The feeling of a horse trusting in you completely, giving her body to you, and, in so doing, you experience your thoughts through her actions.
Heidi and Labyrinth Fuego Champions
This truly feels and looks magical.
These magical moments are what we ride for. Moments where you and the horse are working together seamlessly. Although this may look like magic and feel like magic these moments are thoroughly based on skills.
Skills which can be taught.
Heidi and Jason love teaching because they love being part of their students magical moments.
Not just dressage for the show ring. Pleasure Riders, Combined Training, Hunter/Jumper and Hunt Seat Equitation riders. We are happy to help with all aspects of your training. Both Heidi and Jason are well versed in Gymnastic and course jumping and love to help riders develop a program which works for their sport or passion. Heidi and Jason welcome the opportunity to work with both you and your trainer if you wish. Our schedules usually do not allow us to attend combined training or hunter/jumper horse shows.
What Should I expect from a lesson at Rhythm and Blues?
You will understand the instruction.
We enjoy teaching riders of any experience level from those who are getting on a horse for the first time to those preparing for FEI (international) competition.
Use language which is appropriate to the student
Provide the student a clear road map. Explaining:
-what the skill is that is being taught.
-what the goal is in practicing the skill
-where we will be going from here
Allow the student time to integrate skills into their body and to guide practice in those skills through repetition of the same skill in different situations.
encourage you to stop us and ask for a different explanation, if you are not understanding. It is our job to provide a clear explanation that you understand and if a verbal explanation is not sufficient than a demonstration can be provided.
provide advice on how you can use unmounted exercises to improve your riding.
(in addition we have a close relationship with Sharon Spaziani, Polestar and PMA
Both Heidi and Jason believe the time you are in the arena receiving instruction belongs to the instructor the student and the horse. NOT to texting, answering phone calls or chatting with others.
You will be on an appropriate horse for learning.
Our Lesson Horses are professionals, they are experienced, generous, tolerant and safe. Our horses are full partners in teaching lessons. Our horses generally teach only one lesson a day and 6 lessons a week. This keeps our horses eager to participate.
Your safety is our first concern. All students are taught practices which have been proven to be the safest for both horse and rider.
What will I learn?
Dressage is the main focus at Rhythm and Blues but whatever your riding goal, learning to ride requires developing two areas of skill and knowledge.
Developing the physical aspects of riding
The riders ability to stay on the horse and move with the horse without impeding his movement.
The riders ability to manage her/his body in order to deliver clear tactile communication to the horse.
Developing the Cognitive aspects of riding
The ability to focus on, what your body is doing and what the horse’s body is telling you.
Deep, integrative understanding of the tactile and postural language we share with the horse. Understanding what you need to do with your body to clearly explain what you want the horse to do. Understanding the horse’s communication to us through seeing and feeling the horse’s body
understanding of the horse’s cognition. how the horse thinks, learns and experiences the world through his senses and how this affects our interaction with the horse.
Understanding the teaching and training of the horse. How to physically and mentally prepare the horse to learn. How to prepare the horse to be the best partner in helping you reach your goals.
Thank you for your interest in Rhythm and Blues Stables