You've worked with trainers, and on your own, for hours and hours
and yet your horse still tries the same old stuff.
That doesn't sound like a lot of Fun!
If Your horse does anything that's taking the fun out of your riding,
Read on to see how I can help you, so you can help your horse.
I'd like you to think about How you are sitting right now.
Are You More Column A OR Column B?
Are you sitting up nice and straight?
As you sit, so shall you ride. When we are not balanced on our horse we make it hard for them to do their job.
Is your core engaged? Your pelvis balanced and neutral?
Most people have no idea, but You Will, when you do the simple, fun activities in my program. You'll tip over a lot in the beginning, get wet, and have a laugh. You'll discover you are not as secure on your horse as you should be, but will quickly improve.
Are your legs placed evenly under you with your heels on the floor?
Riders who's heels are up are in more danger of falling forward and have a harder time cueing their horse effectively. Try balancing on one foot. Now lift your heel off the floor and see how much harder it is. Working in the water will challenge your balance just like a horse does.
Are you taking nice full rhythmic breaths?
We tend not to and there's nothing scarier to your horse than You holding your breath. The breath practice in the program will make you more aware of how you breathe and teach you to breathe fully, and move, at the same time.
"Throughout our day we spend most of our time in postures that do not benefit our riding, and are not aware of it."
So now you are aware, are you sitting up straight? Will you remember to next time?
It is hard to break old habits, especially if we only practice when we're on our horse.
Participation in the Equestrian Aquatics program will help you overcome your habits
And help get you to the next level of success, whatever that means to you.
The Equestrian Aquatics program is a favorite with horses because
the movement of the water lets you Train Your Muscles, and Saves His.
If you're ready Now you can click the button to jump to the bottom
where you can sign up to Purchase Your Membership
If you'd like some useful tips to ride better and more information about the program, keep reading...
Does your horse drift one way more than the other?
Is your horse either really slow (lazy, ignoring you) or really fast (panicky)?
This is because You are not balanced, and they feel like they might fall down.
Two Tips to Help Your Horse Move Better
If your seat falls asleep when you're traveling, you are collapsing your ribs on the opposite side and putting more weight on one seat bone.
This too will go away as your brain and your body learn to communicate better working in the water.
Your horse is more likely to drift towards the weighted seat-bone like in the video at the top.
In the meantime, when you notice this, shift your weight on to the non-sleeping seat bone and stretch tall and even through your ribs.
Try to imagine a thumbtack in your shoe and in your back pocket on the heavier (drifting) side. This will cause you to slightly lift, putting more weight on the other side.
Work on sitting up straight. Sitting in the middle of the sofa with feet flat on the floor will help to create the correct habit.
For extreme cases sit on the opposite end of the sofa and stretch your shorter side.
Well I tried to make a list to go here but really, this program benefits everyone.
I haven't met anyone, of any age that couldn't use better Balance, Suppleness and Core Stability.
It's so exciting when a Member or fellow Mermaid (Merman) as one of our founding members calls them, tells me:
- How much better their horse is going.
- How their coach is now able to correct new things instead of the usual three and so progress is finally being made.
- How much better they feel, both on and off their horse. Just to name a few.
For the aspiring rider
who does not own a horse.
Cross-training between lessons to accelerate your progress.
When you can't ride due to weather or horse injury.
The program includes easy to follow videos, transcripts and cheat-sheets.
Progress at your own pace, on your own time.
Discussions are turned on to answer questions and offer encouragement.
Your success is my priority.
Do You lean forward when you walk?
Our habits on the ground become our habits in the saddle. Check yourself when you pass a window.
I used to lean forward when I'd ride, and when I'd walk. If you do this in the water, you'll tip over.
I now notice immediately when that happens.
The program has helped me develop the core muscles that keep me upright and improved my body awareness, allowing me to break the habit.
When you shovel or sweep or vacuum,
which side of your body do you favor?
Make sure you spend at least as much time using the other side of your body until you forget which is your easier side. When you ride it is important to communicate equally to both sides of your horse.
This is also an opportunity to practice standing up straight while bending your knees and using your hip flexors which is exactly what you need to do when riding.
In the water you will automatically use both sides evenly or you will lose your balance.
You will become aware of your unevenness and challenge your brain to re-find straight and level.
Notices how she collapses to the right in the first photo, but when switching sides, does not collapse left?
This sort of unevenness will show up as she tips over in the water.
It makes her less secure on her horse and causes accidental weight and leg cues.
Even when you' are not doing an exercise you will be using core muscles to stabilize yourself.
Easy to cool off and a lot of fun.
Especially with friends.
When you lose your balance you get wet,
Join me to become more aware of Your unique postural challenges,
and start to improve them.
Your Access Includes:
7 Area Specific Modules
All videos are available online
from your computer or phone
The Foundation Level program contains 7 modules that make it easy to target Your key areas and build your foundation from the ground up, to Start You Off Right.
The modules work on each of the following areas but will focus on one aspect.
Balance, Suppleness, Lower Body, Upper Body, Core Stability, Full Body and Balance Re-visited.
Each module is 21 minutes long to fit your busy lifestyle, but you're welcome to do extra.
There are individual video clips of each exercise so you can Easily Review What You Need.
Each set of exercises and warm-ups includes 2 PDF's. One transcript of the video and one point form cheatsheet.
In addition each module comes with a one page Pool cheatsheet that lists the various exercises for that module.
Your membership includes access to the 'discussions' to ask your questions and share your progress.
You also get a Bonus Breathing Practice to Improve Your Focus and Awareness while staying both relaxed and toned.
A Breath Practice PDF and audio is included.
"I have trouble just relaxing and following my horses big movement. It takes a lot of strength to just relax and follow. When I'm not strong enough, I hold my breath and brace myself instead of following the movement. Then my horse braces and it gets harder to follow. I need the presence of mind and muscle tone to relax and control my horse.
Equestrian Aquatics has done that for me. The breath practice has helped me become more present in my body. The body awareness, created by working through the exercises in the water, where I can concentrate solely and safely on myself has allowed me to develop the presence and muscle tone to ride my horse better."
"I work on horses bodies, but my own suffers. I like that I can fit in a workout between clients horses. My job uses specific muscles and doing the Equestrian Aquatics program allows me to be more well rounded physically. The 21 minute workout means I can be in and out of the pool in an hour so even on a busy day I can fit one in at lunch time."
Liz Rudolph Michaels
Dynamic Balance Equestrian
If this program is not what you expected and you don't feel it will help you, let me know and I will happily return your money.
Improve Your Dressage Seat
From Dressage Today
By Isabelle von Neumann-Cosel
"To most riders, their seat position on the horse feels normal. It is the result of genetic facts, well-trained muscle memory and long-lasting habits.
Every rider becomes numb to his or her problems and even his or her own obvious mistakes while sitting on the horse.
Therefore the improvement of the rider’s seat is one of the most difficult goals to achieve:
One has to mistrust the feel in his or her own body.
But it is also the most rewarding goal: Horses will react immediately to better balance, less negative tension and/or quicker coordination of the rider."
Working in the water you will know immediately
when you are out of balance. You'll tip over.
You'll also know when you've found balance without tension because it becomes effortless.
You can then take this feeling back to your horse so
he can mirror and appreciate you.
If What You Are Doing Was Working
You Wouldn't Be Here - F.A.Q. Section
How can I be sure this program will help me?
You may be generally unfit or simply unfit for the task of riding or very fit but not progressing as well as you'd like in your riding. This program is easy to modify to suit all levels of fitness. It's main purpose is to make you aware of and improve your balance, suppleness and core-stability. This will in turn, carry over in to your riding.
What if I don't know how to swim?
There is no swimming in this program just floating with a pool noodle and feet on the ground exercises.
What if I don't like deep water?
You don't have to go any deeper than your chest and many exercises can be done waist deep.
What if I need more information during the program?
We have a built in discussions to ask questions, discuss your progress and creative use of the water. I'm there to answer your questions and cheer you on.
I'm not sure I have time?
You only have to get to the Pool 7 times during the program to try everything. But I find at least twice a week makes the progress so much faster. Even if you can't make it there you can do some of the exercises at home to keep you on track. The modules are designed to take 21 minutes although you're welcome to spend longer on your favorite exercises.
My family and friends think I'm nuts playing in the water!
That's okay, they're probably the same ones who say all you do is sit there while your horse does all the work.
Do you still have questions? Click below and send me a message, or sign up Now!