I’ve spent my entire adult life, the last 25 years, completely professionally engrossed in the horse world. Riding, training, teaching, competing, breeding, rehabbing, professional saddle and bit fitting, and of course, the study of biomechanics in horse and rider.
Each endeavor and level has been (and remains) an incredible learning experience. Through these amazing experiences, I have been able to both compete and teach to the Grand Prix level. I do however enjoy working with horses and riders of all levels.
Whether you're new to classical riding, have had injuries, want to attain that next level or polish, feeling stiff or stuck in your riding in general, I can relate! And I would love to help. After career ending injuries, I found the Feldenkrais Method®. First as a means to recover, but I quickly realized that this method would help me become the rider I wanted to be (I was not "a natural"). Not long after recovering and finding so much new body awareness and feeling, I went to Germany to complete my Trainer education and was often falsely often labeled as a a naturally talented or highly trained/experienced dressage rider. Me?! No, it was the Feldenkrais:-)
On a daily basis, I use my Feldenkrais skills to continue to maintain and improve my own riding. Helping riders all over the world sharing this knowledge is such a privilege - I gain as much personal satisfaction by leveraging the same strategies I’ve used to go from struggling to riding comfortably with ease, in a "natural" way.
IT WASN'T ALWAYS EASY
From an early age, I knew I wanted to be a professional rider, trainer and instructor. I worked really hard developing my skill and put myself through college and eventually finished my German Trainer education with top honors. Finally, since Feldenkrais is what got me back in the saddle, and developed my riding and feel in a way nothing else possibly could, I completed a 4-year education to become a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. My career thus far has been amazing, but helping riders of all levels and ages unleash their true capacity as a rider is the real dream come true.
A UNIQUE SKILL SET TO HELP YOU
Born in Canada and trained in Germany, Dave Thind makes his home in Walpole, Massachusetts, as owner of Aspire Farm since 2013. Thind has himself competed at the Grand Prix level in dressage and jumping. He is a noted equestrian biomechanics authority, with several published articles and appearances as an expert guest or lecturer to his credit. He received his German 'Trainer A' license in 2007 with a nearly perfect score awarded to him from the German National Federation. He holds an International Trainer Passport Level III and is an Authorized Teacher of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement.
With A Good Seat Moves & other programs, you have access to the help you need.
If you would like to book a private Feldenkrais or riding lesson, or just want to talk about your personal issues, Dave is available to help.
“Dave is an expert on schooling riders. He is brilliant in teaching the correct rider’s position in a friendly and positive way and his students have good positions in the saddle - he himself also! I suggest that many of us should use the opportunity to train with Dave. Dave‘s training will make you happy and especially your horses happy."
“His courses have catapulted my riding in a direction that I am very happy with and I am much more supple in my body, both when riding and in my daily life."
“I have just loved working with Dave Thind. The subtle adjustments of the riders body really help.”
Shannon Lee Dueck