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Hello Connected Riders
Prep your horse's back 
for weight bearing
by Peggy Cummings

At the core of Connected Riding ® work is the synchronization of the movements between the horse and those of the rider. 

This is not a small job because we must learn to recognize and then to diminish all forms of bracing in both partners. Therein lies the key to a good biomechanically healthy partnership with your horse through time.

Relaxation and releasing bracing patterns in both horse and rider is the first step;  however, strength of the topline and pushing from the hind end must be present. 

The influence of the rider's posture is critical in developing tensile strength and building up the back. To accomplish this, the rider must be in neutral posture as much as possible. 

Neutral pelvis is the place where your body automatically has independent use of arms and hips and legs. The body has the ability to recover quickly and the bones and joints have freedom to move so the rider is live weight on the horses back. 

Dynamic rebalancing occurs, inviting the horse to reciprocate. Above all, a rider in neutral posture can override bracing.

Get Back to Basics 
to Get Back to Riding
Foundations of Function for 
the Whole Horse.
by Diane J. Sept

[Diane is a Connected Riding Senior Instructor and Clinician who has worked with Peggy since 1990. She is also a senior IJA Gaited Dressage Judge and a member of Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) ]

Gaited horse owners have long been told that shank bits, long toes, weighted shoes, cutback saddles, and action devices   can "correct" a horse's gait.   
My philosophy is supported by the truth of the horses body, mind, and spirit--what allows the horse to function in balance,   comfort, and longevity. 
Anything else is a momentary "fix" without positive changes.

A word from Peggy

"Diane is a dedicated educator who is extremely committed to her students' progress and to the the well-being of flat shod walking horses. I have the highest respect for her contributions to the horse world."

Freeing up and allowing the abilities of any horse, partly determined by genetics and breeding, to express itself is what   Connected Riding promotes.

I appreciate that Connected Riding asks us to take responsibility for ourselves and our horses.

SCRS Foundations of Function for the Whole Horse  is one course I offer through the School of Connected Riding. You can see the catalog listing  of this course in the example on page 4.  

Please join us to learn more about the many aspects that support the healthy, happy, joyous part of our horse relationship.

This course brings to light...

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"Diane has a wonderful sense of humor, but don't be fooled, she is very serious about horses. It is rare to find someone who has such a depth of equine knowledge, is excellent in teaching both the horse and rider, and allows her expert evaluations and instruction to be fun."

-Student/Clinic Coordinator  


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A t the start of her career...
Immerse Yourself 
in a Summer Connection
as a teenage riding instructor Peggy was the head riding instructor of a girl's camp in Maine. 

Peggy and friends in the 1960s
Corvallis, Oregon:


Now, a few years later, Peggy is offering two summer riding camps in Oregon.  These camps allow learning to seep in through immersion where time seems to slow down and the focus is easier.

In this casual atmosphere campers will snack on Powerpoints, body awareness exercises and intensive work with horses.  And the best part-- the work is tailor made to the group and the individuals who participate. 

Each camp has its own personality, pacing and experiences. 
with Peggy Cummings
June 15-17, 2018
Dayton, Oregon
Bring your horse for 3 days of learning through riding, groundwork, group discussions and camaraderie! This camp experience offers an opportunity for more individualized instruction to deepen horse-human learning and relationships. 

All disciplines are welcome!       
Riding instructors are also encouraged to join us at a Workshop specifically for instructors to learn how to add Connected Riding® concepts to your program.

Each of these shares the same outcome--a much deeper  connection with horses and the people who share the experience. 

We are excited to spend part of our summer 
with you. 
Come Join Us
See more events you do not want to miss below.

To register for either of these summer camps contact-- Karen Cheeke (5-day clinic) or Susan Cook :


Course Catalog

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Host an event. It's easy. We come to you, and you bring your horse community around you. It is a gift to your friends and what you will learn is fantastic.
Table of   CONTENTS
  • SCRT 100:  Introduction to Connected Riding
  • SCRT 101:  Postural Foundations for finding Connection
  • SCRT 102:  Applying Connection Basics
  • SCRT 103:  Synchronizing Horse and Rider
  • SCRT 104:  Practitioner Certification Exam
  • SCRS Understanding Your Horse's Movement to Realize Their Potential
  • SCRS TTEAM Connect
  • SCRS Supporting the Rider I
  • SCRS Equine Nervous System (ENS) 1
  • SCRS Supporting the Rider II
  • SCRS The Gaited Connection
  • SCRS Rhythm-The First Riding Necessity
  • SCRS Relaxation-A Stepping Stone
  • SCRS Suppleness-for Elasticity and Mobility of Joints
  • SCRS Equine Nervous System II
  • SCRS Exploring Equine Self Carriage
  • SCRS Mapping the Jigsaw
  • SCRS Equine Growth, Learning and Healing from the Eyes of the Horse (ESE 1)
  • SCRS Foundations of Function for the Whole Horse
  • SCRS Practical Tools for the Everyday Horse Person
  • SCRS De-Spook You

  • SCRT 200 Transitions and Straightness
  • SCRT 201 Balancing the Rider
  • SCRT 202 Balancing the Horse
  • SCRT 203 Synchronizing Horse and Rider
  • SCRS Equine Nervous System III
  • SCRS Equine Nervous System IV
  • SCRS Supporting the Rider III
for Riding Instructors in and out of CR   
  • SCRI 1-2 Day Instructor Seminar Series
  • SCRI Pro-Track Connection for Instructors/Trainers
  • SCRI Continuing Education Inservice Training
  • SCRI Online or Phone Support
  • SCRI Teaching Connection to Young Riders
  • SCRI Expanding Your "Teaching Reach"
  • SCRI Developing Your Teaching Craft
Meet Our TEACHERS   
Procedure for Becoming a PRACTITIONER   

Teach with conviction  and 
share your skills

When Connected Riding becomes a person's pathway and passion they often formalize their training and become part of the Connected Riding organization and brand. The first position for accreditation is Connected Riding Practitioner 1. This designation is for those who teach the foundations of Connected Riding. 

See page 18 of the course catalog to learn how to become a Practitioner.


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Get Back to Basics 
SCRS Foundations of Function for the Whole Horse
by Diane J. Sept
Oct. 20-21, 2018 in PA
More information 
This course brings to light the many areas of our horses well being: mental, physical, emotional  and what positively supports these aspects of horsemanship.
The information about the FOUNDATIONS that support the FUNCTION of our horses will give you the eye and knowledge to support   your horse's well-being when visiting with your: hoof professional, veterinarian, feed store, dentist, tack supplier--and many   more. ESPECIALLY your horse. 
    1- Feet: how to determine balance and a supportive hoof 
    2- Teethawarenesses to consider in dentistry 
    3- Equipmenthow the placement and fit of equipment affects your horses behavior, willingness, and performance 
    4- Nutritionwhat supports a horse's digestive system and overall nutrional/immune strength 
    5- Accommodationswhat allows a horse their natural feeling of comfort and safety 
    6- Simple things: From the time we approach our visit with our horse until the time we leave for the day, what are some simple things that build   and improve the overall   relationship
This course allows for group involvement to share knowledge amongst participants.   There will be lecture/discussion time and hands on horse time.
Join us for this Foundational course, or host a course for your students.  
Diane would like to know - What aspect is more important to you as you work with your horses: mental, emotional physical or spiritual? Send your thoughts to [email protected]
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