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To learn a new riding skill we need to understand the feeling we’re looking for as well as find a way to break our old habits and patterns of movement.

Trying to do this cognitively only from verbal instruction (how riding is most often taught) isn’t always very effective.

But when we can discover what the new skill or movement feels like and when we can think of the learning process as experimentation we will learn faster and avoid frustration.

This is what I’d like to share with you today – how to use the simple idea of using tools and exercises to improve your riding and have fun at the same time!

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25 Responses

  1. Great video, Callie! I love these tools and ideas (plus the books). What are the purple half-spheres with nubbins? I missed that on the video. Also, I looked up the Sveltus band to order it on Amazon. They sell a 10kg version and a 15 kg version. I’m guessing that the 15 is harder to pull/stretch (that is, has more resistance) than the 10. Which version were you using?

    1. Hi Janice, I use them for riders to stand on for balance, and Wendy uses them as part of her Sure-Foot stability system for horses – helping horses with balance!

  2. Hi Kelly
    How fascinating. I have just bought Linda’s book and am taking part in Wendy’s online course so I have got her resources.
    What kg weight is the Sveltus band that you demonstrated as I think it would be really helpful for my body position?
    Thanks for all your support.

      1. Hi Suzi
        Wendy’s online course was set up in collaboration with and advertised by Callie through CRK training and subscription closed a while back.
        Callie would confirm whether the course will be run again as it is really good.
        I got Linda’s book ‘Improve your horse’s well-being’ through the TTouch UK website @ Tilley Farm. Not sure where you are based but you can get it on Amazon if you are in the US or UK.
        Hope that helps.

      2. Hi Suzi,
        We will be offering Wendy’s course again this year around late summer or fall. Linda’s books are available on amazon or through many tack stores that sell educational material.

  3. I was wondering the same thing. I have Wendy’s sure foot pads which are really helping Chase. I was wondering about the strap to help feel the lower back position. Where can I find that? I love the idea of having tools help to self teach proper body position or feel when riding!

  4. As always, thank you for your time and generosity in sharing these strategies. As someone who is always anxious to “get it right”, I appreciate your point that one can learn from experiencing different sensations without always having the goal of “getting it right”.

  5. Thank you for bringing these to our attention. I also am interested in seeing the names of these items or of knowing where to find tools such as these.

    1. Hi Christine, thanks for your interest – I posted a list of resources in a response to Renee’s comment above!

  6. Thank you Callie for another informative video. I always enjoy watching them .
    As with some of the other people who have already commented, I am interested in more info about the tools , particularly the body strap and the ‘squashed ‘ blue plastic tool.

  7. Would using the elastic band you have for the lower back position also help w/ the shoulders? I have a repetitive shoulder/neck injury (job related) and tend to drop my shoulders.

    1. Hi Renee, I believe it would – it supports the shoulders without pulling them back creating an arch in the back

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