I think you can learn in a very strong way online. You are using your mirror neurons when you’re watching. Your body almost thinks it’s riding with the person. And what’s nice about being online is that you can watch it more than once. It’s absolutely a powerful learning tool.
Especially with a trainer like Rien. Rien is that rare combination of an incredible depth of knowledge, very sensitive and understanding of the horse’s psychological and emotional world and a great respect for the rider.
All the trainers were telling me to ride neck, but I had an enormous bottom behind me that wasn’t doing anything. Rien was the exact opposite. He taught me how to ride the whole horse. He makes it very simply and breaks it down into little pieces.
I greatly appreciate Rien’s program. To elaborate, I’m a visual learner and set my IPad on the treadmill and watch Rien’s training videos over and over so I have his words in my head. I ride a fairly hot, sensitive mare who is very uphill. Thanks to Rien; I realized that I was holding just enough so that she was light but not trusting my hand enough. It’s amazing what a few weeks of this program has produced. I’m so thankful!
I was really impressed by the demonstration of Rien van der Schaft at the Masterclass and I became really curious about his training method. I hesitated whether to sign up for the online program, but eventually decided to do so. I figured it was about the same investment as four private lessons, so the price made sense to me.
First of all I want to make compliments about the structure and quality of this program. The videos are really clear and easy to follow. There’s a logical structure and a good foundation of the purpose and goal of the training.