Karen's Philosophy...

Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation Science. Functional and Adaptable Movement Science along with the Psychology of Learning

Disclaimer: This site contains information, advice and opinion formed by many years of experience on the part of the author. Any information, advice or opinion that was not specifically given to you and your horse should not be taken without first hand expert help. Information, advice and opinion expressed on this site by the author should not supersede the good and common sense of the reader when dealing with a horse in any situation. No information contained on this site is meant to be a guide or manual for training or riding horses. 

CLASSICAL
Classical Dressage is the training that evolved from the cavalry.  In war, a horse’s obedience and athleticism are critical, so these riders knew what they were doing when they developed training techniques and philosophies.   The idea is to harness the natural athleticism in the horse and channel it into a controlled execution of movements.   Although competitive dressage should theoretically follow the doctrines of classical dressage, the “quick fixes” which have become increasingly popular in competitive riding today are not classical.  In my experience, the time and patience required to ride and train classically is well worth it.  Let me help you experience how rewarding it truly is.


BIOMECHANICAL

Biomechanics is the scientific support for why classical riding works.   The goal of training is for the horse to position and carry its body in such a way that his movements are athletic and fluid.  Having a thorough knowledge of the physics of the equine musculoskeletal system is important for understanding how the rider should use their body to communicate with the horse.  For the same reason it is important to understand the biomechanics of the human body.


HOLISTIC
Holistic health is becoming widely accepted in Western culture.  People are realizing that you can’t address single issues in the body – you have to address the body as a deeply intertwined system.  The same goes for the horse.  Your equine partner’s ​mental and physical health will directly affect its training and education.  If a single area of a horse’s well being is lacking, the entire system will be out of balance.  If you come to the barn unbalanced, it will affect your relationship with your horse.  I work to address all variables with each horse and rider on an individual basis.

Disclaimer: This site contains information, advice and opinion formed by many years of experience on the part of the author. Any information, advice or opinion that was not specifically given to you and your horse should not be taken without first hand expert help. Information, advice and opinion expressed on this site by the author should not supersede the good and common sense of the reader when dealing with a horse in any situation. No information contained on this site is meant to be a guide or manual for training or riding horses   

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