Quebec "Bridging the GapTM" Horsemanship
Do you want to improve the level of communication, connection, fluidity, balance, biomechanics, and understanding of the aids between you and your horse?
Lauren Barwick’s unique Bridging the Gap Horsemanship originated from her living in many worlds—Horsemanship, Dressage, English, and now Western through competitive Reining. Her goal is to emphasize that with Western, English, Dressage, Horsemanship—one is not right and the others wrong—it just depends on what you want to do with your horse.
Bridging the Gap Horsemanship Clinics begin each day with a theory lecture, then a group mounted session exploring the concepts presented, followed by individual private lessons in the afternoon. Lauren ensures that you understand what each refinement feels like, and are able to go home knowing what you and your horse are capable of. Lauren likens her clinic to, “Speed dating. The idea is I want you to leave with lots of concepts. I want you to get a feeling for these concepts so you can go home and play with them.”
Lauren introduces freely forward, transitions without reins, soft feel/soft touch, rhythm and relaxation, stretching, and biomechanics of horse and rider—as well as building confidence in horse and rider. Both the pleasure rider who wants to help their horse use themselves better, and the more advanced rider who wants to enhance their foundation in refinement, finesse and Dressage, English or Western, will greatly benefit. Learn elements to help you create a biomechanically correct horse for 10, 20 or 30 years!
Students of all levels, all disciplines, and whether new to refinement or dedicated Dressage riders will find Lauren inspiring, encouraging, and incredibly approachable. She has an incredible eye and an articulate way of helping you understand all the intricacies of contact and finesse.
Days 1 and 2: Refining online skills and communication. As well as mounted work of freely forward, transitions without reins, soft feel/soft touch, rhythm ad relaxation.
Days 3 and 4: Continues refinement of concepts from Days 1-2, and introduces lateral work—focusing on using lateral sequence ladder: renvers, haunches in, shoulders in, half pass, leg yields on a circle to achieve Entwickeln (German for developing suppleness in your horse.)