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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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"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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"Staying straight in the warm up trot. What if... your horse is wobbling all over on straight lines and on circles?  Would you like to know how to show your horse to stay straighter  by using using your leg and rein aids? Now you can watch what happens as we ask this horse to stay straight in the warm up trot.  This is only the 5th session where we have asked this horse to stay connected like this"

Once a horse is past the "green horse phase" we are ready to take them to the next level of connection. In this session we are warming up at the trot. After a few times around we go right to connecting. This was the first time we have asked Ani to connect from Trudy's legs to the rein in the warm up.  To do this we are using the Steps to Connection. Trudy begins by checking to see if Ani was staying supple (soft, yielding) to her rein connection. Next she makes sure that Ani is really responding to her leg which causes Ani to arch her neck slightly as she lifts her back. We continue by adding curves so that Trudy can feel how to use her leg and rein aids on the same side to keep Ani from falling in and out on a circle.  It was a great ride!  In the next session we continue with what happened when we added leg yields and shoulder in's from the center line.

Can you see how this process works?  Are you ready to try the Steps to Connection on your horse?  Let us know how it works for you!

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

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"What do you do when your horse starts acting up? It took me years to understand that a rider does not need to ride a horse that is having issues. Sometimes, it really is better to just get off and do something different" This is Part #2. Look at the posts below this one to see Part #1 from yesterday.

This was from a few years back. Ani had been under saddle for about 6 months and was not happy to be separated from the rest of her herd. A few weeks before this session she started acting up. She would buck, rear and bolt out of the ring. This could have led to some very serious and possibly dangerous issues and so I started asking Trudy to get off and lunge Ani when she was having a temper tantrum. This was the third week of that process.

The good news is that Ani did get past this stage. It took about a month. This video is from the lost vidoes from the first year where Youtube deleted that account by mistake. I lost many of those videos and had only saved 70 or so to my hard drive.

What did you learn from watching this video? Can you see how this is a safer technique than riding a horse through those issues?

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

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+equinespot Thank you. I have seen so many professionals get hurt... or worse, and decided that this a rider's safety has to come first. The old days of being told we had to ride a horse through anything are over. It is time for all of us to realize the fact that horse back riding is considered a high risk sport. There is a reason for that.....
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"What does 'on the aids' really mean? It's easy (well, almost...) if you understand the Steps to Connection. Now you can use this simple "Yes, No, or Maybe" awareness test to find out if your horse is understands what you are asking it to do"

I was thrilled to have been able to film this part of the training process as many people have never see it happen with a horse and rider. This is Trudy on Melody. We are now asking Melody to stay more "connected" so that Trudy can balance her differently. In this session we focus on if Melody can hear Trudy's aids for the trot and trot walk transitions. Trudy also continues "riding the shoulders" which really made a difference in how Melody is trotting. Those who have followed Melody's training progress know that this is really amazing. Melody is a very nervous and hot horse. This is one of the first times that Melody has remained relaxed and is connecting with Trudy.

Are you ready to try the Steps to Connection on your horse? Let us know how it works for you. The riders and I love hearing your feedback and comments.

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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That is great news!  +Ruth Balmforth that you are getting better!!!
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"Contact. Riding from the elbows to the seat. Would you like to see what happens with a rider who is connecting their horse for the first time at the walk and trot?"

Before this session Camille had basically been riding Polo on the trail. She had gone to a dressage show and for the first time saw what a horse looks like that was connected. She decided she was ready to try it. Neither her or Polo had ever done this before. In fact, before this session he would root on the reins and pull her out of the saddle when she shortened the reins. We started with Part #1 (https://youtu.be/qd9MM5BC2fU) at the stand still where I showed her how to feel the reins through her elbows and seat. From there, we were ready to move forward. Since this was new to Polo he was not sure why she was holding his mouth and Camille had to learn how to get him to respond to her leg aids asking him to move forward into the connection. Camille weighed 90 pounds at the time and just tapping or squeezing her legs was not working. So I asked her to "kick" Polo with her inside calf muscles. It was not her strength that got him moving, it was the intent of her legs. You will see that once Camille has him moving into her contact that he quickly changes his shape and begins to connect with her in new ways that they had never achieved before.

What did you learn from watching Camille work through this process?

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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Thank you  +Tracy Jane Ehnglo  It is amazing what can happen when the rider finally begins to understand how their riding position can effect a horse.  
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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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"How to bridle, saddle and ride... a rocking horse. From the good ol 'days of the Military. Wait until you see what they do after they learn how to ride the rocking horse..."  Watch this amazing video from days gone by.

This is a real video taken from the archives of Military training. Who would have thought they would train their riders this way? I suppose it makes sense. How amazing is this?

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"How to bridle, saddle and ride... a rocking horse. From the good ol 'days of the Military. Wait until you see what they do after they learn how to ride...
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'What are you doing with your lower leg when you use it? Many riders hold their legs on the horses side consistently. This is what causes a horse to become numb to the riders legs. Other riders hold the rein consistently and forget to supple or soften the horses jaw and poll as they are riding.  What about you?"

In this session we focus on how Trudy is using her lower legs and hands to connect to Ani.  To do this we focus on the Steps to Connection so that Trudy is always asking herself if Ani is soft on the reins in her jaw and at the poll. From there I ask Trudy to feel when Ani is not staying between her legs on a circle or curves. This is a big change for Ani and the 5th ride where we have asked her to stay connected between Trudy's legs and rein connection. In the next sessions we continue with the trot work and connecting at the canter for the 3rd time.

The next time you go out and ride, check to see, how are you using your lower legs to connect with your horse?  Can you balance your horse between your legs and reins so that you can keep them from falling in and out of circles?  Tell us what you are experiencing. 

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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"Cuteness alert"  Baby donkey having fun!"*

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Adorable Baby Donkey
This little guy will put a smile on your face. I hereby dub him 'Speedy Gonzales'!
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OMG! So cute!! Made me just laugh and laugh! 
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"Facebook is real! This past week I met up with Sidelines Magazine owner Samantha Charles and Jyoti Parry her associate and owner of the The Barn Book Equestrian Directory We had so much fun together. At one point, we got lost and stopped at a factory to get directions. Imagine our surprise to see that we were at Facebook. This photo is proof. It is me standing in front of the Facebook sign on Social Circle. Facebook is right here in NC! "

Sidelines will be at the Steeplechase in Tryon that is coming up. They will be in a booth in the barn area meeting people and passing out FREE Sidelines issues for those who are lucky enough to get there. I am also planning on being there and would love to meet you. Come on over and say hello!
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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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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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