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With the Horse

About Willow Equine Arts

My name is Caitlin Robb. The training I'm offering is rooted in communication, relaxation, balance, and elasticity of body and mind, in both horse and person.  Combining fluid movement and regular releases of tension assists the learning process and maintains the horses' overall well-being, prolonging a healthy life.  I spend time with each horse on the ground, developing a solid connection, ensuring the horse has a confident sense of self and curiosity about learning. Rope halter work, "at liberty" work, positive reinforcement training, classical lunging and in-hand bridle work are all a part of the education I bring each horse through. I want them to have a clear and relaxed understanding of aids on the ground that transfer easily to ridden work. Softness in the halter and a clear understanding of the bridle before being ridden in it sets the horse up to succeed under saddle and feel good about what they're being asked to do. Ridden work follows these same guidelines. I employ many 'natural horsemanship' techniques around softening, bending and yielding to each individual aid. Classical dressage, in its truest form, is meant to supple, create connection, straighten and then strengthen the horse. These qualities are paramount in my training as I meld together different modalities in a way that's suited to each individual horse. Play and curiosity are always mixed in as well, keeping the training sessions interesting and suited to each horse's needs on a given day.

The coaching I offer is centered around students developing skills on the ground with the horse as well as under saddle. They're taught to read the horse as well as themselves, providing a deeper ability to connect with the horse and move through any situation they might come across. They learn the importance of a progression of techniques to better assist the horse and create a positive overall experience for both horse and human. I have a strong focus on biomechanics, a balanced seat and soft connected hands. Riders learn to find stability in their seat, to use their body to direct the horse, regulate tempo and length of stride; then they learn to have soft, clear and connected rein contact to provide the horse and feel in their mouth that they seek and soften to. 



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