OUR PHILOSOPHY – A NEW PARADIGM
True Harmony between Horse and Rider
Based on ancient, almost forgotten principles that govern movement, Ride from Within brings forth a new paradigm in riding. Your horse lives by these principles, horses own balanced and powerful movement. They do not need us to teach them how to move. It is us that need to learn how to move like them.
New Paradigm “New findings that completely change the way people think about or interact with something”
Ride from Within is the ONLY riding method that has discovered and identified the 3rd-dimensional movement in the horses' pelvis. It is the only movement the horse cannot put into the rider’s seat when we ride.
In order to have an effective and influential seat that can match and lead the power of the horse, we need to learn to move like them to connect with them, otherwise we take our limited 2-dimensional and unbalanced movement to the saddle which directly restricts and impedes their natural state of balance, power and therefore fluid effortless movement.
When we learn to move 3 dimensionally in our pelvis the horse is free to move as he was designed to and horse and rider become One, riding from the inside out.
Meet James Shaw
James Shaw is a new kind of riding teacher dedicated to helping people transform themselves and their riding by bringing forth a new paradigm in our physical connection to the horse which is a door way into complete connection, mind, body and spirit. This is a path to Mastery, the elusive harmonious, fluid connection we all dream of but for centuries has remained in the hands of a select few.Find out more about James Check out upcoming events
Kathy King Johnson, M.Ed.
“I am not an “airy-fairy” person. I am very pragmatic. There was nothing magical in what James did, except for the results. At 52, I am riding better, longer and more difficult horses than I have ridden since my 20s….. If one approaches the work with an open mind, there is no limit to how much James can help any level of rider. Your horses will thank you!”
– Kathy King Johnson, M.Ed.
Executive Director Medicine Horse Program
“We are at the forefront of a new paradigm in ethical riding and training and for the sake of your horse I challenge you, whether novice or advanced, to find the real truth in your seat like I did and Ride From Within.”
– Lynne Riddell
Founder of Sense and Feeling Equitation, BHS Accredited Professional Coach.
The information that I have gained from participating in the james Shaw clinic is invaluable , I am a better instructor because of his generouse nature and clearity of explanation. The tai chi principals combined with James comprehensive teaching style has proven to be the most valuble instruction that I’ve ever experienced.
-Suzi Hoffman Peacock
USDF4th Level Certified Instructor/Trainer, USDF Silver Medalist and National Champion.
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- Rivendell Farm
- Gean Acres
- Heartsong Equestrian Center
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This is NOT Yield to Pressure
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The predominant method in riding and Horse Training is “Yield to Pressure”. What does that really mean?
The biggest drawback of using yield to pressure as the basis of riding and training is that once you head down that road it is very difficult to come back, meaning that if your horse does not yield to pressure the only option is to increase the pressure, and if that does not create a yield, the only option is to increase the pressure. At what point do you call pressure force? What is the line between pressure and force? No matter how light the pressure, I believe they mean the same thing to the horse.
Yield to pressure is wrought with problems as a way to approach another Being, it pits strength against strength and if your horse is your “other Being”, I’ll bet on your horse. And because the horse is bigger and stronger than the rider, the rider inevitably needs an advantage when it comes to applying pressure and that is where reins, stirrups, spurs, ropes and whips or sticks come in.
The mindset of yield to pressure is also an emotional mine field for a human being, if the answer from the horse is no. With nowhere else to go but more physical pressure, that pressure can also build within the rider leading to emotions such as frustration, anger, resentment which can and often does lead to complete dominance and punishment. However subtle the force is, the horse knows the difference and the rider is completely unaware of their own imbalance and disconnection from the horse at all levels, physical, emotional, spiritual resulting in a very unfulfilling experience for both parties.
There is no judgement in this, we don’t know what we don’t know. But simply put, “yield to pressure” amounts to TELLING the horse what to do, not ASKING. I believe our horses know the difference better than we do.
The alternative is to create an open space for the horse to move into. This puts the focus on the rider and to achieve this the rider must be and stay connected to themselves first.
Ride From Within seeks to give you an alternative that never opposes your horse’s movement and never uses force against force. This allows for fluid harmonious connection and removes the resistance and tension in the body that wears us down over time.