Program Overview

Training For Optimal Balance
© 2009 – 2017 Kirsten Nelsen

Training for Optimal Balance is the system I developed, use and teach with all types of horses from rescues to performance. The entire training program is mapped out in the table below to provide more detail about the concepts, theory and skills involved. You can read through the entire training program or segments of it to gain a better understanding of my philosophies and application.

The skills required for complete and thorough foundation training are broken into four distinct sections. Each section addresses a specific area of training that can be used for problem solving or improving performance. Although the training is systematic, you are never required to learn this system in order. Training for Optimal Balance is a flexible system that offers a rider or horse appropriate help for their current situation. The system is designed to be beneficial no matter the entry point. Horses and riders can always work backwards if needed.

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TRAINING FOR OPTIMAL BALANCE

Section-1
(BASIC HANDLING)

About Basic Handling
Catching
Learning-Frame-of-Mind
Leading
Grooming
Tying
Farrier Prep
Vet Prep
Feeding
Trailer Loading

Section-2
(GROUNDWORK)

About Groundwork
Hand Walking
Lunging
Long Rein-Straight Lines
Free Work in The Round Pen
Long Rein-Circles
Saddle/Saddle Fit
Bridle-Fit/Use
Balance Bands

Section-3
(RIDER BALANCE)

About Rider Balance
Postural Adjustments on the Ground
Riding Simulations
Up/Down Balance-Engagement
Front/Back Balance-Impulsion
Left/Right Balance-Straightness
Staying on The Ball:Walk
Rising and Sitting Trot
Two-Point and Rising Canter
Sitting Canter
Passenger Riding
Developing Contacts
Guiding While Maintaining Balance

Section-4
(RE-STARTING UNDER SADDLE)

About Re-Starting Under Saddle
Mounting
Clarifying Aids and Contacts
Left/Right Balance – Straightness, Halt/Walk
Front/Back Balance – Impulsion, Halt/Walk
Up/Down Balance – Engagement, Halt/Walk
Transitions
Working Trot
Working Canter
Riding Patterns
Riding Obstacles
The Gallop
Gaited Horses

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Equine Imbalance

...."Many problems (of the horse) can be caused by unbalanced patterns of tension in the body"........
....."Uneven tension will often result in uneven body use, difficulty carrying a saddle and rider, stiffness generally 'through the back' or the body as a whole, behavioural problems etc..... " Gavin Scofield D.O.
Founder of Equine Postural Training &
Official Osteopath for the British Endurance team

Acknowledgements

Photos Contributed by:
Jim McCleary - McCleary Photography
Christianne Gentile - True by Christianne
Sarah Wengernuk - Essence Photography

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