 2013
    The National Equine Law Conference
  • Horsemanship Safety Association
    Horse and Rider Safety
    Certified as a Master Clinician. Certified 100's of instructors and taught the Advanced Clinic programs.
  • Meredith Manor Equestrian College
    Equestrian
    International equestrian school. Course included horse and rider training, business and more
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