Things are even better
Hi Peggy and everyone else. I am not sure if this ok to post here, delete if not ok but I just wanted to share my riding experience after a connected riding clinic. I went to my 2nd connected riding clinic in Feb in NZ with Peggy. I haven't had lessons in the past, I don't compete, I want to stay safe and enjoy my horse. I am a happy hacker, love riding out beach forrest and at home. I went to the clinic with the goal to learn how to "unlock" my 10yr SB who when uptight, braces and becomes very stiff and has as much bend as a plank of wood!, especially on his Right rein. ).....anyway. At the clinic I learnt so many new tool's to combat this challenge, froggy legs, wiggle, rotation, rotation, rotation, minuscule muscle movements in calves, legs, soft back, more rotation, softer back, etc etc etc. Anyway, after the clinic, the next day I went riding at the forest and out onto the west coast beach. Yes, he went stiff and plank-like at times, but I used my new tools, and I ended up with a soft, responsive listening horse :) I was so happy that I could unlock him everytime he braced. Things have got even better. Yesterday I rode at the forest where the dragons live. We were not aware what the dragon was until 20 mins into the ride. We had no idea why my horse and dog were being so difficult. He was at times reluctant to go forward (my Jack Russell was hiding with his tail between his legs and kept running to the back of the group) Turns out, he gun club was having a shooting day at the rifle range that backs on to the forest. Long story short, my horse thought he was going to die, however, he NEVER braced and become stiff at all! My horse remained soft and responsive, he was exceptionally anxious, he was trembling, quivering, sweating and snorting, but no bracing!!!! He lead out, on a soft rein, listening to me the whole time, he was a star. I made sure I had a soft back, rotation, movement in my hips, softer back, minuscule movement in my legs, more rotation, toe to the heal, wiggle, arch of my foot to the ground, still soft back and rotation etc etc. THANK-YOU Peggy, I had a great day on my lovely Tai. My brain was tired as I concentrated on hearing your voice.....but I was so thrilled with the result, we had a great ride when we got away form the gun club ......just I had to share. :) THANKS
Thrilled to Learn the Tools
I attended a 3 day Connected Riding clinic this past weekend with my 3 geldings ranging from age 25 to 7. I was stuck in a different place with each of them and was looking for help to move forward in their training.
All the horses that attended the clinic became calmer as we learned to help them release the tension in their bodies. I was thrilled to learn the tools to help my horses to a better posture. My 25 year old quarter horse who had been a heeler in his previous life learned how to bend. My 13 year old quarter horse who could not stop without raising his head in the air like a giraffe can now stop softly with a beautiful head carriage. My 7 year old Rocky Mountain horse gained confidence from learning to stand balanced on all four legs.
Peggy’s teaching is filled with positive energy and good dollop of humor, it is a pleasure to be taught and watch as she works with others. I feel so fortunate to have been able to attend and am looking forward to the next clinic .
Unique tools & techniques & perspectives she offers are priceless
There are so many things I appreciate about Peggy's clinics. The unique tools & techniques & perspectives she offers are priceless. Since my very first Connected Riding experience I remain deeply impressed by the respectful & supportive learning environment she provides--for horse & human alike. Peggy is a rare & authentic teacher, giving students whatever each of us needs in order to grasp the quite literally life changing information she has to share. I thank you, Peggy!
unlocked a great treasure-box of tools
I am just writing to say a huge "thank you" for coming to the Marylnd
Horse Expo this past January. The lecture and demos on Saturday have
unlocked a great treasure-box of tools for me! Many of the concepts
that you presented were things that I "almost" understood....now I feel
empowered by a markedly improved understanding. The biggest change in
my awareness has been in breathing into my back and belly, and the
change in my horse is amazing! Also, you were so kind to spend a great
deal of time with my friend Carmen.
Why didn't I find Peggy Cummings sooner
A huge thank you to Peggy for sharing her knowledge and expertise at a recent clinic held at Wern Farm Livery, Wales in September. I have ridden competitive dressage horses for several decades. Why didn't I find Peggy Cummings sooner, what a revelation she is! Learning that such subtle differences in my 'outline' can make a massive and positive change in the horses outline. WOW!
wouldn't have lasted that long without your work
Hi Peggy and Susan. Just wanted to let you know that Ichobod, the horse who led me to your work, was put down this week just weeks short of his 34th birthday. With your help he did such a good job of teaching me to use my body to help him instead of getting in his way. And he had a successful second career as a school horse helping me teach the same to many, many riders. I miss him terribly after him being in my life for so long, but he really did open up a whole new way of being with horses and a career for me and I'm so grateful to him for that. I know he wouldn't have lasted that long without your work changing my riding, so just wanted to send a note of gratitude to you and your work for helping to make his life longer and so much happier.