I subscribe to several online horse training and riding education websites. It’s an amazing way to educate myself about horses in the comfort of my home. Plus I get to listen to and watch amazing Internationally-recognized Trainers and Judges while they teach their students. I’ve been a subscriber of few professionals for many years and am always learning new and wonderful things. It’s not only dressage but there’s a myriad of different trainers from all over the world. The most important thing to me is to see the riders and horses improve their horseback riding abilities at all levels. And it’s cool to see the Horse respond to the riders and different trainers.
It’s interesting to watch how the trainers teach. One of my favorite instructors and who has a few nice videos is Mary Wanless, author of Ride with Your Mind , who has a lot of fun ideas and pictures and concepts she uses when she teach her students, like boingy balls.
Another new trainer I’ve found and love is Suzanne Von Dietze, and I just ordered her DVD and book, Balance in Movement. I really like her training also and hear such amazing feedback from the students she teaches. I noticed she uses the same exercises and routines I have used in my horseback riding lessons, so that confirmed we are doing great things. This gal is a physical therapist from Germany and has ridden to Grand Prix – she offers some great ways to improve posture, strength in the back while riding, and helping the horse with his straightness.
I’ve noticed a difference between those trainers who are teaching the body to ride better, and getting a great result from the horses, and those trainers who tell the rider what to do with the horse and leave it up to the rider to figure out how. One of my associates said “Some trainers teach you WHAT to do, other trainers teach you HOW to do it!”
I would say that I’m a trainer that teaches you WHAT, HOW, and WHY to do the things I ask. I tend to be big on theory and philosophy, which is why Natural Horsemanship really interests me, and I focus on the WHAT and HOW through my training in dressage. It’s so much fun! How lucky am I to have learned and get to teach all these wonderful things.
Keep it Interesting for Your Horse!