A few years ago, my uncle once said to me that I was a “green” rider – I defensively thought “What does he know!” After all, I knew how to saddle and bridle a horse, mount, dismount, stop, go, turn left, turn right, and even reverse a bit! But it wasn’t until starting lessons with Darren Simpson and the Equine Communication team, that I realised my uncle wasn’t talking about my riding ability, he was talking about my relationship with horses ! As soon as I started lessons with Darren, I gained a sense of appreciation, trust, and respect for my equine friends and quickly realised that to have a successful horse/rider relationship, you must work together – 49% Horse / 51% Rider.
Up until that time, it was 95% Horse / 5% Me! During the past 2 years I have been lucky enough to do work experience for Darren on his property at Woodford at least twice a year – school holiday times have been spent learning important lessons about horses and their environment.
My greatest personal achievement so far has been to overcome a dread of going down hill at speed – now I simply canter down!! When I first went to Darren in 2001, it was to learn respect from the horse I was then leasing – a 15 y.o.
Riding Pony x Quarterhorse mare – “Gypsy”.
I was so impressed by how much I had learnt in just one hour with Darren, that I continued having lessons on a monthly basis.
A decision I will never regret! In 2002 I was lucky enough to lease one of the Equine Communication horses – “Monty” – a 1st.
Crossed Stockhorse gelding – for a period of 8 months.
In that short time, with continual training and positive reinforcement from Darren, I was able to take “Monty” from a non-dressage horse right through to 4th place at State Level (QISEA).
I quickly learnt that dressage is built on successful communication between horse/rider and not just practising repetitive moves! Not only did I achieve great results in my riding, but successfully turned a “hot” and nervous horse into a confident and amiable friend ! Since March 2003, I have been leasing yet another different horse – an 11 y.o.
Anglo-Arab gelding named “Kedo”.
Previously the horse had been competing Hacking and a few dressage events – but then an accident in 2001 put him out of competition for 2 years.
Within a short 7 months, Darren’s coaching techniques and his belief that a strong horse/rider relationship is imperative to any successful combination, Kedo and I went to States (QISEA) – Elementary level – and are now training Medium level skills. Of more importance is the fact that Darren’s techniques are applicable across all riding disciplines – so much so that in 2004 Kedo and I will be competing in Western Performance events. Lessons with Darren are not just about learning how to ride a horse – they are much, much more – gaining respect from your mount, giving respect to your mount, and, learning the difference between the two.
It has been an awesome experience learning how to teach new things to my horse, and, getting the desired results without confrontation! I have become more confident and willing to try new and exciting things with any horse that I ride, and I know that with mutual respect we can achieve almost anything. My equine relationship aims now, and always will be: Ask instead of Command, Harmony instead of Conflict Thank you Equine Communication from Lisa-Jane Hall. INCLUDEPICTURE “http://www.equinecommunication.com.au/0d585d60.png” \* MERGEFORMATINET “Gypsy” INCLUDEPICTURE “http://www.equinecommunication.com.au/0cea9160.png” \* MERGEFORMATINET “Kedo” 14/11/2003 INCLUDEPICTURE “http://www.equinecommunication.com.au/0d38fd60.png” \* MERGEFORMATINET “Monty ” INCLUDEPICTURE “http://www.equinecommunication.com.au/1×1.gif” \* MERGEFORMATINET
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