EE RIDER TRAINING
with Heather Moffett at East Leigh Farm, near Totnes, South Devon
Do you worry that the connection you have with your horse on the ground isn't transferred to your ridden work? Demystify classical horsemanship and come to Heather Moffett, who teaches horses and riders a kinder way to ride and train.
We can offer full training packages which include Heather's unique teaching on her simulators, in-hand work, long reining and ridden lessons dependent on which course is chosen. We can also provide accommodation for you and your horse*, collection from Totnes Bus or Train Station**, transfers to and from Fitzworthy Equestrian*** (on those courses that include lessons/demos off site).
"Just a little story for anyone not sure about spending out some cash on training...... I was thinking about going to Devon to do the simulator course for about a year. A space came up, I live in Bath, so I contacted Jennie Jordan who was brilliant, she gave me information re B&B and even offered to pick me up from the railway station. The training was fantastic just to have someone right there, moving your legs, and arms and adjusting your seat,so you can 'feel' the correct way of sitting is vital. I learnt to trot, lifting my seat bones and canter using my pelvis and core muscles. I came back found a second hand VSD Flexee saddle. Started lessons with Jennie Jordan who advised me to have a Physio out to Hugo. Wendy came out and found Hugo to be very tight in the back....Well actually no movement, she gave him a treatment and his whole personality has changed for the better and he can move his back when he is ridden. I am now riding a happy Warmblood in a beautiful saddle and learning how to ride correctly. I am 58 and been riding since I was 8. It has cost me approximately £800 and let me tell you it has been worth every single penny."
Three day ‘Back to Basics’ courses for those returning to riding
Heather has been asked by several riders who are returning to riding after a long break, to run some 'Back to Basics' courses, to kick start their riding again, but along the lines of the EE ethos and methods. The courses will cover dismounted work to really instil the aids etc, work on foot is remarkably successful at rewiring the brain before getting back to riding!
We will work on the simulators (we have three) for part of each of the days, to perfect position and especially the way in which to ensure you sync your own body with that of the horse’s movements. Also to practise the aids from the mounted perspective. As yet we cannot offer lessons on real horses to follow on, but a local riding school whose owner is one of our EE teachers, will be offering lessons on her horses once her new indoor school is completed.
We will demonstrate in hand and long reining work and explain how this can greatly increase your bonding with your horse on the ground, but also reinforce the refinement of the aids. The courses will be full of information which is presented in a clear and easy to understand manner. Questions are welcome at any time!
£350 including lunch, no accommodation. Please email heather@enlightenedequitation for further information and prices for optional extras. To book please email this completed Booking Form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Transfers available at a reasonable extra charge, subject to availability.
‘Boost Your Confidence’ courses
These will be run specifically for riders with confidence issues. It is important to understand that if you suffer with nerves and are making yourself do something you are afraid of, you are summoning courage and are therefore brave! The courses will follow to a large extent the same content as the Back to Basics courses. But it is intended to also include Mindfulness, with our excellent Mindfulness teacher, Ollie Frame who has been running Mindfulness workshops and retreats for several years in this area, very successfully.
So often the confidence crisis stems from never having been properly taught how to sync your movement with that of the horse, and so you feel insecure. Give you the means to stay on and mental focus, and confidence almost always increases! Riders are taught ‘Sit deeper’, ‘Relax your back’, ‘Go with the movement'. Huh? HOW!? ‘Follow the movement’, well if you are following something, aren’t you usually behind it?! It just shows how silly this instruction is, or lack of instruction, which is the real root of the problem.
As with the Back to Basics courses, we will eventually be able to offer extra days riding real horses rather than just the simulators, once the indoor school at Fitzworthy Riding School about 10 miles from here, is complete. Owner Kim Northcott is one of our EE teachers, and we hope soon to work more together.
£350 including lunch. Please email heather@enlightenedequitation for further information and prices. To book please email this completed Booking Form to email@example.com. Accommodation and transfers available at a reasonable extra charge, subject to availability.
We hope to offer progressive training where riders can advance on their own horses, or those at Fitzworthy Riding School and, when available, for those advancing through the EE rider levels only, with Heather's own horses****.
* Packages can include luxury accommodation for you (and your horse on the Bring Your Own Horse Courses). Accommodation consists of 2-3 nights sharing one of three twin en suite rooms, or for an additional charge, a private single room for an additional single supplement. Subject to availability.
** Optional collection from Totnes Bus or Train Station can be arranged prior to booking and must be paid in full in advance. Please contact us for costs, with discounts for shared trips. Subject to availability.
*** Once Fitzworthy Riding School indoor school is complete we hope to include lessons with riding school horses for riders at all levels, covering in hand, long reining and ridden work.
**** Subject to availability.
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