Esther uses a unique riding SIMulator (called SIM) to help riders with posture, absorption of the movement of the horse and awareness of how to be one with your horse. Esther can bring SIM to yards, riding-clubs or any group of riders that want to learn more about their biomechanics when riding and how they can improve their posture, symmetry and symbiosis with the horse.
SIM is different from any other riding SIMulator in the UK. It is not electronically operated, or computer programmed like most simulators, but is astonishingly effective in its simplicity. It uses the riders own kinetic energy for simulating the different gaits of the horse. Esther will help you find the right balance and the movements you have to make to walk, trot and canter and both SIM and Esther will help you improve your position and absorption of movement. This new sense of balance and movement will help you to much more positively influence the way your horse moves.
When the rider finds the correct way of moving to walk, trot and canter, SIM will move, and feel, like a real horse. The magic happens when the rider cannot only make the accurate movement but can also absorb what SIM is giving back. This is where the problem lies for most riders: they struggle to be yielding enough to be able to absorb the movement of their horse and therefore they become too tense to be able to connect to the horse.
Locking one or more joints in our body to brace ourselves for the motion of the horse creates a problem because the fixation that gives a rider mental security works against the ability to absorb the movement of the horse under them properly. Therefore we lose the ability to really follow the action of the horse, and even more so, we make it harder for the horse to move correctly.
SIM will show you when you lock your joint(s), when you are behind the movement or when you are too far forward or sideways. And as SIM is not "programmed" to adapt to you as your horse has taught itself, it will give it to you straight. The good thing is that he will also immediately respond when you do it right! It is a real eye-opener for many that have sat on SIM, and they have improved their riding significantly and their horses are probably grateful to SIM as well! It is possible to feel the difference your improved skills make to your horse by doing a follow-up ridden session after your work with SIM.
SIM can come to you, or you can come to SIM
Esther and SIM can come to yards, to riding clubs or to any group of equestrians that would want some help. Esther likes to work in a group setting as everybody learns from each other, we all have a bit of fun, and much more information can be passed on in this way. But individual sessions are also possible, so it depends on what you as a rider or group prefer to do.
All SIM needs is a dry space with some room around for people to sit, and a ceiling that is not too low as SIM is about the height of a 14 hh pony.
It is also possible to visit SIM at his home at Groen Equestrian in Bromsgrove (Worcestershire).
Please contact Esther for availability.