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               Rhythm the route to collection


    Lets blow away the winter blues and spend some special time on moments of mindfulness

    I've added my own image depicting the scales of training, it pleases me to see that rhythm provides the foundation, and today we are going to use music to point us in the right direction to find collection.

    Before we begin let's use the first track on the list to get us in a happy place, It's Brothers under the sun by Brian Adams, and it's the one my horse Eborio and I use. We both hate grey winter weather and this reminds us both summer is on it's way

    It doesn't matter whether you begin your session ridden or in hand, but take some deep breaths and get rid of any negative or un useful thoughts. Our equine partner doesn't need to know you only have 20 minutes to ride or the mortgage is due, so give yourselves a break and leave those thoughts behind.Pay attention to how your horse feels, fresh, lazy, uncomfortable, or happy ? Like saying to a friend 'How are you today?'

    With that done , and now you're in a happy place, lets go to the exercise.

    These exercises can be done in walk trot and canter depending on your horses level of training and fittness. add in halts and transitions too just keep it interesting and varied.

    Start on the 20m square (1) keeping the rhythm exactly the same on the sides as well as the corners.Your horse shouldn't rush and fall onto the forehand,or slow and fall behind your contact . Once you are happy that you have that feeling consistantly take the 20m circle (2)   ( which only touches the square at four points)

    To achieve the circle and maintain the rhythm your horse will naturally have to collect, without too much effort from you, Don't ask for too many circles to start with, maintaining each stride in collection and rhythm takes a lot of physical and mental effort

    .Now move to circle 3

    This inner circle (3) takes most effort to keep rhythm, collection, and cadence so to begin with just two or three circles.

    Begin to spiral back to circle (2) and then the square, alowing your horse to stride out and forwards.You can do this via leg yield too if you're able. 

    Repeat on the opposite rein,also taking the pattern down the school,starting at A , between B and E, then at the C end.

    Remember this is supposed to be fun and feel more like dancing with a friend,, relax and smile feel like you're both swinging along as one.When you're done reward yourselves with a little more mindfulness.

    A lovely walk stretch,thinking over all the positives from the session.Feel free to add your happy tunes to the list, and if you have one that makes the winter days a bit brighter I'd love to hear from you.

    Music is the best sort of magic.

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    Clinic dates. 25 January 2018 | Comments (0)

    Diary dates for the begining of 2018
    January 13th Toat Sport horses Wisborough Green New Forest Private 27th Merrywood Equestrian Chertsey (full)

    3rd/ 4th Cannington Equestrian , Bridgwater

    one space

    10th Ashdown Forest, contact me for spaces


    18th Clare Pool Showing Gloucester.Contact Clare for spaces    www.clarepool.com
    February 25th Mills Stables Gloucestershire. contact me for spaces.    
    March 4th Hampshire/Dorset venue tbc 24th Suffolk.Contact me for spaces.  

    These are the early dates with spaces, 

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    A playlist to share,

    designed to bring a little sunshine to your life 

      Track name Artist
    Walk Brothers under the sun Bryan Adams
    Walk Chin Chin de Amor Joel Hierrezuelo
    Trot Here comes the sun Munich symphonic sound 
    Trot California dreaming Almighty vs the midnight shift
    Trot Beautiful day The RPO
    Canter Samba por Alli Johannes Linstead
    Canter Havana next stop World music collection
    Canter Hakiu Hawaiian music unlimited
    Walk Out of Africa The RPO

    Ease your self into a sunny disposition, begining in walk.Practice a little mindfulness lose the negative, ignore the cold and begin your journey to a sunny day

    This is a short trip you can take,without your passport.

    We all know it's easy to have a complete sense of humour failure when you are cold and wet (maybe for the tenth time that day) Not to mention scraping the mud off your hippo!

    I have started on my 2018 clinics already, so I know that some of you are already dancing the blues away, but for the rest of you this little playlist is from me to you until we meet up later in the year. I'm going to post up all of my dates, so there is no excuse to miss out.

    See you all soon lots of love from Aunty Music

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    The year ahead is booking up rather quickly, and I want to make sure none of you miss me if I am in your area,

    Here are my dates and locations so far, even if they are private clinics there is a possibility that I may be able to fit you in if I am in the area, so please contact me if you are interested in designing a new test or to find the perfect tracks to help you with your schooling.
    Jan 28th RoR Gloucester , Organise Clare Poole , (Private)
    January 31st Evening lecture The Holistic Horse Club Surrey
    February 12th Pirbright Surrey Open organiser Lorraine Holloway
    February 18th Hurstbourne Tarrant
    March 19th Petersfield Sussex
    March 25th RoR Gloucester Clare Poole Showing Team
    April 2nd Poppinghole Farm Robertsbridge Sussex
    April 29th 30th Cannington College Bridgwater Somerset open to all
    May 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th. David Broome Centre
    June 17th Pontispool Centre Somerset (Riding Club)
    July 13th 14th Pontispool (Riding club)
    July 16th RoR Surrey Organiser Pippa Boyle Hickstead
    July 17th/18th Bicton Arena residential camp
    Please use the 'Contact us ' button, or Find us on Facebook if you would like to book a session Weekdays also availabe.


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