Intelligent Riding…

 

I have had the most amazing week!!
I spent 3 full on days learning from Brett Parbery’s Intelligent Riding Retreat ! Totally amazing!

Learning and listening to Brett & his A Class Team was inspirational. Β A massive thank you to Brett, Nat & the team for organising the most incredible experience.

IΒ have to admit I was more then a little nervous when I arrived, not knowing anyone else and spending a full on 3 days learning with everyone was exactly what I needed! Completely out of my comfort zone!
I am so privileged to have met another 13 lovely like minded ladies, no matter what level you are at everyone was so supportive!

I don’t think I have ever taken in so much information!
From inspirations, motivations, body awareness, training knowledge to road mapping goals & everything else in between I have NEVER felt so inspired and felt more on track and have direction towards my goals.

I have a clearer training system & I feel like my riding has been more productive.. I feel more of an intelligent rider πŸ˜‰
I really enjoyed watching Brett ride in the masterclasses, putting what we have learnt together on the horse.

Plus it’s pretty amazing to see these horses & to watch Brett train!

IΒ met the most lovely 18.3hh warmblood! PPH Zeppelin aka Led, just a gentle giant ! Was amazing to watch him work! A genuine, honest & VERY expressive horse !

I look so tiny next to Led!!!

 

I’ve spent the last few days back at home thinking and going over my goals, plans, motivations, and my training structure.
I’m very happy I have managed to so far adapt and implement what I have learnt with my own horses.
I feel like there is so much more I have learnt at the retreat I’m yet to reflect with my own training. Small steps… Small steps!! Nothing happens overnight !

For example one new training tool I’m going to be adapting ASAP, starting from today actually! Besides focusing on my own riding position and training individually, once a week I am aiming to have my Mum (who more then happy volunteered!) being my eyes on the ground watching and critiquing my training.
Hopefully videoing my rides as well to help me!
So yes I will hopefully be able to put up some more RAW footage of our training, just like it is to share with everyone!

In the meantime here is a little arena goals for us all!

Wouldn’t it be nice to sip away on some bubbly everyday !?!

Till next time.

Happy Riding πŸ™‚

knowledge

The last few weeks have flown! It’s actually not that long until Christmas, where on earth has the time gone !?!

I’ve slowly been bringing Arnie back into work, slow and steady getting him fit and strong, slow and steady wins the race right !?

Lots of lunging, lots of pole work at the trot. Β Introducing the pole work at the canter, which he is slowly understanding & gaining confidence! Β Encouraging him to engage his core, I always enjoy warming up and cooling down in the same manner. Stretchy trot, always encouraging him to take his nose out and stretch downward while maintaining the impulsion.
Touch wood and whistle everything really seems to be falling into place the last few weeks. I have really kept our training sessions, be it lunging, schooling in the arena or even working out in the paddock, I have kept it short and sweet. Always maintaining the goal and keeping it within easy reach every ride. He really gains a lot of confidence through my encouragement. We have a lesson coming up next week which I’m REALLY looking forward too !!
I’m hoping we keep a clear mind and achieving our goals for a training day at the end of November, realistically there isn’t many days left this year for competitions! Might have to take him to a sneaky hack show in between, for a Show Hunter and a few Standardbred classes ! πŸ™‚

I have just included a picture I found in my news feed on Facebook, I think it really gives a clear picture! Love doing this working on a spiral and leg yielding out when we are cooling down. Arnie just loves it ! Next week it might be something else as our favourite ! πŸ™‚

 

Also, as you might have noticed I have given a new look to my website ! Slowly, very slowly coming together I don’t think I could ever be 100% happy with any design, I always change my mind and like to update to strive for something better !
I have also included a sign up section to my Dressage Dreamers something which I have just launched. Up to date information on our training, training ideas & exercises (from my experience that I find most helpful along the way with my training with Standardbred’s) straight to your mail box !
As my aim (and always will be) sharing our journey with everyone and bring an insight to the ‘outside world’ on how fabulous the Standardbred can be for a life outside racing. Also to any fellow Standardbred riders, bouncing around training ideas that have helped me.
Guaranteed on a daily basis I’m scrolling through Facebook literally stalking the dozen pages I strongly follow for any new training articles. I love to learn, and expand my knowledge in the best way possible. I believe there is always something to take away as knowledge. I hope I can pass on my knowledge on a regular basis.

Till next time, happy riding !
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