Starts February 7!
LIVE ON ZOOM
~ recordings INCLUDED ~
6 Consecutive Wednesdays
February 7 - March 13
12pm EST / 18:00 Europe (EST time change on March 10)
Space is limited. Riders of all levels are welcome.
LESS IS MORE
This is always the case when it comes to riding with more feel, and almost always the case in Feldenkrais. All the more reason to make this important subject our theme!
Canadian Team rider Shannon Dueck recently stated
"Dave Thind has been helping me too. Small things make huge differences!!!"
Whether you are an elite rider like Shannon, or someone who wishes to address stiffness and asymmetry while developing more feel, this will help and provide you with lasting tools.
Many riders have it. These types of subtle lessons will give you tools to prevent future issues as well as help you find freedom from existing issues. If you are experiencing chronic pain, this series is gentle enough to join as long as you practice self-care and discuss your issue with Dave. Please always consult with your professional.
- Enjoy delightful small nuances in movement exploration throughout the series, nothing will be strenuous (please be able to get up and down from the ground).
- Through this exploration, you will learn about "when you know what you are doing, you can do what you want." Much of what you do is already super! Perhaps better on one side. Example right shoulder-in vs left shoulder in. SO through Awareness Through Movement®, we discover the pieces of our habits and what we already do well and learn... Teaching ourselves with while bringing fresh new impulse to our skill of learning to learn.
- A 360 approach that will leave you feeling better, riding better, and overall moving and looking better. Expect to feel more positive - "biological optimism".
- Become more symmetrical, balanced, supple and easily be able to do what you want - on both sides.
- The material is foundational on many levels, and will work with your nervous system in a gentle and respectful way that encourages your innate intelligence to make better choices, perhaps reset after an old injury or whatever Eason is behind your habits.
Recordings of the classes will be available but to benefit fully, you should attend all classes and you are encouraged to ask questions.
For your personal use, you may wish to document your riding with video as well.
Even the world's elite riders continue to work on their seat.
This self-work is for the mere satisfaction of self-care and self-improvement but also for their craft - to be able to better feel, supple and train their horses.
They know this work is crucial, exciting and rewarding.
Since less is more will help hone your feeling and correction application of aiids, these specific DTM Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® lessons will improve your communication and relationship with your horses.
Sometimes our bodies seem to work against us, and unless something changes, these struggles don’t just go away — often they intensify, stealing away the pleasure of your ride, and disrupting the harmonious connection with your horse.
Whether you're a professional or amateur, we call have dreams and goals including better performance while meeting classical objectives such as better biomechanics and more harmony and enhanced communication with our horses. This course will help you achieve those dreams and goals.
Photo: Dave and White Star, photo of White Star at age 21. Before purchasing White Star at age 18, White Star was deemed unfit for riding by a top German vet clinic, with a successful rehab being deemed impossible. As an added plus, Dave will share tips on how to deal with a horse whose body is shut down because of incorrect and over demanding riding. The less is more approach towards riding and training various types of horses will be discussed.
Our curriculum for this series is below, but first imagine this… your movements flowing effortlessly, a super seat, totally in sync with your horse. Your body feels capable, strong, natural, and gracefully while happily absorbing the concussive forces of each stride. You're not just reaching your performance goals — you're exceeding them.
You've unlocked a new level of riding, one that not only feels good but also looks spectacular! Sounds like a dream, doesn't it? Well, it doesn't have to be.
4-Corners, 5 lines, and diagonal connections. X We will explore dynamic movement within the body, restore symmetry and heighten your abilities to feel nuances with yourself and within your horse.
For many of you these words mean something, even if you know these concepts well, this opening lesson will set the tone for a new and improved version of you.
From a top GP rider after doing this same lesson just last week:
"After the lesson, my problem side was much better on all horses. Everything was better including bend, collection, transitions, swing and my comfort! Thank you!"
We will clarify and improve by bringing last week's lesson to standing in a doorway. If you do not have a doorway that is fine.
Both as a biped human, and as a seated rider. Continuing to improve your system from the ground up! We will incorporate feet, hips, and we expect to improve function, comfort, suppleness and explore spirals of movement. You will find smoother, more effective yet more subtle aids while riding.
Lesson on Side
We incorporate what we have learned 🧠💪 and move on to leveling level our seat-bones and leveling our shoulders, like a measuring scale, working with our shoulders, sternum, ribs, shoulder blades, spine and how they relate to each other, to find self-carriage and better function. BUT we must do this gently and with movement... so we will explore a classic with a twist (pun intended). Pelvic clock with rotation, using what we learned in lesson 3 for lateral movement and turning-aids.
We will "warm up" with yet another version of pelvic clock. Next, we will go on to all four's to explore side bending, flexion, extension, rotation. Hopefully illuminating you with regards to your horse's biomechanics, but also leaving you supple in a way that only these primal lessons on all four can potentiate. .
REQUIRED TOOLS FOR THESE 6 CLASSES:
- Mat or carpet space (larger the better)
- Foam gardening pads or book for under your head
- A flat stool that is a comfortable height for you to sit on
What Sets Us Apart?
Dave has 30 years of experience in the horse world and has ridden to the GP level in both dressage and jumping. He is certified as a German Trainer A, and holds an International Trainer III passport. That background combined with his speciality in biomechanics and love to teach allows him to understand and help all riders, using the Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® — a cutting-edge brain-rewiring method that enhances the connection between the brain and body through effective movement training, resulting in more efficient, effortless saddle ride.
Sounds exciting, doesn't it?
"With the Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® in this series, I’ll help you understand your persona skeletal alignment, focusing on your abilities and showing you how to work your body, finding improvement without "correcting" or fixing". Your best version of yourself. You’ll recognize your own natural patterns of movement, in order to help you better do what you want to do, and reduce any discomfort with every ride.
You’ll be able to fine-tune your posture, boost your suppleness, and break down barriers.
Whether you just want to be a little bit better, or you're struggling with posture/alignment or injury related pain/stiffness, our program is designed for dedicated riders — just like you."Get Started
Meet Dave: Your Trusted Instructor on the Path to Masterful Riding
Dave, a lifelong equestrian and an expert in the Feldenkrais Method®, knows firsthand the struggles dressage riders face. From major injuries to frustrating stiffness, he's experienced it all and emerged stronger, thanks to his application of the Feldenkrais Method®.
With years in the horse world, each endeavor he took has been an incredible learning experience. Dave understands your challenges and dreams like no one else.
His passion? Sharing this transformative method with riders across the globe.
Whether you're battling discomfort or aiming for the next level of performance, he's dedicated to helping you achieve your dressage goals and transform your riding experience.