Riding a horse can be wonderful!
It can also be extremely challenging and frustrating for you and your horse if you don't know how to use your body correctly.
But it doesn’t have to be.
The Rider's Seat Method will show you how to use your body to communicate directly with your horse.
We will teach you how the natural riders ride.
The importance of using your psoas muscles!
Learn how your true core muscles are used in riding.
(The “true core muscles” are the psoas muscles.)
Have you ever felt confused by your riding instructor’s directions?
Riding instructors say:
- Sit deep in the saddle
- Sit on your pants pockets
- Heels down
- Find your balance point
- Ride from your center
Learn how using your psoas muscles accomplishes all of the above!
Riding instructors say:
Sit up tall
Experience how lifting from your solar plexus and releasing your head does all of this!
I am a translation service between you and traditional riding instruction.
The Rider's Seat Method
In this course you will...
- Use your core muscles and be tested for stability.
- Move in harmony with your horse to release brace.
- Use your breath as a get-ready signal to your horse.
- Lessen and possibly eliminate eliminate lower back pain.
- Share with family members, even non-riders, an informative, interactive and fun learning experience.
Hello, my name is Tom.
I get to teach riders how to consistently have great rides with their horses.
Their horses' lives (and usually their own) get better!
Hi. My name is Jane.
I had been riding by myself and taking lessons for years and it wasn't until Tom taught me how to consciously use my psoas muscles that I realized what my riding instructors had been asking me to do all this time.
Now Tom and I ride together.
The semi-annual marriage ride.
Discovering how to use the psoas muscles.
Have you ever been on a ride that changed your life?
What Tom can do is show riders how to use their bodies in a natural, effective way that allows them to ‘get out of the way’ of their horse. The results are startling.”
Rider’s Seat Clinic organizer - UK
Why learn from me?
I teach you how to use your body to allow your horse to move with natural balance and freedom.
My expertise and training is in the basic biomechanics of how human bodies work. My experience in riding has shown me that how bodies move on the ground can be translated to how they move on the horse. This gives me a unique perspective to teach what I have learned in Aikido, Zen meditation and Zen Bodytherapy® and apply it to riding. My method enables riders to understand and do what their riding instructors are telling them.
While Jane was riding horses, I was at the dojo. I practiced Aikido and obtained the rank of 3rd degree black belt. I am an advanced practitioner of Zen Bodytherapy,® a bodywork discipline that combines deep tissue and alignment work. I started Zen meditation training in 1977 and became a certified teacher in 1986.
I was a guest speaker at the 2005 and 2006 Centered Riding© Symposiums in Brattleboro, Vermont where I met Sally Swift. It was after the symposium in 2005 that I asked Sally if she would write a forward to my book and she said yes. I was a keynote speaker at the 2006 and 2007 Certified Horsemanship Association International Conferences in Colorado and Florida.
I have been teaching riders how to identify, experience and use their psoas muscles through my Rider's Seat clinics since 2000. I conduct trainings and give lectures and presentations in the United States and Europe. I wrote Zen & Horseback Riding in 2001 and have sold more than 10,000 copies.
Zen & Horseback Riding
Some of you may have previous editions of Zen & Horseback Riding and each edition contains more information. Everyone joining the course will receive an electronic copy of an updated fourth edition of the book.