New and Upcoming Courses
A Course About Straightness with Ritter Dressage
Achieve Straightness as a horse-rider unit and see the benefits in everything you do in your riding!
ARE YOU CHOMPING ON THE BIT TO GET INTO THE 2023 STRAIGHTNESS COURSE?
Act quickly, because registration closes at midnight PST on Thursday, May 25, 2023.
The Straightness Course is THE course to answer all your crookedness woes!
This is a 15-week course about achieving Straightness as a horse-rider unit. This is THE course to learn the fundamental biomechanics of straightness (and its opposite, crookedness) and how it impacts everything else you do in your riding.
The NEW Throughness Course
Coming in 2023!
No longer does getting your horse through the back need to be a mystery or jumbled-up confusing mix of messages...
🤔 Does the horse need to be low and round?
🤔 Does the horse need to be poll high?
🤔 Do I start with the reins?
🤔 Do I start with the hind legs?
We are going to answer ALL of this in this brand new course as well as give you a framework to follow so that you not only know the what and why but you have a path forward on the “how” with exercises, imagery lessons, and more!
Sign up for the wait list to be notified FIRST when we open registration AND you will receive early-bird pricing!
The Canter Blueprint Training
Learn more about the biomechanics of the canter and create a targeted training plan for your horse.
This training is all about the canter and the pre-requisites for a quality canter.
It will help you understand:-
✔ the training principles on which the canter is built
✔ identify the KEY areas your horse needs to improve
So you can prioritize your training work and plan HOW you will approach your training from here on out so that you can HELP your horse to canter at his best.
Get lifetime, fully downloadable access to the training, plus the recordings from the Q&As we held each day for VIP members.
All of this for only €37.
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Strengthening the Hind Legs
May's theme is Strengthening the Hind Legs
Such an exciting month we have ahead! To build on last month’s theme of Starting the Half Pass, we wanted to talk this month about Strengthening the Hind Legs. It’s a question we often get and there isn’t just one specific WAY to strengthen the hind legs. You can approach it from various angles based on biomechanics and training methodology. We are going to go deep into it this month. If you have been wanting to explore this more, you are in for a REAL treat this month!!
Noor Tanger from the Netherlands will be joining us this month for a very special Interview, Chat, and Q&A “Wine with Friends”-style. Noor and her partner Pat work with many rehabilitation horses in the Netherlands. In her work, Noor combines correct dressage schooling with a variety of bodywork modalities to help support the horses they work with. She is sharing this month with you all a bonus training on Physiotherapy for the Hunter’s Bump. If you have a horse who struggles with this often painful affliction, you will love the tips Noor shares this month.
Catherine has prepared a special Feldenkrais Mini Lesson for you this month on the “Tripod in Standing.” With this month’s theme of Strengthening the horse this month, it only seems fitting that we explore the requirements we, as riders, need to build functional strength. This lesson will help you find a good sense of balance and stability on each of your legs. If you’re not balanced and stable, you cannot build effective strength because all of your external muscles will be too busy trying to prevent you from falling over that they cannot be available to build the strength we need for power.
Then, as always, we close up the month with a Hot Seats Meeting where we review a selection of the rider-submitted videos of this month’s featured exercise: “Mad Max”. Whether you submit your own video or not, it is well worth attending for the insights you will gain by watching others’ videos and hearing the feedback, tips, and anecdotes provided.
We hope to see you there!
Feldenkrais Courses for Riders
FeldenFit 4-Pack (BEST DEAL!):
***Scroll down the page to purchase FeldenFit 1-4 individually***
Purchase all 4 FeldenFit Programmes and get a discount!
4 x €97 = €388
Today's Price = €297 (other currencies available)
FeldenFit 1 is the original FeldenFit program with Catherine McCrum with 30 days of daily 7-15 minute lessons. Catherine uses her knowledge as a Feldenkrais teacher and blends this with her background in sport and fitness to make a flowing sequence of exercises that enhance co-ordination, agility, suppleness and effortless power.
FeldenFit2 is the follow-up program to the original FeldenFit program. Join us and Catherine McCrum for 30 more days of daily 7-15 minute lessons. Catherine uses her knowledge as a Feldenkrais teacher and blends this with her background in sport and fitness to make a flowing sequence of exercises that enhance co-ordination, agility, suppleness and effortless power.
FeldenFit 3 is a series of 30 lessons that specifically address how to take your riding to the next level. Lessons and imagery that improve your foundation and support from the ground up, movements that free your head, neck and eyes from long-held patterns of muscular contractions, experiencing how ribs that are springy and supple impact the independence of your legs and hip joints. Clarifying the wave like oscillations of the pelvis, spine and head that make riding the more dynamic gaits smooth beyond imagination. And finally 4 specific lessons to do in the saddle, or in the barn before you get on. This is truly the rider's series!
FeldenFit 4 - The Freedom Series! FeldenFit 4 is the newest addition to the program. Catherine McCrum has designed the fourth set of 30 days of daily @15 minute FeldenFit lessons specifically for riders to help you find your true essence and break free from restriction.
MEMBERS ONLY CHALLENGE
The next FeldenFit 30-day Challenge begins for FeldenFit 4 on January 15, 2023
We periodically do 30-day challenges together as a group. You can do the challenges, work independently, or do both. You can repeat the lessons and the challenges as many times as you like.Get Feldenfit 4 and join the Challenge
The original FeldenFit program with Catherine McCrum with 30 days of daily 7-15 minute lessons. Catherine has created a flowing sequence of exercises that enhance co-ordination, agility, suppleness and effortless power.
FeldenFit2 is the follow-up program to the original FeldenFit program. We take a deep dive into the key concepts that we introduced in our first programme and we added the requests of the course members.
Riders will love these sessions that clarify support from the ground up. When your feet, ankles and lower legs are well-organised, you can access the potential for both mobility and stability in your centre.
In the newest FeldenFit program, we introduce you to the theme of finding the length through the spine, finding a direction of support downwards through the legs with free hip joints, and width through the chest.
"How Can Feldenkrais Help Riders?"
A 7 day Free Challenge.
Together with Feldenkrais Practitioner, Catherine McCrum, we have put together a set of off-the-horse lessons that you can use to improve your coordination, balance, suppleness, and feel. In this challenge, you will do one Feldenkrais lesson per day. These lessons are pre-recorded so regardless of timezone or location in the world, you can do it on YOUR schedule and terms. Then, once you have completed the lesson, meet us in the Facebook group for a discussion about the lesson.
The Aware Rider Program
Parts 1 and 2. Feldenkrais with Catherine McCrum, fused with Dressage with Shana and Thomas Ritter.
What is the Aware Rider Exploration About?
How can we improve how we move ultimately with the aim of having a better relationship with our horses: One in which we can listen to ourselves as well as listen to them in such a way that they hear what we're saying. This is a conversation about the conversation we have with our horses.