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This is the ultimate "Makeover" - a Makeover that you would actually want to do!

Ride the way you really WANT to ride

How to get a Beautiful and Effective Seat that not only makes you feel like an Olympic Rider, but makes your HORSE feel like you are an Olympic Rider…

Without hours of gruelling (and humiliating) longe lessons to curate the best feel, balance, and suppleness.

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Your progress (and your horse’s training) will always be limited by YOU and YOUR SEAT (sorry, but it's true!)

YOU CAN FIX THE TOP PROBLEMS THAT ARE HOLDING YOU BACK FROM RIDING BETTER

No amount of lessons with big-name trainers, symposiums, practicing tests, or "training" will help until you identify exactly what is holding you back (so that you can FIX it).

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The fact is, you are likely more than AWARE of your seat problems (they are perhaps even painfully obvious)

But the advice you are following never seems to fix it. (no matter how hard you try)

 
• You never feel like you can sit "into" your horse. (Riding in Harmony? Becoming "one" with your horse? That feels like a far-fetched fantasy at this point.)

• You watch your Dressage Idols and wonder why you can't sit like them. (Are they even human?!?)

• It feels like an uphill battle (and you'll die of old age before you get this figured out.)

• Watching videos or seeing photos of yourself are just... cringe-worthy (why isn't there a filter for THAT?!)
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Sometimes it even feels like there's no point to keep trying ...
sometimes it seems the HARDER you try the WORSE it gets.

(if you're trying HARDER at the wrong things and in the wrong way, you are only making the same problems... worse.)
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YOU GET IN YOUR OWN WAY.

Your attempts to TRY HARDER or DO MORE or DO BETTER actually are doing the opposite. They actually make you ride worse and sets in motion a downward spiral. Pretty soon you believe you are incapable and this makes you ride even worse. You have to break that cycle.

GETTING GOOD ONGOING SEAT COACHING IS OFTEN LIMITED BY LOCATION, FINANCES, AND HORSE SUITABILITY.

Bad seat coaching is even more detrimental to none at all, but what do you do if you have no one around that is good at coaching for the seat? Sometimes the problem is not availability but the inability to shell out hundreds of dollars every week for seat lessons. Or sometimes the problem is the lack of a good schoolmaster to ride in longe lessons who can give you the correct feel. There is NO point taking longe lessons on a stiff horse who only teaches you only how to brace your own body against the horse's stiff movement - THAT is not what riding is about!
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YET THE SEAT IS THE NUMBER 1 THING THAT HOLDS YOU BACK.

It is ironic that the one thing that is most holding you back, the one thing that you are most eager and willing to work on, is the one thing that is the HARDEST to get help with. You have tried all of the available options and nothing makes any significant improvement.
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but, my friend, THERE IS, IN FACT, ONE THING YOU HAVE NOT YET TRIED

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There is, in fact, a solution which is so different, that it is no wonder you had not considered it before.
...and we don't want you to be in misery any longer, so we want to share it with you!

WE FOUND A BETTER WAY

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Briefly, "we" are Thomas and Shana Ritter. We run the Artistic Dressage Program, where we educate riders how to train their horses themselves, in accordance with classical principles and biomechanics. Thomas is the author of two books (and many eBooks), with another on the way.
We used to subscribe to the "many hours at the longeline" prescription. Now, don't misunderstand me, longe lessons are invaluable. But they were only a small part of the equation. And many riders do not have access to good quality longe lessons (and bad ones could be even worse than none at all).

Just "doing your time" being jostled around at the longeline, ENDURING the horse's movement, doesn't actually do anything at all to develop your seat.

The crucial component to make those longe lessons "effective", we discovered, was the right combination of tactical instruction and imagery exercises.

And then we discovered that riders could apply these exercises AT ANY TIME (even when NOT on the horse at all), and their riding and seat dramatically improved.

But then something else happened that DRAMATICALLY changed our entire approach (and accelerated the rate of progress in our students 10-fold).
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One day we received an email from a new student in one of our courses. It just turned out that she was a Feldenkrais Practitioner. I had heard of Feldenkrais, and knew that it could be a revolutionary approach to help athletes of all sorts (and humans, in general). But, admittedly, we had no first-hand experience with Feldenkrais, and honestly had no idea exactly HOW revolutionary it could be!

So, a really interesting series of conversations ensued.
The result was a collaboration between all of us. Her name is Catherine McCrum and she is a Feldenkrais Practioner and Gestalt Psychotherapist located in London U.K.

Together we have explored applying Feldenkrais concepts to riders and horses, and subsequently Catherine has enriched most of our online courses with her Feldenkrais lessons.

The results for the students should not have been such a big surprise for us. We knew it would be helpful, but we did not realize just how much it would revolutionize the way students develop their seats.
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AS SEEN ON...
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UNLOCKING THE SEAT IS TRULY THE KEY TO UNLOCKING THE PATH TO PROGRESS AND SUCCESS.

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HALF PASSES, FLYING CHANGES, PIAFFE, PASSAGE, CANTER PIROUETTES AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN!

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A TRIFECTA APPROACH...

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Causes not Symptoms...
Rather than covering up symptoms with band-aid remedies, we go to the root of the matter to unearth the cause of all the problems. Most approaches just address the symptoms of the problem which just creates more stiffness for the rider. Fixing the source of the problem frees the rider to move and balance dynamically with the motion of the horse.
Powerful Imagery...
Often the best way to educate the body is through the power of visualization. We employ feeling-rich imagery lessons which convey not only the best way to sit, but also the best way to accommodate and shape the movement of the horse. Riders can use imagery on and off the horse, so that progress can be made even while not riding.
Movement Lessons...
Feldenkrais "Awareness through Movement" lessons re-educate the body how to move in a way that is efficient, healthy, and restores your natural balance and suppleness. These movement lessons can be done anytime, any place, expanding your opportunities to improve your seat well beyond the hours you are in the saddle.
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What will it be like for you to sit and ride well when
you implement these tools in your riding?

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RIDE WITH EASE AND BALANCE

When you are no longer struggling with your balance (especially in transitions), this frees you up to sit with more ease and to give your aids with clarity and precision. This is the path to Finer Riding.
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YOUR HORSE'S TOPLINE CAN DEVELOP CORRECTLY

When your seat is no longer preventing the horse from using his back well, your horse can finally use the correct muscles in the correct way. The back comes up, the topline musculature (neck, back, and loin) are gymnastically developed, and the horse is ABLE to use himself correctly.
 

YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR HORSE IMPROVES

When your horse is no longer confused by the contradictions between your seat, aids, and intentions, communication improves and the rapport flourishes. This is essential for developing trust and confidence.
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INTRODUCING...

The Rider Makeover Course

In 10 weeks, you can completely "make over" your seat and your riding and become the rider your horse deserves       (even if you are unable to ride regularly right now!!!)
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10 week course taught by Dressage Trainer, Dr. Thomas Ritter, and Feldenkrais Practitioner, Catherine McCrum 

Weekly theory lessons covering the what, why, and how of each problem so that you understand the foundation of each issue.

Weekly imagery lessons you can put to use whether you are riding regularly or unable to ride at all.

Weekly Feldenkrais lessons you can do OFF the horse and reap the benefits while ON the horse
Facebook Community, ongoing support and discussion.
 

WOAH! WAIT A MINUTE! We just added another bonus! Let's go into each topic even deeper! We added 10 weekly live trainings with Q&A on each topic.

(You can attend on Zoom or in the Facebook Group. Or watch the recording afterwards.)
 
Yes! I'm Ready to Get Started Today!

A UNIQUE ONE-OF-A-KIND OPPORTUNITY

THIS WILL ONLY HAPPEN ONCE


This is a brand new course that we are producing. Moreover, this course is a "beta" course which means we are producing the content each week, as we go, incorporating the feedback and questions we get from YOU. We have found that it is the BEST way to create a course that truly gets results. It is also a way for YOU to get the exact help YOU need, because we will produce the content based on your questions and feedback. You help create what this course will become!
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WHAT WE ARE COVERING

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RIDER ISSUE #1: NOT RIDING FORWARD ENOUGH

Not riding forward enough causes the horse to lack engagement, preventing collection.

RIDER ISSUE #2: FRONT-TO-BACK RIDING

Creates a horse that is tight and contracted in his body, and whose hind legs cannot be properly reached and influenced.

RIDER ISSUE #3: TIGHT HIPS

Tight hips creates atrophy of the horse's back muscles, loss of impulsion and engagement, and behavioral problems.

 

RIDER ISSUE #4: DIGGING SEAT BONES

This can  damage the horse's back and topline musculature, upset the horse's balance and gaits, and cause pain for the horse.

RIDER ISSUE #5: GRIPPING LEGS

This creates a lethargic horse who lacks impulsion and braces with his belly muscles, stiffness in the horse's ribcage, and stiffness in the rider's hips.

RIDER ISSUE #6: TIPPING FORWARD

This can upset the horse's balance, be dangerous for the rider, get the horse behind the aids, and create behavioral issues in the horse.

RIDER ISSUE #7: PUMPING TORSO

Also can show up as a pushing pelvis. This can be caused by an incorrect management between the upper and lower body. It can create a stiff horse which braces against the rider's movement.

RIDER ISSUE #8: COLLAPSING WAIST

The standard correction for this common issue actually makes matters worse by creating further stiffness and crookedness in the rider's body.

RIDER ISSUE #9: NOISY LOWER LEG

This can exacerbate the horse's lack of responsiveness or perpetuate the rider's tightness higher in the body.

RIDER ISSUE #10: LACK OF CONFIDENCE

When the rider lacks confidence, this affects everything else. It betrays the rider's intention, often perpetuating the fear/insecurity cycle.
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BUT THEN LOOK AT ALL THE  BONUS TRAININGS:

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01.
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SEAT (even when you're unable to ride regularly)

These are weird times! Even in the best of times, though, circumstances can get in the way of being able to ride regularly. We will give you tips and steps you can take to make sure you not only don't backtrack in your non-riding time, but that you actually IMPROVE your riding.
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HOW TO USE THE POWER OF IMAGERY AND VISUALIZATION LIKE AN OLYMPIAN 

All top athletes use the power of imagery and visualization to improve their performance. In fact, studies have even shown they are able to improve through these techniques even when they are unable to train. We will talk about how you, too, can use these techniques to become the best rider possible.
03.
HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN "SEAT COACH"

Perhaps you don't have access EVER to a good seat coach, or perhaps you have just found that you are temporarily on your own. Never fear! We will teach you how you can use the feedback from the horse to become your own coach and trainer for your own seat.
04.
THE "SEAT CORRECTIONS" THAT ARE ACTUALLY MAKING YOU RIDE WORSE

Not all advice is good or correct. There are many seat corrections that are taught that are not only incorrect, but they make matters worse. We will look at the most common ones, and discuss why they are incorrect, where the problem is, and what to do instead.
05.
HIGH-PERFORMANCE TIPS FOR SITTING THE TROT BETTER

We will share the top tips we give to our own students and have used ourselves to maximize trot sittability. But we won't stop with that. We will also share how you can use the seat to improve the quality of the horse's trot.
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HIGH-PERFORMANCE TIPS FOR RIDING THE CANTER BETTER
 
We will share the top tips we give to our own students and have used ourselves to perfect the seat in the canter. Again, we will share, how you can USE the seat to shape and develop the quality of the horse's canter.

WE THINK YOU WILL LOVE THIS COURSE...

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...So much so that we want to eliminate all of the risk for you. We want you to try it out, completely risk free. Try it, attend the sessions, implement the lessons we teach, and if after 30 days, you are not totally in love with the course, let us know and we will refund your entire course fee.
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The Rider Makeover 10-week online course

Learn to identify, fix, and eliminate those nagging seat issues that are holding you and your horse back!
New Course begins February 15, 2021
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Yes! I'm Ready to Get Started Today!
10 Seat Theory lessons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value €500)
10 Seat Imagery lessons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value €500)
10 Feldenkrais lessons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value €500)
BONUS TRAINING: Improve your seat (even when unable to ride) . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value €150)
 BONUS TRAINING: Use the power of imagery and visualization like an Olympian  (Value €150)
BONUS TRAINING: How to become your own seat coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value €150)
BONUS TRAINING: The seat corrections that are actually making you ride worse  (Value €150)
BONUS TRAINING: High Performance Tips for Sitting the Trot Better . . . . . . . . . . (Value €150)
BONUS TRAINING: High Performance tips for riding the canter better  . . . . . . . . . (Value €150)
Facebook Community. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value priceless)
Unlimited access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value priceless)
Automatic Upgrade to next run of the course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value priceless)
 

TOTAL VALUE = (€2500)

Today's BETA Price = €297

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WHAT EVERYONE IS SAYING ABOUT US

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Hi, I wanted to share a big change. The first time I posted video of my canter I was frustrated and didn't catch the up and forward movement. Today I finally got it. I felt the movement and the horse took a nice shape. Thanks for lessons and all supportive comments .

- MARTA
Lightbulb moment today....not in canter - yet! but in walk and trot, whilst hacking today me and my friend were taking about the content and she reminded me of the visual of the band from the reins right around your pelvis - well.....it was brilliant, I had to think hard about keeping my elbows by my side, my shoulders back, to create the frame and allow my young mare to move forward into the contact...so that the ‘give’ came from my pelvis, rather than my arms, it was like a light just switched on for her and for me, like we were moving as one, I felt both secure and connected....yipee!
Thank you.

- EMMA
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Until I found Thomas and Shana my ethos towards training my horses was a very lonely place. Now I feel I’m in a community that “gets it” and that gives me strength and confidence.

- MAXINE LOWRIE
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Yes!!! I had the same light bulb moment this week… I think it was the first time I’d been tuned into a true connection and became very clear about riding back to front, My horse went the best he has gone for me.

- JULIA
 
Yes I’d say this is the one image that has helped me the most. Not only does my body feel more connected to the horse, it feels more connected to ITSELF if that makes sense. I used to think What are my arms doing, what are my hips doing etc. now they feel like one entity (when I get it right 😆)

- JENNIFER
 
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Learn the exact exercises and strategies which can help you Release blockages and tightness, let go of bad habits, and relearn how to sit with ease and confidence with the Rider Makeover Course.

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🔑 From Dragging along on the Forehand Engaged and Forward
🔑 From Hanging on the reins Riding “Back to Front”
🔑 From Bouncing or bracing with tight hips swinging with suppleness
🔑 From Digging Seat Bones which make the horse drop his back   a seat that has a conversation with the horse
🔑 From a Horse which tunes out your gripping legs riding with a sensitive touch
🔑 From Tipping forward a new understanding and control of your balance in movement
🔑 From Pushing with the Pelvis and Pumping with the Torso allowing the motion of the horse to move through you
🔑 From Collapsing in the waist or sliding off to one side a better understanding of support and straightness
🔑 From a Noisy lower leg legs which drape elegantly and efficiently communicate with the horse
🔑 From Lack of Confidence Finding security from your inner core

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The Rider Makeover 10-week online course

Lean to identify, fix, and eliminate those nagging seat issues that are holding you and your horse back!
Currently in session. You are welcome to join us now.
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10 Seat Theory lessons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value €500)
10 Seat Imagery lessons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value €500)
10 Feldenkrais lessons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value €500)
BONUS TRAINING: Improve your seat (even when unable to ride) . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value €150)
 BONUS TRAINING: Use the power of imagery and visualization like an Olympian  (Value €150)
BONUS TRAINING: How to become your own seat coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value €150)
BONUS TRAINING: The seat corrections that are actually making you ride worse  (Value €150)
BONUS TRAINING: High Performance Tips for Sitting the Trot Better . . . . . . . . . . (Value €150)
BONUS TRAINING: High Performance tips for riding the canter better  . . . . . . . . . (Value €150)
Facebook Community. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value priceless)
Unlimited access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value priceless)
Automatic Upgrade to next run of the course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value priceless)
 

TOTAL VALUE = (€2500)

Today's BETA Price = €297

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Yes! I'm Ready to Get Started Today!
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Will this course work for me?
This course is suitable for you:
- whether you are a novice, professional trainer, or instructor teaching others.
- whether you are a dressage rider, a jumper, a western rider, or anything else in between.
- whether you are new to dressage or been a student of dressage for years.
- whether you have taken every online course out there, or have never taken even one.
- regardless of the breed or kind of horse you ride.
- regardless of the kind of tack you use, or whether you use no tack at all
- whether you are ambitious or want to take your time and work through the materials slowly

What level is this course appropriate for?
This course is intended to be for all levels. It is never too early to build good habits.

I can’t ride right now because of weather/lockdown/health… can I still benefit from this course?
Yes, in fact, we are building this course with YOU in mind. Whether because of the current circumstances or the myriad of things that come up in life, it is inevitable that sometimes things get in the way of our riding. But this should not prevent your ability to make progress. Every lesson in this course can be practiced off of the horse and implemented later when you can ride again. ALSO, you have lifetime access, so you can do the course at whatever pace suits you, and you can return to it whenever you want, as often as you want.

What type of tack / equipment do I need? What do I need to attend the sessions?
No special tack is required. You will need a computer or similar device and internet connection to access the materials. You will need a little bit of floor space where you can sit/lie down to do the Feldenkrais exercises (no other equipment is required). A horse is optional, although recommended. Facebook access is optional, although also recommended. We will hold some sessions in this BETA run of the course live through Zoom. To attend live, you will need either Zoom or Facebook. Zoom is a free software you can download (we provide instructions). Otherwise, you can watch the recordings afterwards in the course platform.
What does a BETA course mean?
This means it is a new course and we are creating it from scratch as we go. It also means we take into account your feedback and questions to help inform us of direction with the course content. For you, this means several things: you will have lifetime access to the materials and related community (right now it is a Facebook Group). You will also have automatic enrolment in the finished version of the course when we do it again, for no additional fee. Sometimes with a BETA course, we need to make adjustments as we go. This means sometimes the schedule is changed, we add more material than we planned, etc. Your participation in a BETA course means you understand that this can happen and you are willing to be flexible in exchange for the unique opportunity.
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We have thousands of students all over the world whom we have helped to become better riders and trainers. They not only have surpassed their perceived limits but they had done so while owning their process and autonomy. We don’t just tell you what to do and expect you to do it blindly (whether it makes sense to you or not, and whether it actually works for you or not). We empower you with the knowledge and confidence to own and control your own learning process. We want you to become your own trainer for yourself!

Better yet, these techniques are HOLISTIC. They will help you to be healhier on AND off the horse, and they will help you develop into a more well-rounded happier rider. 
10 Seat Theory lessons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value €500)
10 Seat Imagery lessons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value €500)
10 Feldenkrais lessons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value €500)
BONUS TRAINING: Improve your seat (even when unable to ride) . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value €150)
 BONUS TRAINING: Use the power of imagery and visualization like an Olympian  (Value €150)
BONUS TRAINING: How to become your own seat coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value €150)
BONUS TRAINING: The seat corrections that are actually making you ride worse  (Value €150)
BONUS TRAINING: High Performance Tips for Sitting the Trot Better . . . . . . . . . . (Value €150)
BONUS TRAINING: High Performance tips for riding the canter better  . . . . . . . . . (Value €150)
Facebook Community. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value priceless)
Unlimited access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value priceless)
Automatic Upgrade to next run of the course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (Value priceless)
 

TOTAL VALUE = (€2500)

Today's BETA Price = €297

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The Rider Makeover 10-week online course

Learn to identify, fix, and eliminate those nagging seat issues that are holding you and your horse back!
Currently in session. You are welcome to join us now.
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Yes! I'm Ready to Get Started Today!
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