East Devon Riding Academy

Horse Riding Lessons & Ethical Horsemanship.

Countryside Activity Centre near Sidmouth & Lyme Regis

 07771 903220

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Trudi is an empathetic and non-judgemental coach with more than 20 years of teaching experience in classical dressage, gymnastic training and positive reinforcement techniques.

Develop your confidence, skills and knowledge whether you want to plod or perform, keep both feet on the ground or in the stirrups this is the course for you. In this first clinic we will discover the basics of in-hand work to address the issues of balance and suppleness for every horse.

Have you ever wondered why your horse can’t halt straight or bend on a circle? Are your transitions dull and unresponsive? Does lateral work seem an impossible goal? Do you feel your horse doesn’t like working in an arena? The answers to these and many other frustrations can be solved with a rounded approach that aims to work with the natural horse rather than against it. This work begins (and can continue) without a bit and definitely without gadgets.
Trudi’s work focuses holistically on behaviour, training and well-being (yours as well as your horse's!). Receive advice in how to bring classical gymnastic exercises for your horse into your everyday life for suppleness, well-being and calmness.

Trudi is both a judge and trainer for Interdressage the popular online dressage competition provider as well as coaching locally and online through her own company Creative Equine Training. Trudi seeks simplicity in her work, breaking down more complicated systems into smaller, logical elements that create a strong base to build upon, resulting in responsive partnerships between horse and rider. She uses positive reinforcement techniques in her own training and blends this with Classical French dressage techniques to create a healthy balance between mind and body and all without a bit.
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The full day from 10am until 4pm will cost £40 per attendee, please bring lunch, hot and cold drinks will be available to purchase. Those wishing to participate (in practical sessions) should bring hard hat to current standards, sensible footwear and gloves.

If you have any questions get in touch with Trudi via email trudidempsey@btinternet.com

We hope that this may be the first of several courses so that you will be able to continue to learn with the possibility of bringing your own horse on future days.

Sunday 23rd April 2017

The day will be fun, friendly and informal with a chance to put classroom learning into practice with some of the East Devon Riding Academy’s horses/ponies. If you would rather observe there is no pressure to perform but there will be opportunities to have a go and get a feel for the work if you choose to. By the end of the day you will have enough information to take home and begin work with your own horse.

An Introduction To Gymnastic Training For Every Horse and Human

  The programme for the day:

• Arrive by 10.00
• Introductions
• Classroom presentation of in-hand work covering- history, equipment, what can it do for me, knowledge and skill set required, getting started, assessing conformation and its effect on balance, creating bend and why it matters.....
• Discovering what differences conformation makes to balance with help from East Devon Riding Academy equines.
• Lunch (please bring your own)with questions and chat
• Setting up exercises in the arena to show the difference we can make using gymnastic exercises
• Final classroom session to bring the learning together and create future plans for participants to work at home.

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