Read what Olympic medalists, FEI trainers, medical professionals
and riders - riders at all levels -
have to say about Dave & DTM.
Read what Olympic medalists, FEI trainers, medical professionals and riders schooling at all levels have to say about Dave and the Dave Thind Method. NE
So, after a few weeks of discovering new possibilities with DTM, I decided to have some pictures taken riding my 5 yo horse. All my horses are feeling a lot better then a month ago; I believe this is a very powerful method. Thanks a lot Dave Thind.
- FEI Trainer Sergio de Fiori
I just wanted to thank you again for including me in your classes on Monday night! I have been really working on my front X & my breathing through my upper rib cage and it is really helping my riding! So thank you!!!
- American Grand Prix Rider J.J. Tate
Thank you so much for your help! Due to several injuries to my lower back and pelvis I was struggling to stay centered in the saddle. It felt like my hips were constantly sliding to the left and I had to compensate to make it less visible. After only two DTM sessions I now have completely different feeling in my body! Areas that had been tight and knotted for several years are now free again and I don't have to move in a weird way to stay in the middle of the saddle anymore! I worked out and stretched, but I have never targeted particular areas so specifically and yet in such a strain-free manner before. THANK YOU!!
-Trainer Dilara Drukker
Waiting out the lightning and reflecting on another great online lesson with Dave Thind yesterday. One of the most common issues we see with riders when they come to try sales horses (pros and aas alike actually), is a vice-grip from hip to heel. I think we can all understand that this comes from a place sometimes of fear, but often one of trying too hard to be perfect or to “fix” something. Horses really don’t like this though...most of them just become duller, or move smaller and smaller until an 8 mover becomes a 6. I strongly recommend Dave’s online classes, that focus on allowing movement through the whole body (the same throughness we want from our horses), learning about balance and symmetry, and taking time to slow down and feel. I’ve always thought “feel” couldn’t be taught, but I might be changing my tune!
- Grand Prix Trainer Amy Speck-Kern
“I was skeptical at first, but the Dave Method works without a doubt! Both unmounted and while I rode Nintendo, Dave’s advice was insightful and spot-on, based on scientific and classical riding principles. In one session alone, I felt dramatic improvement to my posture and ease in way of moving plus I refound a deeper more supple seat. My legs were freed of extra tension which allowed my legs to hang softly and my hips to move better. My hips felt better and Nintendo’s walk, which had recently been not how I wanted it, dramatically improved and got me back on track ( 2 full points higher at the next show). In person or online, give it a try, you will certainly learn and improve something”. UPDATE: For the past several months, Charlotte has been taking private sessions with Dave every Tuesday. And in July 2020, she achieved her personal best in GP and Grand Prix Freestyle with Nintendo ( 75.7 & 83%!)
- American Team Rider, Charlotte Jorst
"To do something for myself, and my riding before 2020 I decided to take the The Dave Thind Method online course before Christmas. I immediately noticed great improvement in the pelvis and lower back! I do a little bit every day, and I absolutely feel a difference. It can get tense again after long work days, but I can now loosen the lower back/pelvic/sacral area by myself, with these techniques. That's pretty good!! I can clearly feel a positive difference in my horse. He feels more easy to balance and lighter in his body as a result of the improved balance! Recommended to all riders who want to become more aware of and improve their seat!" UPDATE after completing Module 3 " I have had an issue with my sacrum for 7 years, and after doing Spine Like a Chain I'm healed! Really. Ive seen many people for this, and this is the only thing that has helped. In addition, I had not seen my trainer in a while and he immediately noticed the difference. Also due to this course, I've really figured out how to ask for flying changes without my very sensitive horse getting upset. In fact, yesterday was the first time EVER I had such good canter departures and flying changes!"
- Mari Hafstad, Equine Physiotherapist and Trainer
"I can't express enough how much the Dave Thind Method has helped my body to recover from injury and then maintain my body as a professional rider riding many horses per day. I have been a professional for 18 years now and was feeling the effects of the compression on my back and neck area. Even though I received chiropractic care weekly along with regular massage work, I had resigned myself to the thought that I would most likely deal with chronic back and neck pain for the rest of my life and that the damage done was irreparable. I'm so glad I was pointed in the direction of trying the Dave Thind Method!!! After just one session, my lower back and neck began feeling relief. I repeated this module several times when I developed light pain, each time it worked like magic!!! I went from a rider worried about never being able to ride again and feeling like I had to consider surgery to a confident FEI rider, back in the saddle again!” stated USDF Gold Medalist Stacy Brass. “My only regret was not trying this method before my injury, even though I had heard of it. Now that I’m through the pain, this same method provides me tools to advance my riding. I feel myself and my horses more clearly and accurately. Through this, I easily have access to the slightest of nuances. Cool stuff! Thank you Dave!!!!”
- Stacy Gormley Brass; Grand Prix Rider and Trainer
" This method makes total sense. It is based on a solid foundation in German classical riding and uses innovate ideas from the field of neuro-muscular programming, more specifically the Feldenkrais Method. Traditionally, longe lessons and school masters play a large role in teaching a rider about feeling and the correct seat. These days, people don't easily have access to lunge lessons or true schoolmasters. This is what makes Dave’s work so great! Riders can in the comfort of their own home, learn through feeling, about moving their bodies in a supple, flowing yet effective way. They can then replicate this feeling while riding, avoiding unnecessary mistakes and lost time due to tension and misunderstandings between horse and rider. The method also serves to improve already great riders and horses. Also, I would definitely add that it can help injured riders as well. "
- Cindy Ishoy, 4X Olympian from Canada. Team Dressage Bronze, 4th Individual '88 Seoul Olympics
I first took a clinic with Dave in 2013. A number of things impressed me about Dave personally and professionaly. Dave has several talents. He is not only able to immediately discern the struggles of each rider and horse, but he is able to draw from his experiences from several areas to solve long term problems. Dave has pursued degrees in the Feldenkrais method - I often reccomend Feldenkrais to patients in my chiropractic practice as a tool to understand where your body is in space and to make cognitive corrections to change how your body moves in space. Dave is a pioneer in marrying a technique that teaches body awareness to riders. He is on the cusp of a huge movement that is going to sweep the dressage world, as we better understand how our physical body can be changed through cognitive methods. He has furthered my understanding of the changes that I can make in my body to be a better rider. I strongly recomend that you investigate the Dave Thind Method.
- Lauren Dembkoski Adelizi - Doctor of Chiropractic Medecine and FEI rider
“You have to experience it to believe it. I have first-hand, witnessed and experienced powerful, undeniable and almost unbelievable improvement in both posture and motor function using the Dave Thind Method,” attested Dr. Hollis Day. Dr. Day, who is head of Geriatrics at Boston Medical, is a lifelong hunter/jumper competitor that now trains and competes in dressage. “Dave’s highly advanced knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and how humans learn is something every rider can benefit from," she added.
- Dr. Hollis Day
Head of Geriatrics, Boston Medical
"Dave Thind holds a ‘Trainer A’ license from the German Equestrian Federation. This high level degree is a level III, the highest possible, and one step higher than the ‘Bereiter’ title. An International Level III means certification as a Master Instructor. This level of certification allows Dave to act as an ambassador for both the principles and correct application of the German classical system of training. The panel of judges was thoroughly impressed by Dave's abilities as an instructor and awarded him an almost perfect score."
-Christoph Hess; Director of Training and Education at the German Equestrian Federation
"I have met Dave Thind as a rider who approaches his horse with respect and fairness. As a German certified trainer, Dave has learned to work horses according to the training scale and is always focused on the correct and efficient seat and application of the aids."
-Monica Theodorescu; German Olympic Team Trainer, 3x Olympic Gold Medalist
"We are pleased to feature Dave as a presenter at Equine Affaire this fall. Equine and equestrian biomechanics are topics that are quickly growing in popularity with our attendees. Dave's diverse global background coupled with his expertise on classical theory and the applied science of how horses and riders function both individually and as a team make him a great choice for our educational program."
-Coagi Long; Vice President & Program Director of Equine Affaire
"As an Osteopath, I'm always interested in considering problems from a cause and effect perspective. That’s why I was so impressed by Dave's methods that are based on much more than just an impressive knowledge of human and horse anatomy and biomechanics; Dave also has a deep understanding of cause and effect. For example, within minutes, he can point-out why a long-term issue with your shoulders is actually coming from a small detail in your pelvis. Seat problems quickly vanish, as do many instances of faulty-seat created stiffness or pain.
With Dave, you will experience an incredible feeling of liberation when acute problems that other trainers have either ignored or have simply been unable to fix are dealt with once and for all. Even problems that you have been trying to fix for years are quickly remedied, with minimal effort! And like magic, your horse who you thought was naturally heavy on the forehand, crooked, laterally stiff or even slightly off, suddenly becomes light, supple, straight and happy. Cause and effect; Dave has simply become an expert. If you get the chance to ride with Dave, you will marvel at how big problems have small and easy solutions."
-Stephanie Roy; Osteopath D.O.
"As a Pilates for Dressage instructor, author and clinician, I was excited to read about Dave Thind and his expertise in biomechanics. I recently traveled 6 hours and had the opportunity to ride in a clinic with him. I found that while it is obvious he holds classic principles dear, he also brings a fresh, exciting perspective to the arena. Horses and riders are not just served up ‘more inside leg’ but rather they are challenged, within their ability, to find a different approach that will ultimately serve to create a top notch classical horse-rider combo. Dave's background in Feldenkrais and biomechanics lend an extra edge to the lesson or when he rides. He is keenly aware of any tightness or asymmetry in either horse or rider and can effectively address the problem on the spot. Dave's riding also brings out the best in the horse through the thorough understanding of the use of his own body to influence the horse’s body. Dave Thind is truly a rising dressage star; I look forward to hosting a clinic with Dave and to what Dave will bring the US dressage community."
-Janice Dulak; Creator of Pilates for Dressage®