The BecomeOne Academy
Ride for feel . Ride for Flow
Build the skills to make every ride your dream ride!
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How Can You Know You're Riding Correctly?
Riding without addressing the fundamental imbalances between human and horse is not only uncomfortable and unpleasant for both parties, but it is actually harmful and it breaks the horse down over time.
It doesn't have to be this way.
The way you use your posture when you ride will either join you and your horse in harmony or keep you apart in discord.
The key to transforming your horse is to transform your own riding!
If you know anything about dressage riding, that might seem like an obvious statement, but the majority of dressage approaches, conventional or alternative, focus on the horse, not the rider!
Even when the rider is addressed, it's invariably on a superficial level - such as the appearance of your position, and learning standardized aiding.
The process that riders need to go through, in their own body, to bring about the state of true balance in the horse is rarely understood. Certain deep-rooted conventions regarding the very root of the rider's connection with the horse - the seat - have been putting riders off the path to posturally balanced riding for centuries.
The BecomeOne Academy takes you on the full journey of developing your postural interaction with the horse, so that you can really get the basic connection with the horse right, and then build everything else on top of those solid foundations.
This is the only successful path to the unique biomechanics of postural engagement, to the sublime experience of truly balanced riding.
OBTAIN A DEEP AND ENGAGED SEAT
Learn the dynamic seat connection that gives the green light to hind leg engagement, and how to overcome the challenges that cause most riders to miss out on this revolutionary way of connecting with the horse.
UNLOCK THE POWER OF STRAIGHTNESS
Achieve the postural control that allows you to channel the horse laterally, avoid the compensations for crookedeness that are standard practice in conventional techniques, and reach the profound benefits, for both you and your horse, of mutual straightness.
MASTER TRUE COLLECTION WITHOUT CONSTRAINT
Discover the beautiful biomechanics of postural collection, which have nothing in common with the false collection that relies on blocking the horse in front and artificially raising the head-carriage. True collection is a real gymnastic development that empowers both you and your horse.
Anyone Can Do It And It Works For Any Horse
The journey that the BecomeOne Academy takes riders through is accessible and relevant to any horse and rider combination because it is based on universal principles of biomechanics.
The system of postural connection and control that you will learn has been developed, tried and tested with all kinds of horses and riders.
The 6-step structure of the Become One Academy is called FLOW: the Feel-Led Oneness Way.
'Feel-Led' because you will learn the techniques through following your feel, as a result of applying clear, practical steps in your riding.
'Oneness Way' because this journey is the way to join in harmony with your horse's movement.
Flow is the quality that we are constantly prioritizing in the horse's way of going.
In Biomechanical terms, Flow refers to the steady transmission of power from back to font that allows the horse to carry us perfect balance, strength and grace.
In the horse's natural balance, this transmission comes and goes, preventing the horse from engaging the ring of postural muscles that keeps his back lifted underneath our weight. Only by connecting with and channeling the horse's energies in a specific way can we support steady transmission and get the Flow going.
When we awaken our awareness of Flow it guides, informs and enriches our connection with the horse.
It is the portal through which we can allow the horse to really become our teacher.
THE STRUCTURE, THE SUPPORT, THE TIME
TO MAKE REAL CHANGE IN YOUR RIDING
The BecomeOne Academy FLOW course runs for a year, with each step lasting for two months.
Every week members receive bite-sized learning materials in different formats.
These materials are designed to build both a thorough understanding of the skill to be mastered at each stage, and exactly how to go about its practical development in riding.
These include video demonstrations, reading materials, a workbook with quizzes and checklists, and, of course, practical exercises.
The exercises are focused on accessing certain feelings in your body by developing a postural connection with the horse - this is not just another 'learning by rote' course where you reproduce training techniques!
It's about changing the whole way you physically connect with your horse in motion, from the bottom up.
The focus on feel that ensures you will stay on track without direct teaching, since knowing how to access the right feedback by developing specific skills allows the horse to become your teacher.
The program also includes audio instructions to listen to as you ride, which are a great tool for real-time support.
Whats My Investment?
If you're not already experiencing the harmonious oneness with your horse that postural riding brings, then it's almost certain that you and your horse are stuck in a mutual struggle for balance that you may not even be aware of, simply because you are so used to it.
Most riding methods simply disguise this struggle instead of genuinely resolving it.
The cost of this more-or-less subtle discord is not just missing out on the wonderful experience of becoming one with your horse, it is also a cost of real physical harm. The fact is that regular riding (including conventional dressage training), with its resistances and compensations, breaks horses down over time. Not to mention the mental stress that it causes.
Do you want to carry on being dependent on the reins, restricting your horse, and having to ride from front to back?
To keep feeling the frustration of not knowing exactly what you should be doing and how to move forwards?
Are you happy to leave your horse's true potential unrealised, and risk his or her injury over time due to wear and tear?
These are the costs of not spending the time and effort developing the right skills in your riding.
The Feel-Led Oneness Way online course
Learn a truly exceptional approach to riding for the cost of one average riding lesson a month!
Special Inauguration Pricing in 2019
Become a founding member and keep this reduced rate for as long as you choose to stay in the Academy!