Connected work improves everything we do with horses.
It takes us from a language of concepts, to sensations of feel.
April 2017
Our cover photo: 
Ilex, a PRE (Pura Raza España) stallion owned by CR Practioner Melín Farriols from Barcelona, Spain.

Editor's Note
Peggy says: "get your back in your back" to move in a balanced neutral posture. She has proven so many times how this improves our horsemanship, and my horses demonstrate to me the increased clarity of communication that this brings. It is subtle, AND it has changed the way I work with horses. This relates to our opening quote. 

Read below what Peggy means by this:

"If riders spend 75% of their time focusing on their body posture, 
their ride will be 100% better."
Peggy Cummings

This month we also congratulate CR Practitioner Melín Farriols and her horse Ilex for their wonderful accomplishment in a Spanish riding competition.

Judy Good, editor

P.S. We encourage letters to the editor, and we reserve the right to edit them. What is on your mind?

Happy Earth Day...Everyday!

"More and more people are turning to riding as a recreational activity that reconnects them with nature."

Linda Tellington Jones

Peggy Cummings


From Peggy
   Melín  1

What's Hot   2

Susan's Notes
   CR Works!  3

Teacher's Lounge
   Motivation  4

      Yourself"  5

SCR  Presents   
   opportunities  6

Article Well  
   Videos  7


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Hello Connected Riders.

(Ed. note:  People often ask- "Can Connected Riding® be used in Dressage or in competition?")
Melín Farriols is a Connected Riding® practitioner in Barcelona, Spain, who competes internationally in Dressage.
Melín Farriols performing at a dressage competition.

From Melín:
"Before my Connected Riding® experience, I didn't realize how tense I was during my competition rides, and I didn't understand how I was blocking my horse's movement. I knew the horses weren't responding to my aids the way I thought they should, but I didn't know why I couldn't achieve the partnership I felt with them at home. After learning Connected Riding® and how to connect and synchronize with my horses under saddle, it changed my ability to let go of the tension in my body during competition, allow my horses to soften and respond to me, instead of brace against me. This has brought me the partnership I wanted during my rides and people have noticed how I am enjoying my horses in competition. My test scores continue to improve as I trust my ability to allow my horses to show their movement potential."  


"She is able to bring her horse back to her with soft and subtle use of her aids and is sitting with the motion of her horse instead of against it."

Peggy comments:
When I first met Melín, she was a talented rider with wonderful horses and all were working too hard to achieve her goals in competition. What struck me about Melín was her desire to seek a better understanding of how to be with her horses. She was a stiff and arched rider, who used common mechanical aides to cue her horses through the movements. She was not aware of how braced her horses were, nor how braced she was with them. The horses retracted through transitions, were heavy in the bridle, and dull to the aids. For Melín learning neutral posture with connection to the horse opened the door for her to experience the ease and lightness that she was seeking. It gave her the tools to respond to tension in herself or her horse instantaneously. She is able to bring her horse back to her with soft and subtle use of her aids and is sitting with the motion of her horse instead of against it.

-Peggy Cummings


What's Hot!!
with Peggy

Limited openings remain:


3 Day Clinic, Lessons & Demo Day: 
May 18-22, 2017
Trealy Farm, Monmouth


Fifth Annual
 Dressage in Connection Clinic
July 7-9, 2017
Not limited to Dressage Riders.


Two Weekend Clinics 
plus Groundwork Day
South Auckland
3 Day Refresher Clinic:
November 25-28, 2017
Groundwork Day:
November 29th, 2017
2 Day Introduction Clinic:
December 1-2, 2017

Where in the world is Peggy?

Click on the flyer to go to Peggy's calendar.


From the desk of
V iew from the inside.

Kay Giblett being led by Elaine Fradley 
and assisted by Sandy Weller.

Connected Riding®  
Why should anyone bother?
It's simple, yet not the beginning.
Why bother?

I just observed people fairly new to Connected work in a four day course with their horses. During the first two days, I saw the tension in the participants' desire to learn (and belief that they might not "get it"), and in the horses' and riders' habitual bracing patterns. 

And then.....I saw, with my own eyes, a softening-postures changing, understanding happening, fumbling and connecting, asking and answering, and seeing horses shift their balance, release their necks, and riders support their horses through the basic steps of Connection.  

The moments of ease, soft strides and synchronized bodies were remarkable. This process of Connection always happens, whether it's two riders tied together with a line walking in synch with footfalls matching, learning how to feel what their horse would experience being led on a line, or the softness in the riders' postures when they find the new, neutral posture and connecting aids in the saddle. 
Transformative, inspiring and  it will absolutely be a continued learning process to mastery. These students have glimpsed and experienced the possibility of feeling their horse's movement coming through their bodies, a truth, a look, a feeling, and sensation like no other. Elegant and Connected.
That's why.


Susan Cook and Jillian Kreinbring sharing a tender moment at a recent visit
in Texas.

These students have glimpsed and experienced the possibility of feeling their horse's movement coming through ...


Question for a Teacher:

How do you excite your young students 
to want more depth of knowledge?
Answer by Laura Faber-Morris, 
Connected Riding® Instructor

I would say that for me the more people know about how tension or restriction or holding patterns in the body of a horse drives the behavior that drives performance, and that when a person can learn to use their body also in a released and relaxed state they too will find better balance which will affect their horse's body which, as I just said, drives behavior which drives performance. 

People in general understand what it's like to have lower back pain or an injury and everyone can agree that it affects your state of mind. We also can agree that sometimes if we go right back to doing the same thing we may re-injure ourselves thereby getting crabby all over again. 
The way that I approach Connected Riding® with new people and my current clients is to always think about how we can create a road map of tension and compensation patterns in a horse's body so that we can come up with ways to help the horse release that tension and move better. I always leave it up to riders to decide about their own discipline, but we can all agree that, no matter what riders do with their horses, the bottom line is that if the horse goes around in an imbalanced way it will be that compensation in the body that sets up restriction patterns that will drive behaviors that drive performance. 

This is how I approach everything with clients and their horses. 

Peggy will be with Laura Faber-Morris
and Diane J. Sept in August:


Lessons and Demonstration
Laura Faber-Morris
Diane J. Sept &
Peggy Cummings

Whitefish, Montana

August 5-7, 2017


"Young people and adults alike learn from horses to love creation, and to celebrate and appreciate nature and all living creatures. They practice patience and devotion to a task, learn to sense their own power, and also to face their fears. They experience speed, movement, beauty, and the ability to learn. Through the horse they experience the world with all their senses." 

Linda Tellington Jones

"If riders spend 75% of their time focusing on their body posture, 
their ride will be 100% better."
Peggy Cummings

The reminder "back to your back" is for riders who tend to arch their backs, and need to remember to release the tension in the muscles along their spines, and think about lengthening and widening in the lower back area. It also reminds  all riders to breathe into the back of their ribs and up between the shoulder blades. The horse immediately responds when he feels this connection to the rider's body, and softens the stride.

"Back to your back" acts as a backward ballast of energy, keeping the rider's back soft and full,  with a feeling of length from the top of the hip to the armpit. This is especially helpful during transitions by maintaining the rider over the vertical, not behind it.  P.C.

Compare, in the four postures shown below, the difference between the Connected Rider and the Arched Equitator. The Connected Rider has her 
"back to her back."



The School of Connected Riding Presents:


One Day 
Clicker Training Clinic with Horses

Peggy Hogan, 
CR Practitioner-retired


Check out Peggy Hogan, . Peggy is a skilled, fun, and wonderful teacher! Clicker training is a powerful tool for anchoring desired behaviors; boundaries, postures, and movement patterns for horses (dogs, too).


Understanding Your Horse's Movement to Realize 
Their Potential

Jillian Kreinbring, 
CR Senior Instructor


August 25th - 27th, 2017

Save the Date:




School of Connected Riding
101 Courses

September 28-October 2, 2017

January 18-22, 2018


Other Connected Opportunities!


Clinic Series
to Develop Horse and Rider
Karen Cheeke, 
CR Practitioner
April - September, 2017

Article Well 

Notice how horses move.
Notice how your horse moves.
Notice how you move
Rebalance your horse.
Rebalance yourself.
Ride in balance & connection .
We hope you enjoy our growing selection of Connected Riding (and related) articles. The topics are divided into the six sections, as mentioned in our  Newcomers Document . Click on the little labyrinth images to go to pages of related articles. Then click on the article image to go to the entire article. Give feedback here.


Wonderful collection of videos compiled by the Horse Hero. 
Search for Peggy Cummings on their site to find the list of Peggy's videos.

Peggy Cummings is featured in eleven of these videos that range in length from ten to thirty minutes. You can watch the trailers to the videos for free but must subscribe to the Horse Hero to watch the full length videos, but it is not very expensive. It's worth the price!

List of Videos available:
  • Peggy Cummings teaches:
    • better horse & rider posture: Part 1
    • better horse & rider posture: Part 2
    • better horse & rider posture: Part 3
    • posture with Suezi & Lusitano stalion Uni
    • Suezi & Lusitano stallion Uni to move fluidly together
    • ground work to relax 17 yr old Conquer who is tense
    • Dollar to move more freely: Part 1
    • Dollar to move more freely: Part 2
    • in-hand in preparation for riding Molly who is anxious
    • body posture to teach problem horse Spring to soften
    • Molly the weight bearing posture to carry a rider

Click on this image to visit the Horse Hero website to access the videos.