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Dressage from a Thinking Rider’s perspective

Thinking Rider - Thinking Horse

 
I’m ready to learn the What, Why, and How

 

Only 5-14% of riders learn best kinaesthetically (by primarily doing it first) yet the majority of talented-riders-turned-professional-trainers are kinaesthetic learners and they teach the way that THEY learned - by only instructing WHAT to do without explaining the HOW or WHY.
 

According to the Social Science Research Network, up to 65% of learners are Visual/Spatial Learners (learn best through illustration, demonstration, and explanations that lay out the system in a way they can “see”) and the remaining 30% are Logical and other style learners (learn best by understanding the system in a logical “if A, then B must follow” structure). These types of learners need to understand the why and how before they can “just do it.”

The secret to being a Thinking Rider when everyone tells you to just “Shut up and Ride.”

…especially when Riding and Learning are your Passion…
…or you feel like a misfit in the world of Dressage.

 

It’s time to step away from the “beating your head against the wall because it never gets any better” lessons,  for good.

 

It’s time to say...

“What?!!! Are you kidding me?” to those who tell you to stop thinking stop asking questions and just do what you’re told to do (a.k.a. “Just shut up and ride.”)

It’s time to...

listen to your gut intuition that has been SCREAMING at you (or maybe only whispering perseveringly) that there is not just one way to learn how to ride and what you have been trying is NOT the way for you.

 

 

It’s time to think again about following advice that is CLEARLY not working for you  (They teach what worked for them, but just because it worked for them does not mean that it is the only approach and it certainly does not mean that it is automatically the best approach for you).

 

It’s time to HONOUR your skepticism when you ask a question and it is answered with “word salad” (as in lot of fancy sounding words strung together, but you walk away feeling even MORE confused rather than feeling like it gave you the clarification and understanding you crave.)

Some of you reading this might be saying…

“Oh thank God! If I have to take another lesson where the same dressage-isms are spouted over and over, without ever answering any of my questions, I might just scream from frustration…”

 

Others of you might be thinking…

“Well, those lessons are designed that way for a reason. That is how people learn how to ride and train their horses, Right?! How can you learn to ride without doing what everyone else is doing?”

 

The problem is that it is NOT working. It DOESN’T work for everyone. And it is definitely NOT working for you.

(If you had known that learning to ride dressage would be this exasperating, you would have taken up gardening or golf!)

This is exactly what I found myself saying 25 years ago.

No matter how I tried to rephrase my questions, they were met with sighs and the, “you did NOT just ask me another question, did you?” sort of look. I thought there was just something wrong with me that I needed to know the answers to these questions before I could do ride it. Maybe you feel the same way.

Maybe you’re tired of scavenging

through all the many articles, blogs, videos, and posts online to find a system that will work for you and your horse

 

Maybe you’re confused

at all the conflicted advice and information out there. What is right? What will work best for YOUR horse?

 

Maybe your horse doesn’t trailer well

so you feel like you are stuck trying to figure it out yourself at home.

 

Maybe you’re on the brink of giving up

because no one seems to speak a “Dressage language” that can be translated to YOUR riding.

 

Maybe you feel unheard or misunderstood

because no one can (or is willing to) answer your questions, and they just give you “that look” when you ask yet another question.

 

Maybe you are isolated

and don’t have access to good instruction within many driving hours.

 

After riding with a variety of trainers, some of whom were incredibly talented riders, but they were unable to explain what they did, why they did it, and how to do it in a way that could be translated to my own riding…
And after being humiliated by trainers who believed the way to exert their dominance over me was to make me feel stupid for asking the questions I asked…

I almost gave up.

 

 

Until one day Thomas and I met each other,

and we discovered we were kindred spirits. We both had the same passion for riding, thirst for knowledge and answers, and unwavering perseverance to uncover the answers to the questions we had.

We joined forces and pursued our education together. We found trainers who were able to explain some of it, and together we hammered out a system that tied it all together.

We both came at it with a different set of inherent talents, but we brought these together to develop a comprehensive system that tied classical principles into biomechanics and was immediately applicable to all riders and horses. This was our breakthrough.

 

If you've ever felt "stuck" in your riding or teaching, this course is the answer. The Ritters combine theory with practical application for all stages of riding. A great aspect of the instruction is that one can see how a movement or concept applies up the levels of riding. This perspective has helped "unstick" our riding and we have made great progress in a short amount of time. This is also a great resource for instructors who need different ideas for teaching. I'm so glad I took a chance on this course!

- Julie Graber, Indiana USA

Thomas wrote about this system in his first book, "Dressage Principles based on Biomechanics,"

and over the next few years he fleshed it out even further through teaching the concepts in his clinics all over Europe, Canada, and the US.

In sharing these concepts in his lessons, he was able to define the core elements that all riders needed to know in order to successfully train their horses. In the process we witnessed first-hand how these concepts and this system was able to dramatically improve the lives and training success of thousands of horses and riders.

Eventually this was developed it into what we now call

The What, Why, How Method.

 

Imagine finding concrete answers to your training questions - that actually make SENSE and WORK.

Imagine finding a solution where all the pieces actually worked together in one complete holistic system, not an assembled mess of disparate techniques and “Dressage-isms” that don’t really work together well.

Imagine never having to start over again because you went down another detour that initially looked like it could be THE solution but didn’t pan out, or didn’t translate to results for your riding.

Imagine dramatically reducing the frustration for you AND your horse because you are no longer contradicting your training with techniques that don’t work together holistically.

Imagine jumpstarting your progress because you have a clear path and system to follow that lays out the entire training process for you in a methodical, straightforward manner.

Imagine the joy of greeting your horse who nickers at you happily when he sees you because he is excited and eager to experience what the day’s training session will bring.

Imagine the satisfaction of having the clarity and confidence that comes from being able to solve your own training problems, yourself, because you understand how it all works together (and even being able to help others with their training problems!)

 

We were teaching The What, Why, How Method in our clinics but we with only being able to teach a finite number of hours a day, we were limited in the number of people we could help. We had requests from all over the world to come teach clinics, but with a finite number of weekends in a year, we could not accommodate all of the requests.

That is when we decided to develop the system into an online course where we could teach the concepts and method to many riders all at once, regardless of which continent they lived in and regardless of their ability to get their horse to a riding clinic.

I’m ready to learn the What, Why, and How

I started in the dark, not sure how to improve on basics taught years ago but knowing there was 'more to it'. I can't believe how much I have learned from Thomas and Shana. I now have the building blocks to work with any horse, not just mine. The improvement in my own horse is measurable. I am so motivated to ride and explore every single day. Massive thank you. I no longer go round in circles with no purpose.

- Ann Savage, Lincolnshire, UK

 "I hear what you say but I don't understand what you mean"--this has been the thought in my head for years now during different classes by different instructors. Until I found the online course on the "what, why and how" by Shana and Thomas Ritter. Who would have thought that you can improve your riding ONLINE? Yes, you can. Based on a strong fundament of theory, flanked by teaching videos, an interactive Facebook group and weekly live Q&As this course is real gem. Now I understand what happens while riding and I am equipped with the tools to improve it.

- Anja Schröder, Germany

The What, Why, How of Using Exercises to Train your Horse

A 36-week program that takes you from “banging your head against the wall” frustrated to confidently understanding how to use biomechanics-based exercises and the What, Why, How Method to train your horse.

The perfect system for all DIY riders and aspiring dressage enthusiasts.

 

Avoid past mistakes so you keep a steady rate of progress in your training

(no more wasted time on endless plateaus or dead-ends)

Jump-start stalled progress

(because you finally have answers to the questions you always had)

Surpass your perceived limits

(no more assuming you are not cut out to be an upper level rider and are stuck forever at first level)

Achieve greater harmony and enhanced communication with your horse

(when your aids and intentions are clearer, your horse can understand what you are trying to say, and vice versa, when you can interpret your horse’s responses better, you have more accurate information to work with)

You’ll learn:

TIMING OF THE AIDS

Give your aids at the exact timing that will have the best influence on the horse (so you’re not just wildly guessing and hoping for the best)

HOW TO HALF-HALT

Understand exactly how to half-halt to achieve exactly what you aim to accomplish (no more wondering if you’re doing it right)

 

EFFECTIVE AIDS

Give a half-halt that goes “through” and know how to correct it when the horse doesn’t respond appropriately to the half-halt (no more disappearing half-halts, no more ignoring your aids)

ARENA GEOMETRY

Use the arena geometry in a way that facilitates the development of the training (so your riding makes interesting use of the natural geometry of the arena)

 

CORNERS

Use corners as the perfect gateway to every other movement (no more wasted opportunities)

 

 

TRAINING STRUCTURE

Structure your training sessions so that you guide the horse through the right sequence of elements in a ride (so you know what to do in the warm-up, when to introduce new elements, and when to bring the session to a happy ending)

BIOMECHANICS

Identify and diagnose exactly which biomechanic fundamentals are the ones where your horse is having problems (so you can accurately identify the source of the problem rather than chasing after the symptoms)

 

EXERCISES

Quickly draw upon exercises which reliably address the exact biomechanics deficiencies your horse has in his training (no more choosing the wrong exercise for the job or riding exercises that only perpetuate your horse’s problems)

 

BUILDING BLOCKS

Simply break down any exercise into its building block components (so that you can concentrate on the areas your horse needs most focus at that time)

 

 

STRATEGY

Strategize your day to day training and your overall training plan for your horse (no more lack of cohesiveness from one day to the next or even within the session)

MODIFY ANY EXERCISE

Modify any exercise at any time (so that you custom-tailor it to YOUR horse’s needs and YOUR desired outcome)

 

SEE THE SYSTEM

See the entire training as a coherent, and connected system where each part influences every other part (no more confusion and not understanding how everything ties in to everything else)

ABILITIES AND SKILLS

Test and improve specific abilities and skills in the horse (so you can address exactly what your horse needs and not waste time on what he doesn’t need)

SUPPLE YOUR HORSE

Supple the horse’s entire body (no more crying over a stiff, resistant horse)

 

 

TARGET SPECIFICALLY

Target specific parts and areas of the horse’s body with exact gymnastic exercises and movements (so you can artfully choose exercises which address the body parts you want to focus upon)

TRANSITIONS

Skillfully prepare and improve all of your transitions (no more ugly, head in the air, crooked, and embarrassing transitions that make you want to hide in the tack room)

LATERAL MOVEMENTS

Introduce, develop, and improve all of the lateral movements (shoulder-in, haunches-in, renvers, counter shoulder-in, half pass, pirouettes)

CONFIDENCE & RELAXATION

Create better confidence and relaxation in the horse by improving his body awareness and coordination (so that he focuses on you and not the Pokemon in the bushes)

RESPONSIVENESS

Improve your horse’s responsiveness to the aids (no more ignoring your aids)

 

 

HARMONY & RELATIONSHIP

Cultivate a healthy collaborative relationship with your horse (so that you can begin each ride with enthusiasm and end each ride with a happy, content horse)

SUBTLE, FINE AIDS

Use subtle weight aids to communicate discretely with your horse and learn to ride him with “fine, light aids” (no more riding like a lumberjack)

AID COMBINATIONS

Combine different aiding elements to achieve new and better results (so that you can ride with greater and greater sophistication and achieve clearer and clearer communication)

THROUGHNESS

Connect the horse’s body parts to each other for better throughness (no more riding a horse that looks like two different half-horses haphazardly stuck together with duct tape)

 BALANCE & IMPULSION

Connect the horse to the ground to improve his balance and impulsion (so that the movements are easy and fun for you both)

 

BENDING

Understand the bending of the horse and how to introduce the different phases of bending in the training (so that you can intelligently apply each phase at the appropriate level of your horse’s training)

STRENGTHEN

Supple, strengthen, and develop specific body parts in the horse with targeted gymnastic exercises (so that you can help your horse with the precision of a surgeon)

REMOVE RESISTANCES

Remove resistances by isolating and dissolving blockages in the horse’s body (no more begging the lethargic horse to trot with nagging aids)

TROUBLESHOOT

Troubleshoot any problem, analyse any situation (so that you can eventually be your own trainer and figure out solutions to any problem you or another ride may have)

BETTER QUESTIONS

Ask yourself better questions which will yield better quality data about your ride (so that you are not addressing the wrong things at the wrong time)

SRS METHODS

Use the exact Spanish Riding School methods to introduce the “tests of the hind legs” which are a vital part of the development of the horse in the SRS tradition.

WILLINGNESS

Help the horse learn to have a positive attitude about the introduction of new movements (so that he learns to love dressage as much as you do)

SEAT AIDS

Correctly use the weight, seat, and aids in all of the lateral movements (no more confusing the horse with contradictory aids which just cause the horse to tune out or worse, get angry)

ACCURACY

Improve the accuracy of your turns (no more scrambling for the center line after you overshot it)

 

COUNTER MOVEMENTS

Use counter movements (i.e. counter shoulder-in, renvers) like your secret weapon to isolate horse crookedness and quickly improve and progress the training of the horse.

POLISH

Polish your transitions between various lateral movements (so you cultivate flow and harmony between them)

 

FEEL THE HORSE'S FEET

Feel where your horse’s feet are at any time (no more wondering if your horse even HAS feet)

 

FUN VARIATIONS

Use fun variations of little known exercises and movements to bring diversity and inspiration into your training program (so you never get bored, your riding never gets stale, and your horse always looks forward to the training sessions)

USE MOVEMENTS

Use the Full Pass, Plié, Pirouette Renversée, Mill exercise, and Zigzags to supple and strengthen your horse (so that you always have a variety of tools in your toolbox, because more tools means you are less likely to run out of possible solutions)

EXCITING COMBINATIONS

Ride exciting combinations of exercises (no more of the “watching paint dry” kind of dressage riding)

 

Use YOUR learning style to help you get the most out of your dressage learning journey (no more trying to force yourself to learn in a way that doesn’t work for you)

Comprehensive online course with support, feedback, and community.

36-week program which takes you step-by-step, training you AND your horse

videos on theory, practical application, insruction, and demonstration (watch online or download)

audio files of every video training and Q&A (listen in your car, at the barn, or while doing chores)

feldenkrais lessons for the rider.

illustrations, diagrams, and animations

individual, personalized help for you and your horse

accountability. support. feedback.

lifetime access. includes all future upgrades, updates, and participation in the course.

Take a look at what we'll cover...

* Curriculum schedule may still be adjusted.

Module 1: The Rider’s Toolbox, Basic Landmarks and Lines of the Arena

(PART ONE BEGINS) In Module One, we’re going to teach you how the three main categories of influence you have when training the horse. We are also going to teach you the earliest lines and simplest patterns that all horses need to begin. Most people skip over this foundational step and want to skip ahead to the fancy stuff, but we promise you, the training goes so much smoother when you build it on a solid foundation of understanding before you progress to the fancier stuff.

 

 

In Module 1 we’ll cover:
- The Role of the Rider’s Seat and Aids in the training
- The Role of Arena Patterns/Exercises in the training
- The Role of the Dressage Movements in the training
- Geometry of the Arena
- The Landmarks you need to know to orient your patterns
- The Basic Lines that all horses begin with in their training
- Three Exercises to start you off with learning how to count the strides and practicing ways to diminish the size of the arena

Module 2: Changing Rein, Corners, Improving Turns

In Module Two, we’re going to run through all the variations and options you have available to change the rein. Because correct corners and turns are integral to everything else you will be riding, you will also learn these in Module Two before learning any other exercises or elements. We’ll also show you how you can use corners to set up every thing else you do in the arena.

In Module 2 we’ll cover:
- The 8 correct and classical ways to change rein
- Corner Training
- How to improve your turns and correct your turns onto the center line
- Three Exercises to improve your corners and turns

Module 3: Structuring the Horse’s Training, Voltes and Circles

In Module Three, we’re going to pull back the curtain on how to structure your horse’s training, both in general and in an individual session. This is so important because once you understand what you are doing and why, it is so much easier to implement the how. You will also learn how to ride correct circles and voltes.

In Module 3 we’ll cover:
- How to differentiate between the circle line and the corner line
- How to ride Circles
- How to ride Voltes
- Cheat Sheet on how to structure the horse’s training
- Four Exercises to help you improve your circles and voltes

Module 4: The 6 Basic Demands (Biomechanics)

In Module Four, we’re going to teach you how to look at everything we ride in Dressage in terms of the 6 Essential Demands. Learning to see every movement, every exercise, every element of every ride in these terms sheds a whole new light on the training which gives you greater perspective and clarity. Rather than complicate the training, it simplifies how you see everything.

In Module 4 we’ll cover:
- Going Forward
- Stopping
- Turning
- Bending
- Sidestepping
- Reinback
- Cheat sheet and checklist
- Nine exercises around the 6 Essential Demands

Module 5: Bending in Motion

In Module Five we will teach the refinement of bending. You will learn what we mean by the three phases of bending in motion and what these mean for you in training your horse.

In Module 5 we’ll cover:
- The First phase of Bending in motion
- The Second phase of Bending in motion
- The Third phase of Bending in motion
- Two exercises which incorporate bending on circles and voltes

Module 6: Introduction to Stirrup Stepping

In Module Six, you will get a brief introduction to stirrup stepping - like dipping your toes into the water, so to speak.

In Module 6 we’ll cover:

- Stirrup Stepping in the walk
- Stirrup Stepping in the trot
- Stirrup Stepping in the Canter
- The different kinds of Stirrup Stepping
- Two exercises which incorporate bending on circles and voltes
- 10 introductory Stirrup Stepping combinations to try

Module 7: Targeting Specific Body Parts and Areas

In Module Seven we will go into fine detail on the eight different body areas and how we can target each of these areas with targeted exercises. This is where you start to bring everything together and really see and understand how it all works together. Congratulations - this is where you start to really “get it.”

In Module 7 we’ll cover:

- Body Area 1 - The Brain
- Body Area 2 - The Poll and Neck
- Body Area 3 - The Shoulders
- Body Area 4 - The Rib Cage and Abdominals
- Body Area 5 - The Hips
- Body Area 6 - The Stifles
- Four Exercises which incorporate some of the elements and build upon the Exercises from Modules 1-8

Module 8: The Spanish Riding School Tradition of the 6 Tests of the Hind Legs

In Module Eight, we begin teaching the concept of the six tests of the hind legs, which we learned from our teachers from the Spanish Riding School. Then we look closer at the three tests of the inside hind leg, specifically.

In Module 8 we’ll cover:

- The First Test of the Inside Hind Leg - Enlarge
- The Second Test of the Inside Hind Leg - Engage
- The Third Test of the Inside Hind Leg - Lengthen
- Three exercises which implement these three elements

Module 9: Introduction to Lateral Movements

In Module Nine, we will teach a playful non-stressful way to look at introducing lateral movements. We introduce the exercise of the Turn on the Forehand in motion. Rather than just an elementary teaching exercise, it is actually a highly useful and biomechanically-beneficial exercise which supples the horse’s hips with laser focus. We will also begin with the concepts of the leg yield and classical leg yield (shoulder-in on the diagonal). We will also teach the Plié which is the Leg Yield in the Canter and you will learn what an incredibly valuable tool this is for your training.

In Module 9 we’ll cover:

- Defining Priorities in the Training (with Introducing Lateral Movements)
- The Biomechanics of the Turn on the Forehand in Motion
- Two Exercises which incorporate the Turn on the Forehand in Motion
- The Classical Use of the Leg Yield
- Understanding the Leg Yield and Plié
- The Weight and Seat in the Leg Yield and Plié
- Six exercises which incorporate Leg Yield and Plié elements playfully

Module 10: Troubleshooting the Exercises

When you ask better questions, you can get better answers. In training it is inevitable that problems will come up, and when you are skilled in asking better questions, you can come up with better solutions. So in Module Ten, we teach in-depth how to troubleshoot all the various things that can come up in the training. You will learn how to ask questions which can help you to better analyse the situation, strategize solutions, and survey the quality of the work you are doing.

In Module 10 we’ll cover:

- Flowchart and Strategies of Troubleshooting
- Questions to help you analyze a situation
- More Questions to ask
- Quality Control Questions
- General Advice for Troubleshooting

Module 11: Developing the Exercises

(PART TWO BEGINS) In Module Eleven, we explore how to use the exercises as essential building blocks in your training.

 

In Module 11 we’ll cover:

- Using exercises as building blocks of the 6 basic demands
- Strategies for Effective Exercise Riding
- How to Modify Exercises

Module 12: The Eight Different Types of Exercises

In Module Twelve, we will explore the complete system of the different purposes and ways you can use exercises. We will explore each of these individually and collectively as a whole.

In Module 12 we’ll cover:
- Testing and Improving Specific Abilities and Skills
- General Suppling of the Horse’s Entire Body
- Targeted Gymnastic Development of the Horse’s Individual Body Parts
- Preparing and Improving Transitions
- Preparing and Improving Specific Dressage Movements
- Improving the Horse’s Body Awareness an Coordination
- Explaining and Improving Certain Aids and Movements
- Stirrup and Rein Combinations
- Connecting the Horse to the Aids and the GroundUse of the Leg Yield
- Understanding the Leg Yield and Plié
- The Weight and Seat in the Leg Yield and Plié
- Six exercises which incorporate these elements playfully

Module 13: Advancing Stirrup Stepping

In Module 13 we will build on the concepts introduced in the Module 6 Introduction to Stirrup Stepping. At this point, the concepts are no longer new and unusual and we can explore more advanced stirrup-stepping concepts, as well as how to use the stirrup stepping to improve the quality of the horse’s canter.

In Module 13 we’ll cover:
- A-B-C-D Stepping
- Stirrup Stepping in the Canter
- A reference legend for Stirrup Stepping

Module 14: Introduction to Shoulder-in

In Module Fourteen, we will set our sights on shoulder-fore and shoulder-in and we teach you how to see them on a continuum of different degrees of development for the horse, and how to not think of them statically but as dynamic tools you can use wherever your horse is in the training. We will introduce the concept of homeopathic doses of lateral movements and you will see how micro elements of shoulder-in can be used virtually anywhere in your riding.

In Module 14 we’ll cover:

- Shoulder-Fore
- Shoulder-in
- The weight and seat in the Shoulder-in
- Homeopathic doses of the Shoulder-in
- Five Exercises which incorporate the beginnings of shoulder-fore and shoulder-in on straight and bent lines

Module 15: Introduction to Haunches-in

In Module Fifteen, we build upon the foundation of the shoulder-in and will teach the next lateral movement: the haunches-in. You will learn the biomechanics benefits: what it does to the horse’s body and how it impacts the straightness or crookedness. You will also learn how to use your seat when you ride it and how to train it to your horse.

In Module 15 we’ll cover:

- Techniques to introduce the haunches-in playfully with your horse
- Troubleshooting the Haunches-in
- Six exercises with haunches-in combined with other elements

Module 16: The Renvers

In Module Sixteen, we will teach you the extremely effective but under utilised tool of the Renvers.

In Module 16 we’ll cover:

- Understanding the Renvers
- The Weight and Seat in the Renvers
- Four Exercises with the Renvers

Module 17: The Half Pass

In Module Seventeen, we will teach you about riding the Half Pass, how it can be used biomechanically and how to use your seat and aids.

In Module 17 we’ll cover:

- Understanding the Half Pass
- The weight and seat in the Half Pass
- Seven Half Pass exercises and variations to help you introduce and develop the Half Pass

Module 18: The Benefits of Counter Movements

In Module Eighteen, we will explain what counter movements are and why they are so important in the training. You will start to explore the first counter movements and experience first-hand how incredibly beneficial they can be.

In Module 18 we’ll cover:

- The benefits of riding counter movements
- Understanding Counter Shoulder-in
- The Weight and seat in the Counter Shoulder-in
- Three exercises with Counter Shoulder-in

Module 19: Combinations of Lateral Movements

Combining lateral movements in exercises can exponentially increase their effectiveness and benefits, but a variety of new challenges can come up as you start to layer and combine lateral movements. It is useful to now which of these problems are simply normal stages of the process, which ones can be improved upon and how, and which ones can reveal other problems in the training. You will want to learn how to identify these problems, why they are happening, and how to fix them. In Module Nineteen, we will teach how to identify, address, and remedy these problems.

In Module 19 we’ll cover:

- Biomechanics of Combining Lateral Movements
- Troubleshooting problems with combining lateral movements.
- Exercises which help to introduce combinations of lateral movements

Module 20: The Reinback

In Module Twenty, we teach the Reinback, an extremely useful tool in the Dressage Rider’s arsenal.

In Module 20 we’ll cover:

- An introduction to the Reinback
- What it actually is
- The benefits of the Reinback
- The rider’s seat and aids in the reinback
- Teaching the horse to reinback
- Four exercises which help you develop the reinback

Module 21: Introducing other Shapes

(PART THREE BEGINS) In Module Twenty-one, we explore the advantages of riding unusual-shaped patterns such as triangles, diamonds, and squares.  

In Module 21 we’ll cover:

- The biomechanics of riding Triangles
- The biomechanics of riding Squares
- The biomechanics of riding Pyramids
- Exercises which are variations of Triangles, Squares, and Pyramids

Module 22: The Full Pass

In Module Twenty-two, we teach the valuable tool of the Full Pass.

In Module 27 we’ll cover:

- Understanding the Full Pass
- Three exercises which incorporate useful variations of the Full Pass

Module 23: Turn on the Haunches, Passade, and Pirouette

In Module Twenty-three, we will teach about the continuum and inter-related variations on the theme of the turn on the haunches, passade, and pirouette.

In Module 23 we’ll cover:

- Understanding the Turn on the Haunches, Passade, and Pirouette
- Four exercises which introduce these movements in various situations

- Troubleshooting  the turn on the haunches, passade, and pirouette
- Five exercises which help develop the  the turn on the haunches, passade, and pirouette further

Module 24: Stirrup Stepping in Lateral Movements

In Module Twenty-four, you will learn how to use stirrup stepping combinations to improve your lateral movements.

In Module 24 we’ll cover:

- How subtle shifts of weight can drastically impact the horse's ability to do a lateral movement well
- How you can use stirrup stepping aid combinations to improve and trouble-shoot issues in your lateral movements.

Module 25: Understanding Milling

In Module Twenty-five, we teach the valuable tool of the Mill.

In Module 25 we’ll cover:

- Understanding Milling
- Three exercises with mill variations

Module 26: Advancing the Lateral Movements

In Module Twenty-six, we teach the biomechanics of more advanced lateral movements such as riding Zigzags in all variations.

In Module 26 we’ll cover:

- The Biomechanics of Zigzags
- Four exercises which utilise different variations of Zigzags

Module 27: Advancing the Reinback

In Module Twenty-seven, we introduce the benefits of riding the reinback on curved lines for even greater advantage.

In Module 27 we’ll cover:

- Biomechanics of the Reinback on Curved lines
- Troubleshooting problems in the reinback
- Dealing with resistance in the Reinback
- Three exercises which show you how to incorporate reinback on curved lines

Module 28: Understanding the Pirouette Renversée

In Module Twenty-eight, we teach the Pirouette Renversée, an uncommon yet highly useful exercise.

In Module 28 we’ll cover:

- Understanding the Pirouette Renversée
- The weight and seat in the Pirouette Renversée
- Troubleshooting problems in the Pirouette Renversée
- One Pirouette Renversée exercise

Module 29: The Reinback in Lateral Movements

In Module Twenty-nine, we continue the theme of the Reinback and introduce the benefits of riding it in lateral movements for greater biomechanic benefit.

In Module 29 we’ll cover:

- Biomechanics and Benefits of the Reinback in Lateral Movements
- Dangers of riding reinback
- Eight exercises which introduce ways to ride the reinback in lateral movements

Module 30: Putting it all together

In Module Thirty, we bring this amazing course to a final summary and close, as well as explain how to complete your assessment exam so you can get your certificate of completion. We will also release details for the End of course Celebration Party and Graduation Ceremony (both online) 

In Module 30 we’ll cover:

- Information on the Completion Certificate process
- Instructions on how to take your Assessment Exam
- Event details for the “End of Course” celebration party (online)
- Event details for the Graduation Ceremony (online)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

BIOMECHANICS THEORY

Biomechanically-based theory components which explain how the interplay between the horse's body and the dressage training are spread throughout the entirety of the course. The theory is designed to stimulate your mind and cultivate your understanding. Each theory lesson builds upon the previous module, but they can also be used as a reference library.

 

GYMNASTIC EXERCISES

Each module has several biomechanically-based gymnastic horse exercises which correspond to the theory instruction, so you are are able to immediately apply the theoretical lessons into your riding, and experience first-hand how they work. Each exercise comes with a PDF with complete instructions outlining what to do, why to do it, and how to do it.

 

INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS

Each horse riding exercise is accompanied by an instructional video in which we expand upon the material in the exercise PDF, showing you where the problem spots are in the exercise and how to address the various problems that can come up while riding it. We also explain how to modify the exercise if you need to make simpler for a less trained horse, or more challenging for a higher level horse.

RIDER DEMO VIDEOS

Almost every exercise in the course has at least one video with footage of the exercise being ridden by a range of horses and riders, with our commentary explaining what is happening and why. This is one of the most important parts of the course because we know so many riders learn best by SEEING the exercise being ridden, and also because there is no better way to understand the gymnastic influence on the horse than to see it in action. You can learn through watching what to do, what not to do, and how to correct the mistakes that commonly occur.

FELDENKRAIS LESSONS

We now include Feldenkrais lessons in nearly all of our courses for a distinct reason - they work! Throughout the course, we include Feldenkrais lessons which help you, as the rider, to learn better body awareness, coordination, flexibility, and control. Taught by Feldenkrais Practitioners, Catherine McCrum and Charlotte Zetterberg, you are in for a treat. New for 2021 - we are including new, shorter lessons that you can fit in even hen you are "short on time", in addition to the longer, more explorative lessons you can do when you are ready to indulge in the amazingness that Feldenkrais lessons can give

 

COMMUNITY

One of the most thrilling parts of this course is the incredible community. Since its original inception in January 2017, the community that is built around this course  is the most tight-knit, supportive, and stimulating group we have ever cultivated. As a member of the course, you are granted a lifetime VISA into the community. It spans many continents, several languages, includes riders of all levels and types, and is your new homeland. Welcome home!

 

Q&A COACHING SESSIONS

You have questions and we actually encourage that!!! You can ask your questions at any time in the Facebook Group but there is just nothing like getting your questions answered live. You will get access to all of the upcoming Q&A sessions, not only for the duration of this course (at least two per month, some months there are more) but also for every Q&A for every future version of this course. That’s right. That equates to lifetime support. It can’t get better than that!

 

RESOURCES LIBRARY

It’s a bonus but it is worth mentioning here because the value is exponential and worth mentioning. Not only do you get INSTANT access to every Q&A for the past What, Why, How (WWH) courses, but you get the recordings for every training we have done on Facebook and YouTube, in English and German. This is an extensive library and we are so excited to have put this together for you. No searching through years of Facebook Videos to find a particular one, they are all right here for you.

LIFETIME ACCESS

You never lose access to your course materials, as long as we are alive and able to support the course platform (and we hope that is a very, very long time). That means that you can work as fast or as slow through the materials as you wish. That means that if you get sick, tired, injured  - you can pause at anytime and come back to it whenever you and your horse are ready for more. It will always be there for you, and so will we. In addition, you will always receive the newest version of the course, automatically.

LIVE HOT SEAT SESSIONS

New for 2021! You need precision feedback and we know that. That is why we are now including Live Hot Seat Sessions 2-4 times per month. We get together on a live Group Zoom session and watch your submitted videos, and we break down what is happening, often frame by frame to point it out clearly so you can SEE and UNDERSTAND what is happening. Then we give you exercises and tips to address what we see. ou can ask questions right there, and there is a chat where you can talk to the other participants in real-time. You can even ask questions about other participants' videos. If you cannot attend live, you can watch the recording afterward.

LOOM FEEDBACK VIDEOS

New for the 2021 Course! As an alternative to the Live Hot Seat sessions, you can choose to get feedback on your videos through our special "Loom" Feedback Videos. These are short videos we create with our feedback and commentary on your videos. The advantage of these is that we can do them quickly, so you can get pointed feedback in a timely fashion without waiting for the next Hot Seat Session.

JUST ADDED FOR 2021! ACCOUNTABILITY PODS

Accountability accelerates performance.

The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) found the following in a recent study:
* 65% of their participants completed a goal if they asked someone to hold them accountable to their goals and fully committed to accomplishing their project with their accountability partner.
* 95% of people successfully met their goals when they did the above and attended a specific appointment with their accountability partner/people to discuss their progress and success.

 

I’m ready to enroll NOW

In this course, there aren't just instructions, how to ride a specific exercise, like you're getting them elsewhere.  You get all the background, why to ride a specific exercise at a specific point of education and what should be achieved with this exercise. And of course, there are also explanations on how to improve the exercises. But every hint or suggestion comes with an background explanation, so that every course participant learn to think and not just follow instructions. This online course was the best thing, I ever did for my riding development!

- Sandra Schindlbacher, Austria

I find that this course has given me a thorough understanding of how I can work with my horse in a healthy way. I have learned what questions to ask in order to find out, and actually get, answers when things feel wrong. It has also given me a confidence as a rider which a haven’t felt before. This has made the communication between me and my horse almost tangible. My horse has gone from having a stiff side, headstrong and often unwilling to work to being in balance and a horse that wants to work. That is simply awesome. I really want to emphasis Shana and Thomas ever present and invaluable support and I really appreciate your enthusiasm. This course is simply great.

- Alexandra Westermark, Lidingö Sweden

What’s Inside The What, Why, How Online Course Package...

LIFELONG ACCESS to the What Why How Course (value €1997)

 

The complete updated (2021) version of the 36-week What Why How course with all of the Frameworks, Diagrams, Methods, and Exercises. Lifetime access to all of the materials. AND AUTOMATIC UPGRADE TO ALL FUTURE VERSIONS OF THE COURSE!  Videos, audio files, PDFs.

Feldenkrais Lessons for the Rider (value €250)

 

In depth and abbreviated lessons by Feldenkrais Practitioner, Catherine McCrum, to help you with your seat, awareness, balance, coordination, proprioception, and mobility.

Hot Seat Coaching and Loom Feedback throughout the entire course and beyond (value €1500)

 

Get feedback on YOUR riding! We have two ways within this course in which you can get customized feedback. In our monthly Live Hot Seat Coaching Sessions, Thomas will review the submitted videos, break them down frame by frame, and you can ask questions right there. Don't want to wait for the Hot Seat session for feedback? We have a quicker way. Submit your video anytime and Thomas will record a video just for you via "Loom" and post the link for you to watch.

What Why How Q&A Group Coaching Package throughout the entire course and beyond (value €1000)

 

Your questions answered all the way through the entire program and beyond! Not only do you get access to attend live, you also receive the recordings for every Q&A in both video and audio form so you can watch or listen to the recordings at any time.

What Why How Exclusive Facebook Group (value €150)

 

Lifetime access to the amazing community of our What, Why, How members. This amazing community has been growing since the inception of our original WWH Beta course. This is the die-hard, live-eat-sleep-and-breath community of like-minded riders you have been searching for.

Accountability Pods (value priceless)

 

The Accountability Pods help you increase your chances of success in this course by 95%!!!! Committing to this course and your goal with your accountability pod ensures you make this a priority. One of the reasons we have put you into small groups (a.k.a. pods) is so that there will be a variety of people with a variety of skills in each pod.

What Why How 2021 Course Completion Certificate (value priceless)

 

When you complete the What, Why, How course, this is something to celebrate and deserves recognition. When you finish the completion process, we will send you a personalized digital Completion Certificate, signed by Thomas and Shana.

Fast-Action Bonuses

One Bonus goes away at midnight April 10, 2021!

BONUS: 3-hour Masterclass on How to Target the Horse’s Body Areas with specific gymnastic exercises (value €150)

 

A very special 3-hour Masterclass Training. We go in deeper on the way the body parts are connected to the gymnastic exercises, how you can target specific body parts with specific exercises, and how to choose the right exercise for addressing a specific problem in an area of the horse’s body. There are 3 accompanying PDFs to go with this Masterclass:  Exercises and Muscle Groups, Kinetic chains and blockages, and Connections between parts of the Body and Exercises.

BONUS: Brand New! Rider Development Series Course (value €150)


 

Once per month (for 9 months) live trainings with Catherine McCrum, Shana Ritter, and Thomas Ritter on a series of topics about the continual development of the rider. Example topics: Different learning styles: Are you visual, analytical or kinesthetic; Rider Imagery: 3 images to help your riding; Planes (and Trains and Automobiles); Time, rhythm, and motion; Time Travel for Riders: Fast forward to the rider you will become; Exploring (and losing) the” Ideal” ; Riding Down the Bones: Bones move bones - How to use this in your riding; Mindfulness and Riding, and UNruling the rules: Ditching the rules when they don’t work for you or your horse .

BONUS: Masterclass and eBook: “How to Begin Long Reining” with Thomas Ritter Masterclass (value €150)

 

A LIVE masterclass to be held on April 10, 2021. In this masterclass, Thomas introduces what long reining is and how you can introduce it to a horse for the first time. This comes with an ebook guide.

BONUS: The Introduction to Stirrup-Stepping Self-Study Course (value €110)

 

In this mini course, you get a comprehensive introduction to the subtle art of stirrup stepping as an incredibly effective and helpful training tool. 23 videos, 5 introductory patterns, PDFs, audio files.

BONUS: What, Why, How Exercises eBook - released in Spring 2020 (value €250)

 

Exclusive eBook only available to What Why How course members. In this first edition of the What Why How eBook, you get a compilation of all of the exercises contained in the What, Why, How 3.0 course with graphics and brief explanations. You can download this onto your phone so that you can take this with you into the arena in order to reference any exercise whenever you need it. Not available for separate purchase.

BONUS: What, Why, How Resources Library (value €300)

 

Extensive library recordings of all of our live trainings on a range of topics in both English and German, including all of the recordings from all of our previous challenges. A wealth of reference material!!! Not available for separate purchase.

BONUS: The 2021 Thinking Rider Challenge Recordings (value €250)


 

The complete recordings (video and separate audio for listening while driving, etc.) of the March and April 2021 Thinking Rider Challenges, including all of the Q&A sessions.

 

BONUS: The Dressage Biomechanics Framework Course (value €250)


 

In this six module course, you learn the six fundamental components that make up the complete Biomechanics Framework for the Dressage horse. Each module focuses on one element, breaks it down into the What, Why, and How including common mistakes and misconceptions, typical problems, and exercises. Includes a complete Q&A archive on each element and two bonus videos where you can watch the principles being put into action during a lesson.

Our What, Why, How Guarantee!

We promise that you CAN do this.
But the best part is… you don’t even have to believe us.

If you’re not 100% satisfied with the What, Why, How course program, the training exercises and strategies, or our extensive support after 30 days, we will offer you a full refund, rider’s honor!

That means you can enroll today, and you don’t even have to decide if you’re in for good! Take the full 30 days to explore the materials, bonuses, and the life-changing experience of the What Why How family and Ritter Riders culture, and make your decision then. That enables you to make the decision then based on the experience you have first-hand in the course materials, rather than making the decision based on what you don’t yet know.

 

THE COURSE OFFICALLY BEGINS ON APRIL 12, 2021.

The price for this course goes up on midnight of April 12, 2021.  We will still allow late enrollment during the Orientation week of the course (through April 19, 2021), but you will be paying the higher fee from April 13th onward.  By waiting, you only guarantee that you will be paying the higher price. Regardless of when you enroll, you get to take every future version of the course.

The What, Why, How 2021 Package

The complete 36-week What Why How 2021 Course (lifetime)

..........Value €1997

What Why How Exclusive Facebook Group (lifetime)

..........Value €  150

What Why How Q&A Group Coaching Package (lifetime)

..........Value €1000

Live Hot Seat Coaching Sessions and Loom Feedback Videos

..........Value € 1500

What Why How Course Feldenkrais Lessons for the Rider

..........Value € 250

What Why How Q&A Archives (lifetime)

..........Value €1000

What Why How Accountability Pods

..........Value priceless

What Why How 2021 Course Completion Certificate

..........Value priceless

BONUS: Masterclass on How to Target the Horse’s Body Areas

..........Value €150

BONUS: Masterclass on How to Begin Long Reining

..........Value €150

BONUS: The Introduction to Stirrup-Stepping Self-Study Course

..........Value € 110

BONUS: What, Why, How Exercises eBook - released in May 2021

..........Value € 250

BONUS: Extensive What, Why, How Resources Library

..........Value € 300

BONUS: The Thinking Rider Challenge Recordings, March 2021

..........Value € 150

BONUS: Brand New! Rider Development Series Course

..........Value € 150

BONUS: The Dressage Biomechanics Framework Course, Part 1

..........Value € 250

Total Value - €7407

Enrollment Price as of April 13, 2021 - €1297

Today’s Price - €997

This comes down to only €27,69 per week for all the videos, instruction, PDFs, Q&As, support, BONUSES, and hot seat coaching sessions. You will not find a better deal.

WE HAVE MULTIPLE PAYMENT AND CURRENCY OPTIONS, SO YOU CAN CHOOSE WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU.

 

FULL PAY

€997

• The Complete WWH 2021 Course

• Access to Facebook Community with Accountability Pods

• Q&A Coaching & Archives

• Personalized Feedback (Hot Seats and video commentaries on your videos)

• Feldenkrais lessons for Riders

• Complete and extensive WWH Resources Library

• Eligible for Completion Certificate

Currency Options:

USD $1187.00

CAD $1487.00

AUD $1547.00

GBP  £857.00

NZD $1687.00

 

9-MONTHLY PAYMENTS

€157/mo

• The Complete WWH 2021 Course

• Access to Facebook Community with Accountability Pods

• Q&A Coaching & Archives

• Personalized Feedback (Hot Seats and video commentaries on your videos)

• Feldenkrais lessons for Riders

• Complete and extensive WWH Resources Library

• Eligible for Completion Certificate


Currency Options:

USD $187/mo

CAD $237/mo

AUD $247/mo

GBP  £137/mo

NZD $267/mo

12-MONTHLY PAYMENTS

€127/mo

•  WWH 2021 Course

• Access to Facebook Community + Accountability Pods

• Q&A Coaching & Archives

•  Feedback (Hot Seats + video commentaries)

• Feldenkrais lessons

• WWH Resources Library

• Eligible for Completion Certificate

Currency Options:

USD $147/mo

CAD $167/mo

AUD $177/mo

GBP  £117/mo

NZD $187/mo

I'M READY TO GET STARTED RIGHT AWAY

I feel as if this course began at ABC and went right through to XYZ. Thomas and Shana share ALL their knowledge and not just little titbits of information that still leaves you in the dark wondering why something you are doing isn't working for you and your horse and making you feel like you are a useless rider. They don't just advise 'try shoulder in' to help you with an unbalance in your horse...they tell you EXACTLY how, why and what for in SUCH fine detail they leave you with no doubts about what you are doing, why and how it will help you and your horse. This course builds into a detailed encyclopaedia of how to ride and train your horse, no matter what discipline you enjoy, that you can refer to for years to come.

- Carol Kosy, NE Somerset, UK

The course has provided a huge amount of technical detail, in an easily accessible format. The exercises are explained in careful detail with variations depending on your and hour horse's level of experience. Although I have done this course with a young horse who certainly can't do the complicated stuff, he has improved and I have a far better understanding of what we are trying to achieve, and tools to use to achieve that understanding.

- Jean de Klerk, South Africa

Take this course!!! It has changed not only my relationship with my horse but has honestly restored my faith in people too. I have never felt more supported and less judged in my dressage career of 25 years. Not only are Shana and Thomas amazing but the people in the course have been wonderful also. I have learned so many important and sensible things, most importantly how to effectively half halt my horse by FINALLY knowing where his feet are!  Can't say enough about this experience, just plain fabulous.

- Maureen Shinsky, Michigan USA

This online-riding course is the best you can choose right now! My hopes to find out how to transfer classical dressage movements practised from the ground into the ridden work with my young horse have been fulfilled completely. Thomas and Shana Ritter have been able to define exactly what happens biomechanically when we start to ride and want to gymnastize our horses from the saddle in a sound and profound manner. They have come up with numerous creative exercises for classical movements from easy to difficult to guide our horses fluently from relatively new under saddle towards more balance and then further through advanced exercises which in the end will lead to collection and with that the beauty of riding our horses lightly because they have learned how to carry a rider with strength and suppleness using the power of the hindlegs.

- Nan Brünig, Germany

When thinking about this crazy and fascinating dressage journey, I’m reminded of one of our students, Kristen Guest in Prince George, Canada. She started riding with us when we still lived in the U.S. Her first clinic with us was in Edmonton, Canada where she brought a cranky Thoroughbred she had previously been told was absolutely unsuitable for dressage.

In her words, “The results of three days of lessons were so good that I ‘followed him home,’ so to speak. I spent a month training with him and Shana in 2009.

The effects of this relationship have been profound: I began to develop as a rider, and my “unsuitable” horse demonstrated the capability for upper level work both physically and mentally.

My skinny thoroughbred developed dramatic muscling across his topline and changed his posture both under saddle and in the pasture. As he began to trust that the demands placed on him would be progressive and fair my cranky and untractable horse became happy and co-operative.

At the end of the first year of training with Thomas the same people who had said my horse was untrainable began to ask where I got this new horse.

But a year later when we moved to Germany, Kristen was not so easily able to just ‘follow us home’ so we began a program of online coaching.

Since that time she began to work with her young Lipizzan, "Scorpio". Through ONLY coaching online and no other lessons or training help, she has been able to bring him along from untrained, totally green to upper level dressage work including piaffe, passage, canter pirouettes, series of flying changes.

She and Scorpio WON her classes their first time out at Prix St. George and are now competing successfully at Intermediere I.

Kristen is now one of our Assistant Instructors in the What, Why, How course.

Watch the interview with Kristen here...

MEET SOME OF OUR WWH ALUMNI AND HEAR WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY...

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FULL PAY

€997

• The Complete WWH 2021 Course

• Access to Facebook Community with Accountability Pods

• Q&A Coaching & Archives

• Personalized Feedback (Hot Seats and video commentaries on your videos)

• Feldenkrais lessons for Riders

• Complete and extensive WWH Resources Library

• Eligible for Completion Certificate


Currency Options:

USD $1187.00

CAD $1487.00

AUD $1547.00

GBP  £857.00

NZD $1687.00

9-MONTHLY PAYMENTS

€157/mo

• The Complete WWH 2021 Course

• Access to Facebook Community with Accountability Pods

• Q&A Coaching & Archives

• Personalized Feedback (Hot Seats and video commentaries on your videos)

• Feldenkrais lessons for Riders

• Complete and extensive WWH Resources Library

• Eligible for Completion Certificate


Currency Options:

USD $187/mo

CAD $237/mo

AUD $247/mo

GBP  £137/mo

NZD $267/mo

12-MONTHLY PAYMENTS

€127/mo

• The Complete WWH 2021 Course

• Access to Facebook Community with Accountability Pods

• Q&A Coaching & Archives

• Personalized Feedback (Hot Seats and video commentaries on your videos)

• Feldenkrais lessons for Riders

• Complete and extensive WWH Resources Library

• Eligible for Completion Certificate


Currency Options:

USD $147/mo

CAD $167/mo

AUD $177/mo

GBP  £117/mo

NZD $187/mo

I'M READY TO ENROLL NOW AND GRAB MY BONUSES

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We know you have a busy life, you need time to actually go to the barn and ride your horse so you can implement what you are learning, and you don’t want to spend ALL of your time sitting in front of a computer watching videos every week. That is why we have broken this course down into 34 weekly modules so that it is doable. Each module should take you no more than, on average, 1-2 hours per week to go through. In addition, there are two Q&A sessions per month, and each one lasts 1-2 hours. So that means a range of 6-12 hours per month. Of course, we cannot predict the amount of time you spend in the Facebook Group because that is entirely dependant upon how much time you enjoy interacting with the other riders in there.

This course is suitable for thinking riders who are passionate about learning and have been looking for someone to answer all their questions. It is suitable for you:
whether you are a novice or professional rider.
Whether you are a dressage rider, a jumper, a western rider, or anything else in between.
Whether you have taken every online course out there, or have never taken one before.
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
Regardless of whether you primarily ride or do work from the ground (most exercises are adaptable to work-in-hand and at the long-rein, and we are able to suggest modifications when needed)
Whether you are ambitious or wish to take your time.

Honestly, if you start working through the instant access bonus materials right away, you will already be seeing results before the course begins. That is how effective this system is.

We begin this course with the foundational elements precisely because we do not want to make any assumptions about what you do or do not know, and besides, nearly everyone has gaps in their education at some point. Therefore, this course is appropriate for you whether you are lower-level and/or just beginning dressage or whether you have been riding for many years. It is so adaptable and comprehensive that it is absolutely suitable for professional trainers who wish to supplement their education, and in fact we have many professionals in our course programs.

You need a horse to ride and a relatively level space to ride in. An arena with adequate footing is recommended but we have had course members who have had success even without a standard “arena” to ride in. In most cases, you can modify the exercises based on your riding conditions and we are able to suggest modifications whenever you need help finding a suitable way to modify an exercise for your situation. Not required but recommended: approximately 20 cones or other arena markers (homemade is fine), a smartphone/video camera/robotic camera to record your rides. You will also need an internet connection and a computer/tablet/smartphone with which to access the course materials and Facebook Group.

If you want feedback on the exercises ridden in the course, you can submit video. Each session has its own GoogleDoc on which you will sign up for a spot. In the Session, Thomas will be reviewing the submitted videos live on Zoom. He will break down what is happening. He often plays the video frame-by-frame to point it out clearly so you can see what he is explaining. He will give you exercises and tips to address what he sees. You can ask questions right there, and there is a chat where you can talk to the other participants in real-time. If you cannot attend live, you can watch the recording afterward. The Hot Seat sessions are held monthly, and if Thomas cannot finish all of the submissions within that session, we will schedule follow-up session(s).

Early in 2021 we discovered that we could use an App called Loom to quickly, easily, and simply record short commentary videos right on top of students' videos, and we started implementing this into all of our courses with incredible results. You don't have to download anything. We give you the link and you can watch from any device, as many times as you like.

There are usually two Q&A coaching sessions per month and the times will vary so that we can accommodate our members all over the world in different timezones, with some additional sessions at the beginning of the course to help you get going with the course content.

There are monthly Live Zoom Hot Seat sessions, and the time for these vacillate between timezones to accommodate everyone best. If we do not complete all the submitted hot seat requests within the time, we schedule follow-up sessions and these are announced separately.

All sessions are held through a Zoom webinar and some are live-streamed into the Facebook Group. Instructions for how to download the free Zoom software and how to access the sessions are included when you enroll and also enclosed in each event reminder. A time converter link is always provided for your convenience in calculating the time for your timezone.

Not a problem. All sessions are always recorded and the recordings are uploaded to the Q&A archives within 24-48 hours after the session is over. Every recording is available in downloadable video and audio format so you can watch or listen, whenever, and wherever you prefer.

One module is released per week, every Monday morning.

Just because one module is released per week does not mean you need to complete the content at that pace. You can take as much time as you need to go through each module. You have lifetime access to the materials, all course upgrades, and the Facebook Group, so you can work through it all at the pace that best suits you and your horse. You can come back to it at any time, you can start over at any time, and you can pick up wherever you left off whenever you like.

Every single video, audio file, every exercise PDF, diagram, checklist… EVERYTHING is completely downloadable and yours to keep forever.

This course is yours to learn from however it suits you best. Some of our other members are instructors who no longer ride anymore but they use our trainings and exercises to improve their teaching for their students. We have had members join when they are unable to ride due to injury, illness, pregnancy, or life circumstance. It is not a problem. You can study the materials and apply the riding exercises later, etc.

When you enroll today, you lock in access to all future upgrades and versions of the course. That includes access to all of the Q&As. So when we run the course again, you can take it again alongside all of the Alumni and new members.

The What, Why, How course is our Flagship course about learning to use gymnastic biomechanics-based exercises to train your horse. It contains all of the material you will need as a foundation for any other course you take, and it covers the complete overall biomechanics structured training of the horse. Our other courses are spotlight courses on specific aspects or elements of the What, Why, How system and enable you to go in even deeper into those specific aspects (i.e. specifically as the training relates to the canter, flying changes, straightness, contact and connection, etc.)

The 6 Essentials are briefly included in the What, Why, How course, but we go into many other aspects of biomechanics-based training that build upon, but are far beyond the 6 Essentials.    

EOTM is a monthly membership with exercises to inspire you along your path, but it lacks the complete and comprehensive theoretical framework that you will find in the What, Why, How course. However, if you enjoy  how we teach the what, why, and how of each exercise in EOTM, you will love the What, Why, How course.

It is all well and right to get the exercises and theoretical trainings, but what really makes this course work so successfully for the members is the ongoing support through the Facebook Group, live Q&A coaching sessions, live Hot Seat sessions, and the Loom Feedback Videos. Wherever you are, you can come to us with your questions and we will give you fresh ideas, or help you isolate the problem you are dealing with so you can better identify the solution. For those who prosper best in their learning with one-on-one support and eyes on your work, we recommend the VIP option which includes 9 once monthly private video coaching sessions with Thomas Ritter.

You will gain membership in a prosperous and enthusiastic private Facebook Group. Right now we have no live in-person events scheduled, but it is something we would like to include at some point in the future. Of course, you would be notified of any future events, when they become reality.

No. You will have instant access to most of the bonuses as soon as your payment is processed. We begin the course on April 13th with an Orientation week. Module 1 of the course will be released on April 19th and each subsequent module is released weekly from then on.

Yes, absolutely. It isn’t necessary to have a home instructor, but it can be an advantage if you do. We have many members who have regular riding instructors and take lessons, some regularly and others more periodically. In any case, the regular lessons are an advantage because you can get feedback from your instructor on how you are implementing the lessons learned in the course. In most cases, the members in our courses have reported back to us that their instructor helps them go over the course materials and helps coach them through the riding exercises. In several cases, we have then had those instructors join our courses, too, and they work through the materials with all of their students.

Yes, absolutely. In fact, how advantageous that you have the option to learn this way when you have no access to local instruction. You can fall back on the live Q&A coaching sessions and the Facebook community for camaraderie, support, and feedback in the absence of a local instructor.

No other program teaches our framework, our system, our methods, and our exercises. And no other program has the support of Thomas and Shana to give you pinpointed answers to your questions.

Yes! In fact, you won’t be the only one. We have a growing community of non-traditional horses and riders in our courses. It is a melting pot where everyone finds common ground through the love of the horses, the passion for learning, and the ability to apply the principles and exercises regardless of the breed of the horse, background of horse or rider, or the preferred equipment to use.

Family members in the same household can share an account and individual access to the Facebook Group.

You can access everything with an internet browser, however there is a free app for the course content which enables you to easily navigate the course materials on your mobile device. You may also wish to download the free Zoom app to access the Q&A sessions. We give complete instructions inside the course platform.

Perhaps it will be even better than you expect! But nevertheless, if you are unhappy with it for any reason, we have a 30-day full money back guarantee.

We cannot guarantee success. That is up to you. There is no quick-fix method to anything. You still have to show up, study, and implement what you learn. But knowledge is power and the more access you have to knowledge and tools that WORK, the more you increase your chances of success. As far as satisfaction with the course, we have a 30-day money back guarantee. Try it and see if you like it for 30 days before making your final decision.

Yes, many! We have riders who have used this system to finally transcend being stuck at one level for many years, despite trying every solution that came along and then being frustrated and defeated that it didn’t work. We have had riders who have used it to take their horses from green to FEI. We have had riders who have never been able to find a learning style that worked for them who have told us it is like we are speaking their language and how grateful they are to finally find someone who can answer things in a way they can FINALLY understand.

You can do this course however it suits you. You do not need to join the Facebook Group if you prefer not to be on Facebook, but you are welcome to do so. You do not need to participate in the live Q&As or Hot Seat sessions, but you are welcome to do so. You do not need to post video of yourself for feedback, but you are welcome to do so.

Click the button right here. Select your payment plan and currency preference. You can pay in full, or select a payment schedule. Then enter your details and payment info. You will receive an email with your login information and a link to the course platform where you will find further instructions. You will also then receive instructions on how to join the Facebook Group and the live Q&A sessions. If you have any trouble, email us at [email protected] so we can help.

Are you ready to learn the What, Why, and How of Training your Horse?

 

HERE'S THE TRUTH...


Every method of learning doesn’t work for every rider.

For as many riders who can learn just by watching and doing, or being told to just “shut up and ride,” there are just as many riders who need to think and understand BEFORE they can do it.

They NEED to know what to do, why to do it, and how to do it. They need to know what is going on in their horse or their body, they need to know why that is happening, and they need to know how they can change it.

 

IF YOU HAVE BEEN FRUSTRATED...

If you have been frustrated trying to cram your “square peg” way of learning (not saying YOU are square)
into a “round” hole and wondering WHY you have not been able to make progress like this…

IF YOU HAVE BEEN SHAMED...

If you have been shamed for asking too many questions purely just in an attempt to thoroughly understand something…

 

IF YOU'RE LOSING FAITH...

If you have started to lose faith in your ability because it doesn’t seem as “figureoutable” as you thought it would be…

 

IF YOU HAVE WONDERED...

If you have started to wonder if this whole riding thing is even something you were cut out for…

 

 

THEN LET US ASSURE YOU...


 

 

the only reason it has not worked for you YET is because you needed to find a method that works for your brain and the way you think and learn. This is good news, because it means the breakthroughs you have been waiting for you are just around the corner.

Let us help restore your faith in your ability to learn, your ability to understand, your ability to figure this out, and your ability to train your horse.

Or even if nobody has made you feel bad for being the curious, inquisitive, and studious learner you are, you can BOOST what you are already doing and take your learning to a whole ‘nother level.

We’ve broken the entire system down and given away all of our secrets so you, too, can become part of the Thinking Rider Revolution.

Let’s get started.
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The What, Why, How 2021 Package

The complete 36-week What Why How 2021 Course (lifetime)

..........Value €1997

What Why How Exclusive Facebook Group (lifetime)

..........Value €  150

What Why How Q&A Group Coaching Package (lifetime)

..........Value €1000

Live Hot Seat Coaching Sessions and Loom Feedback Videos

..........Value € 1500

What Why How Course Feldenkrais Lessons for the Rider

..........Value € 250

What Why How Q&A Archives (lifetime)

..........Value €1000

What Why How Accountability Pods

..........Value priceless

What Why How 2021 Course Completion Certificate

..........Value priceless

BONUS: Masterclass on How to Target the Horse’s Body Areas

..........Value €150

BONUS: Masterclass on How to Begin Long Reining

..........Value €150

BONUS: The Introduction to Stirrup-Stepping Self-Study Course

..........Value € 110

BONUS: What, Why, How Exercises eBook - released in May 2021

..........Value € 250

BONUS: Extensive What, Why, How Resources Library

..........Value € 300

BONUS: The Thinking Rider Challenge Recordings, March 2021

..........Value € 150

BONUS: Brand New! Rider Development Series Course

..........Value € 150

BONUS: The Dressage Biomechanics Framework Course, Part 1

..........Value € 250

Total Value - €7407

Enrollment Price as of April 13, 2021 - €1297

Today’s Price - €997

This comes down to only €27,69 per week for all the videos, instruction, PDFs, Q&As, support, BONUSES, and hot seat coaching sessions. You will not find a better deal.

THIS IS IT, IT'S TIME TO CLAIM YOUR SPOT.

 

FULL PAY

€997

• The Complete WWH 2021 Course

• Access to Facebook Community

• Q&A Coaching & Archives

• Hot Seats and Loom Feedback

• WWH Resources Library

• Eligible for Completion Certificate

Currency Options:

USD $1187.00

CAD $1487.00

AUD $1547.00

GBP  £857.00

NZD $1687.00

9-MONTHLY PAYMENTS

€157/mo

• The Complete WWH 2021 Course

• Access to Facebook Community

• Q&A Coaching & Archives

• WWH Resources Library

• Eligible for Completion Certificate

Currency Options:

USD $187/mo

CAD $237/mo

AUD $247/mo

GBP  £137/mo

NZD $ 267/mo

12-MONTHLY PAYMENTS

€108/mo

• The Complete WWH 2021 Course

• Access to Facebook Community

• Q&A Coaching & Archives

• WWH Resources Library

• Eligible for Completion Certificate

Currency Options:

USD $ 120/mo

CAD $ 158/mo

AUD $ 174/mo

GBP  £ 90/mo

NZD $ 182/mo

ZAR 1742/mo

I'M READY TO ENROLL NOW AND GRAB MY BONUSES

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