Why Video Lesson?
Most instructors teach how to train a horse and expect that riders
already know how to ride. However, many
riders have problems with their seat and, therefore,
cannot control the horse effectively. Some instructors fail to
recognize that, others think there is nothing they can do and blame
poor performance on the lack of talent.
I have a different approach. For me, your current riding
ability is not a reflection of your talent or learning skills.
It is a reflection of your equestrian education. Before you can read
you must know the alphabet.
That is what I teach. After learning the correct way some of the riders have
discovered they are not only capable of riding quite well, but
they have natural abilities they didn't know about.
Video lessons with Irina are helpful, inspiring and fun. Irina has an eagle eye, and a remarkable ability to
interpret the rider's challenges and then provide clear instructions and helpful exercises. And Irina is friendly and kind throughout the process.
Each video lesson analysis gives the rider a detailed written summary to print off and study. Or, just the key points can be restructured and
printed off to keep handy when riding. When I review my early analyses from Irina, I gain a deeper understanding of my main riding challenges,
as well as the progress I've made since then. Another advantage of video lessons is that they can be done entirely when the rider is ready, without any pressure.
Irina gives her riders a lot of positive support and really valuable assistance. I highly, highly recommend working with her through video lessons!
My video lessons gives you an opportunity
to get a thorough and professional
feedback on the biomechanics of your position and the way you
influence your horse. My special plan for creating the video lets me
focus on important aspects of your riding skills. Written
explanations are always there for you to come back to and
you can use your video as a reference point to monitor your
progress. Another benefit is that you pay only for the lesson,
no travel or clinic expenses.
What to expect:
- Evaluation of your
riding posture and efficiency of your aids.
- Analysis of your
individual strengths and weaknesses,
repeated habits, and muscle imbalance.
- Explanation of your
horse's evasions and how to correct them.
- Suggestions for
improving your alignment, stability, and balance.
- The list
of exercises and tips (off the horse and on the horse) to improve
your body awareness and riding ability.
- Three follow-up emails answering questions and giving more detailed
explanations on the subject.
How to videotape yourself:
Please wear shaped clothes, so I can see
your alignment and posture. Make a few seconds of your video while you are on
the ground before mounting your horse, front and side views. I want to see your
natural posture. Do not try to stand straiter then you usually do, or
you will mislead me in my suggestions to you.
Ride your horse on a 20 m circle and either put a tripod or
ask someone to videotape you from the outside of that circle
(from the corner, for example).
Videotape the following:
- Walk on a free rein
- Walk on a contact. I want you to shorten your reins enough
to feel your horse's mouth. For dressage riders, walk on the bit.
- Walk to halt and halt to walk transitions, execute a minimum of two,
for example, every half-circle.
- Rising trot, couple circles.
- Rising trot to walk to rising trot transitions, execute a minimum of two,
one for each circle.
- If you ride a sitting trot, walk to sitting trot, one circle
in sitting trot and walk again. Repeat a couple of times.
- If you ride canter, trot (sitting or rising) to canter transition,
canter couple circles and make a transition to trot. Repeat a couple of times.
- Walk to canter transition if you and your horse are doing those.
- Canter to walk transition. Repeat a couple of times.
- Change direction at walk.
Do at least one circle of each movement going to the left.
After doing all of the above movements to the left, change direction
and repeat them to the right.
The other option is to ride a dressage test/tests or a sequence of movements that you are interested
in being evaluated.
Include a short note about yourself: age, riding experience,
why do you ride, problems in your riding, especially those that
have been bugging you for some time, your attitude on the horse and
anything extra about you and your horse that you feel worth sharing with me.
Keep a copy of your video for yourself to be able to watch it with
my instructions for better understanding.
How to order:
There are two ways to submit your video:
- Put it on Youtube or Barnmice. Create chunks of no more than 6 to 7 minutes long. For example, if your video is about 20 minutes
create 3 pieces which can be walk, trot and canter and upload it separately. This way you can keep the quality of the video higher
without creating too big of a file.
- Put your video on CD or DVD and send it together with the payment. This way the video is much higher quality and evaluation
is more thorough.
Print and fill out the order form, include payment (I accept checks, money
orders or credit cards) and send it to the following address:
P.O. Box 901
Smoky Lake, AB