Most fun balance tip

Clean your teeth on one foot!

BE CAREFUL!  Support yourself with one hand, put your leg out straight in front of you – and clean your teeth on one foot.

What do you have to lose trying it?  Bad balance that’s what!

BE CAREFUL!   Support yourself!

Fast balance tip

Surely you shop at Walmart, or stand in a bank line, or you’re here in Australia enjoying Woolies.

Simply stand with one foot in front of the other….if your feet are DEAD STRAIGHT – it’s actually quite hard.

If you find it easy, start looking around the shop, you’ll soon get the “wobbles”….so SUPPORT YOURSELF CAREFULLY!

It’s one of the fastest ways to train your brain to stabilize you…and IDEAL to stop you getting “old lady wobbles”.

Try it…REGULARLY!   You can’t get fit by going to the gym once!

Enjoy!

Hugs, Colleen x

NEW E-BOOK: Official examination answers for coaches & parents.

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Horse Riding Coaches Killing Riders: Statistics – worse than ever!

Dedicated to my friend DeeDee who fell recently and was injured…this is my get well message for you!

I’m horrified at the statistics. Years ago I researched some statistics with Flinders University as part of my job as the Spokeswoman for the WorkCover Authority, our Australian (NSW) Government body that researches accidents and incidents in the workplace, and creates a safer environment to get Mum and Dad safely back to their kids after their day’s work.

It’s getting WORSE folks. I can tell you, as a true authority in years HORSE RIDING COACHES ARE KILLING OUR RIDERS at a faster rate than ever before.

Why?  BECAUSE THE COACH HAS NOT HAD THE TRAINING!    And especially hasn’t had “survival training”.

In the Police and Military training, these are the priorities of the coach to teach the rider.

Horse Care

The coach must teach the pupil how to care for the horse. How to monitor heart rate, breathing, temperature, gum response, checking daily both for health, but to see if the heart rate is improving, especially recover rate, and therefore your horse is getting fitter.  Have you EVER checked your horse’s heart rate?  Your coach should have taught you (obviously not children, and obviously over a long period of time) how to roll over a cast horse – what ropes to use or not use that might kill you AND the horse, major trailering problems (horses laying down, emergency vet trailering etc), how to fix a horse stuck in a fence,  to walk or not to walk a coliced horse, the HUGELY important sub clinical laminitic rings and stance, digital pulse, and of course now we know the HUGE danger of grains causing shying.  If your client’s horse is shying…are you negligent leaving it on grain and not teaching your rider how to prevent shying FOREVER?

Emergency plans

The coach must have up visible for all to see, on their websites, on the walls… the barn’s emergency plans for tornados, floods, fires, whatever is in your area ready and up. What if you’re in hospital? Who will clear your barn fully, in the minutes you might have.

Why don’t you know where you live?

GOD BLESS AMERICA!  I love it here, but dear oh dear kiddiewinkles….YOU DO HAVE AN ADDRESS…yes you really do. You have an actual home.  YOu have an actual street, and a town as well, and yep you guessed it…you even have a zip code.   If I can’t find you when I come…HOW WILL THE AMBULANCE FIND YOU?  For goodness sakes…go on google maps and REGISTER YOUR HOUSE so we can find you.  Then instead of everyone on the planet complaining the minute they come in the door that they’ve waisted an hour following their GPS…it will TAKE THEM TO YOUR BUSINESS or home!!!!  Yes…it’s called a satellite…and YES…you do have an address and NO it is not “turn left at the big tree in the paddock”.

Tripping and Rotational Falls – the most deadly fall of all for horse and rider

Your coach should have told you how to hold your body for a rotational fall.  Your coach should have gone through all the causes of THE MOST DEADLY riding accident any horse, in any sport, at any time, could have.  I KNOW your horse as tripped once…what if the next time is on a stick or a hole, or just trips for nothing…it’s not “will I stick on”…it’s “how can I help my horse up”….”will I stick on” is thinking first about you.  “can I lift my horse with my correct position” is thinking about the horse.

Leading – sorry you’re just embarrasing!

Your coach should know the statistics, and know that you are 17 times more likely to be killed or injured leading your horse back from the lesson than on a cross country course.  And TEACH YOU TO LEAD.  I cannot believe there are horses with chains on their noses here.  That is BEYOND EMBARRASSING that you’re such a rotten trainer.  Send the horse to me, I’ll fix it, it will never have a chain again.  A chain over the nose is an advertising sign for the ignorant and dangerous that haven’t trained their horse.   THE MOST DEADLY PLACE is LEADING your horse, not RIDING your horse, and yet you lead with no gloves, no helmet and stirrups down.  DEADLY.  Come on coaches…pull your socks up!  If you can’t handle that horse, sell it to someone who can.  I can…GIVE IT TO ME!!!

Stopping shying – FOREVER!

Your coach should have told you how to prevent SHYING.   OMG…I’m an old Aussie bush rider – full on “Man from Snowy River” style in the old days…and I’m putting my hand on the bible, literally (here in the hotel) right this minute to tell you….my horse will never ever ever ever ever, and I promise NEVER shy….I haven’t had any horse, anywhere in the world shy on me in 30 years. Not fireworks, cannons, parades, dressage judges (they’re scary, lol), plastic bags, fans suddenly standing and cheering en masse.  On of the things in rehearsals is the colliseums and venues are empty, and often have those spring loaded seats that lift when you stand, and in the wrong arena it can sound like a gun shot…my horses, any horse, ever never ever moves an inch.WHY?  Because I have the inside ear.  I’m an old left over trick rider, vaulter, long time horse trainer, I’m not going to be hanging upside down on a horse unless I have the inside ear snapped back to me, and I mean YES MAAM snapped back in a salute listening ONLY to me..ONLY to me.  If I relax the inside rein and let the inside ear forward that’s my choice, but when I say “inside ear please – listen”, that ear MUST come back instantly, or I will tweak the inside rein towards my belly, or I will turn, or I will fully breaker’s-turn-circle until I get that ear.The horse breakers don’t run around on straight lines with the ears forward. Breaker’s turns aren’t about the horse crossing over and losing speed…they are about getting the horse’s MIND…about getting the horse’s EAR.

I DO NOT AGREE with all this “let them look, let them sniff, let them touch”.  YES…we do all that ON THE GROUND, and when we’re breaking, but once that horse is going…I AM THE LEADER.  YOU LISTEN TO ME.  IF I SA IT IS SAFE IT IS SAFE, LET’S GO.  I don’t hear a single thing outside the arena, I don’t look I don’t hear, I just full on have my eyes on that ear to prevent shying at it’s worst, or lack of concentration at the least.

FUNNY STORY…….I’ve ridden with the “let them look at everything, sniff everything, touch everything, forever and ever, and let them look again and again and again and sniff again and again and again”.  I’ve actually got a pairs demo on youtube when I laughed my head off inside, because the “let them look at them” person…ha…the speaker squeaks a tiny bit and the horse shied on top of mine, I had my horse in my right hand, her reins in my left hand, and my shoulder there to push her back on if she needed it.  My horse didn’t move an inch.  BECAUSE I HAD THE EAR.

You must know that judges mark ears forward down…(lost submission).  Ears forward is shying already, it’s just you never fixed it.   So fix it, and NEVER SHY AGAIN….just get the inside ear, turn, twist, cavorte, breaker’s turns, baby turns, indirect rein turns, direct rein turns, outside leg 3/4 of the way through the turn….all of these exercises are not what they seem…they are all to GET THE INSIDE EAR BACK!

And if you feed grain, pellets or sweet feed to a shying horse you’re a nutter, and it’s only a matter of time.  STOP IT! Feed grass, or hay, or if the horse is skinny UNLIMITED chopped up hay in a HUGE hay feeder always filled to the top. Get a FULL BLOOD TEST (especially magnesium/calcium/zinc and the metals) before feeding any supplements.

Stopping rearing

Your coach should have told you why horses rear, when they rear, and how to stop a rear.  (or send you to a specialist who can).

Bucking/kicking into canter

Your coach should have told you how to stop a buck/pigroot/kick out in canter.  And, explained that EVERY TAIL SWISH is a buck (only a baby one), and EVERY TAIL SWISH will be marked down for baby-bucking….and should have explained why it’s often when you go into canter!  And…fixed it in one lesson.  And if they can’t fix it, get specialist help who can.

How to turn in all the different ways

Your coach should have taught you at least eight different was to turn, the advantages and the disadvantages, and which type of turning to use when.

Are you REALLY on the bit?

The coach should have explained the urgency of lifting the horse’s back and kissing spines, and that lifting the back IS on the bit.  It’s not done with your hands…it’s pretty hard (impossible maybe???) to lift a horse’s back with your hands…and ON THE BIT IS A LIFTED BACK.  No lifted back = not on the bit.  That’s INTO the bit, not ONTO the bit.

Deathly seat & position

Your coach should have taught you to GET YOUR HEELS DOWN OR YOU WILL DIE.  This toes out flopping all over the horse’s neck is a totally vain, totally egoic position designed to win ribbons and that’s it.  It is not designed to look after the horse.  It is not coming into a jump thinking “how do I sit to ensure true balance over the back feet, proper lifting of the spine, and not fall all over my horse’s neck and not offer him support.  In other words…AM I PREPARED FOR A ROTATIONAL FALL.   Or, am I willing to risk my horse’s life and flop all over his neck, heels up, and not be able to lift him out of a fall.   Am I THAT desperate to win that I will just turn my toes out and flop on my horse’s neck KNOWING that rotational falls IN ALL HORSE SPORTS (even reining!) are hugely on the increase world-wide.

How to get help…

Yes I sound dramatic.  But at the teacher training in Sydney two of our award-winning coaches Nerida and Ellen Winters brought the saddest photo to me to see.  It was of a person, a child, jumping, who had died the weak before.

Her heels were up, her toes were out, and she was leaning on the horse. To think I go to sleep nights knowing if she had just had survival training, and prevention of rotational fall training, (which takes about 30 minutes!!!!) she would still be alive today.

Another one dead.  More and more.  Because I travel the world, I know this stuff…again and again, person after person…falling off head first, or not able to lift their horse from tripping/rotational fall. They never got the training. That’s why the have the KidSafe Program in the Society!

Meanwhile….we DO have all these things on our videos.  This is not a sales pitch.  For goodness, sake if you’re a charity or a club I’ll GIVE you the DVD’s for free for your library.   It’s about SAVING LIVES, and stopping children being taught that laying over a horse’s neck, heels up, toes out, butt up will in any way look after their horse.  It’s just a vanity of winning to ride like that…AND…OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING.

Imagine the mother of that girl in the newspaper in Sydney, Australia…her eventing child daughter DEAD.  Just because her heels were up/toes out/leaning on neck – never ever taught how to protect the horse, only ever taught how to win.  Is THAT what we are teaching our children.  Win at all costs…even death? Will you be that mother looking at the photo saying “was it worth it”?  Just a little bit of training could have stopped this.

Colleen’s controversial again.

Yep!  And deliberately!  I’m not going to stand by with all my qualifications and experience and let people die. Yes I’ll scream from the mountain tops to say this TOE OUT/HEEL UP/LEAN ON HAND position is disgraceful, wrong, dangerous, and risking children’s lives…and coaches just aren’t teaching this stuff.

Why hasn’t your coach demanded ALL of the above from you…I do, and I’m not alone.  You don’t own a gold fish you own a horse.  GO AND CARE FOR IT.  If you are not checking the heart rate, respiration etc., then you are not caring for your horse as well as I know you can.

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Hi everyone,

This is Colleen here.  If you’ve had a lesson with me, or watched, you’ll know it’s fun, fun fun.

What I’m trying to do is COVER UP the learning!  Telling you where to sit, and how to sit is as silly as reading a book on balance – while sitting on the couch!

Please practice. Or get rid of your horse!

I’m constantly infuriated at people that have horses in the wrong areas (too hot/cold/wet/muddy/mosquitos for that breed or horse’s age, and especially too HOT for that breed.

I’m broken hearted when I see fat horses.  I really can’t see why you would let that happen.  You’re in control (or are you?).  NO EXCUSES!  I hear all the time “I board my horse and I don’t know what they feed”, or “I can’t change, the barn owner decides”.   So, along that line, if your child was getting fed POISON at school – you’d just let them do it, not move the child, not speak to the school

YOU ARE THE OWNER….you are the one who is responsible..not the barn owner! That’s just a cowardly way to back out of a problem…blame the barn and not yourself!

Excuses like “oh it’s cheaper to feed pellets, or “it’s cheaper to stick him in the lucerne paddock”, or “it’s the only way I can afford a horse – is to put him in the wheat paddock”, or “I can’t ride every single day” just don’t cut it.

If you own a horse – you have a responsibility.  Letting it get as fat as an elephant in rich paddocks without exercise is DEADLY. You know it. And yet you kill or your horse by letting them in improved paddocks, feeding & over-feeding grain and pellets, and thinking that “a little obese is OK”.  It is not OK. Allowing your animals to be hurt, in any way, is cruelty & abuse. Over-feeding, under-feeding, not caring in ANY way is animal abuse.

So..now you know…then go and get that horse fit, learn about nutrition and saddle fit, and bridles, and get blood tests on your horse before you choose what supplements, and x-ray their teeth – you NEVER know what’s going on in there!

You’re practicing the exercises I gave you that improve your safety, confidence, seat & position, but for me, it’s about making it much happier for your horse, less stress for your horse, more comfort for his back and limbs, and hopefully, more enjoyment for his soul & spirit.

FREE Research!

With the invention of Youtube came the end of the excuse “I didn’t know”.  You need to research the following topics thoroughly.  Know these topics deeply, and learn more and more every day:

Things you need.

My retirement has certainly changed my thinking into what do we NEED, and what do we only want.  We NEED safety in the saddle. We NEED to get rid of that fear of coming off. We NEED to know why those cowboys and eventers stay on – what do they know that we don’t?  Why are they so fearless? Why are they so relaxed – when we’re out of our nut terrified half the time.

We NEED a position in jumping with only one philosophy in mind…”If we can save the horse, saving ourselves is EASY!”. The most deadly fall is the trip/flip/rotational fall. It can happen to anyone, any time, in any sport. Obviously the faster you go the more the risk, but you can be killed at walk just as easily if a horse stumbled down a rabbit hole and flipped on you.

I want you to know how we teach the Police to stay on – and pull them in every single direction. How with very little training you can get the same feeling of NEVER being able to be pulled off that saddle.

Then, of course it’s the higher level work. Why are you holding yourself back? Why don’t you want to learn more about shoulder in, why I think it’s the basis of nearly every bit of work from now on.  And…if I say it’s GOOD for your horse in terms of their spine, hind legs, using the stomach muscles, raising the outside long back muscle, improving the flexibility of the inside hind leg, and carrying power of the back leg….with one super result: GREAT CANTER!  If you’re scared to canter your horse, or if he’s not ready…this is the exercise for you.  If you want to win competitions – this one is a must.

Let’s get you to the next level. Don’t get stuck. Don’t get lazy. Remember you have a RESPONSIBILITY to learn.  This is not like buying a new set of expensive chaps – for a start this is WAY cheaper than the money you’re going to spend on yourself.

This is what you NEED to continue your training (sorry…the expensive chaps are just something you WANT!).

  • Questions and Answers to the Official Exam.  This is the previous Official ISRB Coach’s exam – fully answered in an extensive E-Book. Find out what the exam might look like if you want to become a coach, but it’s incredible for great technical skill & info for coaches.  (Sorry, this one might be a bit to technical for younger kids, but teenagers will understand it)  (Only $9.99)
  • The Teacher Training DVD Library. The world’s largest library of DVD’s on seat, position & posture from from several year’s of filming the very best presentations up to 2nd level (shoulder in, flying changes, jumping etc.). Ideal for all sports, and juniors. Includes specialty trainers on reining, vaulting, eventing & dressage – but it’s ideal for ALL horse sports.  (Only $99 – split into: Instant payment of $50.99 followed by 1 monthly payment of $49.99 to make it even easier!)

Lessons are expensive

After being broke most of my life, I realize that every single dollar is important. When you’re trying to squeeze the family budget it’s really hard. So, this is my very best recommendation to you: please get the Society’s DVD’s.

It’s not fair to your horse not to know. Not to know EVERYTHING. Everything you can find out to make his life more comfortable and your practices more humane – and effective!

You know me, I won’t recommend something unless I really believe in it. This is the BEST way to improve your seat & position. You watch them on your phone or computer (like Netflix), so you can start today!  They’re ON SALE right now, and CHEAPER than a riding lesson – and you can have a lesson every single day and learn all the higher movements and why we do them step by step.  More info

Bits & Bitting: Does your horse “chew gum”?

A horse doesn’t stand in a paddock chewing and fiddling with it’s mouth. It’s not natural. If you can “hear stuff” from down there…LISTEN!  It’s simple..the horse hates that bit. No matter how much you paid for it, or who thinks it’s a great idea – how can you not hear that CHEWING IS UNHAPPY.  Fiddling, stress, clunking, I don’t care what anyone says, a good fitting bit (and less stress!) and they stop it IMMEDIATELY.

I have one single bit I use on just about anything and everything, until the level where the authorities MAKE us ride in a stupid double bridle.  It’s cheap, simple and easy.

The difference of this bit is that the two metal pieces BENT.  If you put it on your knee and pull, it’s KIND!  Even if you see-saw like a madman beginner on caffeine, it still doesn’t hurt.  Try that with your bit.

The difference with this bit is that it’s BENT.  The two pieces of metal are not straight. You can put your fingers in between, and close it like a nut-cracker and it won’t crack your fingers.  That means, that the middle isn’t sticking into the roof of the mouth and causing discomfort. No matter how hard you pull. Two straight pieces of metal are not as comfortable.

Bottom line…if your horse is “chewing gum”.  HE HATES HIS BIT!  Why won’t you LISTEN?  Are you more invested in the horse, or are you more invested in a $50 bit, or someone else’s opinion.  LISTEN TO YOUR HORSE!  I don’t have any affiliation with bit companies, or saddlery companies – so for just a few dollars…isn’t it worth a try?

Saddles

Everyone is always asking me about saddles, and I wish I could just recommend one saddle above everyone else, but honestly you have to get a PROFESSIONAL to fit the saddle to your horse, and then it’s a matter of what is comfortable for you.

A few things to look for:

ENGLISH SADDLES:

  • That your knees are not up on the pads that will make your toes turn out.
  • That your knee is in the CENTER of the flap….if it’s too far to the front, you need a more forward cut saddle.  I actually don’t recommend straight cut flaps at all, they very VERY rarely fit the rider, and a more forward cut flap supports the rider in a much more balanced way.

WESTERN SADDLES

  • At the International Symposium in 2015 we addressed the topic specifically “are you too heavy for your horse”, where Dr. Fernanda Carmargo from the University of KY recommended 15-20% as the MAXIMUM weight a horse should carry.  However other studies are as low as 10%.  A 5 foot 11inch man weights on average 155 to 189 pounds, plus 30lbs for a western saddle, 10 pounds for their big huge pads….total 229 lbs.
    That would mean you would need a horse that is 2290 lbs to 4,580 lbs!
    But the average horse is only 840 – 2,200 lbs.
    Therefore, according to MANY University studies, western saddles are simply cruel because of their weight.  Western saddles are actually PACK saddles from the 1600’s.  Their design hasn’t changed a bit!   That’s why all the leather straps everywhere to carry hundreds of pounds of equipment, food and water and it not slip.
    The little tiny horns of western saddles have caused death and injury in the past. I have so many reports of jackets catching on the horn, bras catching on the horn, and I myself had a bruised spleen from landing on a horn years ago. I could easily have died.   However there is a LIGHT, and flexible alternative.  It’s not possible to use this saddle in dressage, but I have ridden in them myself, and they are SO COMFORTABLE…And…LIGHT!   Take a look at the saddle that will KEEP YOU ON the horse way better than a western saddle.
    Suggested replacement for western saddles.

My words of wisdom:

Well here it is folks – finally you’re getting rid of me!

I couldn’t retire before I had EVERYTHING on DVD!  After all these years of study and starvation, trials and tribulations I wasn’t going to leave the industry without giving my friends the greatest gift I know, and people who are not so much my friends, and not good in this industry a real JAB to tell them to be safer and more careful with their clients.

I didn’t want to let all this time, effort and money go to waste, so about 5 years ago we started filming, and filming and filming.  We’ve got the very best of that for you including the entire Level 1 Course and the ENTIRE level 2 course (including step by step shoulder in, travers, half pass & pirouettes).

This isn’t just a DVD…it’s like a “Netflix Library” of so many titles – you’ll be so surprised at how much there is!

I honestly ask all my pupils to get these DVDs.  I don’t want you to waste the lessons I have given you, or I’m about to give you. You should know ALL of the technical – everything I’ve learned in the industry all my life.

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On a personal note…

I am proud to say that I am leaving the ISRB as a strong group of remarkable individuals, but I’ll always be keeping a “Grandmotherly” eye out, and helping for many years to come. The Society has a lot of recommended reading that’s free for all!

I thank you for your continued support of my work!  Hoping you’ll read The Last Wild Horse!  It will be out soon…at the top right of this page is the