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Peggy made a difference in my life
Peggy made a difference in my life

Peggy is doing much needed work. There
is a lot of garbage out there dressed up as how to work with a horse. I deal
with it a lot in my communication work. Horses so confused and people who
want to do the right thing, they are just getting bad instruction.

We are too quick to criticize and not as good at the letting people know they
made a difference in our life. I want Peggy to know she made a difference in
my life.

--Sandy Lagno
She really is a maestro
She really is a maestro

Somerset rocked the Connected Riding Clinic. It was awesome!! Peggy as always has an innate ability to draw out of people exactly what is needed in the moment which makes them and the horse feel amazing. She really is a maestro. All horses and riders left with a smile and a more balanced body. Ever grateful and inspired xx

--Catherine Wilton
Simply life changing information.
Simply life changing information.

Audited Peggy's clinic at Larry Whitesell's this weekend. So exciting to see horses change and connect when riders were shown how to find neutral. Also learned exercises on the ground and in the saddle to help horse use his body correctly. Simply life changing information.

May 2015

--Linda Smith
Spectacular ride tonight
Spectacular ride tonight

Spectacular ride tonight - you know how when you hear a new word and someone uses it in a sentence you 'get it'.... Riding with Peggy Cummings and Natural Solutions by Anke and Connected Riding® I learned how to stay out of the frozen fetal position that has been my go to whenever I get scared riding. I hold my breath, I freeze and hope to heck that whatever is happening gets over with fast and I live through it. Anything scary - I freeze - those if you who have ridden with me over the years know this and have tried time and time again to get my over it... Last weekend I learned a different way to sit in the saddle, I learned to march my thighs in tiny steps with my horse, I learned to hug with my lower leg and to quicken the marching with the speed of my horse and to quicken my lower leg to keep my horse moving through something. Hard to explain. Rode in the woods tonight - even cantered - through the woods... had to get past a pissed off momma goose.... deal with Preston bursting in and out of the bushes and the river.... and then we cantered across a freshly plowed and disced field that was smooth as butter.... I felt so successful after that ride! It was amazing.

--Kim VanDrisse
thank you for all your wonderful work with horses and their humans
thank you for all your wonderful work with horses and their humans

I just wanted to write and say thank you for all your wonderful work with horses and their humans and, in particular, to thank you for some of the things you have shown to me: Neutral pelvis, never cross your legs! Wiggle wiggle (lifting the heel- which I practice whilst washing up) drawing the bow, the beetroot cabbage recipe (which I think should go on your newsletter 😋) and your great book Connecting... from the Ground.

--Natalie B
The horses were so grateful
The horses were so grateful

Dear Peggy,
Thank you again for making it possible that I could participate😊! It was so important for me...

This first course helped me a lot to assess my own performance. I had no idea where I stand due to the very long pause (16 years) of not riding, always being a "Freizeitreiter" 😉 and now having a very difficult horse at home. It gives you sometimes the feeling that you are not good enough to help your horse.
With my mare I started riding this summer after one year of rehabilitation- six months working with Petra from the ground.
I can ride "only" walk for the moment. She is still very traumatized. I can hardly touch her with my legs without risking her to run. She is extremely sensitive and needs balance in order to calm her. She learns now that the only thing I want is her to be relaxed and nothing more. As a former "broken" jumping horse she is always on the run- her old pattern of fear, tension and pressure... In the beginning it felt like sitting on a volcano 😁
Now I can start to ride on my own, can avoid turning tense when she is and when she relaxes I can start using my legs. Wonderful ... Nevertheless, I will order a safety vest😆

I had a deep and trustful mutual connection from the first moment with California and now we enhance it during riding. She tolerates me on her back and I try to help her finding balance and calm. So I am confident that we can find it faster and faster.

And to be able to do that, you helped me a lot! I can find now the neutral much easier: when I stand, walk, sit, ride. And this security helps me a lot and I can transfer it to my mare.
My stirrups are shorter now and the position of my leg (surrounding the belly) is much clearer for me now as well as the position of my elbows and hands. Great!!!! I am much more stable and have the feeling to have now a lot of tools.
I tried out new groundwork exercises and amended "old" ones with a great effect. But I could also see and feel that I have already done a lot of work. That felt good as well.
Aaaand, I liked to be a bull in the china shop when riding Piraz. It was great to have a horse that tolerates the leg so I could experiment a little bit😉 And to feel that I am able to ride and to really understand that it is not easy with my horse. The extent of the way we still have to go is much clearer for me now.
But I do it as I have done it in the past: no rush, trying not to step over the limits, doing constantly one step after another- connected in mutual trust.

You know Shakira Petra's little white mare? I love to ride her and will try to do it on a regular basis in the future. There I felt this dancing first, riding only through thinking and feeling. It gave me goose bumps all over the body. I think my mare will be the same sometime in the future.
This feeling was so wonderful: I want to have more of it and I would like to ride as much horses as possible to try it out!

Thank you Peggy for giving us all your knowledge! The horses were so grateful. I was deeply impressed seeing the effects on them.
I will do my very best to improve and to be able to teach others in the future.
Sorry for the long message!
I send you a hug and hope that you have a wonderful time.

--Caolin S