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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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"What if... you have finally come to the point in your horses training where you are ready to ask them to stay connected. What should you expect and what should you do?"

When a horse is learning how to stay connected they are not sure what is going on. Especially if this is also new for the rider. Now you can watch what happens with a Trudy and Ani as they focus on staying connected at the walk halt transitions for the 4th time. This is still very new to both of them. 

Today was another great ride. It was raining and Ani was a little fussy when Trudy started asking her to stay connected in the transitions. 

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"Sometimes... even with a hot or nervous horse, you have a good day. The question is,  will it happen again?  We never know what might happen with Melody, but this was the best day she has given to us yet"

This is our final session for the day. Melody has never been this responsive and is listening to both Trudy's half halts and the Steps to Connection. Since Melody has not been ridden for at least 6 weeks we did not expect this at all. In fact, we had only worked with connecting Melody two times before this session and we were thrilled that she seemed to remember what we did. It will be interested to see if this is a new phase in Melody's training. We decided not to canter this day as this was enough of a mental and physical challenge for both of them.

How does it make you feel when your horse goes to a new level? Do you wonder if it will stay there? Personally I have found that the horse and rider will "bounce" back and forth between the new level and where they were for a bit. With correct riding and patience they both get comfortable at the new level and it becomes more consistent.

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"What if... you have one of those horses that is hard to keep connected? It might be a "hot" horse or just complicated.  Either way, that horse does not seem to want to stay connected.  Watch what happens as we focus on making sure this horse is listening to the half halts"

Those who know Melody, know how far she has come in the past  years.  However, like any horse that is easily distracted she can be challenging at times. In this session we focus on Trudy keeping Melody connected with half halts and the Steps to Connection.  This is the third lesson where we have asked Melody to stay in this connection and balance. We were not sure what would happen as it has been 6 weeks since Trudy has been able to ride her.  The good news was that both Melody and Trudy picked up from where they were before!  Now you can watch what we did and see the results as Trudy became more aware of when Melody was staying connected and how to keep her there.

What did you learn from watching this video that you can use to keep your horse more connected?

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Good analogy +Randi Thompson :)
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"Happy Spring! (Should I really be saying Happy Shedding Season?)"

Is your horse shedding yet? I know some of you in other parts of the world are now entering your winter season. Are your horses fuzzing up yet?
 
"Happy Spring! (Should I really be saying Happy Shedding Season?)"

Is your horse shedding yet? I know some of you in other parts of the world are now entering your winter season. Are your horses fuzzing up yet?

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"New What if...you are just starting to teach your horse the stretchy walk?  This could be new to the horse or rider, or simply, as in this video, after the horse has had time off due to a long winter. Where should you start and how much should you expect?"

Trudy has not been able to ride for at least 6 weeks.  Now that the weather is better, she is back in the saddle. We have now warmed up at the walk and trot (we will not canter until next week) and are now using the stretchy walk to check where Ani is. Since both of them have had so much time off their muscles are not as toned as they were before. We start our stretches by making sure that Ani i listening to Trudy's half halts and also add the Steps to Connection to keep her back and shoulders up.  As you will see, Ani is willing and able to give us a few "mini" stretches that we were very happy with.  By the end of this short session, Trudy legs were cramping which might also happen to you when you return to riding. In the next session we move up into the stretchy trot.

Have you checked the quality of your horses stretches lately?  Can they keep connected as you do them?

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*""Would you like to know how I got my start with horses? It is probably going to surprise you. Now you can read about it as I share my story in the ''Equestrian Calender of Aiken" This will be a continuing series that begins with my first horse Sundance who I rode bareback for years...

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"Would you like to know how I got my start with horses? It is probably going to  surprise you. Now you can read about it as I share my story in the ''Equestrian Calender of Aiken" This will be a continuing series that begins ...
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"Happy St. Patrick's Day!"
 
Seriously, may this day be a lovely blessing... Happy St. Patrick's Day!  :)

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Whoohoo Randi. It's my day. Enjoy 
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"Would you like to see what happens when a half halt is added to the turn on the haunches for the first time?"

Susan and Beau are becoming such a great team to watch. Beau is now more willing and we are asking him to stay connected and balanced at 2nd level. To do this we have become very focused on the correctness of the half halts in any of the movements he is doing. Now you can watch the progress we are using to refine the turn on the haunches with the half halt. During this session Susan also become aware of when Beau was "dropping to the inside" This is when he was not between her lateral aids. To isolate what needed to be done Susan practices riding Beau's shoulders. 

Are you riding the turn on the haunches yet? How does this video help you to understand them better?

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Beau is such a lovely horse...
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"When Nothing Goes Right... Go Left"

Sometimes... all we need to do is choose another path. Of course, making that choice may not be as easy as it sounds. Yet in the end is. Have you found this to be true?
 
"When Nothing Goes Right... Go Left"

Sometimes... all we need to do is choose another path. Of course, making that choice may not be as easy as it sounds. Yet in the end is. Have you found this to be true?
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I know that feeling....  +equinespot 
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"The trot. A stretching we will go... a stretching we will go. What? I need to ask my horse to stretch while doing half halts and keeping my horse connected?"

It has been a long winter and Trudy has not been on Ani for at least 6 weeks.  Now that we have warmed up both of them we are going to see if Trudy can ask Ani to stretch at the trot.  The trick will be in keeping Ani connected (the Steps to Connection) with half halts. Trudy makes this look easier than it might feel for you.

Now you can see what might happen with you and your horse as you are focused on a stretchy trot with the horse staying connected.  Are you ready to try this on your horse?  Let us know how it works for you.

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"Those of us who have horses... will understand this"

Now you have more fun things to do with all that shedding hair!   
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA that's so awesome :)
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*"Would you like to know how I got my start with horses? It is probably going to surprise you. Now you can read about it as I share my story in the ''Equestrian Calender of Aiken" This will be a continuing series that begins with my first horse, Sundance.  I rode him bareback for years before I got my first saddle.

Subscribe to their newsletter today to see what is "Shaken in Aiken" at Equestrian Calendar Aiken to keep up with everything that is happening with our neighbors to the south.

You can check out my blog by clicking on the photo below or going to: http://www.equestriancalendaraiken.com/dreaming-of-horses

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Equestrian Calendar Aiken is the Aiken horse lovers place to be. Get all of your Aiken horse related information here first.
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Good share +Randi Thompson! I think it was a grand way to get started :))
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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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Public Speaking, Coaching Professionals in the Horse World, Clinics, Relationship Marketing for Horse Business Owners, Inspiring People, Stretching my imagination....
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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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Would you like to meet me in person? Come on over and listen to my 2014 presentations on horse and rider training at the Massachusetts Equine Affaire, Nov. 13–16 and the Certified Horsemanship Association International Instructors Conference October 24 at The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
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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