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Lisa Stanley at the 5-day CR Camp in Oregon
Robbie showing off his lovely neck.

Peggy Cummings and Debbie Davies co-teachers of the camp
Hello Connected Riders

Advancing Connected Riding
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Camp

We've just completed a 5-day camp in Oregon and it is our feature story this month. What I was seeking with every single horse at this camp was that there would be a connection from the head and neck telescoping to the hind legs maintaining a rhythm. The hind legs must keep going while the head and neck let go. It was great to have Deb Davies helping. I couldn't be everywhere at once and sometimes we focused on the horses and sometimes on the riders. See Judy's story below. --Peggy Cummings
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  • Feature Article: Incremental Sculpting of Horses.
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The reason we are offering these workshops for riding instructors and other equine professionals, is that they need to be supported in order to stay inspired and renewed in their service to horses and their people. Their work is a labor of love and dedication and needs ongoing nourishment. --Peggy Cummings

Incremental Sculpting of Horses
by Judy Good, Practitioner & newsletter editor

Late on day 5 of a Connected Riding
®
 camp in Oregon Peggy asked:

"What was your experience of these 5-days? 
Did you learn something?"

My mind reeled as I said: "We transformed horses that were not   all "there" mentally, emotionally or physically into horses that   were willing partners. I was amazed to watch how quickly this   was done."  

So, did you wonder on the first day how you were going to connect  with these horses you had never seen before?

Sandy Weller and me- newsletter editors.
Peggy asked this somewhat facetiously and we all rolled our eyes and said: Yes!

These are adjectives describing horses on days 1 and 2: "Explosive bag of beans," hypersensitive, lacking confidence, stressed, unfocused, really locked on those front feet and base down, cinchy, biting. These describe horses on day 5: sweet, lovely, confident, positive, sensitive, patient, responsive, could dance with the joy of two bodies moving together, not cinchy or biting.
This is Horse #1
Before
Releasing
Pushing
This is Horse #2
Before
Releasing
Pushing

"I saw the soul of the horses coming out more each day. I call it their self esteem. It's confidence but its more than that. They are literally carrying themselves as you are each carrying yourselves more elegantly and differently. There is nothing more beautiful than this self-carrying function."
-Susan Cook
Susan Cook and Joan Thompson sharing a moment
This is Horse #3
Before
Releasing
Pushing
Relana doing groundwork

Relana is jogging this horse in-hand to prepare her to more easily make the transition from "Before" (tight neck, hollow back and hind legs that are not pushing), to "Working" (neck released, back lifting and hind legs pushing).  

This is Horse #4
Before
Releasing
Pushing
Relana Beck

"And what we said before about the souls of the horses meeting each other for a dance. I think there is a deep longing amongst all riders in the world with every method to find exactly this. That is the gift of Connected Riding
®
--that you find ways of translating this deep intention that I think every rider has." -
-Relana Beck
This is Horse #5
Before
Releasing
Pushing

Sometimes we focused on the horses and sometimes on the riders. Finding Neutral Posture for the human is best introduced while sitting on a saddle stand.  
Sandy Weller doing mouth work with Robbie to release tension in his jaw and TMJ.



"Don't throw it away. When the dance is no longer working go back to where the connection was and proceed from there. We stay with the horse through the incremental sculpting and change that needs to happen each day."  - -Susan Cook



We improved our communication with each horse from day 1 through day 5, and each day the horses became more receptive and responsive to our requests of them. The progress was fast and very inspiring. Thank you Peggy and Debbie for teaching this amazing technique so clearly and effectively! 

Judy Good

To get on the   early registration list for next year's Connected Riding
®
 Camp contact Stephanie at:  info@ConnectedRiding.com.
Susan Cook, co-founder


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