- an online workshop with
Hannah Weston and Angelica Hesselius
Are you curious to take your reward based training another step forward? Struggle transferring your work from the ground to the saddle?
Thinking about how to best create and maintain connection and cooperation from a new position or how to build your aids in a new way?
Join us for a relaxed workshop where we share our
training experiences and answer your questions.
The Connected Rider
Date: 27th January, 2024
Time: 09-17 CET (Central European Time, Stockholm).
All day is being recorded.
During this day, we will share our perspective on reward based riding with a focus on mounted work.
We believe that horses should love their time with humans and relish their training experiences and we will share our strategies to create both a safe and a happy horses.
Horses that connect and communicate with us in different types of situations, not only ideal ones.
Discover effective, real-world strategies for connecting with your horse, solving problems, and improving your reward based horsemanship skills.
Who is this for?
This is an online course for everyone curious about how to connect better with your horse from the saddle using a reward based approach.
You'll meet Hannah and Angelica via Zoom and we will spend the day together exploring riding with positive reinforcement training techniques.
What to Expect
Practical Training: We will share our approach through hands-on demonstrations via video, slides and interactive learning experiences.Talk about why we chose certain strategies, how we build our aids and, most importantly, show it.
Strategies to take home: How to apply it in your own training. To ride with confidence and important foundations and strategies to get there.
A lot of talking: This is a down to earth, relaxed seminar where you can share your own experiences, ask questions, and receive feedback. We're here to support you every step of the way.
By the end of our day together we hope to give you plenty of new tools and knowledge to make progress with your horse while nurturing your connection and partnership.
We strongly encourage you to show up live if you can, but since there will be a lot of information and different time zones, everything will be recorded and available for some time after the seminar.
The day will be split into 4 parts. In each part, you will see videos from both of us and our training approaches and will have a chance to ask your questions to us directly.
Timezone: We are on CET, Central European Time: Stockholm.
All of this day will be recorded and available after. But we'd love if you show up, even if you can't make it for all day!
09:00-10:30 Part 1: Connection in the saddle
11:00- 12:30 Part 2: Cues, Communication and Training Set-ups
13:30- 15:00 Part 3: Shaping Movements
15:30- 17:00 Part 4: Advanced Exercises
Part 1: Connection in the Saddle
(09.00 - 10:30)
We will begin the day by discussing and demonstrating what it means to us to have a connected ridden partnership with our horses. How do we include rewards in our riding? How do we encourage fair and safe feedback from our horses? What are the key elements you need to transition from the ground to the saddle?
Part 2: Cues, Communication and Training Set-ups
(11:00 - 12:30)
Once we’re on board, we’ll look at building a strong foundation. We’ll look at how we teach ridden cues and aids to horses using reward-based training.
What’s the difference between tactile and pressure cues?
How do we combine internal cues (our weight, breath, focus, posture etc) with external cues (voice, leg, rein, targets etc)?
We’ll look at different ways to set up your training exercises for success and build the communication between you. How do we approach this when training a young horse, a crossover horse or retraining a horse with ‘problem’ behaviours under saddle?
Part 3: Shaping Movement
(13:30 - 15:00)
We’re both passionate about healthy movement and teaching our ridden horses to be strong, sound, supple and symmetrical. Here, we’ll look at what that means and how you can get started improving your horse’s ridden physical fitness while boosting their emotional enjoyment. We’ll look at the basics of teaching lateral movements, and balance and proprioception exercises.
Part 4: Advanced Exercises
(15:30 - 17:00)
To finish off the day, we’ll look at how everything we’ve covered so far builds naturally into more advanced work, such as faster work, collection, jumping, hacking and more.
If you’ve been wanting to know how reward-trained horses can become happy positive all-rounders and turn their hoof to a bit of everything, this is where you’ll see it come together!
Who are we?
Hannah loves training healthy, happy movement for horses through positively-trained gymnastic groundwork and ridden exercises. Her approach to riding is about simplifying the process, so that it's gentle, clear and fun for horse and rider from the first ridden steps, to creating the 'positive all-rounder' - a horse who is willing and able to turn their hoof to a bit of everything, from lateral movements, to happy hacking to jumping.
She uses innovative training routines and set-ups, rider exercises and lots of rewards to create connection and joy in your ridden partnership with your horse. She loves working with people who have always dreamed about feeling clear, confident and connected to their horse when riding, but aren't quite sure on how to get there - yet!
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A love for movement, balance and dressage shaped Angelica's journey into reward based training. To explore movements together with horse's who wants to train as much as their humans is her passion.
Nerding down on small details to create a better bigger picture and working with the environment her speciality. Wether we work from the ground or from the saddle, a higher sense of physical balance can help us feel more connected. To our horses, to ourselves.
Helping horses to a explore their body awareness and riders develop an eye and a feel for movements is at the core of what she teaches.