What could anyone write about horse training and riding that hasn’t already been said hundreds of times before?

Just Five Basics for your horse!

• The Five First Tier Basics of riding are - go, stop, turn in, move out, and soften.  Teach these  to your horse and then use them to complete the rest of your horses training.

Just Five Basics for You!!

• Trying to define the use of your hands, seat and legs for every possibility creates a nearly infinite number of combinations that many never do sort out.  When training with the five basics, there are five combinations of hand, seat and leg - one for each of the basics.  Then we use these to ask for more advanced movements, figures and qualities.  This greatly simplifies the training process for horse and rider.  

A Circle That’s Just Right for Your Horse

• The ideal figure for your horse to learn on is his Natural Circle. Similar to the classical “volte” of dressage, the size of this circle is based on his size and conformation.  From this starting point he will gradually move out to larger figures, bigger gaits and using more energy. Training on the right size circle for your horse works better than training on a standard 20 meter circle or going round and round on the rail.

A Position that’s Just Right for You!

• We are all shaped differently so rather than getting crammed into a theoretical shape that doesn’t fit, your correct position is the one in which you are secure, balanced and comfortable.  This principal is true when using your aids too.  It is more important that you ride in a relaxed, comfortable way than in some theoretically “correct” way.

• All of this and much more is covered in Mikes books and videos.  Mike is available for lessons and clinics world wide, both in person and online.

Contact Mike directly for more information.

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