Caroline Volandt-Rider is an internationally recognized behavior specialist and holistic educator. She is best known for her personal coaching style and intuitive approach to teaching people and training horses. Caroline’s method combines the Art of Horsemanship and Classical Dressage with a Taoist way of Being and interacting, with a primary focus on aligning and synchronizing horse and rider in mind (thought), body (movement) and soul (relationship).... (read more)
?Caroline believes in a holistic approach to horsemanship, providing expert knowledge and instruction for the whole horse and rider. Her approach is multi-dimensional and includes the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of both the person and horse’s well-being.
Caroline’s vast experience in a multitude of disciplines enables her to provide expert and individualized attention to both the well-being and soundness of the horse as well as the management, handling, nutrition, education and athletic maintenance of horse and rider.
Caroline offers her expertise and compassionate training in person through her Total Immersion Training Programs at her center in Ocala, FL as well as long-distance and through her Tao of Horsemanship Online Academy Training Courses and personal coaching services.
Rider Horsemanship's approach to teaching horses and humans focuses on creating a space where trust (connection), communication and partnership in mind, body and soul. Our approach is one that seeks mindfulness, a way of being with horses that asks us to be conscious of our intent and actions, and always present. It is when we are present, in the now, that all possibilities arise and that all things become possible.
Rider Horsemanship employs the philosophies, training techniques, and riding elements of classical dressage. Balance, harmony, suppleness, rhythm, combined with clear, mindful and consistent communication (through aids) becomes the dialogue between horse and rider. These methods, and goals, of classical horsemanship are timeless and applicable to any horse, breed, age and rider's choice of discipline.
The key concepts of Rider Horsemanship's Approach lies in the development of communication, confidence, balance, and harmony between horse and rider. The development of communication is foremost as it establishes a mutual understanding and cooperation between both. This cooperation allows both rider and horse to work confidently together in balance, which in turn promotes harmony. Rider Horsemanship focuses on finesse, not force, and the results are achieved more smoothly and easily than most riders could possibly imagine.
Our approach works for any rider, and any horse, and is never applied with intention to force or make a horse comply. Rather, it is to improve the mind, body and soul connection between any rider, and their horse, no matter what their preference is: western pleasure, English pleasure, eventing, hunter/jumper, reining, cutting, endurance riding, competitive trail riding or pleasure riding.
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