Horse Training in Harmony

Karen Rohlf

Do you want to advance up the levels without sacrificing your horse's welfare and your relationship with him? Do you find it confusing trying to reconcile competitive training techniques with methods that prioritize partnership? Get ready for some fresh insights and a deeper understanding of how to progress with your horse. This podcast invites an evolution in your training and learning experience. Karen Rohlf will give you specific techniques and exercises, ‘outside the box’ concepts, and perspectives from top professionals. This show will explore how you can create stronger partnerships and healthy biomechanics, and will help you be your best self for your horse and for your life; free from the fear of making mistakes and dogmatic ‘right vs wrong’ thinking. As an author, internationally popular clinician, and creator of the Dressage Naturally program, Karen has been filling in the missing pieces and catalyzing breakthroughs for amateur and professional horsemen and women around the world. This show will have something for riders of every level and discipline. Learn more at https://dressagenaturally.net/ read less
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EP189: With Jim Masterson: The Masterson Method
1w ago
EP189: With Jim Masterson: The Masterson Method
In this episode I am joined by Jim Masterson, founder of The Masterson Method – a breakthrough form of equine bodywork which helps enhance performance, suppleness, mobility, and comfort whilst developing the relationship and bond of trust between the horse and owner.About the Guest:Jim Masterson is the founder of The Masterson Method – a breakthrough form of equine bodywork which helps enhance performance, suppleness, mobility, and comfort whilst developing the relationship and bond of trust between the horse and owner.He began his career in 2000, working on horses competing in U.S. Show Jumping events, before going on to become the Equine Bodywork Therapist for the USEF Endurance Team from 2006, through 2014. Since then, Jim’s worked on thousands of equine athletes, competing in events such as the FEI World Cup, Pan American and World Equestrian Games competitions.He's the author of Beyond Horse Massage and Dressage Movements Revealed, and he paired up with Dr. Robin Robinett, DVM to release a new book, Beyond Dog Massage.Since 2006, over 10,000 people have attended Masterson Method Weekend Courses, and Jim and his instructors have trained over 500 Certified Practitioners in 20 countries.Jim’s vision is to have every horse on the planet experience the Bladder Meridian Technique at least once, and to empower owners, carers, competitors or professionals with the means to deeply connect with their horse or dog.About The Host:Karen Rohlf, author and creator of Dressage Naturally, is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm.She teaches students of all disciplines and levels from around the world in her clinics and the Dressage Naturally virtual programs.Karen is well known for training horses with a priority on partnership, a student-empowering approach to teaching, and a positive and balanced point of view. She believes in getting to the heart of our mental, emotional, and physical partnership with our horses by bringing together the best of the worlds of dressage and partnership-based training.Karen’s passion for teaching extends beyond horse training. HerFor The Love Of The Horse: Transform Your Business Seminar and Mastermind/Mentorship programs are a result of her commitment to helping heart-centered equine professionals thrive so that horses may have a happier life in this industry.Resource Links:Masterson Method Website: https://mastersonmethod.com/ Masterson Method Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mastersonmethod/ Masterson Method Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MastersonMethod/ Karen Rohlf’s Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM: https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/ Program for Professionals: TYB Action & Support Group: https://dressagenatural.samcart.com/products/action-and-support-group-tyb/ Course: Habits For Excellent Horsemanship: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/heh. Save $100 with code: SAVE100 The Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM: https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/ The Dressage Naturally...
EP188: Best Of HTIH: Confidence Is Over-rated
05-04-2024
EP188: Best Of HTIH: Confidence Is Over-rated
In this ‘Best Of’ episode I reintroduce an episode where I talk less about what to learn and do, and more about the process of learning and doing. It’s one of my favorite episodes and worth highlighting again. About the Host:Karen Rohlf, author and creator of Dressage Naturally, is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm. She teaches students of all disciplines and levels from around the world in her clinics and the Dressage Naturally virtual programs. Karen is well known for training horses with a priority on partnership, a student-empowering approach to teaching, and a positive and balanced point of view. She believes in getting to the heart of our mental, emotional, and physical partnership with our horses by bringing together the best of the worlds of dressage and partnership-based training.  Karen’s passion for teaching extends beyond horse training. Her For The Love Of The Horse: Transform Your Business Seminar and Mastermind/Mentorship programs are a result of her commitment to helping heart-centered equine professionals thrive so that horses may have a happier life in this industry.  Resource Links:Karen Rohlf’s Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM: https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/ Program for Professionals: TYB Action & Support Group: https://dressagenatural.samcart.com/products/action-and-support-group-tyb/ Course: Habits For Excellent Horsemanship: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/heh. Save $100 with code: SAVE100 The Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM: https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/ The Dressage Naturally Book+Video: https://shop.dressagenaturally.net/collections/home-page-featured/products/book-dvdGet 3 free training videos: https://dressagenaturally.net/free-dressage-training-videos/Take the Happy Athlete Quiz: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/happy-athlete-quiz-startLeave a question for Karen to answer on the pod: https://www.speakpipe.com/AskKarenAnythingJoin the conversation in our Dressage Naturally Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DressageNaturallyLandThanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it! Don’t forget to FOLLOW the podcast! Leave us an iTunes review - Did you love it? Let us know!
EP187: Best Of HTIH: What Makes A Good Rider?
22-03-2024
EP187: Best Of HTIH: What Makes A Good Rider?
This episode goes deep into the HTIH archives as Karen re-introduces one of her favorite topics. It was the very first episode released: "What Makes A Good Rider?" This is something we all need to be thinking about every day with our horses, and Karen’s perspective on this subject may be different than what you think. About the Host:Karen Rohlf, author and creator of Dressage Naturally, is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm. She teaches students of all disciplines and levels from around the world in her clinics and the Dressage Naturally virtual programs. Karen is well known for training horses with a priority on partnership, a student-empowering approach to teaching, and a positive and balanced point of view. She believes in getting to the heart of our mental, emotional, and physical partnership with our horses by bringing together the best of the worlds of dressage and partnership-based training.  Karen’s passion for teaching extends beyond horse training. Her For The Love Of The Horse: Transform Your Business Seminar and Mastermind/Mentorship programs are a result of her commitment to helping heart-centered equine professionals thrive so that horses may have a happier life in this industry. Resource Links:Sweet Spot Of Healthy Biomechanics Course: https://dressagenaturally.net/sweetspot Program for Professionals: TYB Action & Support Group: https://dressagenatural.samcart.com/products/action-and-support-group-tyb/ Course: Habits For Excellent Horsemanship: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/heh. Save $100 with code: SAVE100 The Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM: https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/ The Dressage Naturally Book+Video: https://shop.dressagenaturally.net/collections/home-page-featured/products/book-dvdGet 3 free training videos: https://dressagenaturally.net/free-dressage-training-videos/Take the Happy Athlete Quiz: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/happy-athlete-quiz-startLeave a question for Karen to answer on the pod: https://www.speakpipe.com/AskKarenAnything Join the conversation in our Dressage Naturally Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DressageNaturallyLandThanks so much for listening to our podcast!If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it! Don’t forget to FOLLOW the podcast!Leave us an iTunes review - Did you love it? Let us know!
EP186: Principles in Practice
15-03-2024
EP186: Principles in Practice
In this episode I describe a lesson I taught recently in order to illustrate a practical application of some Dressage Naturally principles. This will help you understand how I strategized my approach to a challenge and hopefully it will help YOU be able to strategize, too! About the Host:Karen Rohlf, author and creator of Dressage Naturally, is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm. She teaches students of all disciplines and levels from around the world in her clinics and the Dressage Naturally virtual programs. Karen is well known for training horses with a priority on partnership, a student-empowering approach to teaching, and a positive and balanced point of view. She believes in getting to the heart of our mental, emotional, and physical partnership with our horses by bringing together the best of the worlds of dressage and partnership-based training.   Karen’s passion for teaching extends beyond horse training. Her For The Love Of The Horse: Transform Your Business Seminar and Mastermind/Mentorship programs are a result of her commitment to helping heart-centered equine professionals thrive so that horses may have a happier life in this industry. Resource Links:Sweet Spot Of Healthy Biomechanics Course: https://dressagenaturally.net/sweetspot Program for Professionals: TYB Action & Support Group: https://dressagenatural.samcart.com/products/action-and-support-group-tyb/ Course: Habits For Excellent Horsemanship: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/heh. Save $100 with code: SAVE100 The Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM: https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/ The Dressage Naturally Book+Video: https://shop.dressagenaturally.net/collections/home-page-featured/products/book-dvdGet 3 free training videos: https://dressagenaturally.net/free-dressage-training-videos/ Take the Happy Athlete Quiz: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/happy-athlete-quiz-startLeave a question for Karen to answer on the pod: https://www.speakpipe.com/AskKarenAnything Join the conversation in our Dressage Naturally Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DressageNaturallyLand  Thanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it! Don’t forget to FOLLOW the podcast! Leave us an iTunes review - Did you love it? Let us know!
EP185: Q&A Improving Rider Position
08-03-2024
EP185: Q&A Improving Rider Position
In this episode I share a question from a student (and my answer) about her rider position. It’s not so much about what is the correct position, but how to approach improving it in the context of training your horse. How do you train your horse when you know you have things you need to improve in your own position? About the Host: Karen Rohlf, author and creator of Dressage Naturally, is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm. She teaches students of all disciplines and levels from around the world in her clinics and the Dressage Naturally virtual programs. Karen is well known for training horses with a priority on partnership, a student-empowering approach to teaching, and a positive and balanced point of view. She believes in getting to the heart of our mental, emotional, and physical partnership with our horses by bringing together the best of the worlds of dressage and partnership-based training.  Karen’s passion for teaching extends beyond horse training. Her For The Love Of The Horse: Transform Your Business Seminar and Mastermind/Mentorship programs are a result of her commitment to helping heart-centered equine professionals thrive so that horses may have a happier life in this industry. Resource Links:Sweet Spot Of Healthy Biomechanics Course: https://dressagenaturally.net/sweetspot Program for Professionals: TYB Action & Support Group: https://dressagenatural.samcart.com/products/action-and-support-group-tyb/ Course: Habits For Excellent Horsemanship: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/heh Save $100 with code: SAVE100 The Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM: https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/ The Dressage Naturally Book+Video: https://shop.dressagenaturally.net/collections/home-page-featured/products/book-dvdGet 3 free training videos: https://dressagenaturally.net/free-dressage-training-videos/ Take the Happy Athlete Quiz: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/happy-athlete-quiz-startLeave a question for Karen to answer on the pod: https://www.speakpipe.com/AskKarenAnything Join the conversation in our Dressage Naturally Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DressageNaturallyLandThanks so much for listening to our podcast!If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it! Don’t forget to FOLLOW the podcast!Leave us an iTunes review - Did you love it? Let us know!
EP184: Real Life Transformation with Heidi Lowthorp and Niki Wilde Broadhead
01-03-2024
EP184: Real Life Transformation with Heidi Lowthorp and Niki Wilde Broadhead
In this episode I am joined by Heidi Lowthorp and Niki Wilde Broadhead, who are part of the Transform Your Business Dream Team that help heart-centered horse professionals. They will be sharing stories of their own transformations, what was difficult and how they overcame it. If you are a horse professional prepare to be inspired.About the Guests:Niki Wilde Broadhead has been studying all facets of Horsemanship for over 25 years. While her study of horses has been extensive, she has found that she enjoys helping others most of all. She not only wants to help others train and enjoy their horses, but also have success with their horse businesses. Niki knows how hard it is to build an income-generating horse business that puts the horse first. Putting the horse first made her feel like she didn't "fit in" with other horse business models. It was through Karen Rohlf and her Transform Your Business Program that Niki found her tribe. She currently has multiple businesses in different levels of production. She has learned to embrace those differences and create a self-sustaining business that is thriving. She wants to empower other people to become all they can dream of becoming in the horse and business world.Heidi Lowthorp has been a professional in the horse industry for over 30 years and a rider and competitor for over 40. Being involved in many aspects of the industry and disciplines, Heidi has a multi-faceted approach to her business, Lowthorp Equine Consulting. She feels that those experiences, along with tools from Karen Rohlf’s Transform Your Business Program, help her to have a strong Life/Work balance. With a well-built foundation for a sustainable business, she would like to help others fulfill their business dreams.About the Host:Karen Rohlf, author and creator of Dressage Naturally, is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm. She teaches students of all disciplines and levels from around the world in her clinics and the Dressage Naturally virtual programs.Karen is well known for training horses with a priority on partnership, a student-empowering approach to teaching, and a positive and balanced point of view. She believes in getting to the heart of our mental, emotional, and physical partnership with our horses by bringing together the best of the worlds of dressage and partnership-based training.Karen’s passion for teaching extends beyond horse training. Her For The Love Of The Horse: Transform Your Business Seminar and Mastermind/Mentorship programs are a result of her commitment to helping heart-centered equine professionals thrive so that horses may have a happier life in this industry.Resource Links:Program for Professionals: TYB Action & Support Group: https://dressagenatural.samcart.com/products/action-and-support-group-tyb/Course: Habits For Excellent Horsemanship: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/heh. Save $100 with code: SAVE100The Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM: https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/Sweet Spot Of Healthy Biomechanics Course: https://dressagenaturally.net/sweetspotThe Dressage Naturally Book+Video:
EP183: Heart-Centered Horse Professionals
23-02-2024
EP183: Heart-Centered Horse Professionals
In this episode I talk about how important it is that the really nice, compassionate, heart-centered horse professionals thrive. About the Host: Karen Rohlf, author and creator of Dressage Naturally, is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm. She teaches students of all disciplines and levels from around the world in her clinics and the Dressage Naturally virtual programs. Karen is well known for training horses with a priority on partnership, a student-empowering approach to teaching, and a positive and balanced point of view. She believes in getting to the heart of our mental, emotional, and physical partnership with our horses by bringing together the best of the worlds of dressage and partnership-based training.  Karen’s passion for teaching extends beyond horse training. Her For The Love Of The Horse: Transform Your Business Seminar and Mastermind/Mentorship programs are a result of her commitment to helping heart-centered equine professionals thrive so that horses may have a happier life in this industry. Resource Links:Program for Professionals: TYB Action & Support Group: https://dressagenatural.samcart.com/products/action-and-support-group-tyb/ BLOG: Smoke, Mirrors & Horse Welfare: https://blog.dressagenaturally.net/smoke-mirrors-horse-welfare Course: Habits For Excellent Horsemanship: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/heh. Save $100 with code: SAVE100 The Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM: https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/ Sweet Spot Of Healthy Biomechanics Course: https://dressagenaturally.net/sweetspot The Dressage Naturally Book+Video: https://shop.dressagenaturally.net/collections/home-page-featured/products/book-dvdGet 3 free training videos: https://dressagenaturally.net/free-dressage-training-videos/ Take the Happy Athlete Quiz: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/happy-athlete-quiz-startLeave a question for Karen to answer on the pod: https://www.speakpipe.com/AskKarenAnything Join the conversation in our Dressage Naturally Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DressageNaturallyLand Thanks so much for listening to our podcast!If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it! Don’t forget to FOLLOW the podcast!Leave us an iTunes review - Did you love it? Let us know!
EP182: Creativity with Sandra Beaulieu
16-02-2024
EP182: Creativity with Sandra Beaulieu
In this episode I talk with Sandra Beaulieu about creativity and horses, and how you can express your own creativity with your horse.About the Guest:Sandra Beaulieu is a creative equestrian that combines her passion for dressage, equine art, and musical freestyle to inspire and help others have fun with their horses. She is an author and performs with her horse at special events like Equitana, the Equine Affaire, and BreyerFest. She believes that positive energy, love, and creativity are the key ingredients to create a strong bond with your horse. You can learn more about her at: https://beginthedance.com/.About the Host:Karen Rohlf, author and creator of Dressage Naturally, is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm. She teaches students of all disciplines and levels from around the world in her clinics and the Dressage Naturally virtual programs.Karen is well known for training horses with a priority on partnership, a student-empowering approach to teaching, and a positive and balanced point of view. She believes in getting to the heart of our mental, emotional, and physical partnership with our horses by bringing together the best of the worlds of dressage and partnership-based training.Karen’s passion for teaching extends beyond horse training. Her For The Love Of The Horse: Transform Your Business Seminar and Mastermind/Mentorship programs are a result of her commitment to helping heart-centered equine professionals thrive so that horses may have a happier life in this industry.Guest Resource Links:Sandra Beaulieu: https://beginthedance.com/Painting Course https://thecreativeequestrian.thinkific.com/courses/horse-paintingMusical Freestyle FB Group: Create a Dressage Musical FreestyleMusical Freestyle Free Downloads: https://beginthedance.com/musical-freestylesInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/sandrabeaulieu.official/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeginTheDanceTik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@sandrabeaulieu.artistKaren’s Resource Links:Course: Habits For Excellent Horsemanship: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/heh. Save $100 with code: SAVE100The Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM: https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/Sweet Spot Of Healthy Biomechanics Course: https://dressagenaturally.net/sweetspotThe Dressage Naturally Book+Video: https://shop.dressagenaturally.net/collections/home-page-featured/products/book-dvdGet 3 free training videos:
EP181: Intention Of The Exercise, Part 2
09-02-2024
EP181: Intention Of The Exercise, Part 2
In this episode I continue the theme  from the last episode which was about the importance of knowing WHY you are doing an exercise. This time with more of a dressagey focus. About the Host:Karen Rohlf, author and creator of Dressage Naturally, is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm. She teaches students of all disciplines and levels from around the world in her clinics and the Dressage Naturally virtual programs. Karen is well known for training horses with a priority on partnership, a student-empowering approach to teaching, and a positive and balanced point of view. She believes in getting to the heart of our mental, emotional, and physical partnership with our horses by bringing together the best of the worlds of dressage and partnership-based training.  Karen’s passion for teaching extends beyond horse training. Her For The Love Of The Horse: Transform Your Business Seminar and Mastermind/Mentorship programs are a result of her commitment to helping heart-centered equine professionals thrive so that horses may have a happier life in this industry. Resource Links:Blog: Why Are You Doing Those Dressage Exercises? https://blog.dressagenaturally.net/why-are-you-doing-that-exercise Course: Habits For Excellent Horsemanship: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/heh. Save $100 with code: SAVE100 The Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM: https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/ Sweet Spot Of Healthy Biomechanics Course: https://dressagenaturally.net/sweetspot The Dressage Naturally Book+Video: https://shop.dressagenaturally.net/collections/home-page-featured/products/book-dvdGet 3 free training videos: https://dressagenaturally.net/free-dressage-training-videos/ Take the Happy Athlete Quiz: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/happy-athlete-quiz-startLeave a question for Karen to answer on the pod: https://www.speakpipe.com/AskKarenAnything Join the conversation in our Dressage Naturally Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DressageNaturallyLand Thanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it! Don’t forget to FOLLOW the podcast! Leave us an iTunes review - Did you love it? Let us know!
EP180: Intention Of The Exercise, Part 1
02-02-2024
EP180: Intention Of The Exercise, Part 1
In this episode I’ll talk about the importance of knowing WHY you are doing an exercise. This will apply to the most basic or advanced exercises. When you don’t know why you are doing an exercise you can miss golden training moments. About the Host:Karen Rohlf, author and creator of Dressage Naturally, is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm. She teaches students of all disciplines and levels from around the world in her clinics and the Dressage Naturally virtual programs. Karen is well known for training horses with a priority on partnership, a student-empowering approach to teaching, and a positive and balanced point of view. She believes in getting to the heart of our mental, emotional, and physical partnership with our horses by bringing together the best of the worlds of dressage and partnership-based training.  Karen’s passion for teaching extends beyond horse training. Her For The Love Of The Horse: Transform Your Business Seminar and Mastermind/Mentorship programs are a result of her commitment to helping heart-centered equine professionals thrive so that horses may have a happier life in this industry. Resource Links:Course: Habits For Excellent Horsemanship: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/heh Save $100 with code: SAVE100 The Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM: https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/ Sweet Spot Of Healthy Biomechanics Course: https://dressagenaturally.net/sweetspot The Dressage Naturally Book+Video: https://shop.dressagenaturally.net/collections/home-page-featured/products/book-dvdGet 3 free training videos: https://dressagenaturally.net/free-dressage-training-videos/ Take the Happy Athlete Quiz: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/happy-athlete-quiz-startLeave a question for Karen to answer on the pod: https://www.speakpipe.com/AskKarenAnything Join the conversation in our Dressage Naturally Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DressageNaturallyLand Thanks so much for listening to our podcast!If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it! Don’t forget to FOLLOW the podcast!Leave us an iTunes review - Did you love it? Let us know!
EP179: Advocacy: Speak Your Truth
26-01-2024
EP179: Advocacy: Speak Your Truth
In this episode I’ll talk about the importance of advocating for our horses, and how that advocacy actually has to start with ourselves..  About the Host:Karen Rohlf, author and creator of Dressage Naturally, is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm. She teaches students of all disciplines and levels from around the world in her clinics and the Dressage Naturally virtual programs. Karen is well known for training horses with a priority on partnership, a student-empowering approach to teaching, and a positive and balanced point of view. She believes in getting to the heart of our mental, emotional, and physical partnership with our horses by bringing together the best of the worlds of dressage and partnership-based training.  Karen’s passion for teaching extends beyond horse training. Her For The Love Of The Horse: Transform Your Business Seminar and Mastermind/Mentorship programs are a result of her commitment to helping heart-centered equine professionals thrive so that horses may have a happier life in this industry.  Resource Links:The Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM: https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/ Sweet Spot Of Healthy Biomechanics Course: https://dressagenaturally.net/sweetspot The Dressage Naturally Book+Video: https://shop.dressagenaturally.net/collections/home-page-featured/products/book-dvdGet 3 free training videos: https://dressagenaturally.net/free-dressage-training-videos/ Course: Habits For Excellent Horsemanship: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/heh Take the Happy Athlete Quiz: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/happy-athlete-quiz-start Leave a question for Karen to answer on the pod: https://www.speakpipe.com/AskKarenAnything Join the conversation in our Dressage Naturally Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DressageNaturallyLand Thanks so much for listening to our podcast!If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it! Don’t forget to FOLLOW the podcast!Leave us an iTunes review - Did you love it? Let us know!
EP178: Postural Rehabilitation with Dr. Karen Gellman
19-01-2024
EP178: Postural Rehabilitation with Dr. Karen Gellman
In this episode I talk with Dr Karen Gellman who specializes in biomechanics. She is part of a team of people who created the Postural Rehabilitation program. We’ll be talking about the multi-faceted approach to helping your horse. About the Guest: Dr. Karen Gellman is a graduate of Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, and has a doctorate from Cornell in animal locomotion biomechanics. She has advanced training and certification in veterinary acupuncture and veterinary chiropractic and has practiced these and other holistic modalities since 1995.   She teaches internationally about posture, locomotion biomechanics, equine dentistry and veterinary complementary therapies to veterinary professionals and allied professions.  Dr. Gellman is the research director for Maximum Horsepower Research, receiving an AHVMF grant in 2014 to study posture in horses.  The first paper from this work, "Standing Horse Posture: a longer stance is more stable", published in 2022, was recently featured in Equus Magazine.  In 2019, Dr. Gellman founded Plena Curae Botanical Solutions, a company making novel botanical pain solutions for pets and horses, and in 2021 began developing DVM Detective, a platform for on-line virtual holistic veterinary care and education.   About the Host: Karen Rohlf, author and creator of Dressage Naturally, is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm. She teaches students of all disciplines and levels from around the world in her clinics and the Dressage Naturally virtual programs. Karen is well known for training horses with a priority on partnership, a student-empowering approach to teaching, and a positive and balanced point of view. She believes in getting to the heart of our mental, emotional, and physical partnership with our horses by bringing together the best of the worlds of dressage and partnership-based training.  Karen’s passion for teaching extends beyond horse training. Her For The Love Of The Horse: Transform Your Business Seminar and Mastermind/Mentorship programs are a result of her commitment to helping heart-centered equine professionals thrive so that horses may have a happier life in this industry. Resource Links: More about Dr Gellman’s Postural Rehabilitation Program: https://dressagenaturally.net/posturecourseThe Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM: https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/Sweet Spot Of Healthy Biomechanics Course: https://dressagenaturally.net/sweetspotThe Dressage Naturally Book+Video: https://shop.dressagenaturally.net/collections/home-page-featured/products/book-dvd/Get 3 free training videos: https://dressagenaturally.net/free-dressage-training-videos/Course: Habits For Excellent Horsemanship: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/hehTake the Happy Athlete Quiz: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/happy-athlete-quiz-start/ Leave a question for Karen to answer on the pod:
EP177: Anxiety, Excitement & So Much More With Jane Pike
12-01-2024
EP177: Anxiety, Excitement & So Much More With Jane Pike
In this episode, I’m joined by Jane Pike, who helps me answer a student’s question about anxiety vs. excitement. Jane will share a bit of her own personal journey, and will talk about how relaxation, excitement, and anxiety all relate, as well as the importance of creativity.  About the Guest: Jane Pike is a coach, writer, poet, and horsewoman from the South Island of New Zealand. In the horse world, her work focuses on practices and understandings that increase vitality for both humans and horses, incorporating nervous system awareness to both mindset and movement. The methods she teaches explore physical and emotional patterns at their most foundational level-the brain and the nervous system-with the aim of creating adaptability and responsiveness, both in and out of the saddle. Jane has featured and written for various magazines around the world and is a sought-after international clinician and trainer through her business Confident Rider. Jane’s passions and expertise also extend to how we can best live full and creative lives, and develop the tenacity and courage to do so. Her deep appreciation for writing and the arts has also seen her skip down the garden path of how it is we can all find and allow for our own unique creative expression, sharing her own writing and teaching retreats and workshops that focus on giving ourselves permission to and making the time for following the things that we love. You can find her at https://confidentrider.online/, or follow her poetry and writing at https://janepike.substack.com/.  About the Host: Karen Rohlf, author and creator of Dressage Naturally, is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm. She teaches students of all disciplines and levels from around the world in her clinics and the Dressage Naturally virtual programs. Karen is well known for training horses with a priority on partnership, a student-empowering approach to teaching, and a positive and balanced point of view. She believes in getting to the heart of our mental, emotional, and physical partnership with our horses by bringing together the best of the worlds of dressage and partnership-based training.  Karen’s passion for teaching extends beyond horse training. Her For The Love Of The Horse: Transform Your Business Seminar and Mastermind/Mentorship programs are a result of her commitment to helping heart-centered equine professionals thrive so that horses may have a happier life in this industry.  Resource Links:Jane Pike Confident Rider website: https://confidentrider.online/ Jane Pike Creativity: https://janepike.substack.com/ Kelly McGonigal How To Make Stress Your Friend TED talk: https://youtu.be/RcGyVTAoXEU?si=jLetfTTFWrUs177U The Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM: https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/ Sweet Spot Of Healthy Biomechanics Course: https://dressagenaturally.net/sweetspot The Dressage Naturally Book+Video:
EP176: Cycles
05-01-2024
EP176: Cycles
In this Happy New Year episode Karen ponders the different cycles that we can experience in life and of course horsemanship.About the Host:Karen Rohlf, author and creator of Dressage Naturally, is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm. She teaches students of all disciplines and levels from around the world in her clinics and the Dressage Naturally virtual programs.Karen is well known for training horses with a priority on partnership, a student-empowering approach to teaching, and a positive and balanced point of view. She believes in getting to the heart of our mental, emotional, and physical partnership with our horses by bringing together the best of the worlds of dressage and partnership-based training. Karen’s passion for teaching extends beyond horse training. Her For The Love Of The Horse: Transform Your Business Seminar and Mastermind/Mentorship programs are a result of her commitment to helping heart-centered equine professionals thrive so that horses may have a happier life in this industry.Resource Links: The Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM: https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/Sweet Spot Of Healthy Biomechanics Course: https://dressagenaturally.net/sweetspotThe Dressage Naturally Book+Video: https://shop.dressagenaturally.net/collections/home-page-featured/products/book-dvdGet 3 free training videos: https://dressagenaturally.net/free-dressage-training-videos/Course: Habits For Excellent Horsemanship: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/hehTake the Happy Athlete Quiz: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/happy-athlete-quiz-startLeave a question for Karen to answer on the pod: https://www.speakpipe.com/AskKarenAnythingJoin the conversation in our Dressage Naturally Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DressageNaturallyLandThanks so much for listening to our podcast!If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it!Don’t forget to FOLLOW the podcast!Leave us an iTunes review - Did you love it? Let us know!
EP175: Quick Message
22-12-2023
EP175: Quick Message
A quick message of gratitude for all listeners before I take a podcast hiatus until January 5th.About the Host:Karen Rohlf, author and creator of Dressage Naturally, is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm. She teaches students of all disciplines and levels from around the world in her clinics and the Dressage Naturally virtual programs.Karen is well known for training horses with a priority on partnership, a student-empowering approach to teaching, and a positive and balanced point of view. She believes in getting to the heart of our mental, emotional, and physical partnership with our horses by bringing together the best of the worlds of dressage and partnership-based training.Karen’s passion for teaching extends beyond horse training. Her For The Love Of The Horse: Transform Your Business Seminar and Mastermind/Mentorship programs are a result of her commitment to helping heart-centered equine professionals thrive so that horses may have a happier life in this industry.Resource Links:• The Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM: https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/• Sweet Spot Of Healthy Biomechanics Course: https://dressagenaturally.net/sweetspot• The Dressage Naturally Book+Video: https://shop.dressagenaturally.net/collections/home-page-featured/products/book-dvd/• Course: Habits For Excellent Horsemanship: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/heh• Get 3 free training videos: https://dressagenaturally.net/free-dressage-training-videos/• Take the Happy Athlete Quiz: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/happy-athlete-quiz-start/• Leave a question for Karen to answer on the pod: https://www.speakpipe.com/AskKarenAnything• Join the conversation in our Dressage Naturally Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DressageNaturallyLandThanks so much for listening to our podcast!If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it!Don’t forget to FOLLOW the podcast!Leave us an iTunes review - Did you love it? Let us know!
EP174: Ask Karen Anything - Behind the Vertical
15-12-2023
EP174: Ask Karen Anything - Behind the Vertical
In this episode I’ll answer a student’s question about whether it’s ever OK for a horse to be behind the vertical. It’s an important subject, not only for dressage riders...About the Host:Karen Rohlf, author and creator of Dressage Naturally, is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm. She teaches students of all disciplines and levels from around the world in her clinics and the Dressage Naturally virtual programs.Karen is well known for training horses with a priority on partnership, a student-empowering approach to teaching, and a positive and balanced point of view. She believes in getting to the heart of our mental, emotional, and physical partnership with our horses by bringing together the best of the worlds of dressage and partnership-based training.Karen’s passion for teaching extends beyond horse training. Her For The Love Of The Horse: Transform Your Business Seminar and Mastermind/Mentorship programs are a result of her commitment to helping heart-centered equine professionals thrive so that horses may have a happier life in this industry.Resource Links:The Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM:  https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/ Recommended videos: Sept 2014: Poll High Self Carriage Makeover, March 2013: Connection With The Reins Correcting A Low PollEurodressage Article:  https://www.eurodressage.com/index.php/2022/05/07/behind-and-front-vertical-measuring-changeSweet Spot Of Healthy Biomechanics Course:  https://dressagenaturally.net/sweetspotThe Dressage Naturally Book+Video:  https://shop.dressagenaturally.net/collections/home-page-featured/products/book-dvd/Get 3 free training videos: https://dressagenaturally.net/free-dressage-training-videos/Course: Habits For Excellent Horsemanship: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/hehTake the Happy Athlete Quiz: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/happy-athlete-quiz-start/Leave a question for Karen to answer on the pod: https://www.speakpipe.com/AskKarenAnythingJoin the conversation in our Dressage Naturally Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DressageNaturallyLandThanks so much for listening to our podcast!If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it!Don’t forget to FOLLOW the podcast!Leave us an iTunes review - Did you love it? Let us know!
EP173: Bareback
08-12-2023
EP173: Bareback
In this episode I’ll talk about riding bareback, the pros and cons, the hows, and the whys..About the Host: Karen Rohlf, author and creator of Dressage Naturally, is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm. She teaches students of all disciplines and levels from around the world in her clinics and the Dressage Naturally virtual programs.Karen is well known for training horses with a priority on partnership, a student-empowering approach to teaching, and a positive and balanced point of view. She believes in getting to the heart of our mental, emotional, and physical partnership with our horses by bringing together the best of the worlds of dressage and partnership-based training. Karen’s passion for teaching extends beyond horse training. Her For The Love Of The Horse: Transform Your Business Seminar and Mastermind/Mentorship programs are a result of her commitment to helping heart-centered equine professionals thrive so that horses may have a happier life in this industry.Resource Links:▪ The Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM: https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/▪ Sweet Spot Of Healthy Biomechanics Course: https://dressagenaturally.net/sweetspot▪ The Dressage Naturally Book+Video: https://shop.dressagenaturally.net/collections/home-page-featured/products/book-dvd/▪ Get 3 free training videos: https://dressagenaturally.net/free-dressage-training-videos/▪ Course: Habits For Excellent Horsemanship: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/heh▪ Take the Happy Athlete Quiz: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/happy-athlete-quiz-start/▪ Leave a question for Karen to answer on the pod: https://www.speakpipe.com/AskKarenAnything▪ Join the conversation in our Dressage Naturally Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DressageNaturallyLandThanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it!Don’t forget to FOLLOW the podcast!Leave us an iTunes review - Did you love it? Let us know!
EP172: What Makes The Difference
01-12-2023
EP172: What Makes The Difference
Everyone’s looking for the best system, the magic exercise, and the necessary techniques. These are important, for sure, but there’s something else that makes all the difference. In this episode I’ll attempt to define the elusive secret sauce.About the Host:Karen Rohlf, author and creator of Dressage Naturally, is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm. She teaches students of all disciplines and levels from around the world in her clinics and the Dressage Naturally virtual programs.Karen is well known for training horses with a priority on partnership, a student-empowering approach to teaching, and a positive and balanced point of view. She believes in getting to the heart of our mental, emotional, and physical partnership with our horses by bringing together the best of the worlds of dressage and partnership-based training. Karen’s passion for teaching extends beyond horse training. Her For The Love Of The Horse: Transform Your Business Seminar and Mastermind/Mentorship programs are a result of her commitment to helping heart-centered equine professionals thrive so that horses may have a happier life in this industry.Resource Links:▪ The Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM: https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/▪ Sweet Spot Of Healthy Biomechanics Course: https://dressagenaturally.net/sweetspot▪ The Dressage Naturally Book+Video: https://shop.dressagenaturally.net/collections/home-page-featured/products/book-dvd▪ Get 3 free training videos: https://dressagenaturally.net/free-dressage-training-videos/▪ Course: Habits For Excellent Horsemanship: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/heh▪ Take the Happy Athlete Quiz: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/happy-athlete-quiz-start▪ Leave a question for Karen to answer on the pod: https://www.speakpipe.com/AskKarenAnything▪ Join the conversation in our Dressage Naturally Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DressageNaturallyLandThanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it!Don’t forget to FOLLOW the podcast!Leave us an iTunes review - Did you love it? Let us know!
EP171: Giving Thanks
24-11-2023
EP171: Giving Thanks
In this Thanksgiving episode, I’ll be contemplating gratitude for all the things that didn’t go as planned or that might not have been welcomed or appreciated at the time they happened.About the Host:Karen Rohlf, author and creator of Dressage Naturally, is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm. She teaches students of all disciplines and levels from around the world in her clinics and the Dressage Naturally virtual programs.Karen is well known for training horses with a priority on partnership, a student-empowering approach to teaching, and a positive and balanced point of view. She believes in getting to the heart of our mental, emotional, and physical partnership with our horses by bringing together the best of the worlds of dressage and partnership-based training. Karen’s passion for teaching extends beyond horse training. Her For The Love Of The Horse: Transform Your Business Seminar and Mastermind/Mentorship programs are a result of her commitment to helping heart-centered equine professionals thrive so that horses may have a happier life in this industry.Resource Links:▪ Mother Of The Waters Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j_J3E7lZk8▪ The Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM: https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/▪ Take the Happy Athlete Quiz: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/happy-athlete-quiz-start▪ Leave a question for Karen to answer on the pod: https://www.speakpipe.com/AskKarenAnything▪ Sweet Spot Of Healthy Biomechanics Course: https://dressagenaturally.net/sweetspot▪ See all of Karen Rohlf’s Online Programs here: https://dressagenaturally.net/online-programs/▪ The Dressage Naturally Book: https://shop.dressagenaturally.net/collections/home-page-featured/products/book-dvd▪ Get 3 free training videos: https://dressagenaturally.net/free-dressage-training-videos/▪ Course: Habits For Excellent Horsemanship: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/heh▪ Join the conversation in our Dressage Naturally Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DressageNaturallyLandThanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it!Don’t forget to FOLLOW the podcast!Leave us an iTunes review - Did you love it? Let us know!
EP170: Dogs & Horses with Brenda Aloff
17-11-2023
EP170: Dogs & Horses with Brenda Aloff
In this episode, I am joined by professional dog trainer Brenda Aloff. She is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker, clinician and author. She’ll be answering a student’s question about how to keep horses and dogs safe around each other. Brenda is also an equestrian so she is the perfect person to ask! If you have dogs and horses you’ll really enjoy this conversation.About the Guest:Brenda Aloff is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker, clinician and author. At clinics, she is known for straight-forward talk, a passion to make the daily lives of dogs better through promoting better relationships between dogs and their owners and a fun-loving sense of humor. Bringing 27+ years of practical and “in the trenches” experience to the table, Brenda works primarily with problem dogs and performance and working dogs.Brenda also has a variety of online classes, short courses and video educational opportunities on the website at www.brendaaloff.com. The topics are as varied as dog training itself, including Canine Body Language, raising puppies and training puppies in the whelping nest for Breeders, Learning Theory, Performance and Working Dog training programs and protocols.Living with dogs is not always easy! Brenda knows the “problem dog” group well, having lived with several bad actors and delinquents herself (Terriers, Guarding Dogs). This allows her to bring an intimate knowledge of how to deal with dogs and what can be done to prevent problems from developing. Brenda has taught thousands of group classes, from puppy to advanced competition to re-socialization classes for reactive dogs.Brenda’s area of specialization is problem behavior in canines.  A large percentage of her practice consists of dogs that are referred when other training techniques have been exhausted or failed.  A high percentage of clientele consists of dogs with aggression problems.Brenda has shown in a variety of Performance Dog Events, herself, and has provided consultations, clinics and lessons to at-the-top-of-the-game trainers in Obedience, Agility, Protection Work, SAR, Service Dog Organizations, and Police Working Dogs.About the Host:Karen Rohlf, author and creator of Dressage Naturally, is an internationally recognized clinician who is changing the equestrian educational paradigm. She teaches students of all disciplines and levels from around the world in her clinics and the Dressage Naturally virtual programs.Karen is well known for training horses with a priority on partnership, a student-empowering approach to teaching, and a positive and balanced point of view. She believes in getting to the heart of our mental, emotional, and physical partnership with our horses by bringing together the best of the worlds of dressage and partnership-based training. Karen’s passion for teaching extends beyond horse training. Her For The Love Of The Horse: Transform Your Business Seminar and Mastermind/Mentorship programs are a result of her commitment to helping heart-centered equine professionals thrive so that horses may have a happier life in this industry.Resource Links:Brenda Aloff: www.brendaaloff.comThe Dressage Naturally VIDEO CLASSROOM: https://dnc.dressagenaturally.net/Take the Happy Athlete Quiz: https://inbound.dressagenaturally.net/happy-athlete-quiz-start/Leave a question for Karen to answer on the pod: