Why is my horse stuck?
What makes him unbalanced?
How can I better “stick” in the saddle?
Maybe your horse spooks or is not confident…a lot! You may or may not be asking yourself questions like these, or you may not even know what “being stuck” means. For many of us, these questions are not asked until we are frustrated with a horse that trips, stumbles, can’t take a lead, doesn’t feel “light” or “soft”, isn’t willing or happy under saddle or many other challenges. Sometimes we question ourselves and our abilities. What makes me feel balanced some of the time, while unbalanced and more insecure at other times? Should my ride take this much effort? Why can’t I feel secure at all the gaits, especially the canter? And many more.
Connected Groundwork and Riding® combines groundwork and riding exercises to improve posture, function and awareness for horse and rider. Connected Riding® comes from a background of classical horsemanship, human body awareness techniques (Feldenkrais and The Alexander Method), and mutual respect for horse and human. The addition of Linda Tellington-Jones’ TTEAM sister method to Connected Groundwork and Riding® adds another layer to help both horse and human achieve more. Combined, these two methods encourage freedom of movement, self-carriage, and optimal function through improving overall behavior, performance and communication. By breaking down the steps into small enough pieces, tension can be released in the body and bracing patterns can be changed, re-educating the nervous system. In addition to improving the mechanics of the horse, Connected principles provide an excellent foundation of self-awareness for handlers and riders. Learning to be responsible inside one’s own body makes the bodywork, groundwork, and riding exercises far more effective, subtle, rewarding and fun!
Whatever your discipline, if you are looking for someone who works with both you and your horse with empathy, softness and understanding, Anke can help. Anke will meet you where you are, and help you soar to the heights of where you want to be!
Hallmarks of Connection
Overreacting to responding in a quiet, confident manner
Failing to respond to willing and focused
Evading to participating
Unyielding to softening and giving
Heavy on the forehand to light on the forehand, lifting at the base of the neck
Moving stiffly and mechanically to moving fluidly in every direction
Moving in a “false frame” to engaging and coiling the lumbosacral joint
Compressing to expanding
Bracing to releasing and relaxing
Anke provides many options to work with you and your horse. Her lessons and clinics are tailor fit for you or your group’s individual needs. Achieve all that you and your horse desire with Anke!