"What is 
Connected Riding®?

"It sounds interesting, this  concept of "connection," 
but with  so many training methods being  taught today, 
what makes this  one different?

Connected Riding® is fundamentally different 

...from the traditional riding approaches. It teaches you how to ride from the inside (by feeling), to the outside (by action). It provides you with an awareness of body and movement that empowers you to move in harmony with the horse. It's connection--and ultimately that's what all of us are striving for--a connection that allows us to perform better, to communicate better, and to nurture our personal relationship with our horses.

 It will challenge some of the basic principles 
you've learned about riding
    --especially in terms of position and 
   * It will ask you to learn about your 
     own body and how it moves. 
   * It will ask you to become self-reliant 
     and understanding. 

   * It will ask you to become a student 
     of the horse--not just a student of riding.
   * And, finally, it will ask you to take
     responsibility for leading the dance 
     that connection creates.
Achieve freedom of movement and self-carriage 

Connected Riding techniques support conventional riding methods by adding biomechanical tools that reduce the bracing patterns in horses and riders.  Riders learn how to have an elastic reciprocal connection with the horse without having to use force.  Riders learn how to use their own bodies in new ways to enhance the performance of their horses, ride pain-free, and without resistance while having more fun doing it! 
With years of classical training, riding, teaching and research, Peggy Cummings, founder, author and international clinician has developed the Connected Riding methods.  

Rider Awareness:  Riders learn how to use their posture to become "live weight" on their horse's back, while releasing their own bracing and tension patterns.

Groundwork:  For horses to release tension patterns, develop a "weight bearing" posture preparing for work under saddle, building self-carriage, impulsion and flexibility.

Work Under Saddle:  Horses and riders "sync up" as riders feel a more reciprocal exchange with their horses' movement - more ease, more performance, in all disciplines and levels of riding.  

It sounds like a lot to accomplish. 

And it is. But
even though it will take awareness, work and 
maybe even a little frustration, I promise you this: if 
you're up to the challenge, the rewards are 

You'll never be more exhilarated than 
the first time you move in perfect 
harmony with your horse.

Nothing is more beautiful than the graceful rhythm 
you'll feel as your horse flows freely beneath you. 
Nothing is more rewarding than a true partnership 
based on understanding, friendship and 

I've had the opportunity to help thousands of riders from all walks of life and every 
riding discipline begin the journey of Connected Riding®. All of them have 
discovered something new about themselves, their horses and their lives.

E very human and horse 
with whom I've worked has found 
their own potential for movement. 

It's my hope that you will begin to do the same.

If you're a new rider, 

that's  great. 
You have an opportunity 
to begin your relationship with 
your horse in a balanced, 
connected way. Without all the 
old habits to undo, you'll find it 
much easier to find the flow 
and rhythm of the dance. Just 
remember--whether you're a 
beginner or an accomplished 
rider--take your time. There's 
no time limit on success. It will 
wait for you at the end of the 

Incorporate Connected Riding

Many of my students have 
had extensive training and 
find they can easily incorporate Connected Riding® into their 
performance with great success once they've mastered awareness  of their bodies.


What am I seeking from my horse?
Is it freedom?  Is it unity?
Or perhaps an undiscovered understanding?
I know the answer lies within and when it makes itself known, it will be mine and his and ours alone.

~ Peggy Cummings 

Peggy Cummings developed the Connected Riding method over 25 years ago.  She has written numerous books, has created a curriculum about the work, and offers clinics, courses, workshops, lessons worldwide.  Connected Riding is taught by Peggy, Instructors and Practitioners trained and certified in the method.  Connected Riding is used all over the world by well established clinicians, trainers, and riders.  

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