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amazing experience
amazing experience

Thank you to Peggy, and Cat for organizing, a fantastic clinic in Somerset. It has been an 

Sameena Rankin

& I felt a connection with my horse that I have never felt before...we are both still smiling! Looking forward to our new beginning and next year's clinic already :) Thank you!



--Sameena Rankin
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

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