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Cover Story: This is Peggy Cummings connecting on the mane with Ilex 
to support him to stay connected in transitions. Read why Peggy likes 
t o connect to the mane in her story below.

FEBRUARY 2018                       Newcomers click here.

Hello Connected Riders
Here is a Connected tool I love:   
Connect to the Mane!

This is one of my favorite all time "quick in a pinch" tools to maintain my stability and balance while helping the horse rebalance at the same time. Few techniques give such an instantaneous and positive result.  

I first discovered this exercise when I was helping riders with horses that were having difficulty making a turn.
Table of Contents

* Connect to the Mane!

Collegue Connections   2
* Spain Retreat
* Oregon Summer Camp

Ride in Connection   3
* "Sit up Straight!! translation

More WHAT'S HOT!  

* New Course Catalog
* Instructor's Workshop
* Online Support

Also See the Connected Riding® Calendar: Here
By having them rotate inward while sliding up the outside rein and grabbing the mane with that hand, they were able to help the horses rebalance quickly and effectively. 

When a horse is having difficulty "getting off the runway" of being on the forehand, or if a horse has a big or uneven gait that is throwing my body out of balance, I reach forward with two fingers and grab a piece of mane at the base of the hair,  stretching back slightly from my elbow, while checking my neutral position.  Immediately, my body becomes more stable and less of a drag to the horse which allows the horse to become more solid and balanced beneath me.

"This is such a wonderful tool!!  
Connecting to the mane also helps the rider, in difficult moments, stay with the horse without grabbing at the horse's mouth through the reins." 
Joan Thompson, 
CR Practitioner

C olleague
    C onnections
What's Hot!

We have two very unique and very fun opportunities with Peggy this year and
we would love to have you join us!!

June 4-8, 2018
A Trip to Barcelona, Spain
Melín Farriols (Connected Riding® practitioner) and her family provide a very special experience at their ranch by sharing their amazing PRE horses and the delightful ambience of their place, accommodations and food.  In addition, touring the hotspots of Barcelona along with other local field trips will make for a well-rounded trip to Spain. It is particularly fun to be with Peggy in a Spanish culture, as you see another side of her interacting in her native language.  You'll enjoy riding and playing with the PRE horses while adding layers to your Connected education.  
Susan Cook

This is a very small group opportunity, so grab your space and book your flight now! 
A deadline to register will soon be set.
Click on this image to see the full flyer with many more details.

July 6-10, 2018
Summer Riding Camp in Corvallis, Oregon
For people who learn through immersion this is a great way to absorb the day-to-day progression of improving the horses and your riding. 

The camp format allows a more "in the moment" seamless flow of tailoring, scheduling and working to the needs of horses and riders. It's fun to be in "community" sharing the continuity, fun and magic of the growth that takes place! Peggy will be introducing her SCRT-200 level work throughout the week. Our hosts, practitioner Karen Cheeke and her husband Peter, go all out to make everyone and their horses feel at home and they make it a fun and easy experience for all! 

Let Stephanie know you are interested:

A Connected Riding ® Translation 
of the oft heard request to:

"Sit Up 
W hen instructors give the command to " Sit Up Straight " they are usually trying to correct a postural habit of the rider. This "correction" is happening from a temporary external muscular "fix" that for a short while will probably work. The "Arched Equator" is the result of being told to " Sit Up Straight" and she adds bracing and tension to her body to comply. The "Pocket Sitter" who hunches forward will temporarily appear to be more erect when she pulls her shoulders back and lifts her chest. However, in reality, she's just trading one postural dysfunction for another and won't be able to maintain it. If she adjusts her pelvis to the neutral position her body will fall into an erect posture naturally. Rebalancing internally into neutral posture would keep her body erect and the instructor happy. 

Learning the sensation of finding neutral posture from within 
provides lasting change.
Checking for Neutral Posture & stability
Photo 1. In this photo, Peggy is lightly pressing downward on the roller providing feedback of resistance to the rider's body to notice if she is in neutral posture or not. If she is in neutral she will feel solid in the saddle. If she is not she will automatically tense and brace against Peggy's downward pressure (equally opposing Peggy's force). Here, the rider found she was able to maintain her posture in neutral without effort or tension.

Feeling the tension of a "heavy horse" 
Photo 2. Here the rider puts her hands forward and down, and Peggy presses downward on the roller. The rider notices that the downward force creates tension and bracing in her back, shoulders, and arms. And, additionally, if the rider closes her legs on the saddle she will totally be pulled out of balance. She has lost her neutral posture by letting go of her arms and closing her legs. If she was riding a heavy horse in this position she would counter these forces by going behind the vertical, tensing her back and thighs and lifting her chest to counter balance the forces from the horse. 

Rebalancing & rechecking for stability
Photo 3. Here the rider is in neutral posture again with a slight torso rotation. She is also thinking "up" with her forearms as if she's trying to keep a pencil in the crease of her elbow joint. She is thinking "wide" through her knees instead of closing them, she is breathing into her lower back and softening in her sternum area. Now she is able to withstand the force of Peggy acting as a "heavy horse" pulling downward, and this rider is able to maintain the strength and stability of her position without using external muscular force.

When the rider's body is in neutral posture she can receive the forces of gravity, the motion from the horse and maintain her own postural stability. Only then is she free to provide rebalancing support to the horse with each stride.

Explore Peggy's book  "Connect with your Horse from the Ground Up" to find descriptions of these three types of riders, and take the quiz to determine your personal postural pattern. Click on the book cover to visit the store.

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What's Hot!
New Course Catalog 
for the  School of Connected Riding
from Peggy Cummings-
It is with a deep sense of accomplishment and gratitude that I share our 2018 course catalog! This is a culmination of a vision I have held for many years-having a school that helps riders and riding instructors understand how to translate conventional riding language and concepts into applications that are aimed at creating more ease, with efficiency of function and movement. 
Click on this image to go to the Course Catalog. 
Instructor Workshop ~ Open to all Instructors and Teachers
Online Support ~ Open to all riders      

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