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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
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Lived in USA. North Carolina
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"Canter. Can you keep your horse against the outside rein and leg? Why is this so important? How can you know if your horse is really there?"

In this session Susan focuses on keeping Beau straight and in balance. To do this she is using the serpentine pattern while asking him to stay on the outside rein and leg. This is when Beau is straight and hopefully... sitting back on his hindquarters more. This level of balance is still new to Beau and he is not sure what we want him to do. It is about the 5th time we have asked him for this level of connection.

Can you see how Beau's balance is changing? Are you ready to try this on your horse? 

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Thank you for making such wonderful videos. Right now, I'm learning to connect with my outside rein and to break up with my inside rein. After my trainer teaches me something, I immediately watch one of your many videos on the topics. Thank you so much for all of the help.
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^"Are you ready to connect your horse right away in the warm up trot?  This is the first time Susan has asked Beau to stay in balance and connected in the warm up. We start right away with keeping his balance on his hindquarters and having Susan check to see if she can keep Beau straight and on the outside rein and leg"*

We were not sure that Beau would allow us to put him on the aids this quickly and he was a little surprised.  Yet, he was willing to try.  He has become a different horse this year and is cooperating so much better with Susan.  He still has his issues but is now handling them much better and trusts Susan and the training process we are using.  

Can you see how connecting a horse this soon at the trot might be  possible? Are you ready to try this on your horse?


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"Staying connected in the warm up walk.  Can we do it? In fact, you might be wondering if you can do it at any time. Now you can see what happens as Susan asks Beau to stay in balance and connected in the warm up walk for the first time.  Beau is not thrilled with this idea...."

Beau is like a different horse this year.  Now, Susan can ask him to do harder things and he is much more willing to try them.  In this session Susan went right to work making sure that he was "sitting down" with his weight on his hindquarters and his shoulder higher.  Next she checks to make sure he is against her outside rein and leg to make sure he is straight.  

Can you see how much easier this is getting for Beau?  A few months ago he could not have done this mentally or physically.  We have slowly built him up to where he is now.  He still has issues with what we are doing, but now seems to accept the fact that we are going to keep asking him to communicate at deeper levels.  Good boy Beau!   

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Thank you +Suzan St Maur As you know, he has been a work in progress.  He is very powerful and this year is finally starting to connect with Susan at new levels.  He is beautiful that is for sure.  People stop to watch him walk by...  which is better than when they used to stop when he was acting up so much.  :)  
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"Turns on the haunches, walk pirouettes. What can you do to make yours better?"

The turn on the haunches and walk pirouettes will teach a rider how to balance a horse between their reins and legs from side to side, and from back to front. Of course, they may not be as easy to do as they look.  Now you can watch as we re train Darrien to stay more relaxed and balance as Susan takes him through the process.  This is a big change for Darrien as in the past he would simply spin around the movement and disconnect from the rein.  

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Thanks for the feed back +Linda Bishop  thh bouncing you see is usually when Darrien is not using his back...  It is hard for any rider to sit to a horse with a locked up back, that is for sure. In this video they are isolating where Darrien's back is, and his balance for the walk pirouettes and backing so there should be no bouncing as there is not much movement, other than Darrien getting anxious at times and locking up.  Last year at this time when he did anything to the left he would root (pull Susan right out of the saddle) rear and run.  We are thrilled that he is now starting to relax and is letting Susan guide him more.   What kind of riding do you do?   
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"Equestrians live in a magical place that normal people have no idea exists"
 
"Equestrians live in a magical place that normal people have no idea exists"

Lucky us. Are you happy that the Spirit of the Horse is a part of your life?
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"Testing one two three. Can you keep your horse on the outside rein and leg when you are doing the turn on the haunches/walk pirouettes?"

Keeping a horse straight and in balance for the turn on the haunches movements is not as easy as it might seem, or even look when you see a rider do it the right way. The facts are, if your horse is not on the outside rein and leg during these movements, they are not really straight or connected. Now you can watch what Susan is doing with Beau to isolate what they are doing for these movements.

Can you see how Beau changes as he keeps the connection and straightness and when he loses it? Are you ready to try this on your horse now?

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"Happy Memorial Day. Today we remember those who have served to protect our rights. Thank you"
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Happy Memorial day 
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"Customs and Traditions about Military Funeral Horses"

Since Memorial day is almost here I thought this was the perfect post to share today.  

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Military Funeral Horses
Learn how horses are used to honor our fallen heros...God Bless America!
As with the military itself, our armed forces' final farewell to comrades is steeped in tradition and ceremony.
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"What if... you need to retrain your horse to canter in a better balance and connection? here could be many reasons why you might need to do this. However, the basics you use can be used on any horse. Now you can watch what happens as we show this older horse another way to canter in balance and connection"

In this session we focus on what is called, engagement. It has other names like on the aid, on the bit, in front of the aids and more. What it means is that the horses shoulders are higher than their croup and the horse is shifting their weight back to their hindquarters. This makes a horse more comfortable to ride and easier to influence. Of course, this is takes some time and effort. In this session we are asking Darrien to stay engage and straight. In the past his tendency has been to shift his hindquarters to the side instead of stepping under his belly. To correct this Susan focuses on keeping him on the outside rein and leg.

Can you see how hard both Susan and Darrien are working to find that right place? Good things take time but you can see that Darrien is now connecting more with Susan and becoming more relaxed in the training process. 

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"Would you like a horse that is more comfortable to ride and easier to influence?  Than you are ready to practice, engagement.  If you ride dressage, you have heard that word.  What does it mean?"

All it really is, loosely defined, is that a horse is in an uphill balance and is carrying most of it's weight on its back end (sitting) while staying connected.  This is, as you probably know, easier said than done. Now you can watch a horse that is re learning how to stay engaged and see the what happens. In this series Susan is asking Darrien, an upper level dressage horse, to stay engaged in the walk and halts.   Darrien is not sure how to stay straight between the rein and legs from side to side so Susan is adding the "Two Steps to Connection" to check if he is really connected on which ever side she is focused on.  

Can you see how Darrien changes as he become more relaxed and allows Susan to keep him "engaged"?  

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:)  It is a labor of love, that is for sure +equinespot   Not for everyone, but those who get into it find it life changing.
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"Hang out with us tonight. "Movers and Shakers of the Horse World" welcome Fran Jurga of Hoofblog.com. Now you can join in on the conversations and ask questions!"


The 2015 Movers and Shakers of the Horse World continues tonight at on 8:00 pm ET, 5:00 pm PT with +Fran Jurga of Hoof Blog, a daily info stop for horse care professionals and a go-to resource for horse owners when hoof problems strike. You're invited to join us as we get to know Fran and how she became a leading source of information on equine hoof care and lameness. You can check out her website and see what she is doing at: http://www.hoofcare.blogspot.com/

Interested participants are invited to register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/movers-shakers-of-the-horse-wo… to join in the conversation! All registrants will also receive an email with the direct link to the podcast so you can listen to the recording at your convenience.
The Hoof Blog (Hoofcare and Lameness) updates farriers and veterinarians on hoof health, equine podiatry, trimming, anatomy, laminitis, and shoeing.
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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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