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Amazing! No pain, no soreness, no fatigue
Amazing! No pain, no soreness, no fatigue

Through Dutch, I read several of Peggy's articles in the old "Trail Blazer." I made the changes from the trail riding on a gaited horse article. Amazing! No pain, no soreness, no fatigue, the horse was able to gait beautifully. Wow. I am a writer. Have a series in "Horse Nation" called "Saving Theo" the rescued/rehabbing big lick TN Walking Horse. I live in TN www.candacewade.com. Fab! Thank you



--Candace Wade
best clinic you will ever go on
best clinic you will ever go on

What an amazing 3 days with Peggy Cummings and everyone in the group, Heidi and myself have changed our riding so much in such a short space of time, best clinic you will ever go on, a completely different way to ride and its a clinic everyone should go on... Thank you to everyone



--Fiona Comley
Clinic Experience
Clinic Experience

I've ridden for many years, own four horses and have been to many clinics. This is the first time I've been able to feel the sensation of easily lifting my horse, extending her stride and feeling where her feet were falling. The first day!!! I'm so impressed with Peggy and her teaching, I can't wait to ride all my horses!!! Thank you so much!!! I'll be back!!


--Melanie Headrick
Comments from instructor workshop
Comments from instructor workshop

Dear Peggy and Susan, Thank you so MUCH for inviting me to attend your recent Workshop! I felt so incredibly lucky to be there with such wonderful, dynamic people and instructors! What a great day!During the seminar, I was especially struck by the realization that fewer and fewer people that ride horses, also take care of them day-to-day. As each presenter pointed out in different ways, it is up to those of us that live with, and care for horses, to represent them and their needs as accurately as possible. Horses are being relegated to conveniently fit into humans increasingly busy, fast paced lifestyles. The results can be horses stuck in very unnatural, unhappy situations without any voice at all. The biggest frustration in this is that even well-meaning people can ignorantly treat a horse(s) terribly without even knowing it. I felt like your seminar really opened the door to teachers and instructors to contemplate their/our roles in advocating for horses far beyond the bounds of "riding lessons." Thank you for that.I also really enjoyed the format with indoor presentations followed by a riding demo. All the information that we received in the morning related directly to watching the horse and rider put the information altogether. And the 'before' and 'after' was extraordinary! While the changes seemed so minor as they were embraced... Suddenly, it seemed, the rider went from rocking in a typical businesslike request to "move on!" -- To floating forward quietly, while the horse stretched and pushed off with energy, from her hocks! What a difference!! It was very interesting and inspiring!Beyond the inspiration, as a teacher, my only question would be - is there something specific that I could take back to my students to facilitate embracing this positive motion? I was very inspired - and I'm working on my own "stuff" - but I'm not sure that I feel capable of passing on this information beyond advising anyone to be sure and "take a clinic with Peggy!!" But perhaps that was the point? Sorry if I'm making a "duh!" point.One other thing that I'd like to mention specifically was Julie's incredibly thoughtful gesture of laminating her exercises. It's a small thing - but by laminating them, the message was clearly that these exercises are for sharing!! She clearly expected that they might be posted in a barn and actually DONE in a barn. I thought that was really a cool "can do" kind of message!Thank you, again, for including me in this wonderful day!! Your organization and your practitioners are all so special!! They bring unique and inspired messages to every style of horseman and rider. But most of all, there is such a sense of inclusion and support for everyone and every horse! I especially liked that. No person was too inexperienced, too young, too old, or not 'showy' enough. And every horse was valued. I loved that the horse that you chose for the clinic was a "typical" horse as opposed to a dreamy "show horse" that is hard for most people to relate to. And she did an awesome job of showing that she had so much to show and offer! So, above all -- my favorite thing about your seminar is that the passion and love that you and your practitioners express so abundantly makes everyone feel so incredibly welcome and included. Humans and horses, alike. Thank you most of all, for that! Thank you & Love, Missy



--Missy
Connected Riding Tools helped my horse
Connected Riding Tools helped my horse


I wanted to tell you about something that happened today.
I was with Frenzi (my old Haflinger mare) in the school for disabled children, like we do twice a week. She hasnít got a very hard job to do there, basically just walking with kids on her back for 90min. So itís very much a routine job for us. Today however there was a wedding in town and lots of cars were driving by honking their horns. At first she just got a little irritated, but when they didnít stop, she got really scared and would not walk anymore. She went sideways and tried to trot in place, so we broke off to not endanger the kids and I walked her home. (Normally I ride her there and back, which is about half an hour one way) She pranced through traffic with her head held high and all muscles in her neck just like solid rock. (and she has a lot of neck)
Frenzi is very very rarely scared of anything, but when she is, she is difficult to bring back. So for the whole way home I did Connect Groundwork with her. Lots of heartgirth and shoulder delineation and V and she was shaking her head and being like rock in my hand. And about half way home she took the first real breath and I continued to walk with her and work on her head and neck and shoulders and tried to get her weight shifted back and by the time we were home she wasnít perfectly relaxed, but she licked and chewed and had her head and neck in a better position. 500kg and cold-blood Haflinger, who raises her head and goes cement is a scary thing, so I was happy I had your tools to bring her back. Iím sure she will be sore tomorrow, poor thing, so Iíll do some more bodywork with her tomorrow. And maybe I introduce her to my carís signal-horn at some point. :)
Lots of love from Christina and Frenzi


--Christina Dietmann
Connecting with My Mule
Connecting with My Mule

Connecting with My Mule All my Connected Groundwork and Riding lessons came together for me today out in the open field with my mule Royce. Royce is a 15 year old gaited mule Iíve owned for almost 2 years. He is a well-trained mule and has a lovely gait. Royce, however, lacks confidence and exhibits anxiousness when ridden alone. I took Royce for a short ride away from the barn this morning out my long driveway and into the front fields, just at a walk all alone. At first he was calm and willing, but the further we got from the barn the higher his head went and the hollower his back became. By the time we reached the road and turned to come home, his pace quickened emphatically. I didnít panic nor did I feel afraid. I had a tool box of knowledge in my brain to work with Royceís anxiousness and ďhurry homeĒ attitude. I acquired these skills through the dedicated patience, persistence, and hard work of my Connected Groundwork practitioner-in-training Devan Economides and my trainer Joe London. Because these two people have graciously shared their equine knowledge with me, it has changed the way I ride and work with my mules. Devan and Joe each has bolstered my own confidence so that I in turn can do the same for my mules. Let me describe what made todayís ride so memorable. As Royce picked up his pace heading home, I asked him to stop with just my seat. I breathed. I rotated. I focused on a neutral posture. I kept my legs soft. I let the tension out of my back. I bent my elbows. I remembered that I had to practice these skills consistently and continuously. Then I asked Royce to walk on. He was still too fast. I asked for a stop. Breathe. Walk on. Royce was still too fast with his head too high. The hollowness in his back made me imagine I was sitting on a swayback. I asked Royce to back three steps. Then walk on. He was still too anxious. We stopped. I asked for a side pass left and then walk on. I asked for a side pass right. We repeated the walk, the stop, the back, side pass left and side pass right several times. I gave the cue to walk on. Royce was still too fast. Ahem! Then another tool from my tool kit popped into my head. Circles! I bent my inside elbow, lifting the inside rein to ask for a circle. I asked my mule to bend around my inside leg. We did lots of circles at the walk out in the open fields. Circle to the left. Circle to the right. We spiraled in. We spiraled out and back again. Finally, Royceís head telescoped out and lowered at the same time his back came up under me. I could feel Royceís body change as it happened. The last half mile ride home was stupendous. It was as though I was riding a different mule! It is so exciting for me to recognize these changes in my mule. Not only am I happy with the change in Royce, I am also thrilled that I am the one with the knowledge to bring about these changes in him. I have nothing but praises and high honors for my dedicated teachers, Devan Economides and Joe London, for all they have done to help me Connect with my mule. By Toni Sheads November 9, 2015


--Toni Sheads