have changed me for the better dramatically as a rider
I wanted to shoot Peggy an email. I rode with you all at the Maryland
Expo, the things I learned that weekend have changed me for the better
dramatically as a rider… I also rode with Peggy in Virginia this
I am very grateful to these master instructors - Peggy, Diane, and Jillian
He's 15 and his name is Bentley. He's a largish bay TB cross, and he's been with me since he was 5. Even at the beginning of our time together, Bentley was a bit skittish, clumsy, disliked grooming or bumping into things, and he carried his tail to the left. We've all known horses that were rideable while still being a little bit off, so everything seemed normal and we did a lot of riding together. Then a local barn introduced Bentley and I to a new program (to us) focused on the biomechanics of riding and how the posture and bracing of horse and rider can create profound unsoundness. I started working closely with Connected Riding Senior Instructors Diane Sept and Jillian Kreinbring and began to see my horse with new eyes. As I worked with them on my posture, I was able to see the changes in Bentley's. Over time, I also found opportunities to work with Peggy Cummings, and started to see deeper into these concepts. At the beginning of this journey, the vet had examined Bentley and did not find real unsoundness. I know now that had I not started on the Connected Riding journey, today Bentley would likely not be rideable without being in pain. A bonus for me: my own riding is now more secure. I had ridden QHs my whole life before Bentley, and they took care that I stayed on. Bentley has no such interest, and when he would spook, I would tumble off. Now, although he rarely spooks, when he does it's very dramatic because it takes something big. And I am able to just ride it because I stay in neutral posture and, without bracing, my body just follows his. We can then pick up where we left off, safely and without further drama. Also now he has developed muscling everywhere, his back is in good shape, and he carries his tail straight - which means his spine is straighter as he moves. He's less spooky, more tolerant of grooming, and overall a happier partner ready to go to work. I am very grateful to these master instructors - Peggy, Diane, and Jillian - for helping me find my way to healthier riding that benefits both Bentley and me. Thanks to you all!
I can really tell that you put an extraordinary amount of time and thought in w
Peggy, I attended your clinic over Memorial Day weekend in Virginia. I wanted to thank you for all the wonderful information. I practice neutral posture and breathing everyday (throughout the day, ie at work, etc), it has really helped with sciatic pain and has been crucial in recovery from a recent fall + kick-in-the-back on a new green horse (greener than I realized, LOL!). I am slowly, but persistantly making my way through the connected groundwork exercises in your book and wanted to leave some feedback. First, I think the book is exeptionallly well-written, very logical step-by-step, well laid out and organized, plus the pictures of each exercise really help (I am a visual learner). I can really tell that you put an extraordinary amount of time and thought in writing this guide and it shows! I am amazed at the adrenalize release/relaxation that comes after such seemingly simple exercies -- my new green (and tense, braced neck arabian) yawned 12 times after just 'catepillar' and shoulder delineation! Thank you-- and I hope to attend one of your clinics again or connect with my local instructors this fall.
I feel so very excited
Well, where do I start? Just wanted to say thank you Cat Wilton from the bottom of
my heart for such a wonderful four days with you and the gang. You
created such a great atmosphere which really was supportive and
encouraging the learning process. And thank you for the help and support
you gave to Mr B and myself.
I had an amazing weekend with my horses
It was wonderful to meet Peggy and it was an honor to being able to spend
I keep coming back to connected riding
Alara and I are doing fabulous with our new riding skills! So many new pieces to the puzzle! I do believe I have told you this before but if not, you as a trainer have changed my riding for the better more than any single person ever has. I can now also say that about Peggy… I so want to be a part of Connected riding, I keep coming back to connected riding, I always get such wonderful tools and ways to improve and become more connected
Linda Lee Bower, PA
--Linda Lee Bower