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    All Things Connected: e-newsletter May 2017

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    May 29, 2017
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    Connected work improves everything we do with horses.
    It takes us from a language of concepts, to sensations of feel.
    May 2017 Newcomers Click Here  
    Our cover photo: 
    In celebration of mothers this month we honor this beautiful mare. Sally brought her filly Grace into this world just a few weeks ago. She is loved by DeWayne Brown in Oregon, U.S.A.
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       From the Desk of Susan Cook
    Our Mission: To improve the way horses are ridden and riding is taught~ 
    The lights of our mission will go off within a month or two without your support. I urge you to become a donor, and here's why:
    Collision of Realities
    As many of you in the Connected Community know, Peggy was bequeathed five American Hanoverian horses in August of 2015. These horses arrived with an array of presenting needs and issues, and have required over a year of intensive triage helping them find comfort and purpose. 

    Of these five horses, Fancy, has been placed as a teaching horse, and is being well cared for and appreciated. Isabella is healing from her injuries and is in the capable hands of someone who can meet her special needs in an amazingly loving forever home. Lily was euthanized due to training method injuries beyond repair, as she was neurologically a danger to herself and others. Robbie and Dari still remain in our care and are not yet physically ready to be ridden. 
    It was an eye-opener to actually see what stuckness looks like on an x-ray. I just returned from a very profound day of observing these two horses, and numerous others, being assessed and treated for their various presenting issues.  Robbie's neck vertebrae were layering on top of each other from a severe blow to his jaw. Dari's poll, S-I joints, and withers were frozen as well from some experiences early on that were too much for his young body to accommodate. We will never know what happened to these horses before they were in our care, however, what we believe to be true is that they had encountered force(s) to their bodies that ricocheted compression throughout their beings that created immense amounts of stress, discomfort, pain, and restricted mobility. 
    The collision of realities has happened again from actually having seen the results of handling, training methods and stress on these animals, who are here to awaken our consciousness as well as be a source of our devotion and joy in our partnership with them. I saw, with my own eyes, what Peggy sees and senses every day in the horses she touches, as she looks for ways to support them to free up their movement, and move out of "stuckness" and discomfort. 

    We, the School of Connected Riding, know the future of these horses is at a critical crossroads today. I urge you to become a monthly donor at any level, to engage others to do the same, to help us draw sponsors, donors, partners, and friends to this mission... right now.
    Peggy can no longer financially support this mission and these horses alone. The lights of the mission will go off within a month or two without your support. 
    With much appreciation,
    Susan Cook
    Peggy Cummings
    To DONATE 
    click on this image of Gracie:
      "Some horses are born with poor postural patterns. Others acquire them as soon as a halter is put on them." 
    Peggy Cummings
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    From Peggy
       Weight Shift  1
    What's Hot   2
    Susan's Notes
       Legacy Horses?  3
       Four Corners  4
       Select books  5
    SCR  Presents  
       opportunities  6
    FAQs (click here)
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    April 2017
       Notice Yourself
       Teacher's Tip
    March 2017
       Teacher's Lounge
       NW Horse Expo
    Feb. 2017
       Instructor's Tip
    Hello Connected Riders.
    Independence of Leg Movement in Horses
    Weight Shift Exercise
    One of the most gratifying parts of my work is returning to places where people are consistently applying Connected work with their horses. I was recently with a small group of riders in Calgary, Canada, where we spent four intensive days with horses that have a Connected foundation. The overall lesson became seeing the value of establishing the independent movement of the horses' legs.
    Here are the highlights from those horses:
    On day one, we worked with the "weight-shift" exercise, a progressed version of the 4 corners exercise. The women had begun this exercise the previous July (2016). We saw that the horses were not readily able to back up and release their head and necks and bend to either side (release dynamically, while moving all four feet independently), so we chunked down this exercise bit by bit, so the horses could begin to separate each distinctive movement and free up each step.
    We began the weight-shift process by... 
    (Continued on page 4.)
    What's Hot!!  with Peggy
    Limited openings remain:
    3 Day Clinic: 
    June 28-30, 2017
    Deb Hutchings
     More Information Here  


     Individual Lessons 
    July 7-8, 2017
    Intermediate & Advance Riders

    More Information Here

    Two Weekend Clinics 
    plus Groundwork Day
    South Auckland
    3 Day Refresher Clinic:
    November 25-28, 2017
    Groundwork Day:
    November 29th, 2017
    2 Day Introduction Clinic:
    December 1-2, 2017
    Click here to see the flyer 
    or here to sign up 


    Susan Cook, Owner
    Susan@connectedriding.com, 360-697-1469