ENLIGHTENED EQUITATION SIMULATOR WORKSHOPS
with Heather Moffett at East Leigh Farm, near Totnes, South Devon
These workshops aim to clarify and demystify the techniques of riding, through simple, but very detailed explanations and visual demonstrations, coupled with unique 'hands on' work to ensure that each student really is given the correct feel of how to synchronise with the horse. In this way, the rider learns far more quickly to adhere to the saddle, enhancing safety and enjoyment and also, most importantly, saving the horse much discomfort from the rider bouncing about on his back.
"I have spent the last couple of days at Heather's yard in glorious Devon. Yesterday watching Heather, Kay and working pupil Tilly work their horses and today riding the simulators and watching Heather ride the lovely Lorca. The simulator course is absolutely fantastic and I cannot recommend it enough. I have been completely unable to canter 'up and back' on my mare and it has been driving me insane but today i did it! With Heather's expertise it took seconds, yes seconds to put nearly 30yrs of polishing the saddle and rowing a boat with my upper body to bed! Also went from bobbing in sitting trot to using my seat bones independently in time with the movement of the horse. Never sat so still and looked so 'proper' in my entire riding career. Thank you soooooo much Heather, Kay and Jennie Jordan. Get yourself on an Enlightened Equitation Simulator course, it's a revelation!"
The Equisimulator allows us to show the rider the precise movements of the lower back and pelvis, so that instead of the instructor telling the student to 'sit deeper', 'relax your lower back' or 'follow the movement', all of which are more or less meaningless to the novice rider, we are able to show the rider precisely how to mirror the horse's movements, in a fraction of the normal time taken to learn by the old 'practise makes perfect' methods of teaching. Practise does indeed make perfect, but only the right sort! Putting it simply, the horse has two sides to his back and you have two sides to your rear end. Put two and two together, in sync, and you make one. When you move together as one unit, riding becomes effortless. If you are being taught to use so much effort on a horse that you are the colour of beetroot when you get off, then you are working much too hard! Every extra movement that you make also means extra work for your horse. To have to carry the rider's weight is not natural to him, and every time the rider loses balance, the horse has to readjust his own balance.
"Guys, go for the simulator course! I had that fantastic experience in May, coming over from Germany. It really was quite expensive, putting it all together with airfare and rental car (and OMG how highly I underestimated 'driving on the left lane' - not only left lane but steering wheel on the right side and the shifting gear thing also....). So when starting I thought of myself being quite nuts... But it was worth everything and more!!!! If you have the chance - just do it :) And Heather - I love your approach you are a real genius!!!"
Ines Wecker, Germany
Many very experienced riders come to East Leigh for remedial work on their position, ability to absorb the horse's movement, or frequently both. Very often the explanations that they learn here are an absolute revelation - the phrase 'But why have I never been told this before' has to be one that we hear during every workshop!
"I would just like to say what a fabulous time I had on the course and am very much looking forward to trying out the things that we all learnt on the course. The signed copy of Heather's book was a very welcome surprise and one that I will be referring to again and again. Even though I do not have my own horse I am hoping that those I do ride will benefit from what I have just experienced.:-)"