Unique Blend of Teaching
Peggy Cummings represents a new breed of trainer, teacher and equine educator, combining a background of classical horsemanship with her extensive knowledge of TT.E.A.M. training. Combined with Peggy's positive and supportive attitude, this unique blend of teaching techniques gives her the tools so important to develop the health, well-being and success of both rider and horse.
--Linda Tellington-Jones (Creator of TTEAM work, clinician)
I am having a blast teaching and riding. Every day gives new opportunities to learn and experiment. Thank you very much!
Also,I think the most powerful thing for my own personal teaching has been asking the right questions and teaching my clients how to ask the correct questions. We are truly able to focus on what we want more of, instead of what is going wrong. Unbelievably powerful.
--Amber Varner - Forward Stride
Just looked at the website to find out what Peggy is up to these days. She did a great job with my pinto quarter horse when she was in Oxford. He was a brat and she took that out of him! Please tell her hi, my pinto lived to 32, was a real friend, and I competed him in Combined Driving Events for several years. But Peggy’s work with him really got me on the right track working with him. She may not remember me, but I remember her!!
A Huge AH-HAAA
I love it when I go away from one of Peggy's wonderful clinics with so many things to take home. This time it was, "Avoid the temptation to use your pelvis to move the legs." She explained that it is the thigh bones that move backward and thus move the pelvis a tiny bit, not the pelvis moving the thigh bone!
Thanks, Peggy for an awesome clinic and those wonderful AH-HAA moments!
A variation of what I learned in Peggy's clinic
Almost daily, I ride my bicycle 27 miles round trip to be with my horses. After attending Peggy's Oct clinic I decided to apply some of her horsemanship principles to riding a bicycle. What happened blew me away.
First, I started breathing into my lower back and allowed it relax. Pedaling became an unusual technique, I pretended to be pulling my feet from a boot on the upward cycle and merely relaxed my legs on the down cycle. I played with my center of gravity to find a dynamic that took weight off of my arms and hands, keeping my wrists soft but straight. Then I pretended with my upper body that I was walking through water. This gently opened and raised my chest and lowered my shoulders.
Then something amazing happened. My spine, on its own, telescoped! My neck and back released and went forward and up. It was an incredibly euphoric experience, it felt wonderful. So, I thought, is this what a horse feels when the spine is free?
There were other benefits. My legs were very free and I could go faster with less effort. When I arrived at my horses' pasture my neck, shoulders and back were relaxed which is not that typical as a bicycle rider.
Importantly, I was in a good place to interact with my horses. They noticed the difference. Apache is an older mustang with an abusive past. I do not ride him. He can be stand-offish. One day Apache and I were standing in the pasture in pouring rain. He wasn't too interested in the cheek press but instead just gave his head into my hands and made steady eye contact. This connection was so surprising and heartfelt that I didn't know what to do except to tell him that I loved him to the moon and back.
& 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!